Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tigers Bowl Over High Expectations

We know we are probably just being curmudgeonly, but it’s just hard to get excited about our alma mater’s upcoming date in the 2007 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.

After all, it’s a battle between our #123 Tigers and the favored #86 Florida Atlantic, which oddmakers give a 2½ point edge.

It just makes it awfully hard to keep up a brave front as the local SEC fans talk about games actually played on New Year’s Day.

Quick, answer this: Where is Florida Atlantic located? What’s its mascot? Who’s its big player?

The same questions are of course being asked on its Southern Florida home turf, but at least we have a great advantage over the Southern Florida team. It’s pretty easy to tell where our school is located.

Our consternation about this bowl bid was only deepened when we read in USA Today that Florida Atlantic gets the same results (7-5) as our coach and only has to pay about one-third as much - $331,163 versus $930,650.

There’s never a time quite as painful as football season for those of us who bleed gray and blue. We just hope that the payoff for the New Orleans Bowl is enough to make it all worthwhile.