Name of the Game: What Bowl Is That, Again?


In 1997, when the Arizona-based Copper Bowl was rechristened the “ Bowl”—and billed as “the first bowl game to be sponsored by an electronic commerce Web site”—it touched a nerve. Sports columnists called the tech suffix “ridiculous.” To echo one cantankerous newspaper writer: “What next? A flag game matching sororities, sponsored by AirTouch?”


Be careful what you wish for. More than a decade later, the Peach Bowl and the Citrus Bowl have been replaced by the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Capital One Bowl (COF), respectively. The Humanitarian Bowl is no more—it’s now the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Teams from the Big East and Conference USA conferences duke it out in the Beef...

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