College Football

Good-Bye Canada: The International Bowl is No More

TORONTO - JANUARY 5:  Ray Rice #27 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights celebrates with his mother Janet Rice after defeating the Ball State Cardinals during the International Bowl at the Rogers Centre on January 5, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 26, 2010

After four rather boring years of existence, the International Bowl will be no more.

This upcoming year, our friends to the North will no longer have a college bowl game to attend (boo-hoo).

It's the first time this has happened since the Bacardi Bowl ended in 1946.

That's right, a collegiate football game in Cuba sponsored by an alcoholic beverage company.

Boy, how things have changed.

But it's not like the Canadians were watching anyway.

The highest recorded attendance for a single game was just over 40,000, and that's because Buffalo who was scheduled to play UConn in 2009, is less than a hundred miles away.

By the way, Buffalo lost that game 38-20.

In the four years that the Bowl game did exist, the Big East, who has a conference tie-in with the Bowl, went 4-0.

There is a bit of history though.

This was the Bowl game which helped launch current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly's career.

While at Cincinnati in 2007, Kelly and his Bearcats barely held on to a 24-0 lead, added a field goal, and finally won the game against Western Michigan, 27-24.

Now that Brian Kelly and the International Bowl are gone, Big East fans have a new Bowl game to look forward to.

The Pinstripe Bowl's inaugural season is coming up and the match-ups look much better then anything the "Canada Bowl" could have given us.

Being held at the new Yankee Stadium, attendees won't need a passport to get to it.

With tie-ins to the Big East and the Big 12, even a bottom-feeder opponent from the Big 12 could end up a much more enjoyable game than a team from the Mid-American conference.

But that's just me.


International Bowl Results

Jan 6, 2007 - Cincinnati 27, Western Michigan 24

Jan 5, 2008 - Rugers 52, Ball State 30

Jan 3, 2009 - Connecticut 38, Buffalo 20

Jan 2, 2010 - South Florida 27, Northern Illinois 3



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