Kirk Herbstreit and the College GameDay crew just woke up unhappy on the first day of the new year.
The crew discussed Alabama’s win over Cincinnati and Georgia’s win over Michigan, but the discussion later turned to why so many players are opting out of bowl games.
Herbstreit, David Pollack and Desmond Howard went back and forth about players not playing in “meaningless bowl games,” while Herbstreit delivered the strongest take of this “era of player doesn’t love football.”
“What’s the difference as a player and saying these games are ‘meaningless?’” Herbstreit asked David Pollack, Howard and Rece Davis. “Des, we played in ‘meaning games.’ I just don’t understand that if you don’t make it to the Playoff, how is it meaningless to play football and compete?
“Isn’t that what we do as football players, we compete? I think this era of player doesn’t love football.”
Desmond Howard’s comments right after weren’t any better.
“When we were coming up, Herbstreit and myself, to go to a bowl game was a huge reward for a fantastic season. That’s what it meant. It’s like, ‘Ok your team played this well so you’re going to be rewarded by going to this bowl game, you’re going to get a ring, you’re going to get swag.’ Now, kids don’t really care about that. They have a sense of entitlement and it’s like, if we’re not going to the one that matters, then it just doesn’t have as much value to them as it did us growing up.”
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