That’s right, we’re rolling out a Tuesday Top 10. I’m not doing it on Thursday, because there’s already a Thursday feature, the C-J’s 11 a.m. webcast I do with Rick Bozich. LIVE! And, because no other days of the week start with “T,” here we are.
This week’s list is inspired by my friend and former C-J staffer Brian Bennett, now the Big East blogger for ESPN.com. Bennett did his best to give University of Louisville fans a little holiday cheer this week in his season wrap-up for the Cardinals’ football team.
He writes, “What’s next: The benefit of not playing in a bowl is that Louisville’s coaching staff can focus all its attention on recruiting, and they sure need a big haul this winter.”
Ah, the benefits of not playing in a bowl. Cue the Top 10 intro music (hum your own, we don’t have that in the budget). This week’s Top 10, from the home office on Bardstown Road . . .
Top Ten Benefits of NOT playing in a Bowl for U of L . . .
10. No worries about the Florida sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays.
9. Quick access to JUCOs before they’re picked over like a thrift store.
8. Eliminates risk of injury before spring practice.
7. You see the bowls better in HD anyway
6. Five words: No more 4th-and-ones.
5. Keeps ESPN announcers from treating one more U of L game like a Laugh Factory audition.
4. Programmatically, beating both teams in the St. Petersburg bowl is just as good as winning it.
3. Squelches criticism of U of L going to too many crappy bowls.
2. Allows trophy case add-on in recruiting lounge to retain that clean, minimalist look.
And the No. 1 benefit of not playing in a bowl . . .
1. Home for Christmas!