A brief history of the most absurd college football bowl game names
College Football bowl games, while meaningless to the majority, still serve a fine purpose. For teams, its one final opportunity to go out on a high note, plus an extra month's worth of preparation for the following season. For fans, it's a chance to see their team in a different location, sometimes tropical, sometimes Mobile, Alabama. For degenerates, the 41 bowl games give you a shot to get on a hot streak, or blow the entire Christmas fund on Southern Miss vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.
But for the most part, bowl games are known for one thing -- absolutely ridiculous names. Much like golf, with its Sanderson Farms Championship and CareerBuilder Challenge, the College Football Bowl games never cease to amaze with the never-before-heard-of sponsors. It's difficult to keep up with all 41 already, but add in the fact that the sponsors change seemingly every three years. Here's the latest name switch:
What in the hell is Bad Boy Mowers? Also, what in the hell is a Gasparilla!?
Whatever it is, it tops our list of most absurd bowl game names, that were already absurd before they changed.
Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl
Bitcoin St Petersburg Bowl - North Carolina State v Central Florida
ST PETERSBURG, FL - DECEMBER 26: Head coach Dave Doeren of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates after winning the NCAA Bitcoin St Petersburg bowl against the UCF Knights by a score of 34-27 at Tropicana Field on December 26, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)
Previous names: Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef O'Brady's Bowl, magicJack Bowl
The annual tilt takes place in beautiful, sunny Florida, except its under a roof at the depressing as hell Tropicana Field, home to the depressing as hell Tampa Bay Rays.
TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TaxSlayer Bowl - Georgia v Penn State
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02: Malkom Parrish #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs signs an autograph for a fan after the TaxSlayer Bowl game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at EverBank Field between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Penn State Nittany Lions on January 2, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Previous names: Progressive Gator Bowl, Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Toyota Gator Bowl, Outback Gator Bowl, Mazda Gator Bowl, Gator Bowl
In simpler times, bowls had names like "Gator Bowl," "Sun Bowl," and "Liberty Bowl." But that was never going to last once $$$$ got involved. Anybody that signs on with Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed is cool with us though. Slay those taxes!
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Previous names: uDrove Humanitarian Bowl, Roady's Humanitarian Bowl, MPC Computers Bowl, Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, Sports Humanitarian Bowl
All things considered, after rereading the previous six names, they nailed it on the seventh try. Plus, the winner gets a bowl of freakin' taters. Can't hate.
Franklin American Mortgage Company Music City Bowl
NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 30 Music City Bowl - Nebraska v Tennessee
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30: Inside the stadium before the NCAA Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl game between Tennessee and Nebraska on December 30, 2016, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. (Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Previous names: Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, homepoint.com Music City Bowl, American General Music City Bowl, Music City Bowl
As you can see, the Music City Bowl has had an eccentric group of monikers.
Dollar General Bowl
Dollar General Bowl - Ohio v Troy
MOBILE, AL - DECEMBER 23: Linebacker Justin Lucas #13 of the Troy Trojans accepts the trophy for the most valuable player after their game against the Ohio Bobcats on December 23, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama. The Troy Trojans defeated the Ohio Bobcats 28-23. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
Previous names: GoDaddy Bowl, GoDaddy.com Bowl, GMAC Bowl, GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl, Mobile Alabama Bowl
Quite the identity crisis over the past 17 years for this one.
Duck Commander Independence Bowl - Miami v South Carolina
SHREVEPORT, LA - DECEMBER 27: Detailed view of the Duck Commander Independence Bowl logo on a yard marker during a game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Miami Hurricanes at Independence Stadium on December 27, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Previous names: Too many to list, but the highlights: Duck Commander Independence Bowl, Poulan Weed-Eater Independence Bowl
After a two-year stint with Camping World as the title sponsor, the Independence Bowl is now sponsor-less and the search is on. Since 1997, they've tried to top Poulan Weed-Eater, but to no avail.
Foster Farms Bowl
NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 28 Foster Farms Bowl - Indiana v Utah
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28: The MVP and Game trophies on display at the Foster Farms Bowl game between the Utah Utes verses the Indiana Hoosiers on December 28, 2016 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Previous names: Fight Hunger Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, San Francisco Bowl
I guess Kraft decided to stop fighting hunger? Shameful.
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