OK. I think I’ve recovered sufficiently to muster up the enthusiasm and energy to type this blog post. Saturday, you see, took a lot out of me. The day would have been bad enough if I had only cared about the Cotton Bowl. Because as we all know, that was some kind of ball game on Saturday. And by “some kind of ball game,” I mean it was absolutely atrocious and painful to watch. Did I spend $220 on seats that I needed a mountain goat and Tibetan guide to get to? Yes. Did I spend $40 on a parking spot that came with a 20-minute walk to the stadium? Yes. Did I spend $60 on a limited amount of concessions? Yes. And did the OSU offense throw out a performance worthy of the second-stringers in a spring game? Yes. It was terrible. The only saving grace for the Cotton Bowl from an OSU fan’s perspective is that it was at the new Cowboys Stadium and there was a giant, awe-inspiring HD jumbo-tron there. Other than that, pretty much a giant waste of time and money. Much like any other time you become invested emotionally and financially in OSU sports.
But, as I mentioned earlier, the Cotton Bowl wasn’t the only thing I was interested in Saturday. It was the first day I can remember where four of the teams I follow (OSU football, OSU basketball, Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors) played on the same day. And of course because I apparently am some kind of cursed sports fan, all four teams lost. Thanks for piling on, boys. Only a Raptors win over San Antonio last night brought me out of the depths of sporting despair created by Saturday’s 0-for-4.
And speaking of swinging and missing, you might be wondering how I’m doing on my second-chance Big 12 bowl picks, which I made here. I decided to make second-chance Big 12 bowl picks after completely getting destroyed in a bowl-picking contest I’m running. Well, surprisingly enough, I’m not doing all that bad. To this point, I’m 4-and-3, with correct picks of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Texas Tech. I missed on the Georgia-A&M game, the Navy-Missouri game and the Minnesota-Iowa State game. Regardless of the Alabama-Texas outcome, I’m guaranteed to go .500, baby. Compared to the 9-for-30 I’ve thrown out in my contest, I’m pretty damn pleased with my second-chance record.