The Most Ridiculous Defunct College Bowl Game Names

Do you ever wonder why college football bowl games boast some of the most ridiculous names?  I do, and I can’t help but chuckle each time I hear “Meineke Car Care Bowl” uttered aloud.  I feel like the aforementioned bowl game is a ceremonial car wash, and I should bring my coupe over the stadium to give it some extra love and attention.  Or how about the lowest payout Bowl?  I can just imagine the commissioner walking down to meet the winning team at the podium, and instead of handing them a trophy (citing inadequate finances for any commemorative paraphernalia glazed in precious metals) he orders them a Papa John’s pie for dinner and distributes coupons for free pizza for all the players and their flat mates.  Way cooler than a few million dollars and bronzed football, right?  I just hope he tips the driver well, because many of us have been in those shoes.

Below, I have compiled a list of the most ridiculous defunct bowl game names.  In the long history of college football, I have always wondered how fans have felt about the obvious disconnection in college football postseason advertising.  These bowl games have all failed for one reason or another – can you guess why?

Mercy Bowl
Though born of goodwill to raise money for the tragic accident of the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo football players killed in a plane crash in 1961, the name of the bowl is outright hilarious.  Just by the name, it sounds like the weakest bowl to have ever hit the college postseason.  More like the Ballerina Bowl.

Cigar Bowl
This defunct bowl, hosted in Tampa, would never survive the outrage over tobacco advertising in college sports today.  Could have been an easy sell, though, had every fan received a free Cuban upon entry.

Salad Bowl
This precursor to the current Fiesta Bowl was hosted in Phoenix, Arizona from 1948-1952.  This bowl game was destined to be doused in Fiesta’s ranch sauce from the start.  Conclusion: the Fiesta Bowl sounded a lot more tempting than iceberg lettuce.

Gotham Bowl
This bowl game, named for New York City where the bowl was played, is reminiscent of a certain DC comic mainstay.  I would have loved to see the “Biff! Pow!” light up the scoreboard every time a defender clobbered the ball carrier.  I guess the Bat Signal confused too many fans, and Robin secretly hated big, sweaty men in pads.

Refrigerator Bowl
This bowl game, hosted in Evansville, Indiana from 1948-1956, was likely the coldest bowl game ever played.  The cancellation of this bowl is a primary example of what happens when you run out of Freon.

Bacardi Bowl
The predecessor to the Cigar Bowl, the Bacardi Bowl was hosted in Havana, Cuba seven times between 1907 and 1946.  When Batista assumed office, I couldn’t imagine why anyone would forego a drink.  Mojito, anyone?

Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl
Though the Independence Bowl is still around today, the Poulan Weed-Eater part of the bowl is not.  Also known as the Weedwhacker Bowl, this bowl became the poster child for second-ranked bowl games.  Today, the bottom-rung bowl games are still referred to as Weedwhacker bowls. Bowl
When this Houston bowl game went extinct, it saved you money!