(Hint: They're All Ridiculous)

When I was growing up college Bowl Games were easy to understand. There were about six of them and they had names like "Rose", "Cotton" and "Sugar." If your team got in one it was considered a big deal.

Now, though, there are something like 70. So many, in fact that teams with losing records can get into them. And because of sponsorship naming rights, the titles have become increasingly silly. I remember when the Independence Bowl became the Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl in 1990. People derided that as the epitome of crass commercialism and corporate encroachment in the "purity" of amateur athletics.  It seems almost restrained by today's standards.

Here's a list of Bowl Games. See how well you do spotting the fake ones. Answers at the bottom.

  1. The Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
  2. The Redbox Video St. Petersburg Bowl
  3. The Idaho Potato Bowl
  4. The Minolta Print Scan and Copy Bowl
  5. The AutoTrader.com Liberty Bowl
  6. The Playstation Fiesta Bowl
  7. The Popeye's Bahamas Bowl
  8. The Trivago Lubbock Bowl
  9. The Dollar General Bowl
  10. The Taxslayer Bowl
  11. The Farmers Only.Com Topeka Bowl
  12. The Brian Loncar and Associates Mesothelioma Bowl
  13. The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
  14. The Rosland Capital Gold Bowl

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  1. REAL! It used to be known as the Copper Bowl
  2. FAKE! Although there is a St. Petersburg Bowl which used to be called The Beef 'O'Bradys Bowl
  3. REAL! Formerly the Humanitarian Bowl
  4. FAKE!
  5. FAKE! In reality it's the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl
  6. REAL! Playstation took over the naming this year
  7. REAL! Eastern Michigan is playing Old Dominion this year. Whoopie.
  8. FAKE!
  9. REAL! How does a store that sells stuff for a dollar afford to sponsor a college bowl game?!?
  10. REAL! It's what the Gator Bowl is now called. Seriously. The Gator Bowl is now The Taxslayer Bowl. Jesus Christ.
  11. FAKE! I really think they should make this one happen, though.
  12. FAKE! And, in poor taste on so many levels.
  13. REAL! This may be the most ridiculously named bowl for my money.
  14. FAKE!