Northern Illinois: Just Happy to Be There
Nope, no chance the Poinsettia Bowl would invite a doormat to their "game".
Northern Illinois and TCU will get it on in less than a week in the opening game of the 2006 bowl season: The Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. This match-up pits an also ran from the MAC conference against the Mountain West runner-up. Not exactly the type of match up that has football fans across the nation salivating; but hell, it's football and it will have been a few weeks since we had any.
Despite the fact that the rest of the nation collectively said, "who gives a shit", when this pairing was announced; Coach Joe Novak of NIU doesn't care.
"A bowl game to a team like ours is something special," coach Joe Novak said. "There is no bad bowl game. For teams like ours, it's a great opportunity. Our fans are excited. We have a lot of people coming with us."
Now are you pumped? Are you ready for some football? We sure are. And we can't agree more: A bowl game for a 7-5 team from the MAC is something special. Hell, The Poinsettia Bowl is the SECOND best bowl named after a red flower. That is the type of thing that makes those 4 years of hard work the seniors put into the program so worthwhile.
So, a tip of the hat to NIU and their special season. Their dream of a third place finish in the MAC Western Division has been achieved. And the complete over proliferation of meaningless bowls has ensured that they are properly rewarded for such a feat.