The Funniest Bowl Game Names of All Time

Ross LipschultzAnalyst IDecember 15, 2010

The Funniest Bowl Game Names of All Time

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Running back Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Texas Longhorns during the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff
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    Last year, the Rose Bowl hosted the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns in a clash for the BCS National Championship.

    Unfortunately, people wouldn't know what they were watching without a little clarification and a bunch of qualifiers, so the game was actually called "The 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game."

    Oh, that clears it up. Thanks.

    For years now, college football has seen its bowl games go from classic names, like "The Rose Bowl," to something with more words than a Harry Potter book. Company sponsorships and ridiculous naming rights have turned the bowl season into a bonanza for product placement.

    Just in time for the holidays. Now, I won't forget to fill my brother's stocking some Franklin American Mortgage brochures. Phew!

    This naming spree has changed how people refer to games. Some have just been accepted into the football lexicon, like the Tositos Fiesta Bowl, while others are so ridiculous that even D'Brickashaw Ferguson thinks they went too far.

    Luckily, we are focusing on the latter.

30. International Bowl

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    "Hey pop, I just got us tickets to see our South Florida Bulls in the International Bowl."

    "No way! Where is it being played? Rome? Paris?"

    "Nope, Toronto."

    "In the middle of winter? Son, that's a spanking!"

29. Cigar Bowl

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    The photo shows St. Thomas players celebrating the bowl berth and trip to Tampa, Fla., likely with 50 malted milks off to the side.

    The game, against Missouri Valley, ended in a tie, which made the only exciting thing in the bowl the number of fire hazards and health risks promoting smoking caused.

28. Roady's Humanitarian Bowl

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    Doesn't it sound like this is a convention for people who carry music equipment?

    To be fair, there might be more people attending that than this year's Fresno State/Northern Illinois matchup.

27. Brut Sun Bowl

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    EL PASO, TX - DECEMBER 31:  The Oregon State Beavers and the Pittsburgh Panthers during the Brut Sun Bowl on December 31, 2008 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Why would a men's cologne sponsor an event where the players are trying to get as dirty, sweaty and musty as possible?

    Why not call it the "Pine Fresh" or "New Car" Sun Bowl? Those actually sound nice.

26. Raisin Bowl

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    Between 1946 and 1949, football powerhouses such as Utah State Agricultural College and Municipal University of Wichita fought for a victory in America's armpit: Fresno, Calif.

    The trophy, sadly enough, was not the world's biggest box of raisins.

25. Mirage Bowl

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 17:  Wide receiver Xavier Jackson #83 of the Grambling State University Tigers looks on as he sits on a sideline bench during a NCAA game against the Washington State University Cougars at Quest Field on September 17, 2005 in Seattle W
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Cheer up, Grambling. The school got to christen Korakuen Stadium in Japan with college football in 1977 in a 35-32 win against Temple.

    Just like a mirage, however, people kept looking for the game, but no one was actually able to find it.

24. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 11: An Army cadet sits on the Army mule during a game against the Navy Midshipmen on December 11, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Midshipmen won 31-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
    Hunter Martin/Getty Images

    Most sponsors for college football advertise products the average football fan might purchase, like Tostitos.

    If the average fan can afford a helicopter, you can find me selling oranges on an I-405 on-ramp tomorrow.

23. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20:  Quarterback Ryan Lindley #14 of the San Diego State Aztecs throws a pass against the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Utah won 38-34.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    By the time you are able to memorize the title of this bowl game, Navy and San Diego State will be walking off the field to a crowd of hundreds.

    But hey, at least their trees can get a great credit report. Woohoo!

22. Refrigerator Bowl

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    Held in Evansville, Ind., the refrigerator capitol of the world between 1948 and 1956, this bowl featured a classic postseason match up: Abilene Christian College versus Gustavus Adolphus College Golden Gusties.

    However, when people realized who was playing, they hid inside fridges to escape the ensuing boredom.

21. Mercy Bowl

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    The 1961 Mercy Bowl was for a great cause: raising $200,000 for widows and families of the 16 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo who were killed in a plane crash the year before.

    But the name? Bowling Green was begging for mercy after the 36-6 beat-down they suffered at the hands of Fresno State.

20. Bowl

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    Is it not completely obvious that Papa John's website would be Did they really need to tag the URL into the bowl name?

    A: "You guys want Papa John's?"

    B: "Sure, just order online."

    A: "Oh yeah, what's their website?"

    B: ", in all caps."

19. BBVA Compass Bowl

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04:  Cameron Saddler #5 of the Pittsburgh Panthers waits to field a punt during the Big East Conference game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Pittsburgh won 28-10.  (Pho
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    All fans in attendance will receive a compass upon entering the stadium, which can be used to promptly find the quickest route out of Birmingham, Ala. when the game is over.

    Actually, since it's a matchup of two stellar teams, Pittsburgh and Kentucky, the compass might come in handy at halftime.

18. Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 18: Wide receiver Devin Aguilar #9 of the Washington Huskies rushes against linebacker Tyson McGill #33 and safety P.J. Smith #13 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 18, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Between Washington and Nebraska, how much education is really going on?

    Actually, to be fair, the real idiots are the bowl selection committee. How does it justify pitting two teams that already played, especially when the Huskers already won by 35?

