While the controversy over who is really #1 in 2008 College Football, and wither Teaxs got screwed or not rages, I call your attention to the travesty that the sale of Bowl game naming rights has had on the Holiday Season. Gone are the Rose Bowl, The Sugar Bowl, and the Orange Bowl which actually gave you a clue as to who might be playing in them. In place is a bunch of corporate brand-name garbage. *Note* the Cotton Bowl has somehow managed not have some tacky corporate name added on to it's traditional moniker. Something strange is afoot in Dallas...
In no particular order, here are some of my favorites.
Navy vs Wake Forest - EAGLEBANK BOWL
HUH? Eaglebank? Must be a regional S&L with an HQ in the Cayman's or something.
South Florida vs Memphis - MAGICJACK ST. PETERSBURG BOWL
What the shit? MajickCat? Like Cat Stevens?
Rutgers vs North Carolina State - PAPAJOHNS.COM BOWL
Their pizza sucks, and so does their Bowl name. Extra Cheese, please.
No. 21 Missouri at No. 23 Northwestern - VALERO ALAMO BOWL
Aye - Arribbbe, Andele, Arribbe, Vamanos! Aye!
Nevada vs Maryland - ROADY'S HUMANITARIAN BOWL
but what does it *MEAN*?
No. 24 Boston College at Vanderbilt - GAYLORD HOTELS MUSIC CITY BOWL
Awww Coach, Do we have to go play in this one?
No. 22 Ball State vs Tulsa - GMAC BOWL
I realize this is G-M-A-C, but it looks like G-Mac - perhaps a new McDonalds menu offering appealing to trendy hip-hop styled youth culture? An Apple laptop endorsed by Snoop Dog?
And my least favorite:
No. 5 USC vs No. 8 Penn State - THE ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI
It's the Rose Bowl, suckers. No wonder your getting a bailout.