Attendance records were shattered as 28 fans attended Tom Bowl XVI hoping to see USC, Oklahoma and Auburn play to determine the true national championship. The event is already being called the greatest Tom Bowl in the game's 16 year history. The Tom Bowl President gave everyone a scare when he fell down on the ice outside the stadium but he was totally fine. The game featured a post-game cheering session. Due to coverage by CNN Headline news security was brought in and a state police cruiser was spotted in the "four corners of excitement" district of downtown Beal City anticipating the arrival of the teams. Unfortunately, all three failed to show. We think perhaps they were waylaid by the airline problems that plagued the country over the holidays.
How was this game possible?
In an unprecedented event the Tom Bowl invited three teams to play in Tom Bowl XVI. The undefeated Trojans would have faced off against the undefeated Sooners and the undefeated Tigers to determine the true #1 team in the nation.
To make this possible, the Tom Bowl devised a unique format that would allow all three teams to play each other in what would have been arguably the most talked about event in college football history. Each team would play each other for a "half" However, in what can only be called a mathematical anomaly, the game would consist of three "halves.
In the first "half" Oklahoma would play Auburn
You could call it a "thirder" instead of a half if you feel like it but we chose not too.
The end result? Each team plays a full 60 minutes of football, 30 minutes against one team, 30 against the other. The team that had the most points at the end would be declared the winner with the rights to be called the true #1 college football team in the nation. In an advent of a tie, we would have played a standard overtime with the two tied teams. If it was a three way tie we devised a complicated method for resolving the contest that we won't document here because it'll take too long.
This game was the most talked about, highly anticipated, unique event in Tom Bowl history.