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Bowl names have gotten ridiculous

Take one look at the college football bowl game names and you can't help but laugh. Corporate sponsorship has totally changed (screwed up) the games and their names. Did products not get sold when bowls were named for locations, nicknames or historical references? It's upsetting to see bowls with great traditions drop their past over a couple bucks.

Don't they realize that these companies most likely won't be sponsoring the game forever. Read Revisiting worst bowl names ever and Corporate soup bowl. Here's a list of my favorites (or should I say least favorites).

PapaJohns.com Bowl // formerly the Birmingham Bowl. The .com was added to promote the website, which is the first nationwide pizza chain to allow online delivery orders.

Chick-Fil-A bowl // formerly Peach Bowl. Corporate names totally taking over Bowl Game titles is disturbing. 'The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl' or the 'Nokia Sugar Bowl' is one thing, but there is absolutely no reason to get rid of the historical titles of these great bowls that have stood the test of time. The Peach Bowl, by the way, was started in 1968.

Champs Sports Bowl // formerly Sunshine Classic (1990), Blockbuster Bowl (1990-1993), Carquest Bowl (1994-1997), MicronPC Bowl (1998-1999), MicronPC.com Bowl (2000), Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl (2001), Mazda Tangerine Bowl (2002-2003). The epitome of why not to change the name for a sponsor. 8 names in 16 years.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl // you're kidding, right?

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