Bowl Name Games


Yesterday, I was looking at the scores of bowl games while waiting in line at Walmart and saw that the Dollar General Bowl was being played.  I resisted the urge to break out of line and race home to watch it.

The Dollar General Bowl?  Really?

The sponsor-named bowl games have gotten out of hand in my opinion.  What happened to just the traditional Peach Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl?  Now they are preceded by some sponsor name.

Commercialized?  Ya think?

Bowl games started with the creation of the Rose Bowl game in 1902.  (Michigan beat Stanford 49-0.) The name “bowl” to describe the games came from the Rose Bowl stadium. Other cities saw the promotional value for tourism that the Tournament of Roses parade and Rose Bowl carried and began to develop their own regional festivals which included college football games. The label “bowl” was attached to the festival name, even though the games were not always played in bowl-shaped stadiums.

Here is a list of some of the unique bowl games:

  • Bluebonnet Bowl – played in Houston from 1959-1987.
  • Little Caesars Pizza Bowl – played in Detroit from 1997-2013.
  • Glass Bowl – played in Toledo from 1946-1949.
  • Oil Bowl – played in Houston 1943, 1945-1946.
  • Pineapple Bowl – played in Honolulu 1939-1951.
  • Raisin Bowl – played in Fresno from 1945-1949.
  • Salad Bowl – played in Phoenix from 1947-1951.
  • Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – currently played since 1997 in Boise.
  • Dollar General Bowl – currently played since 1999 in Mobile.

According to my research, these are some proposed bowl games for the future:

  • Austin Bowl – Austin, Texas
  • Medal of Honor Bowl – Charleston, SC
  • Myrtle Beach Bowl – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Melbourne Bowl – Melbourne, Victoria
  • Christmas Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
  • Dubai Bowl – Dubai, UAB
  • Ireland Bowl
  • Little Rock Bowl – Little Rock, AR
  • Toronto Bowl – Toronto, Ontario

States with the most major college bowl games:

  • Florida (9)
  • Texas (6)
  • California (4)

There are several other smaller college bowl games as well but not enough time to list them all.

Enjoy whichever bowl game your team is playing in over the next two weeks.  I just wouldn’t brag about my team winning the Dollar General Bowl.


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