I know people aren't pleased about the Friday night games, particularly the Apple Cup. But this is the price you pay for selling your soul to the TV devil. And the money that will pay off the what is owed to Nick Holt and the fired coaches along with the new contracts to Justin Wilcox, Peter Sirmon and whoever else they hire will come from that money.
Also I think the benefit of having every game televised outweighs the different schedule. I know the Huskies didn't deal wit it this season in football, but remember how frustrating it can be when a road game isn't televised. Now you don't have to worry about it.
Do I think the new deal kind of messes with the tradition of Saturday college football? Yes. Do I think 55 uniforms also messes with the tradition of college football? Yes. But I also know that's the world we live in.
I also had to book my hotel for Pullman yesterday for a game in November. And I was lucky to get a room. I would book now, or have fun commuting from Lewiston or Colfax.
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Of course, TNT columnist John McGrath has his own thoughts on the situation in his own unique voice.
Another thing that jumped out at me was an early over-under line for the Apple Cup in Pullman. I’d put it at 75.
I’m not referring to 75 points. I’m referring to 75 spectators.
Consistent with Scott’s ambition to make every contest involving a Pac-12 team available on some form on national television, the Washington-Washington State game has been moved to the Friday following Thanksgiving. Traditionally the opening day of the Christmas-shopping season, the Friday after Thanksgiving will find tens of millions of crazy people lining up in front of chain stores opening as early as 6 a.m., and tens of fans lining up in front of the Martin Stadium gates.
Full disclosure: I have never visited Pullman on the Friday after Thanksgiving because, I mean, why would I visit Pullman on the Friday after Thanksgiving? But that’s not the point. The point is, nobody else has ever visited Pullman on the Friday after Thanksgiving, either.
As for the WSU students? While I don’t pretend to know how they spend their leisure time in 2012, I suspect they’re just as eager to ditch campus on holiday breaks as my college buddies and I were. We cut out for Thanksgiving a few days after Halloween, returning with enough laundered clothes to make it for the week or so we spent in school before splitting for the winter vacation. (I’m a little ashamed to admit that, given the ridiculously exorbitant cost of a college education. Then again, my tuition was $750 per semester – it only cost that much because I was out of state – which I paid by working graveyard shifts in a railroad yard. So there.)
Anyway, I can’t think of many less convenient destination dates for ticket-holding fans than the Friday after Thanksgiving in Pullman, but the Pac-12 schedule was not arranged for the convenience of ticket-holding fans. It was arranged to comply with the demands of ESPN and Fox, two of the networks responsible for the blockbuster TV contract Scott arranged for the conference last year