Not the bowl I would have picked. Sure, it makes sense if we were trying to pick a bowl we can [finally] win, and it makes sense from a recruiting standpoint, but seriously? Christmas Eve? Argh. I plan on going to a 4PM Christmas Eve Mass, so I can still watch the game at 8, but I know many will have problems watching the game while fulfilling family obligations like Christmas Eve Mass.
Furthermore, the poor team! They barely finish finals and then they have to rush off to Hawai’i, missing out on extra practice time from a later bowl game. They won’t be with their families on Christmas Eve, and I guess they will be travelling back on Christmas? That’s a long sucky flight to have to make on Christmas Day. Coaches, managers, cheerleaders- all will be away from their families at Christmas.
Finally, I’m just a little bit resentful that they picked a bowl I won’t be able to travel to. Maybe some Irish alums can plunk down the cash for the flight to Hawai’i, but I know most students won’t be able to make the trip. When we were originally looking at the Gator Bowl (before Syracuse…) I was so excited that I would be able to go to a bowl game for the first time. I didn’t go to any away games this year, so I felt justified in the expense. Even when our hopes shifted to the Sun Bowl, Joey and I still contemplated ways of attending. No hope now. Oh well.
Maybe I’m taking this so hard because our awesome women’s soccer team lost the national championship yesterday. They were tied until 2 minutes left when UNC scored the winning goal. Argh. Our team deserved it more- they have been the most talented team on campus this season. Hopefully we’ll keep up the good work next year.