The bowl games are starting to get to the point of not being profitable for anyone expect the bowls themselves. Take all the teams from the Big East like UConn or Cincinnati that doesn't have a fanbase that travels well. The school still has to give the bowl all the money for the tickets, the bowl allows them to have. That leads to schools scrambling to cut programs in order to send the football team to a game that usually leads to a slaughter.
The boosters are so psyched about being in bowls, they don't realize that going to certain bowls actually hurts the school. I am waiting for the day when one of those schools finally gets the balls to say no to a bigger bowl and goes to a bowl with a good opponent while not cutting funding to other sports. Won't happen, but it would be nice.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.
Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
The Lions made the playoffs a bunch of times with Barry Sanders. They were 12-4 and made it to the NFC title game in 1991 (losing to the Redskins like 42-7 or something like that). They also made the playoffs in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1999.