Make no mistake about it, a post-season game can serve as one of the most prized occasions and rewards for a college athlete.
So why do so many players just keeping screwing up the opportunity.
Now I fondly remember those days of old when New Year's Day featured the major bowl games with a pre-cursor on the previous night.
But of course now all you have to do to become what now is termed "bowl eligible" is win a half dozen Divsion-1 games because it takes that many teams to fill up the plethora of games that have "bowl" tags.
Well I have less trouble with that, since you can just completely OD on games involving teams that you may have heard of, but some of the competition and especially the game's culminations have been just flat amazing.
So I'll give you that one - If there are that many sponsors who are willing to throw that kind of money at a football game, have at it - It still probably doesn't mean I have heard of or will likely purchase your product.
But what I can't understand is the number of athletes - many of them premier performers who end up being sent home for the proverbial "violation of team rules" in advance of the contests.
I get it - Going to a game a week in advance many times in sun country and always after finals must resemble just one big "Spring Break."
But whatever happened to your teammates, your leaders, coaches who made sure curfew is at this time, this is what is suitable and appropriate and we are here to represent our program and the institution that has chosen to provide me hopefully with a college degree.
It's not necessary to list the programs or the players involved but it seems every day you read the stream at the bottom of the television and there's one more prominent player who has been given his walking papers and not allowed to perform in what for many is their final collegiate contest.
And for those skill players who have an opportunity to play at the next level, what do you suppose your potential employer is thinking but then again maybe given the level of some of the illegitimate behavior in post-collegiate competition, maybe it just doesn't matter to them.
Well it matters to me...what about you?