17. Bowl

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    NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 20:  Dwight Dasher #9 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles during the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on December 20, 2009 i
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    Another shameless website plug for a completely useless reason, except this time, it's for one bowl that even the two schools' fan bases might not care about.

    Is it possible for Danica Patrick to just strip for 3 hours straight in Ladd-Peebles Stadium instead? Because people will actually watch that.

16. Salad Bowl

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    Nevada and North Texas State Teachers College graced the field in a bowl that turned out to be quite the toss up, with Nevada winning a nail-biter.

    Luckily, it only took five years before the leafy green bowl became the Fiesta Bowl, and the sexual innuendo-laden headlines finally ended.

15. AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 27:  Brandon Boykin #2 of the Georgia Bulldogs tackles Orwin Smith #17 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    While a quick Google search tells you that AdvoCare makes nutrition and skin care products, a quicker glance at the bowl's name seems like it's preaching robot freedom.

    And that's just not okay.

14. IBM/OS2 Fiesta Bowl

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    Penn State took down Tennessee in order to capture the greatest prize of all: the soon-defunct Operating System 2 from IBM Trophy .

    Wouldn't a 300-lb computer tower look just great in the trophy case?

13. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Boo Jackson #8 of the Ohio Bobcats calls signals against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    A little math for all you fans to determine if you should watch this bowl:

    ((R+L)/If you live in New Orleans) - If you have anything more exciting than a root canal going on = NO

12. Chick-Fil-A Bowl

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Linebacker Cody Grimm #26 of the Virginia Tech Hokies raises the Most Outstanding Defensive Player trophy after the Chick-fil-A Bowl against the Tennessee Volunteers at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Vi
    Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

    Not only do unnecessary hyphens grind my gears, but the fact this bowl eliminated the glory that was the Peach Bowl doesn't help matters.

    Hopefully, this bowl will soon be called the "Slowly-losing-relevance-as-teams-only-the-South-cares-about-play Bowl." Then there will be no reason to even think about caring.

11. Glass Bowl

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Morgan Williams #23 of the Toledo Rockets carries the ball during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes  at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ohio State Buckeyes shutout the Toledo Rockets
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    The Glass Bowl, held from 1946-1949, allowed Toledo to bring in weakling schools and make themselves feel better about being mediocre year after year.

    Sadly, their undefeated run in the fragile bowl was shattered by Cincinnati in 1949, and Toledo's athletic board immediately cancelled the bowl after.


10. Meineke Car Care Bowl

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 26:  The Pittsburgh Panthers celebrate a 19-17 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels after their game on December 26, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    While South Florida and Clemson duke it out in Charlotte, N.C., every car will be getting a tune-up in the parking lot, as well as a buy three, get one free coupon on mufflers.

    If they live in Detroit, that alone will cover half of the fans' Christmas shopping.

9. Bacardi Bowl

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    As is clearly visible from one of the few photos of the inaugural Bacardi Bowl in Cuba, LSU trounced Havana University 56-0 in the first bowl game played outside of the U.S.

    Sadly, all fans in attendance were not handed a free shot. For good measure.

8. SeaWorld Holiday Bowl

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    Could this be more misleading? Upon reading the title, the image of Shamu, dressed in tinsel and ornaments, jumping through gigantic hoops should appear in everyone's mind.

    Sadly, the real result was a 37-7 Texas A&M lead at half, causing all the BYU fans to feel as if they were in a splash zone of acid.

7. Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl

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    This bowl was only available to fans who had PureVision, or even knew what that is.

    Typical, another bowl that discriminates against pirates. Just awful.

6. Gotham Bowl

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    If you didn't read that title and immediately have a Batman flashback, there should be some therapy groups for lost childhoods forming soon.

    What's even sadder is that the bowl was initially a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, but actually lost money in both 1961 and 1962.

5. Progressive Gator Bowl

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
    Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

    Quarterback Denard Robinson leads the Wolverines down to Jacksonville, Fla. to face Mississippi State in a bowl with the standard "company plus previous bowl name" formula.

    But, when read correctly, ask yourself this: What's a progressive gator? An alligator that supports gay marriage and abortion? I doubt there are many of those.

4. Bowl

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    Can anyone imagine sitting on the couch thinking "Hmmm, it's halftime of a Texas A&M and TCU rivalry bowl game. I really wish I had three more ottomans."?

    No one? Really?

3. Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 15:  Greg Scruggs #6 of  the Louisville Cardinals  celebrates after intercepting a pass during the Big East Conference game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 15, 2010 in Louisville, Kentuck
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    According to this title, Beef 'O' Brady's not only sponsors the game, but also owns St. Petersburg, Fla.

    This might be useful, because someone has to tell the owners of the company that abbreviating "of" doesn't need an apostrophe before the "o."

2. Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl

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    In 1990, the Independence Bowl became one of the first schools to use a company sponsor in its name.

    It also created the term Weedwhacker Bowl, a derogatory term that schools headed to BCS games use for the bowls no one cares about.

    Hooray for masochism!

1. Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl Presented by Bridgestone

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 2:  Defenders Seth Frankenthal #48 and Mike Newkirk #54 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after sacking quarterback Brandon Cox #12 of the Auburn Tigers during the Capital One Bowl on January 2, 2006 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Or
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    In 2003, Auburn defeated Wisconsin in the one bowl that needed two sponsors for any one to care.

    And yet, no one did. Probably because having something with the word "gaylord" in it doesn't fly around a lot of the country.

    Tough break.

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