The Five Most Ridiculous College Football Bowl Names of 2012

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The Five Most Ridiculous College Football Bowl Names of 2012

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Every year in the BCS post season, sponsors shell out tons of money to sponsor a number of different bowl games. Good or bad, it seems as though the sponsors care more about having their name associated with a bowl game, than the quality of that bowl game.

Over the years, there have been some pretty hysterical names for crappy bowls. 2008 brought us the “magicJack bowl”. In 2007 we saw the International Bowl, which sounds like a special event the local bowling alley holds to encourage diversity.

When looking at some of these bowl names, it really shows how much of a factor money plays into the whole college football system. Instead of calling a bowl the “New Orleans Bowl”, now the NCAA sticks a sponsor’s name in front of it to make some extra money, which is why teams are playing in the “R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl” now.

All of the unnecessary sponsorships lead to some of the most drawn out, ridiculous names for a college football game. It seems like we’re not too far off from an American Standard Toilet Bowl. I think if it made money, the NCAA and sponsors would agree on it, regardless of its image.

So without further ado, here are the top five most ridiculous bowl names of the 2012 season.

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The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

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Any bowl with more than two or three words before the word “bowl” has too many words. “Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl” literally takes about three seconds to say aloud. That’s a bit much. I would even be ok with the “Music City Bowl, presented by Franklin American Mortgage” because at lease then everyone would call it what it is instead of throwing the sponsor’s name in every time.

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The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

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This is another name that’s just frankly too long. This name is so long, you couldn’t even describe it with an acronym. The SDCCU Poinsetia Bowl is even too long of a name. So if an abbreviated form of the name seems long, why use the spelled out words?

Hey, whatever makes the money, I suppose.

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The Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

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The Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, not to be confused with the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Florida, or California, makes the list because the NCAA felt the need to tack on “of Texas” to the name.

How many Meineke Car Care Bowls did they plan on having?

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The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

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I once heard someone describe the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on Twitter. They said it sounds like something cheesy you’d find in the frozen foods aisle of the supermarket.

I couldn’t agree more. This hilariously named bowl sounds more like a food than a football game. Hold on for a second, people. I’m going to stick my Hunger Bowl in the microwave for a couple minutes.

This is just too great.

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Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl

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The Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl is similar to the Fight Hunger Bowl in the sense that they both sound like something I’d buy to eat; only this one is a bit fancier. This sounds more like an appetizer I’d order as I sat down with my family to eat dinner.

I wonder if players thought they won food when they found out they were going to the Beef O’ Brady’s bowl. I’m sure at least one Lineman thought he was just going to Beef O’ Brady’s, and that probably made him happier than the actual bowl game.

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