1. Indianapolis 500 (I've always wanted to go, and it's in my dad's hometown.)
2. Kentucky Derby (For the horses, the heritage ... and THE HATS!)
3. Carolina-Duke basketball game at Cameron (Who better to watch a top-notch college basketball rivalry with than the Crazies?)
4. The Super Bowl (It's in my hometown of Miami this season, and let's face it, you can't go wrong there.)
5. Next year's OSU-Michigan game (I'm kinda sad, though, that it won't be in the Horseshoe.)
6. College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
7. The Final Four
8. College Football National Championship
9. The Rose Bowl (The game and the parade. Everyone loves a good parade.)
10. Wrestlemania (but only if Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be there.)
How many of the bowl games do you watch? Will you be attending any of them in person? Do you think there are too many bowl games? -- Danny, Austin, Texas
In response to your last question ... no. Let's face it, it's the end of December, beginning of January -- what else are you going to do with your life? Polishing of Christmas and New Year's leftovers, breaking your resolutions after attempting them for a few mere hours (or days if you are really serious), or contemplating whether to take down your Christmas lights or just leave them up until next year? I use football as a diversion from my everyday life. Don't get me wrong, spending holiday time with the family is great, but everyone needs to get away once and a while. Bowl games allow me to do that. They stretch every last ounce of college football season out, and I enjoy every second of it. Sure, you may not care about a lot of the games, but they give you something to occupy your time with and they give the players one last chance to prove themselves. So while it may also be basketball season, I'm still jonesin' for some pigskin. Bring on the bowl games, this cowgirl is there! I'll keep you posted of my travels.
I notice that you are on that bandwagon of people who think Michigan should not play Ohio State in a rematch because it would be unfair to the Buckeyes. Where were all of you in 1996 when the Seminoles (who beat Gators in the season finale) had to play Florida again for the National Championship? No one was talking about a split then, so why all the ruckus now? -- Marques, Rockledge, Fla.
Marques, growing up in a Hurricane household, it was engrained in me to hate all things orange and blue, so forgive me if it clouds my memory and judgment. With USC's loss to UCLA, the Gators leapfrogged Michigan and will play Ohio State in the National Championship. The circumstances are similar to 1996, when Florida fell into a Sugar Bowl rematch with Florida State (after Texas upset Nebraska for the Big 12 title) and then won the National Championship by routing the 'Noles after Ohio State downed Arizona State in the Rose Bowl. Got all that?
Many people contend that Florida won over voters last weekend because of Urban Meyer's lobbying and its strength of schedule: The Gators beat Tennessee at Rocky Top, Georgia in Jacksonville, and only lost in the final seconds in an exciting game versus Auburn. Their season could have ended there. They could have gone to a bowl game, and everyone would have been happy, but much like the Trojans after their loss to Oregon State, Florida kept at it and continued to fight its way back into the spotlight. Not only did the system pick the Gators, but the coaches did, too. Maybe the fact that Michigan has not played these past two weeks affected how coaches viewed things. Regardless, the Gators deserve to go to the title game -- and I'll be there.