Every year there are more and more Bowl games added to the college football postseason. I don’t mind that there are more games added every year but I do mind that they have horrible, horrible names. It isn’t even completely the whole sponsor thing. Some sponsor names are awful but some of the bowl games have awful names even without the sponsor’s name. These are the 10 worst named Bowl games.
10. Cotton Bowl
The Cotton Bowl has some tradition and it has two BCS schools so the game is sometimes good, because of that I decided not to be too harsh on the Cotton Bowl but I just can’t get over the name Cotton bowl. It just sounds too…fluffy.
9. Outback Bowl
The Outback reminds me of two things. 1. Cute Australian girls with cute Australian accents. 2. Steakhouse. The Outback Bowl does not have Emilie de Ravin or steaks though.
8. Sun Bowl
I’m going to have to flag the Sun Bowl for false advertising. If you’re going to call your Bowl game the Sun Bowl then you better play the game on the sun!
7. Humanitarian Bowl
Maybe this is just the male pig in me but there is nothing Humanitarian about football! Go destroy each other!
6. Sports Bowl
Sports Bowl? Seriously? That’s the best you could come up with? It’s kind of generic don’t you think? Was “football bowl” already taken?
5. Insight Bowl
I believe this bowl was once called the insight.com Bowl. Though a website is a dumb name for a Bowl game I at least knew what it was back then. I don’t know what Insight Bowl means though.
4. PAPAJOHNS.com Bowl
Of course my hometown of Birmingham has to have one of the lamest bowl names. I guess it’s fitting since our city has the lame nickname “the Ham”. Might as well call this bowl the Ham Pizza bowl, or the Canadian Bacon Pizza Bowl for our friends to the North.
3. Poinsettia Bowl
Poinsettia? Okay I get that it’s around the holidays so you got the whole Christmas thing going but couldn’t they think up something more manly? Like the Star Bowl? Or the Train Bowl? Or the Grinch Bowl? Or the Jennifer Connelly ornament Bowl?
2. Meineke Car Care Bow
The Car Care Bowl? What the heck?
1. Chick-fil-A Bowl
I love Chick-fil-A, I really do. Best biscuits in the world. Best chicken in the world. I even love their French fries and milkshakes better than anybody. But they took a historical Bowl Game, the Peach Bowl, and turned it into the Chick-fil-a Bowl. I would’ve been fine with leaving It the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl but when you got rid of the Peach Bowl name your completely ruined this game.
Originally published in 2007 on the Yahoo! Contributor Network.