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Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 5:31 pm

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.


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:25 am

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

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Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:03 pm

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Imagine the gifts the players will recieve.
Bag of chips, baked potato, heart transplant... 

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:37 pm

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

What a ridiculous name. That is almost as bad as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Perhaps they should combine the two, and we will have "The Kraft Fight Hunger By Eating The Famous Idaho Potato" Bowl.

GEEZER ALERT: I still miss the Bluebonnet Bowl (in name only).

Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:18 pm

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Its such a shame that mostly all the bowls have a corporate name tied to them. Remember the day when it was just the Sugar Bowl or The Citrus Bowl or The Peach its The Capital one bowl or the AT & T Sugar Bowl or The Chick Fil-A bowl. I enjoy cheering for my team and buying a shirt hat or pennant but it looks and sounds so stupid to have a corporate name on it. Tostidos on a Fiesta Bowl shirt or hat is just not right....Discover on the Orange Bowl shirt is silly....and the Orange Bowl should have at least kept The King Orange logo rather then going for a plain orange circle. Even the Rose Bowl has to be presented by Citi....whats with that??? 

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:08 am

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

I don't care what you call it.  Just please play it on a GREEN football field.  My eyes still hurt from watching games on that crappy blue field.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:42 am

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

You say potatoe bowl, I say potato bowl, let's call the whole thing off...BTW, I'll have mine with lotsa butter and salt...

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:14 am

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

How about "(Do The) Mashed Potato" by James Brown!!!

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:09 am

Humanitarian Bowl now Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

How about (Do The) Mashed Potatos by James Brown?

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:51 am
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:29 pm

They should make a new rule...

Dan Jenkins gets to name all of the bowls.

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