After spending the last four holiday seasons looking forward to the Orange Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, and two Rose Bowls, it would be understandable if Stanford fans viewed this week's Foster Farms Bowl as something of a disappointment. It certainly isn't the Grand Daddy of 'em all.
But any bowl game is a good bowl game, and not just because of the extra practices that coaches are always telling us about. From a fan's standpoint, bowl games give us one more chance to watch our team, one final chance to cheer departing players, and a look at an opposing team that doesn't always appear on the schedule. Tuesday's Foster Farms Bowl against the Maryland Terrapins might not carry the prestige of last year's Rose Bowl against Michigan State, but it'll do.