Posted by Chip Patterson
Everyone has their New Years Day traditions. Maybe you make your resolution, you might partake in the consumption of superstitious foods such as black-eyed peas or greens, in the Patterson house we would watch the Rose Bowl with red bean chili and cheetoh salad (don't knock it until you try it). But in the first hours of 2012, gathering around a day full of college football will not be an option.
January 1 will fall on a Sunday in 2012, meaning that instead of traditional bowl games, you get to nurse your hangover while watching Week 17 in the NFL. No more Rose Bowl with my red bean chilli, but instead the star-less, pre-determined outcomes of Week 17 in the NFL.
Obviously the bowl organizers have had this arranged for a while, and a quick glance shows that the Outback Bowl, Gator Bowl, Capital One Bowl, and Rose Bowl are all planning to hold their annual college football showdowns on January 2. The reality of the situation just did not set in until the release of the NFL schedule on Tuesday.
But football is football, and while it may be fun to take a shot at Week 17 you will not find me complaining about the hours of televised pigskin that will take place over that extended New Years' weekend. The specific date of each NFL week and college bowl game does not matter, the only preference for fans is that they take place.