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Big Ten at Ten 2.19.13: Black Friday is So Meh

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The Iowa v. Nebraska Black Friday "tradition" and/or "rivalry" game is so meh.

That was the last time James Vandenberg touched the endzone. It could've also been the first...I can't remember.
That was the last time James Vandenberg touched the endzone. It could've also been the first...I can't remember.
Matthew Holst

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s the games. Maybe it’s the results. Whatever it is, I really don’t care about the Black Friday game against Nebraska. I mean, I care about playing Nebraska and definitely want to beat the Cornhuskers…I just don’t care if the game is played on Black Friday. It isn’t important to me. It isn’t important because college football isn’t meant to be played on a Friday. We aren’t the Big 12 or the MAC. We don’t play adorable night games on Tuesdays in front 20,000 moderately excited fans. This is the Big Ten. We play on Saturday. That’s the way it has always been.

So when I hear that Iowa and Nebraska are seeking to make the game permanent I have nothing but “meh” to say about it. I understand the positives of playing on Black Friday…err, scratch that, I can only think of one positive: you’re the only show in town. I also understand the negatives: some people are out and about shopping, some are actually spending time with their families (not sitting around a TV), the students are home and some are just too hungover to get out of bed. So while I appreciate that everyone in front of a TV is watching Iowa v. Nebraska I have to add that it’s a pain in the ass for fans to actually attend the games.

Did I mention both games have been absolute laughers? Not just for Iowa but for the game of football in general? That’s important. Cause it’s great that everyone is watching Iowa v. Nebraska. It isn’t great that the game they’re watching is setting the sport back 5 years. B1G! B1G! B1G!

Meh.

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