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The 10 Most Ridiculous College Football Bowl Game Names

Sport’s History Rife with Bowl Games that Sounded More like Punchlines than Clashes of Titans

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On Jan. 8, the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Arkansas State Red Wolves will collide in the third Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

That's right, the Bowl. No word yet whether Danica Patrick and/or Carmen Electra will make an appearance - clothed, unclothed, semi-clothed or otherwise.

Since the early 20th century, college football teams have played for school pride, conference titles and bowl bids. A bowl game is supposed to be a college football player's ultimate reward for a season well-played. But through the years, some of those bowl games had names that elicited more chuckles than pride.

Here are the 10 goofiest, funniest, most bizarre bowl names ever:

10. Cosmopolitan Bowl: It was an odd name for a bowl game, made odder still by its location. Is there anything remotely cosmopolitan about Alexandria, La.? But nevertheless Alexandria hosted the one-and-only Cosmopolitan Bowl in December 1951. For the record, McNeese State beat Louisiana College, 13-6.

9. Refrigerator Bowl: Once upon a time, the University of Evansville played football and once upon a time, Whirlpool had a major factory in Evansville, Ind. Put them together and - presto! - the Refrigerator Bowl was born. It was played in Evansville from 1948-56.

8. Poi Bowl: The Poi Bowl was played in Honolulu from 1936-39 and featured, surprisingly enough, the University of Hawaii team all four years. Hawaii got crushed by USC in 1936, Washington in 1938 and UCLA in 1939. Its only win in the game came in 1937, when Hawaii beat something called the "Honolulu All-Stars" 18-12.

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2011 Beef O' Brady's Bowl.

7. Tobacco Bowl: The Tobacco Bowl was played in Richmond, Va., from 1949-82 and featured teams from the tobacco-producing states of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The game was part of the Tobacco Festival, an annual event held in Richmond from 1948-84. Appropriately enough, the game and festival both died off, apparently just another tobacco-related casualty.

6. Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Nothing says national pride like a bowl game named after a regional eatery. OK, so it's a national chain, but still. This year's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl will be played Friday, Dec. 21, between Ball State and UCF at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. This bowl has a history of odd names; it was the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl in 2009 and the St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef 'O' Brady's in 2009. My guess is they had trouble fitting all of that onto a patch that would still fit on a shoulder pad.

5. Bacardi Bowl: The Bacardi Bowl was played four times (1907, 1912, 1921 and 1937) in Havana. The first three Bacardi Bowls featured the Havana University team, which actually won in 1921 by beating Ole Miss 14-0. The final Bacardi Bowl was a 7-7 tie between Auburn and Villanova, after which the sides cried into their rum about not being able to win.

4. Boot Hill Bowl: The Boot Hill Bowl was not a major bowl game by any stretch of the imagination. The game featured NAIA schools and was played in Dodge City, Kan., from 1970-80 There is no truth to the rumor that the loser was ordered to "get out of Dodge by sundown."

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Last year's Independence Bowl, sans weed eating.

3. Vulcan Bowl: No, it wasn't played on the planet Vulcan with Spock tossing the ceremonial coin. It was, however, a bowl game for small colleges played in Birmingham, Ala., on New Year's Day from 1942-49 and again in 1952. Sadly enough, the game was not able to live long or prosper.

2. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: This game has been played in San Diego since 2005 and this year features a pair of former rivals in BYU and San Diego State. Does it include free toasters for the winners?

1. Poulan Weed Eater Independence Bowl: The Independence Bowl has been played in Shreveport, La., since 1976 and this year's edition is Dec. 28 between Louisiana-Monroe and Ohio. Now known as the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, this game was one of the earliest to feature the name of a corporate sponsor and was the Poulan Weed Eater Bowl from 1990-96. Naturally, it became known as the Weedwhacker Bowl.

Phil Watson was a writer and editor at several daily newspapers for more than 20 years and is now a freelance sports journalist and radio commentator based in northern Michigan.

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