Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Big Picture Categories: Former bowl games


King's Cup might be the best drinking game out there. Everyone has their own version, there's ample drinking and sometimes -- on a few lucky occasions -- hot chicks end up naked. One of the best "games" in King's Cup is Categories, which often is represented by the Jack card. In Categories, the person who draws the card says a category (fast food joints, baseball stadiums, etc.) and everyone must go around the circle naming one until somebody stumbles. When that person fucks up, they drink. Make sense? Good.

It's coming time for bowl season, the most wonderful time of the year (says ESPN). While there are about 800 bowls from December until early January, there are plenty of others that were either short-lived or had a name change. It's time we remember those fallen bowls.

Today's category then will be naming all those former bowl games that no longer exist. Ones that are still around in the same location, but have changed names totally count in today's game. So mention 'em. We'll start and you guys continue in the comments. You can go again after every five comments. First person to mess up gets a free trip to Hell...err...the Sun Bowl in El Paso.

We'll start with one of those bowl games you'd usually pass on in favor of Seinfeld reruns: the Copper Bowl. (Currently called the Insight Bowl).

All right, football fans. Spew your bowl knowledge in the comments.

86 comments:

Chris said...

I always remember The Blockbuster Bowl. With a name like that you would have expected more.....but no.

james brown stains said...

Peach Bowl!!

rstiles said...

Salad Bowl - for real!!!

JMC said...

the MicronPC.com bowl.

yeah, UVA played in that one. Go Hoos!

GMoney said...

The Tangerine Bowl

Stiles, you are correct, My Redhawks played in that in the 70's.

Anonymous said...

Bluebonnet Bowl....
Cherry Bowl....
Any game Notre Dame gets a fraud invite to....

By the way jmc, I was at the MicronPC.com bowl when UVA "attended". They are still looking for the truck that ran them over.

But, greatest acronym sign ever at that game. It was broadcast by TBS and one fan had a sign that read:

This
Bowl
Sucks.com

awesome!!!!!

Anonymous said...

California Bowl - go MAC

rstiles said...

Raisin Bowl

artstew said...

Anyone remember the Poulan Weed Eater Independance Bowl? Has there even been a sponsership that made less sense than that?!?

Frick said...

Garden State Bowl - just what everybody aspires for; a good season and a trip to play in the frigid swamps of New Jersey.

Anonymous said...

Garden State Bowl

eze e said...

how bout the john hancock bowl

Anonymous said...

The John Hancock Bowl

Sean Flanagan said...

Humanitarian Bowl - on the smurf turf.

Gallery Furniture Bowl in Houston I think.

Anonymous said...

Ah, as an Illinois fan I have fond memories of the MicronPc.Com bowl where we rolled over UVA by like 40points. God bless the Kurt Kittner era.

I do miss the late 90's Aloha Bowl/ Oahu Bowl double-header though, used to be the best part of Christmas day.

Now it's just called the Hawaii Bowl (real original) and played before christmas boo......

Anonymous said...

Seattle Bowl, though this really should be resurrected as the Starbucks Bowl.

Can you imagine the swag the players could score?? Some CD's, a cappucino machine, a caramel-machiatto, a few mugs. Man, that'd be sweet.

Anonymous said...

Seattle Bowl.

Was there a Green Bowl? There is at my house.

Anonymous said...

The Pack-A-Bowl played in Amsterdam

MattyJ said...

Bacarcardi Bowl
Gotham Bowl
Hula Bowl (all-star game)

Anonymous said...

The All-American Bowl played in Birmingham. As a kid, I watched a Spurrier coached Duke team lose to Texas Tech.

Saint Ex said...

The Humanitarian Bowl used to be played on the blue turf in Boise. It's apparently still going on but the name has changed through MPC Computers Bowl but this year will return to glory and a new sponsor: The Roady's Humanitarian Bowl. The Humanitarian Bowl? Where the hell did that come from?

Stephen said...

Carquest Bowl anyone

Anonymous said...

The stupid Capital One Bowl used to be called the Florida Citrus Bowl.

Anonymous said...

The Bluebonnet Bowl, played in Rice Stadium years ago.

Also, the "Gallery Furniture Bowl" was even worse... it was actually the galleryfurniture.com bowl.

As if anybody outside of the Houston area would be logging onto the website to buy furniture long-distance...

Anonymous said...

I beleive there was a short lived bowl game in Toledo, Ohio called the Glass Bowl!

Dr. Smooth said...

The Cigar bowl. Played in Havana I think.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim? Who can forget the sight of Larry Smith's mediocre USC team of the early 1990s losing to RENT Dilfer and the Fresno State Bulldogs. Fight on, indeed...

Your Humble Correspondent said...

It was also called the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl when played at the Astrodome.

Anonymous said...

Who can forget the Oahu Bowl, part of a football doubleheader extravaganza with the Aloha Bowl (which became the Seattle Bowl before returning to Hawaii as the, you guessed it, the Hawaii Bowl.).

Anonymous said...

silicon valley classic

Anonymous said...

There was a Tobacco Bowl that was played in Richmond, VA back in the 1950's to early 1960's.

Anonymous said...

Going way back...

The Aviation Bowl in Dayton, Ohio.

Nothing says "reward" like playing in front of 3500 people in Dayton...in December!

Mercifully, they only played it once (1961).

Anonymous said...

The Boardwalk Bowl.

Played inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Anonymous said...

Even worse than playing in the Aviation Bowl would have been having to play in the 'Refrigerator Bowl' in Evansville, Indiana.

Anonymous said...

what about the Lingerie Bowl?!

Anonymous said...

Hall of Fame Bowl

Anonymous said...

Bud Bowl

Anonymous said...

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl...they must have some other sponsor now

Anonymous said...

