Tag:Jarrett Crittenton
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 6:09 pm

Blue Raiders enjoy GoDaddy.com bowl festivities

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Typically, the College Football Blog covers either the hard news that matters or the goofy news that makes you laugh, and doesn't bother with the day-to-day, more run-of-the-mill stories inbetween.

But we're going to relay this one to you on Middle Tennessee State's week at the GoDaddy.com Bowl anyway, because so much of the public reaction to the smaller-rung bowls of the world seems to be either 1. there are too many of these bowls clogging up the schedule and demeaning the meaning of bowl games 2. the smaller teams playing these bowls can't afford them and should simply not go.

There's something to be said about the latter point -- ticket guarantees are a nasty bit of business on the part of the bowls, and indirectly on the ESPN megalith that keeps them in business -- but these arguments almost always miss the point that whatever the negatives, there's no question that there's a huge positive in how much the players involved appreciate the experience. As the story from the Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Daily News-Journal illustrates:
MTSU defensive lineman Jarrett Crittenton was excited about the team activities leading up to Thursday's GoDaddy.com Bowl .

At least he was until the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder nearly got stuck in the cramped doorway inside a submarine during the Blue Raiders' visit to Battleship Memorial Park Monday.

"That was crazy," Crittenton said. "Everything was so tight in there, and I'm so big. I didn't know if I would make it out of there and make it to the bowl game.

"But this is fun. This isn't just practicing and playing a game like we usually do" ...

Today, the Blue Raiders will have a bowling outing and selected players will visit the Children's Hospital. And on Wednesday, the teams will attend the mayor's luncheon, where the guest speaker will be GoDaddy.com spokeswoman and racecar driver Danica Patrick .

That raised the eyebrows of a few MTSU players.

"To us, Danica Patrick is No. 1 obviously," receiver Wes Caldwell said. "We're all waiting on her coming here. But all these things we're doing are great.

"I loved the battleship. It was amazing. But I'm afraid of heights, so I couldn't handle it when I got way up there on top. The submarine was cool, but there was no room to move. This is part of the bowl trip, and we love it."
No, the news that various Blue Raiders are enjoying a tour of an old submarine and are looking forward to meeting Danica Patrick isn't going to shove Rich Rodriguez out of the headlines. But it's worth remembering anyway the next time some pundit or another suggests contracting a bowl out of existence; sure, there might be some benefits, but it's worth asking if they outweigh denying two teams of players who worked their tails off all season some modicum of reward, however meager the payoff of the GoDaddy.com Bowl might seem.

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