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Maybe the Air Force falcon mascot knew what he was doing.
When "Ace" was released before the 2010 Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, he didn't go to his handler, as usual.
The falcon flew out of Independence Stadium as his handler stood there with a dumbfounded look.
Probably had to be the same kind of look most people had after watching that game. Air Force defeated Georgia Tech 14-7, but don't let that score fool you.
Georgia Tech had 41 yards passing in Monday's game. No team in 35 I-Bowls had ever passed for fewer yards.
The 39,362 attendance was the bowl's smallest since having 36,974 for the Snow Bowl in 2000 when the Independence Stadium was going through renovations.
Ace was later recovered and returned to Independence Stadium for the final minutes of Air Force's 14-7 win over Georgia Tech. Those are some smart birds.
But I'm not dissing on the Indy Bowl. They take what they can get and do a great job of entertaining the teams and fans.
It's the whole bowl system.
And I love college football just as much as anybody. But I want quality, not quantity.
The Indy Bowl wasn't the only one that had viewers turning to see if What a Wonderful Life was playing again.
There are 70 teams playing in bowl games.
Ya know, there's a reason they only rank the top 25 teams each week.
At least the Indy Bowl was close.
The R&L Carriers Bowl in New Orleans had Troy destroying Ohio 48-21 before 29,159. Must have felt like a New Orleans Zephyrs game in there. Who Dat indeed.
Northern Illinois crushed Fresno State 40-17 in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl before 25,449.
And that's in Boise. No Bourbon Street to take people away from a game there.
I guarantee you not many were watching when Huskie head coach Dave Doeren was doused with the Gatorade bucket. And please stop with that before a coach has a heart attack right there on the field. You're talking ice cold liquid being emptied on an unsuspecting person in cold weather. Hello?
Brigham Young overmatched Texas-El Paso 52-24 in the New Mexico Bowl before 32,424. That many people are tailgating at Tiger Stadium on Friday!
Actually, if you had a playoff system involving 8-to-12 teams you could still have your major bowl games, they would just be playoff games.
If you had a playoff system, you could have eight teams, which would mean seven games (quarterfinals, semifinals and finals). That takes care of your Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta, Cotton and Capital One Bowl. You can make the final championship game named after some company (anything but Go Daddy) willing to spend gobs of money and that would make the NCAA happy as ESPN, CBS and ABC offer the moon to telecast this contest.
That would leave the current 29 bowls, which would mean 58 teams instead of 70.
Which would make for more entertaining and deserving teams and bigger draws.
I know it's a pipe dream. But I bet the falcon will be all for it.
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