A bowl is just a bowl without a sponsor

The Flip Side

December 04, 2006

So many bowl games. So many corporate sponsors. Mr. Flip is here to help, with a partial list and helpful comment for each.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: If you attend this game, don't leave before the final gun. Severe penalty for early withdrawal.

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl: Mr. Flip would suppose this is one game that had better be televised in high definition.

Papajohns.com Bowl: For the complete sedentary experience, this bowl combines watching football with surfing the Web and eating pizza.

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: In keeping with the military budget experience, tickets to the game will cost $29,500 each.

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: Kickoff is about 1 p.m., but your seat might not be ready until 3.

Brut Sun Bowl: At least this one shouldn't stink.

Chick-fil-A Bowl: The game couldn't be played on Sunday.

Outback Bowl: What will the officials do? According to the sponsor, there are no rules.

Welcome to L.A.

Heading into Saturday's Southern California-UCLA football game, the Los Angeles Times offered some Trojans-Bruins trivia. A sampling:

Before the game in 1987, USC pranksters changed the Hollywood sign to read "USCWOOD."

In 1993, UCLA pulled a similar stunt and made the sign say "GO UCLA."

UCLA's only four-sport letterman: Jackie Robinson.

The USC football team originally was called the Fighting Methodists.

Fighting Methodists? Mr. Flip guesses that's better than the Argumentative Unitarians.

Compiled from wire and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who's still waiting for the Slingin' Secular Humanists.

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