Posted by Adam Jacobi
One of the more disturbing trends of the college bowl system recently has been the proliferation of bowl games named after things that don't go in bowls. Oranges, sugar, and roses all can go in bowls (though your roses might prefer a vase -- little gardening pro tip there). Bluebonnets, poinsettias, peaches, all fine things to put into a bowl. Even the Peach Bowl's new namesake is Chick-Fil-A, and if you're out of clean plates at home, hey, why not serve the Chick-Fil-A in a bowl? Totally fine.
But the other bowl namesakes, especially of late, have been a point of dismay. The Alamo doesn't belong in a bowl; it belongs right where it stands, on the ground. Music City Bowl? Nashville's way too big to fit in a bowl. Illogical. Independence Bowl? Independence is a concept, and concepts don't belong in bowls, they belong up here, in your mind.
Then we have this Humanitarian Bowl. Look, we can all agree that humanitarians are good folks, but you shouldn't put them in bowls, even if they're very small humanitarians, like the size of gummy bears or something. No, I don't know how they got that small, but you're the one putting them in bowls, so they must have gotten that way somehow.
Anyway, the folks up in Boise have rectified this unpleasant situation by just renaming the Humanitarian Bowl. Its new name is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl -- named by and for the main sponsor, the Idaho Potato Commission -- and that is a majorstep up. Potatoes can go in bowls, no questions asked. Especially if they're mashed.
The other details of the detail are basically the same. It's still being held at Boise State's Bronco Stadium, on the famous blue turf. It's still tied to the WAC and MAC. It'll still be on Saturday, December 17, at 5:30 EST. It's just a potato-themed bowl now, and that's fine, because let's face it: football and humanitarianism always had a tenuous-at-best relationship to begin with anyway.
[2011-12 Bowl Schedule]
What really sets this bowl reboot on a high level, though, is the logo, at upper right. Look at that thing. They made the football a baked potato, then put chives on it. Read that sentence again. What would you call that, a baked footato? A pigspud? Either way, Salvador Dali would be proud of your revisionist approach to reality, sirs and mesdames.
It would stand to reason, then, that there's a slightly crazy mascot that'll be at the game too. Probably an anthropomorphic potato with crazy eyes and limbs sticking out, and probably a funny hat. There's no trademark against that already, right? ...Oh.