How Well Do You Know Your Bowls?

Published on 09-Dec-2014 by Alan Adamsson
Football - NCAA / NCAA Football Daily Review

Welcome to the club.

Never underestimate the lure of wearing the blazer and holding the drink.

It's now bowl season, and beyond the hype of the big-brand fest that is the College Football Playoffs, there's a legion of self-perceived VIPs and wannabes out there who have succumbed to the temptation.

35 sets of them, in fact, not counting the Rose and Sugar semi-final events and the marble-grabber on Mon 12 Jan.

Who'da thought that all this ersatz prestige would arise from such humble beginnings?

OK, so this footage was actually from an ersatz bowl, a 1950 flakefest featuring Ohio State and Michigan in their version of the Snow Bowl. Despite completing no passes and converting no first downs -- there were 45 punts in all -- the Wolverines prevailed, 9-3, which was good enough to get the Buckeye coach fired, whereupon they then hired some dude from Miami of Ohio named Woody Hayes.

While that one only highlighted a necessary culture of shovels, bowls have grown into a focal point for attracting tourist dosh and, of course, commercial benefactors. However, with such a large menu -- and many of them side dishes -- the supply of national sponsors can't possibly cover them all.

So the call goes out to local and obscure outfits that may be enticed by their moment in a nationwide spotlight but are enthralled to be lionized by the crowd that wears the blazer and holds the drink.

This results in a brace of funky names for bowl games, which in turn gives fans a shot at showing they can tell which are real and which should be real. Give it a go by clicking below:

Bowl name quiz

Scoring:

  • 20-21 correct ... You must either be media or unemployed and living in someone's basement
  • 17-20 correct ... You must not power down on the nachos and wings and/or appreciate the local talent at nearby tables during the commercial breaks.
  • 14-16 correct ... You have downloaded more apps than you know what to do with.
  • 11-13 correct ... You will never, ever be a designated driver.
  • 10 or less correct ... Welcome to the USA. We hope you have come in peace.

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