I couldn't help noticing a preponderance of ranking-the-bowls columns across the web this week. I'm flattered.
I can't say with 100 percent certainty that these rankings were the first, but here's how long they've been around. The
Back then, this was a fun little exercise consisting of 28 bowls, no 6-6 teams, Rose Bowl participants with a combined three losses and New Year's Day games pitting two top-10 teams. I now look back at that column nostalgically, remembering a time when a Florida vs. Miami Peach Bowl was only the 10th-best game. My apparent boredom did not set in until bowl No. 24 (the aforementioned Silicon Valley Classic).
Over time, however, the bowl lineup has grown deeper and the matchups have gotten increasingly worse. But this year set a new low. I can literally count on one hand the number of bowls I'm truly interested in, which is sad, because I remember a time when I wanted to watch all of them.
But enough with the "get off my lawn" talk. You want arbitrary rankings and snarky comments, and I'm here to deliver -- imitators be damned.