Bowling for dollars
Can you believe there are 27 college bowl games?
Fifty-four college teams get to play an extra game. These bowl games are spread completely across the nation.
Many have unique names and features that you don't see. I did extensive research and found some amazing facts. Hope you enjoy.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, saw our Cats come from behind and win. But what you didn't know was that every person in attendance was given a giant spud. Before the game ended, the best decorated replica of Mr. Potato Head was given a year's supply of Idaho potatoes.
The MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas featured some unique halftime entertainment. Instead of marching bands, two automobiles were crashed at mid-field. Two selected crews from the MAACO auto body and collision shops had to repair and paint the cars before the teams returned to the field.
Last year's Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl in Detroit caused quite a stir. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Peyton Manning got on the P.A. and gave away two free pizzas to everybody at any Papa John's store. Not only were Little Caesar's owners infuriated, but Papa John owner, John, reportedly fainted and had to have EMT's sent to his house.
Don't miss the Belk Bowl between Duke and Cincinnati. The game will not be the feature attraction. Cheerleaders from both schools will be attired in the latest Belk's fashion.
This promo figures to move Belk closer to Dillard's in national sales.
The most controversial of all bowl games will be The Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. Our Sun Devils will battle Navy. The bowl's cause is a great one, but more sponsors were needed to increase revenues. Nathan's Hot Dogs of New York greed to hold their annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at halftime.
Don't get there late for the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. LSU should beat Clemson. But the main event will be a giant tug-of-war between cows (parachuted in the night before) and chickens. Root for your favorite animal, but pay close attention to the sidelines — pigs will be dressed in tutu's screaming, “Pulled Pork, Pulled Pork.”
Can you believe the ACLU got into the bowl season action? Evidently, the Beef O'Brady Bowl offered 50-percent discounts to all fans who could prove they were of Irish descent. The ACLU stopped that action, so Beef O'Brady is giving away a free quesadilla to all ticket holders.
Finally and sadly, I wish adults would grow up. The Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida refused to consider the University of Oregon. Since the Ducks have ten different uniforms made by Nike, Russell Athletic crossed them off their list.
I wish you could get to watch all the bowl games in their entirety. It would increase the ratings. I feel a little deprived going to the bowl games held in Arizona. All I'm going to get is a free order of Buffalo Wild Wings with a $20 purchase, and a bag of Tostitos.
John Blabe is the former athletic director and football coach at Antelope Union High School. He can be reached at email@example.com.