New York City is a big stage. The city has a way of focusing one's attention.
If something happens in New York, and it manages to cut through the clutter of a thousand other things, then everyone will know about it.
It's likely that the New Era Pinstripe Bowl game Saturday will not cause the city's considerable media to break a sweat. This is a pro town: the Yankees and Mets, the Knicks and the Nets, the Giants and the Jets.
West Virginia and Syracuse in a mid-level bowl game on a holiday weekend may be relegated to how it will impact traffic.
But even if the event does not move the needle in Gotham, it is of critical importance to Mountaineer Nation.
The 2012 regular season fell well short of expectations. The precipitous midseason slide humbled Mountaineers fans and shook their confidence in the still-fresh Dana Holgorsen era.
Forget that stuff about a bowl game being a reward for the players, coaches and their families. That suggests the outcome is secondary.
Maybe once upon a time, but not now, and certainly not this season.
The Pinstripe Bowl will have a dramatic impact on how this season is remembered and how fans perceive the state of the Mountaineers program through the long off-season.
Beat Syracuse and West Virginia will have clawed out eight wins, a bowl victory and finished the season with three consecutive wins. That's a momentum builder that tempers, at least in part, the October-November slump.
It will further prove that West Virginia is superior to what it left behind, since Syracuse won a share of the Big East championship. A victory puts one final exclamation point on the Mountaineers' exit.