Happy New Year, y’all! If you are like me, New Year’s Day is a day best spent wearing your pajamas and watching the bowl games. (Although this year I did actually get dressed about noonish.) This year, channel surfing between bowl games included a stopover for some hockey at Wrigley Field, where the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 6-4, while wearing some stylish throwback unis. The Chicago crowd seemed very into the game, despite the cold (and the losing).
Ladies … favorite Shonn Greene ran for 121 yards and 3 touchdowns in Iowa’s big Outback Bowl win over South Carolina. After the game, Shonn announced he’d be skipping his senior year to enter the NFL draft. I’m sure some NFL coaches are already salivating at the prospect of having him on their team.
The Gator Bowl was perhaps the most entertaining game of the day, featuring a number of turnovers, defensive touchdowns, and crushing hits. Announcer Dan Fouts declared the game a “near rout” when Clemson was ahead by 11 points mid way through the third quarter (really, Dan?), but Nebraska came back to win anyway. Bowl MVP Joe Ganz endeared himself to me (as much as any Cornhusker can, anyway) by declaring his New Year’s Resolution was “to stop having unrealistic expectations that the Chicago Cubs will win a World Series.”
I was rooting for Penn State in the Rose Bowl, but I will begrudgingly admit that 1) Mark Sanchez is pretty cute, even with the skeezy facial hair, and 2) USC was by far the better team in Pasadena, particularly in the first half.
My family was kind of footballed out by the time the Orange Bowl came on — we went to dinner midway through the first half and played video games through the end of it — but as I understand it, this is a pretty good representation of how Virginia Tech and Cincinnati felt following the game.
Of course, this is just a warmup for this weekend’s NFL playoff games, the remaining BCS (and lesser) bowl games, plus college basketball. Oh yeah, and since it’s January — only one more month until pitchers and catchers report!