I’m not a big college football bowl games guy. I think most of these 35 bowl games are a waste of time. What happens in these games is mostly unmemorable. They play the games and then they move on. Ten minutes after they’re over, it’s as if they didn’t happen.
But I am excited about the Cotton Bowl, which pits Kansas State against Arkansas. Not that the game has a ton of meaning – outside of the BCS championship game, none of these games do.
I just like this match-up. And I like it that Bill Snyder is coaching a bowl game for the first time in a while. I’m interested to see how the Wildcats perform against a really good opponent. I suspect a team that has been over-achieving all season will continue to do so and that K-State has a good shot at pulling off the upset.
More than that, the Cotton Bowl is one of the most traditional bowls in America. My two past experiences covering the Cotton Bowl have been among the best of my newspaper career. The people in charge of this bowl know how to put on a party, even for the media. So, yeah, there is always some fun mixed in with the work of covering the Cotton Bowl.
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I leave for Dallas today and will be blogging and writing columns from the Cotton Bowl all week. But I’m also hopeful to get out for a golf game Thursday since the weather is supposed to be great in the Metroplex all week long. There are several activities planned for the media, so I’m hoping to get to one of those.
Mostly, though, I’ll be working. Seriously. Oh, I see how you are. You think I’m kidding about this.
A column a day while I’m in Texas. And blogging every day, including a special blog out of Wednesday night’s Kansas State-Kansas basketball game in Lawrence. I hate missing that game and the Missouri-KSU game that follows Saturday. Those are a couple of huge games for the Wildcats and it wouldn’t shock me if they won both of them, although winning at Allen Fieldhouse is a huge chore, even with KU having struggled at times this season.
I have a Bryce Brown column coming for Tuesday’s paper. No, there are no revelations. I don’t know much more about what Brown has been doing for the past three months than you do. I just know that another season of college football has passed him by.
I’m planning to write about Kansas State receiver Chris Harper and about Snyder, probably the most fascinating person I have covered during my career. And then there’s the game between teams that haven’t played for six weeks. That’s a real problem for me when it comes to these bowl games. How do any of these teams manage to pull it all back together after so much time off?
Oh well, the bowls are what they are. And this Kansas State-Arkansas game does have intrigue. As bowl games go, this is one of the best.