SIOUX CITY – Better not pout, better cry, I’m telling you why ….
You’re all on holiday now. The college football bowl season has come to towns from California to the New York island.
The more, the merrier.
No question, this wonderland of lookout blocks, jarring tackles, O.J.’s, Wrong-Way Corrigans and Hail Mary’s conjures up the richest traditions of the sport.
Which might mean Iowa could turn in a theatrical performance with a stylish Pinstripe a couple days after Christmas in Yankee Stadium.
My gosh, not even the coals that are the two College Football Playoff semifinal contests can spoil the gridiron sugar plums.
The postseason games began yesterday and the confrontations that weren’t even designated as bowls still shook with that jingle bell rock vibe.
One of those was played in Daytona Beach, Florida when Reinhardt University out of Waleska, Georgia met St. Francis of Indiana in the NAIA national championship game.
St. Francis, which beat Morningside in the semifinals, won its second straight title, 24-13.
It may have reminded at least one that the NAIA national title game for three seasons in 1961-63 was the Camelia Bowl game in Sacramento, California.
In case you didn’t stay focused on TV screens to view the sixth and final bowl game Saturday night it was the Camelia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.
Back in ’63, St. John’s of Minnesota defeated Prairie View A&M in the Camelia Bowl.
By the way, that NAIA duel in the Florida sun should have been an All-Methodist school final.
Reinhardt, which has been playing intercollegiate football for just five seasons, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, as is Morningside.
Call them boring if you please, but try to convince players, coaches, loyal fans, advertisers, city fathers and chambers of commerce of that opinion, considered or otherwise.
All the hoopla, in the past at least, leads up to what was considered for decades the hallowed halls of college football – the New Year’s Day games.
What’s many times forgotten is that the game went beyond the Rose, Orange, Cotton and Sugar on Jan. 1.
In 1946, for instance, Drake became the first Iowa college to play in a bowl game when the Bulldogs beat host Fresno State before a crowd of 10,000 in the Raisin Bowl, in Fresno, California.
On the same New Year’s Day and not far away, Alabama trimmed Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl.
Then, on Jan. 1, 1949, before a crowd of 17,500, Drake nicked Arizona in the Salad Bowl in Phoenix while over in Pasadena, Northwestern was making history by making the first (of only two) appearances with a win over California in the Rose Bowl.
Those were the, shall we say, salad days of Drake football.
#Morningside has played in just one bowl game, the ill-fated Corn Bowl contest with Northern Colorado on Sept. 21, 1985. It was actually a regular-season game and the then-Chiefs lost 22-21.
There was a Corn Bowl game played between 1947 and 1955 in late November in Normal, Illinois.
Southern Illinois beat North Central in 1947 and in 1955, Luther trimmed Western Illinois. In 1949, Western Illinois got the best of Wheaton College, the alma mater of current Morningside Coach Steve Ryan.
There was no Corn Bowl in 1952 and 1954.
#Of all the thousands of newspaper column inches devoted to Iowa and Iowa State football since last summer it came as a major surprise to read that the two “faces’’ of those programs – linebackers Josey Jewell of Iowa and Joel Lanning of Iowa – indirectly intertwined.
Jewell played at Decorah High School, where his coach was Bill Post.
Bill Post’s sister, Lisa Post Lanning, is Joel’s mother and Bill, of course, is Joel’s uncle.
Lanning and Jewell were first-team selections in the Football Writers Association of America All-America team released last week.
#University of Iowa recruit Joe Wieskamp of Muscatine, who is chasing Iowa’s all-time Class 4A scoring record of 2,104 points, had 44 points and 25 rebounds in a recent win over Davenport North.
Meanwhile, another 4A standout, Waterloo West’s Carondis Harris-Anderson, poured in 50 points in a win over Waterloo East. All 50 points came in the final three quarters.
#A Reinhardt farewell.
The Georgia school transitioned from junior college to a four-year baccalaureate institution in the early 1990s.
It’s massive football roster numbers 138, give or take a few.
And, of those 138, all are from Georgia except two from Alabama and one each from Tennessee and Kentucky.
In seven regular-season games Reinhardt scored 53 or more points.