Too Much of a Bad Thing: a.k.a., How Many College Bowl Games Do We Really Need?


Sometimes too much is a bad thing.  For instance, there are a gazillion college bowl games now. Seriously.  A gazillion.  Or close to it. (39 according to Wikipedia).

How much is too much? NC State won the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Rutgers won the Quick Lane Bowl.  And Louisiana Tech won the Zaxby Heart of Dallas Bowl. Seriously?   Who came up with the names of these bowls, and whose idea was it to have all of these nonsensical bowl games anyway? Who’s going to watch the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?  (I’m not making this up). Are you kidding me? These are games that nobody goes to and nobody else watches.

Sometimes too much is just too much.  Who or what is Bitcoin anyway? A simple search reveals that Autumn Ratke, the 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta, was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28th.  So sad.  And a bowl game is now named “bitcoin.”  Really?  

How much is too much? I just so happened to see the highlights from some random bowl and the cameraman accidentally panned the stands.  There were fans who had an entire SECTION to themselves and still weren’t close to anybody else.  In other words, the fans stayed away in droves. I wonder why. This is a time when both society in general and the sports community in specific are on overload.  The offering of all the cockamamie college bowl games these days is just one example.

There were times when the sports world didn’t try to do too much. When I grew up in the ‘70’s and ’80’s, we watched the Sugar Bowl and the Cotton Bowl, the Peach Bowl and the Orange Bowl, and the Granddaddy of ‘em all, the Rose Bowl as well as other “Big” bowl games. Now, they’ve got bowls coming out the wazzo and bowls for every team that is “bowl eligible,” whatever that means. And who cares except the teams that play in that particular bowl? And of course the networks that pocket the profits from the paid advertisements.  

Sometimes too much is way too much. Jesus taught us to live simply and to simplify our lives. Clutter only leads to clatter, and hoarding only leads to unnecessary storing.  Amassing and acquiring only leads to stockpiling which leads to accumulating way too much. Even too much of a good thing is a bad thing, because moderation is the key. The Bible teaches that we should be balanced and unbiased and even-handed and fair-minded. 

Let your moderation be known unto all men. 

Philippians 4:5a, KJV

So in 2015, stop trying to do too much.  Stop trying to do so much. You can’t do everything, and it’s unwise to try. Focus on your faith, your family, and your friends. Because you really don’t need a gazillion “B” list bowl games in your life anyway.  Do you?

2 thoughts on “Too Much of a Bad Thing: a.k.a., How Many College Bowl Games Do We Really Need?

  1. 1980 – 15 College football Bowl games ( none named after corporate sponsor )

    2014 – 39 Bowl games. All with ridiculous corporate sponsor in bowl title.

    My favorite: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

    2020 – each college will have sponsor in title of school and there will be 60 bowl games.
    Monsanto University of Illinois vs Red Bull University of Notre Dame playing in the China World Currency Liberty Bowl

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