quantity over quality


For the last 11 days, I have watched at least one football game per day. What’s more, with the exception of New Year’s Eve, watching at least one specific football game was part of my daily agenda for each of those days.

And in the macro sense, I learned nothing. That is, I can’t say there’s one specific thing that made me realize I needed to write a Live Ball blog about it (as evidenced by the length of time since the last Live Ball essay).

However, since it is 8 days into 2013 and there are some people who I’m sure wouldn’t mind reading something here at some point, and because I enjoy writing things here, I’m going to offer something from each of the days that I watched football during the last fortnight (perhaps the best part of this blog, so far, is the use of the word fortnight).

I’m not going to belabor the points on these, because part of the point is that there wasn’t much of a point. I’m not going to include the final score either, because if you care, you already know who won. Here we go.

  • Thursday, December 27 — Baylor versus UCLA in the Holiday Bowl: Baylor finished the season with 8 wins and 5 losses, but the Bears won five of their last six and demolished UCLA in the Holiday Bowl and almost finished in the top 25. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
  • Friday, December 28 — Texas Tech versus Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas: A man can define his legacy even at the last minute.
  • Saturday, December 29 — Texas versus Oregon State in the Valero Alamo Bowl: Alex Okafor will ruin your day.
  • Sunday, December 30 — Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins: If two people are applying for a job (in this case, the Cowboys and Redskins are represented by the individuals applying for the job, which in this case is a playoff berth), then the person with the better résumé and skills deserves the job. Even if you like the less skilled person better.
  • Monday, December 31 — This is the one day in which I didn’t have a specific game I was planning on watching, though I watched parts of 3 of the 4 bowl games: Watching two teams called Tigers (LSU vs. Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl) is more interesting than watching two teams with wind mascots (Tulsa vs. Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl), but not by as much as you would think.
  • Tuesday, January 1 — Georgia vs. Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl; Wisconsin vs. Stanfoard in the Rose Bowl: Simplicity and the colors cardinal red and white make attractive uniforms.
  • Wednesday, January 2 — Lousville vs. Florida in the Sugar Bowl: Motivation matters.
  • Thursday, January 3 — Oregon vs. Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl: Sometimes the hare wins.
  • Friday, January 4 — Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl: Football isn’t all that different from tennis. Hold serve or it will be a short match.
  • Saturday, January 5 — Bengals at Texans; Vikings at Packers: I don’t know. Watching football beats not watching football. I’m glad I like sports because it gives me a foothold on the world. This makes sense to me.
  • Sunday, January 6 — Colts at Ravens; Seahawks at Redskins: Other people like Ray Lewis more than me; everybody loves RG3.
  • Monday, January 7 — Alabama vs. Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game: It’s possible for the Tweets about a game to be more entertaining than the actual game.

Some of the games I watched perhaps will have more long-lasting significance than I realize now. But maybe not. Either way, I’m looking forward to more compelling sports watching in days to come.

photo via USAToday.

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