We are also in the midst of a disturbing time for athletic conferences, and in the epicenter of one of the most sickening realignments. We all tolerated the silliness of the Big Ten keeping its name after adding an 11th team two decades ago, but the upcoming inclusion of Rutgers and Maryland is so over-the-top stupid that it’ll be hard to take it seriously. It’s no longer a tight, regional grouping of likeminded academic and athletic institutions … it’s a far-flung, money-grubbing whorehouse unified only by TV deals.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid the college football landscape will get worse. There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle. Teams aren’t going to cut to 11 games; big programs will continue to schedule punching bags for their 12th contest; ghastly match-ups and garbage bowls will continue to pollute TV screens; and the pimps that run the NCAA and conferences will keep raking in the dough.
The good news is, it’s a big world and there are entertainment options aplenty. I wanted to work on my golf game more, anyway.
— Brent Glasgow is a sports writer for the Westside Flyer. He can be reached by calling 272-5800 ext. 190 or by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.