Everyone seems bent out of shape about this Iowa-Georgia Tech Orange Bowl and how little national significance the game seems to have. That seems odd to me, because this is the kind of matchup we’d see in the first or second round of any national football tournament–two kinda good teams that had nice seasons but that nobody really finds worthy of their attention. And the trouble with that indifference is that it’s compounded when it comes from the two competing schools.
In 2010, unlike past years, the Orange Bowl ticket isn’t a tough get. Fans are practically giving tickets away. Clay Rowand, a Georgia Tech student, paid $125 face value for a ticket to the game. He had hope to unload it for around $80, he wound up getting just $40 for the tickets.[..]
There could be a number of explanations for the lackluster sales. Fans give multiple versions of why the game has the potential to be a dud at the box office. Gabriel Arronte, a fifth year senior, said “It’s a long trip, especially for Iowa, so I don’t know if they wouldn’t be able to make it.” Iowa fan Casey Reidell offered up a different explanation. “Georgia Tech fans don’t travel well. I think that’s part of the problem,” Reidell said. –CBS4 Miami.
On the other hand, if this were a playoff game, there likely would be a better chance of these teams playing closer to (if not in) one of their stadiums. But all of these arguments about a playoff are stupid. Arguing about the bowls is like arguing about the DH in the American League or Susan Sarandon’s movies–they’re not going away. The best we can do is hope that this game is more Bull Durham than Thelma and Louise.