Saturday, December 31, 2011

Game Day Goulash: Bowl games, Andrew Luck, Aaron Murray, and way too much griping about New Year's in the ATL.

At left is the Peach Drop, the annual New Year's Eve event in Atlanta, which is officially the lamest New Year's Eve celebration in America. Seriously, I've been down there to see it live, and it's awful. Loads of drunk people with the warm smell of colitas rising up through the air.

And the spectators who crowd Blunderground Underground Atlanta each year for the Peach Drop get gipped. That's because the  "peach" being dropped is a flattened piece of peach-shaped material. It's not even a spheroid like the ball in Times Square, for crying out loud! It's the It's Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown "I got a rock" equivalent of New Year's Eve. Seriously, the ATL can do better. Maybe they could Chick-fil-A to sponsor it like it does the Chick-fil-A bowl and drop a cow or something.

Okay, enough of the griping, you're here for the news round-up and surrounding snarky comments and obscure references, not the griping about the Peach Drop. So here goes.

BYU and Tulsa are neither Armed, nor are Forces. Discuss amongst yourselves. 
BYU edges out Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl 24-21. (

Earning their stripes. 
Rutgers defeats Iowa State in the Pinstripe Bowl 27-13. (

In other football-related state of Iowa schadenfreude...
Iowa got pounded by Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl 31-14. (

Ring My Bell. 
Mississippi State defeats Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl 23-17. (

The Final Countdown. 
Texas A&M fans prepare for the Aggies' last official football game as a member of the Big 12 as they face Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. (KBTX

Maybe the last time. I don't know. 
Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa hopes that the Meineke Car Care Bowl won't be the end of his playing days, and that he'll be able to continue go to the NFL. (The Morning Call)

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso. 
Georgia Tech prepares to face Utah in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tx. Well, somebody had to do it. (ESPN)

Hungry Like the Wolf.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl features Illinois and UCLA as they fight both hunger and each other. (ESPN)

Panic in the Henhouse.
Virginia and Auburn face off against each other in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. (ESPN)

If You Wanna Leave Me Can I Come Too? 
Stanford QB Andrew Luck might not be the only Cardinal playing his final game in the Fiesta Bowl. (The San Jose Mercury News)

A Sort of Homecoming. 
Georgia QB and fashionista Aaron Murray will be playing in his hometown of Tampa as the Bulldogs face Michigan State in the Outback Bowl. (The Detroit Free Press)

It Don't Come Easy. 
Kimberley Nash doesn't think Georgia will have an easy time in 2012 as some pundits believe they will. She's probably right. (The Lady Sportswriter)

Living in the moment.
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins is enjoying his last days as a college QB as he prepares to lead the Spartans in the Outback Bowl. (The Detroit Free Press)

Let's dance. Let's shout. Shake your body down to the ground. 
Wisconsin and Oregon fans will be able to partake of the traditions of singing to the respective tunes of House of Pain's "Jump Around," and the Isley Brothers' "Shout" during the third quarter break of the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012. (Wisconsin State Journal)

The Island of Misfit Bowls.
A look at the ghosts of bowl games of the past that never really caught on. (Midwest Sports Fans)

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