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Monday, January 5, 2015 – N=39 – The Number of College Bowl Games

Good Whatever Time it is in Your Zone, Class,

Today, we will be looking at a brilliant new work that is soon to be published in the Journal of Made Up Stuff. As you know, this non-juried, seldom proof-read, and little read publication is a cornerstone of My Brain and How I Like It.  It is available in the lay version called Here’s What I’m Thinking.  Let us begin.

Working Title

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody Who Played in an NCAA Football Bowl Game

Chapter I – Problem Statement

There were way too many college football bowl games.  In fact, there were, at last count, 39 bowl games representing 76 different schools. Thirty – eight (38) of those bowl games were shown on ESPN or one of the King of Cable’s sister networks, ABC and ESPN2. The Sun Bowl was shown on CBS. If you draw a picture of the disparity, it looks like this, with the red part being the ESPN share of visibility and revenue.

ESPN Chart



It also looks like the PAC-MAN icon or a small slice of pie.

Chapter II – Literature Review

Cuppy, Will. – The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody

Frankenstein V. – How I Did It!

Loftin, R. Bowen, Burson, Rusty. – The 100 Year Decision – Texas A&M and The SEC

Chapter III – Methodology

I constructed a clever timeline beginning on December 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM CST and concluded sometime Friday, I think. Maybe it was already January 2, 2015. I lost track of time.

During that time I watched an unprecedented number of college football games. I think the channel may be stuck permanently on ESPN. In addition, I followed the scrolls along the bottom of the screen and with the exception of Brat MushMouth, I listened to the commentary by the announcers. Then, while I was doing that, I researched the history of each team’s collegiate founding. During the Mayhem Commercials, which were very funny and most informative about cyber sharing, I Googled the teams of interest. Talk about multitasking and multiprocessing. It is important to recall this study has always been about the teams I like, and the teams that influence the teams I like. Statistically stated, I watched 23 of the 76 teams or about 30%. This is a statically valid sampling.

Stated as a formula, because it always looks smart, results in the following:

N=39, where X = 76 and Y = 23. Do the math. Y/X = 30%

Having graduated from one, and thus being required know the history of them, I realized a common hectare of ground among the 76 teams. There appeared to be a great propensity of, and thereby creating a large disproportion of schools founded as Land Grant schools.

Then I drew a bunch of charts and graphs because nobody reads anymore.

IV – What I Found Out

The institutions of higher education, known as Land Grant schools, were founded under the Morell Act to provide educational opportunities to the children of farmers – like in Agricultural stuff and to create and train those so inclined in the Mechanical sciences.

The fact that they were also founded to rebuild and industrialize the South following the American Civil War should not be ignored. Note: To those, like in Hearne, this is the one you still refer to as The War Between the States.

Oh no. Time is up for today, class. Tomorrow, we will continue to see what indeed was found out and discuss the author’s recommendations and conclusions. Class dismissed.