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Some insight on the Insight Bowl

Posted at 3:37 PM on December 29, 2006 by Bill Wareham

Shrewd observers of what we don't cover will notice the absence of anything this week related to the Insight Bowl, which pits the Golden Gophers against Texas Tech tonight. When I raised it as a prospective story at our Tuesday editorial meeting you could feel all interest get up and leave the room en masse.

Hey, I don't have much interest either (although it's a sad commentary on my personal life that at the time of this writing I plan to watch at least a little bit of the game.) But I am fascinated by the apathy. After all, in a fairly robust sports market this is shaping up to be one of the worst winters I can recall, at least once you remove Gopher hockey from the equation. In that context a college bowl game should look pretty enticing. So, if you, like me, want to contemplate that sad state of affairs, I'll point you to RandBall, where Star Tribune sportswriter Michael Rand poses these questions:

1) Has college football finally started to kill itself with fans at this time of the year by offering too many bowl games?
2) Have the Gophers gone to too many of these third-tier bowl games for the prospect of Minnesota/Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl tonight to even be remotely exciting?

My answers are "yes" and "yes."