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In an old “Seinfeld” episode, Kramer and Newman are talking about whether days have a “feel.”
“Tuesday has no feel,” Newman says. “Monday has a feel. Friday has a feel. Sunday has a feel.”
“I feel Tuesday and Wednesday,” Kramer says.
“Alright, shut up the both of you!” Jerry says.
I think Wednesday has a feel.
It’s most commonly referred to as “Hump Day,” the day of the work week we get over “the hump.” It’s an evening many churches hold midweek services. It’s also the most difficult day of the week to spell. (“WED-nez-day,” we slowly say to ourselves as we write or type the word.)
In cities such as Lynchburg, Virginia; El Paso, Texas; Ruston, Louisiana; and, now, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Wednesday is going to feel like college football.
Those are some of the cities home to Conference-USA universities, and the league is making a thing out of playing midweek football.
It’s a clear strategy. Instead of getting buried on the weekend TV morass of back-to-back-to-back games from the SEC, the Big 10, the Big 12, the ACC and the Pac-12. Conference-USA thinks its schools might get more visibility by playing nationally televised games on Wednesday night, when the primary TV competition are things such as “The Masked Singer,” Hallmark Christmas movies and, yes, 30-year-old reruns of “Seinfeld.”
New Mexico State University’s Aggies step into this strange new feel Wednesday Oct. 4, with the first of three straight Wednesday games. They play at home Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 here in Las Cruces, then make the short trip to El Paso, Oct. 18. Then they mix it up with a Tuesday, Oct. 24, game in Ruston against Louisiana Tech.
It shouldn’t seem that odd. Other sports have played midweek games forever.
But even though we’ve seen Thursday night and Friday night games for several years, college football has been so intertwined with Saturdays for so long, that anything else still feels out of sorts.
Maybe, though, Wednesday is the perfect night for Aggie football. Fans can head straight from work to do some tailgating, have a hot dog or two, maybe an RC Cola, or some other type of beverage, then enjoy some good football in the crisper evening air.
The perfect way to crest the hump of the week and then power through Thursday and Friday. You’ll have more time on your weekend, since you won’t be spending a chunk of your Saturday at the game.
For the Oct. 4 game, the Aggies should be slightly favored over Florida International. It should be a good game, and NMSU has a great shot to win it.
Monday Night Football, you are so 1973.
Let’s give an Aggie cheer to a new era, the era of Wednesday Night Football.