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A shame, but just think -- had we developed on Venus, we'd never see the Milky Way (or anything else) thru the thick clouds.    (Yeah, I'm aware Venus is 800 degrees!)    BTW, Bill Shatner DID find life on Venus -- check out The Outer LImits ep "Cold Hands, Warm Heart"!  lol
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Good list;  no problem there.  But what's with the old pic of Bob Waterfield in the Harland Svare section?   From a year before Svare even started playing for the Rams?   Old Bob was Harland's "stand in"?   I googled "Harland Svare" and found about 20 photos of him.   And the part about "one of the only surviving Los Angeles Rams photos from early Fifties"?  HUH? Googled that, too, and found lots of them.    Getting a bit lazy, aren't we? 
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Well, we're mostly thru the bowl season now, and while I don't know about TV ratings, a lot of the bowls I'm seeing are pretty pathetic, attendance-wise.   Also, some of the matchups have been jokes -- complete blow-outs.   BORING!    Yes, 39 or 40 bowls per year IS far too many to get quality football games out of.   The NCAA really messed-up when they essentially "deregulated" the post season and side-stepped responsibility.    I'm reminded of the old adage that most things are like currency -- if there's too much in circulation, than the value is depreciated.    The honor and celebrity that comes in winning the Podunk Bowl in Boring, Oregon really ain't that much!  


With this ever-increasing number of bowls to find contestants for, it's like the old adage about the telephone book, as well  (pre-cellphone era, at least):  you almost have to ask NOT to be included.    I'm sorry, call me old-fashioned, but I think winning a bowl game should mean something, at least.   And yes, getting an invitation to a bowl game should signify that you had a really good season.    Like maybe a couple losses at the most?   Yet with so many berths to fill,   6 and 6 teams are now routinely invited...   I mean, what alternate universe did I step into?   Who the hell thinks a team sitting at .500 for the season should be playing during the holidays???   My goodness, you don't even need to have a "winning season" now to get the "honor" of playing in a bowl game?    And as Mr. Dodd points out, with much more growth in bowl games, then 5-7 teams will be inevitable!    I'm thinking a team that can't even win as many as it loses should be ashamed of themselves, and the coaching staff fired... not get an invite to post-season play!     The whole situation is just getting nonsensical.  How's about a return to some good old-fashioned common sense?


When I was growing up in the 1960s, there were a fraction of the bowl games (even including the crappy "all-star" bowls like the Senior Bowl, the Hula Bowl, the Blue-Grey Game, and the East-West Shrine Game).    New Years Day was really special, because the 4 biggest, oldest and best bowl games came on, usually matching about the 8 best teams in the country.   In time-order throughout New Years Day, they were the Sugar Bowl in old Tulane Stadium, the Cotton Bowl (IN the Cotton Bowl stadium!), Rose Bowl, and at night the Orange Bowl (IN the Orange Bowl stadium!).   The Sugar and Cotton usually had about an hour overlap, which was not so bad if the Sugar Bowl was boring, you could just switch over.   I recall times when both bowls were exciting, and my Dad stationed me next to the TV to switch back-and-forth on the old channel dial!     Then at some point the Sugar Bowl went to New Years Eve, which was okay, even if anti-tradition. 


The rest were made up of the more "minor" bowls of the day, such as Peach, Gator, Tangerine, Bluebonnet (or Astro-Bluebonnet for the years it was played in the "8th Wonder of the World" -- the Astrodome!), and Liberty (which started as the only "cold-weather bowl" in the late 1950's -- played at cavernous old Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, the long-time host of the Army-Navy Game.     Usually only conference champions got an invite to a bowl, and that's as it should be.    Now, between conference championship games, a zillion bowls, the National Championship playoffs (as well as good old NFL games), there's simply a glut of football during December and January.  


Well, if they still make money for people, I guess they're going to last (and maybe keep getting added to).   But really -- unless you attended either Marshall or Northern Illinois, are you REALLY gonna plunk down good money to see the Baca Raton Bowl???
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Well, we're mostly thru the bowl season now, and while I don't know about TV ratings, a lot of the bowls I'm seeing are pretty pathetic, attendance-wise.   Also, some of the matchups have been jokes -- complete blow-outs.   BORING!    Yes, 39 or 40 bowls per year IS far too many to get quality football games out of.   The NCAA really messed-up when they essentially "deregulated" the post season and side-stepped responsibility.    I'm reminded of the old adage that most things are like currency -- if there's too much in circulation, than the value is depreciated.    The honor and celebrity that comes in winning the Podunk Bowl in Boring, Oregon really ain't that much!  


With this ever-increasing number of bowls to find contestants for, it's like the old adage about the telephone book, as well  (pre-cellphone era, at least):  you almost have to ask NOT to be included.    I'm sorry, call me old-fashioned, but I think winning a bowl game should mean something, at least.   And yes, getting an invitation to a bowl game should signify that you had a really good season.    Like maybe a couple losses at the most?   Yet with so many berths to fill,   6 and 6 teams are now routinely invited...   I mean, what alternate universe did I step into?   Who the hell thinks a team sitting at .500 for the season should be playing during the holidays???   My goodness, you don't even need to have a "winning season" now to get the "honor" of playing in a bowl game?    And as Mr. Dodd points out, with much more growth in bowl games, then 5-7 teams will be inevitable!    I'm thinking a team that can't even win as many as it loses should be ashamed of themselves, and the coaching staff fired... not get an invite to post-season play!     The whole situation is just getting nonsensical.  How's about a return to some good old-fashioned common sense?


When I was growing up in the 1960s, there were a fraction of the bowl games (even including the crappy "all-star" bowls like the Senior Bowl, the Hula Bowl, the Blue-Grey Game, and the East-West Shrine Game).    New Years Day was really special, because the 4 biggest, oldest and best bowl games came on, usually matching about the 8 best teams in the country.   In time-order throughout New Years Day, they were the Sugar Bowl in old Tulane Stadium, the Cotton Bowl (IN the Cotton Bowl stadium!), Rose Bowl, and at night the Orange Bowl (IN the Orange Bowl stadium!).   The Sugar and Cotton usually had about an hour overlap, which was not so bad if the Sugar Bowl was boring, you could just switch over.   I recall times when both bowls were exciting, and my Dad stationed me next to the TV to switch back-and-forth on the old channel dial!     Then at some point the Sugar Bowl went to New Years Eve, which was okay, even if anti-tradition. 


The rest were made up of the more "minor" bowls of the day, such as Peach, Gator, Tangerine, Bluebonnet (or Astro-Bluebonnet for the years it was played in the "8th Wonder of the World" -- the Astrodome!), and Liberty (which started as the only "cold-weather bowl" in the late 1950's -- played at cavernous old Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, the long-time host of the Army-Navy Game.     Usually only conference champions got an invite to a bowl, and that's as it should be.    Now, between conference championship games, a zillion bowls, the National Championship playoffs (as well as good old NFL games), there's simply a glut of football during December and January.  


Well, if they still make money for people, I guess they're going to last (and maybe keep getting added to).   But really -- unless you attended either Marshall or Northern Illinois, are you REALLY gonna plunk down good money to see the Baca Raton Bowl???
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