The San Francisco Bowl.

Anonymous said...

There was an Oyster Bowl in Norfolk, VA many moons ago. If memory serves, Roger Staubach and Navy beat the Pitt Panthers with a "sleeper" play (since outlawed).

Chad said...

What about the Emerald Bowl

That was a real winner

Anonymous said...

The Toilet Bowl - this will be Mizzou's first year not playing in it!

Maganoo said...

how about the Smoke A Bowl

Bromack said...

Some other old school bowls:
Junior Rose Bowl/Pasadena Bowl
Harbor Bowl
Great Lakes Bowl
Oil Bowl

Andrew said...

The popcorn bowl, as seen on the smash TV hit "Coach"

Anonymous said...

what about the toilet bowl, i believe they play it at giants stadium in jersey

JMC said...

ok the Continental Tire Bowl (which UVA won twice) - it's now the Meineke car care bowl. Also, the micronpc.com bowl we were talking about became the Champs Sports bowl - and UVA might be headed back there this year.

Anonymous said...

Garden State Bowl. they should put that back. they need a bowl game in the Northeast

Anonymous said...

continental tires bowl

munson15 said...

The Cherry Bowl used to be played in the Pontiac Silverdome.

I'd like to see bowl games with appropriate sponsors .i.e, the Q-Tip Cotton Bowl, The Sunkist Orange Bowl, The 1-800-Flowers Rose Bowl, The Domino Sugar Bowl and beacuse it's such a great marriage between the sponsor and the bowl, let's bring it back as the Virgin Records Cherry Bowl

Bokolis said...

I don't believe you boys caught the Aloha Bowl. There was also a Gotham Bowl back in the day.

Anonymous said...

Camellia Bowl - Sacramento

Dixie Bowl - Do not know where played

Anonymous said...

Haka Bowl--the brain child of former 49ers LB Riki ellison and New Zealand native. Played in New Zealand... ONCE!

Holiday Bowl--Best wide open game of them all!!! A WAC team rolling 600 yards on O AND D!!! Back in the 80's and 90's before rolling that kind of yardage was common!
Kickoff Classic--NOT a bowl but the best game NY/NJ/CT residents woul ever see in their backyards before Rutgers and UCONN were good!

Bromack said...

The Dixie Classic was played in Dallas in 1922, 1925, and 1934. The Dixie Bowl was played in Birmingham in 1948 and 1949.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that one year (at least) it was called the "Astro Bluebonnet Bowl", which really is pretty bad.

The Big Picture said...

gallery furniture.com bowl, bitches!

and the peach bowl isn't around anymore? is it just the chick-fil-a bowl now?

Bokolis said...

I don't believe you boys caught the Aloha Bowl. There was also a Gotham Bowl back in the day.

Anonymous said...

can anyone verify was there an Amos Alonzo Stagg bowl at sometime, i seem to remember that as a kid.

Anonymous said...

Freedom Bowl in Anaheim

Anonymous said...

Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl still goes on every year. It's the Division III championship.

UpstateSC said...

Las Vegas Bowl

Anonymous said...

The Aviation Bowl in Dayton, Ohio in 1961.
New Mexico beat Western Michigan in a snow storm. New Mexico's last bowl win - until this year!

robjay said...

there was an Aluminum Bowl played once in Little Rock AR

Anonymous said...

All of the following were actual bowl games:

The Clara Bow(l) named after the actress and played once in 1928

The Dust Bowl played once in 1936

The Cereal Bowl played once in 1937

The Dixiecrat Bowl played twice in 1948 and 1949

The Punch Bowl played once in 1955

The Academic Standards Bowl played once in 1980

The Y2K Bowl played once in 1999

The DiSecco Extra Cheese Four-Meat Rising Crust All-Natural Ingredient "Just say, 'Pizza Pleez-ah'" Frozen Pizza Bowl played once in 2005.

(Information from ESPN.com)

Anonymous said...

How about the Poulan Weedwacker Bowl?

Dr. Smooth said...

From some site called cigarcyclopedia

"Of course there was a college bowl game named for cigars! The Cigar Bowl was played in Tampa, the hotbed of U.S. cigar-making from 1947-54, between college-division teams"

Anonymous said...

The Can-Am Bowl

Anonymous said...

Houston Astrodome

Home of the Blue Bonnett Bowl

The Big Picture said...

there was a Y2K bowl? That's fucked up!

The Big Picture said...

there was a Y2K bowl? That's fucked up!

Fernando said...

The stupid Continental TIRE Bowl. BC had to go there once.

Dennis said...

This website has all defunct bowls:
http://www.hickoksports.com/history/defubowl.shtml

Anonymous said...

Though it was a regular season game Notre Dame played Miami in Tokyo during the 70s and the game was called the Mirage Bowl.

Anonymous said...

The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl is the D-III Championship Game is is played every year

Anonymous said...

Or you could just go to Wikipedia and check out all the bowls there....

hbk75 said...

The IBM OS/2 Fiesta Bowl, the year they plastered the OS/2 logo on the field in 28 places. (1992 I think)

Anonymous said...

how bout the "Soul Glo Bowl"

Scott said...

bacardi bowl in cuba, auburn's first bowl game that also gave us great match-ups like LSU vs Havana University

Anonymous said...

I'm 62 now, but I sort of remember the Aviation Bowl in Dayton OH, December 1961. I was sophmore drummer in the Fairborn HS Marching Band and we marched in a parade to the stadium and played during the half-time. It was frigid cold and sleeting. And during the march to the stadium on city steets, we had to cross the bridge over the river. It was bowed and on the way up and down the curved surface of the icy bridge, many of the band members lost their footing, fell down and simply slid down the slippery pavement, taking a few others with them as they careened by.

Michael McPeck

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