Fiesta Flop

by Paul Grossinger
(Balt, Md )

This years' edition of the Fiesta Bowl was, in my mind, the worst BCS bowl game I have ever watched. Over a decade of watching college football, I have seen any number of terrible games. Truth be told, I even enjoyed some of them since, as a Michigan fan, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Ohio State lay eggs in its three bowl games from 2006-8 and was looking forward to a fourth until Oregon disappointed me. That said, there have also been any number that were irredeemably awful but this year's “battle of the un-beatens” was the worst because it failed in all areas.


To begin with, the game itself was bad. Really bad. It was the worst kind of a snoozer since it was low scoring because of sloppy play rather than defensive efficiency. There were four penalties, six incompletions, and three punts in the first eighteen plays alone and it never picked up from there. Ultimately, I'm pretty sure I fell asleep and woke up just in time to get excited for a late TCU rally that ended, unsurprisingly, in an interception. All in all a horribly played game.

That said, there have been plenty of awful snoozers in the past. What makes this one exceptional is that it failed from its inception and its creation at the Bowl Selections was a travesty against all true fans of college football. In an age where pro sports are dominated, as Tim Donaghy revealed on 60 minutes, by greed and rigging, we love college football for the fantasy, however untrue, that we hold which allows us to believe that college sports are the pinnacle of genuine (unpaid) athletic competition. Every fan who still, however illogically, believes in that notion wanted the BCS to rise above itself and allow the fans to see TCU and Boise State, the unbeaten mid-majors, square off against big name teams in two separate BCS bowls and determine, once and for all, if the mid-majors were worthy of being ranked alongside and playing with the big boys. Instead, the BCS gave all college football fans the middle finger by placing the two squads against one another and, once again, denying everyone to see the true firepower of the non-BCS powerhouses.

Ultimately, the whole travesty was lackluster and sad. Neither team showed up to play and both looked like a pair of high school squads from Vermont. In the end, Boise State ended a historic 14-0 but, as intended, really proved nothing. And, while it is true that neither team looked like a contender Monday night, neither did Oregon (routed by OSU) or Cincinnati (gutted, spitted, and roasted by the Gators) so that doesnt really prove much. All we know is that, instead of being given the opportunity to watch something historic, fans were treated to a game that ought to have been blacked out after its eighteenth play.

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Jan 05, 2010
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by: Mike Slay

I couldn't agree more. What a waste of a good prime time football slot. I love good foorball and don't dare where it comes from. But this, what a joke. I don't care who they say they beat in one or two games, untill you play through a real conference week in and week out, they are still mid major at best. And we don't get a good game with that. It make me sick after watching LSUand Peen State in a mud bowl, Arkansas in a ice bowl, and so on. The best stages should go to the better games with the best players. I feel fortunet to be in the SEC area of the world where the best of the best play. I get to see the big 12, the big 10 and the Pac 10 in the evening. The ACC can compete to a point bit nobody else is really close. In my belief, the BCS should have two divisions. The division 1A, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 10. Division 1B Big east,ACC, MWC,MAC and so on.

Jan 06, 2010
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Amen again
by: Mo Johnson

What everyone wanted to see was Boise State and TCU play powerhouse teams from the BCS conferences. That's the issue -- do non-BCS conference teams match up with the big boys.

It seems the BCS may have purposely avoided allowing that question to be answered by matching the 2 non-BCS conference teams with each other....

Too bad.

WE NEED CFB PLAYOFFS !!

Apr 11, 2010
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FIESTA ---BCS--- FLOP
by: Anonymous

THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE OF FIESTA FLOPS BOTH ENVOLVING THE SAME TEAM . ONE OF WITCH IS COMMONLY REFFERED TO AS THE GAME OF THE CENTURY. AND ANOTHER THAT INVOLVED TWO TEAMS THAT OBVIOUSLY REALLY CAUGHT THE ATTENTION' OF THE ENTIRE NATION, AND HAS DISRUPTED SOME NARROW MINDED VIEWS OF THE WAY SOME FANATICS THINK THINGS WERE SCRIPTED TO HAPPEN. NOT TO MENTION ANOTHER GAME THAT INVOLVED UTAH VS. THE WORLD. ALAS,THERE IS A REAL SIMPLE SOLLUTION FOR GETTING BACK TO THE SCRIPT. BUT THEN AGAIN NOBODY SEEMS TO WANT THE CONSINQUENCE THAT SIGNING TO DELIVER THE BUTT POUNDING THAT THEY ARE SO DETERMINED THEY COULD LAY ON THESE TEAMS MAY BRING THEIR DIRECTION. THERE ARE MILLIONS OF FANS THAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEIR TEAM WINNING A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST THE SECOND BEST TEAM IN THE NATION .BUT THEN THE SCRIPT WOULD BE LOST FOREVER IF THE TWO BEST TEAMS WERE TO ACTUALLY. MEET. TO BE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS MEANS TO WELCOME ALL CHALLENGES AND PUT THEM TO BED, HERES ACHANCE TO TUCK THEM BACK IN BED AND SHOW THEM JUST HOW LOWLY THEY REALLY ARE IN FRONT OF YOUR HOME TOWN FANS . JUST SIGN A GAME OR TWO AND IT WILL ALL SOON BE OVER AND THESE TEAMS CAN GO HOME TO LICK THERE WOUNDS!!!!!

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