Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Always Keep Your Eyes on the Bowl

I just love this time of year for college football. What other sport has the drawing power to prominently advertise completely unexpected companies? The MPC Computers Bowl? The Chick Fil-A Bowl? The Meineke Car Care Bowl?

I'd love to start a contest for people to pick the company that spends the greatest percentage of its revenue to name a bowl game next year. Could we see The Chipotle Burrito Bowl? (At least Chipotle offers a burrito bowl as a menu item.) Maybe bowl games will get political and we'll have The John Edwards Bowl. (I'm John Edwards and I approve this football game.)

I don't think we'll ever see generic names again — except in movies and on TV. "The Waterboy" had The Bourbon Bowl, but I think even fake bowls on film will probably have naming rights from now on.

What famous TV Land bowl games did teams play in? Let's take a look at episode titles.
  • The Pineapple Bowl (''Coach,'' 12/10 & 12/17/1991)
  • The Patriot Bowl (''Coach,'' 12/2/1992)
  • The Pioneer Bowl (''Coach,'' 12/7/1993)
  • The Popcorn Bowl (''Coach,'' 12/12/1994)
I think the writers for ''Coach'' were running out of generic P-word Bowl Games and that's the reason why Hayden Fox took the job with the Orlando Breakers sometime after the Popcorn Bowl. They just couldn't bring themselves to write an ep for The Peanut Bowl.

Now it's time to be silly with ep names. What other shows referenced 'bowl' so that it could be construed as a college football bowl game if you knew nothing else about the show? Here's a short list:
  • The Acme Bowl (''Tiny Toon Adventures,'' 11/16/1990)
  • The Back Bowl (''Rocket Power,'' 3/6/2001)
  • Batter Bowl (''Throwing Clay,'' 10/3/2005)
  • Beetle Bowl (''Fear Factor,'' 6/25/2001)
  • Brain Bowl (''Rocky Road,'' 11/12/1986)
  • The Bud Bowl (''Home Improvement,'' 3/5/1996)
  • Chowder Bowl (''Low Carb Cookworx'')
  • DeathBowl (''Celebrity Deathmatch,'' 98, 99 & 2000)
  • Dud Bowl (''Married…with Children,'' 11/13/1994)
  • The Enoch Bowl (''Tammy,'' 12/17/1965)
  • J.C. Bowl (''The Parkers,'' 10/2/2000)
  • Papier Mache Bowl (''The Carol Duvall Show'')
  • Rice Bowl (''East Meets West with Ming Tsai'')
  • Salad Bowl (''Fresh from the Garden'')
  • Strawberry Bowl (''GKA'')
  • The Super Pac-Bowl (''The Pac-Man Show'')
  • The Superstretch Bowl (''Superstretch and Microwoman'')
  • Tracy Bowl (''The Drew Carey Show,'' 2/24/1999)
  • The Turkey Bowl (''According to Jim,'' 11/21/2001)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

John Edwards knows a lot about poverty, after all, he's helped throw a lot of people into it with:

- his co-sponsorship of H-1b visas,

- his support for illegal aliens,

- his vote for MFN-China

but what about stuff like iraq war and the patriot act?

well, he voted for them too

About the only think you can say for Edwards is, he spent so much time running for president that he didnt have time to do more damage as senator

You've got to ask yourself - 'what did he do, with the power he had, when he had it?