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    List of Defunct Bowl Games...

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    Thought since we're in the middle of Bowl Week I'd do some searching for some of the bowls from the past....

    Here is a list of Defunct Bowl Games from Wikipedia

    All-American Bowl, Birmingham, Alabama 1977-1990
    Aloha Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii 1982-2000
    Aviation Bowl, Dayton, Ohio 1961
    Bacardi Bowl, Havana, Cuba, 1937
    Bluebonnet Bowl, Houston, Texas 1959-1987
    Bluegrass Bowl, Louisville, Kentucky 1958
    Boardwalk Bowl, Atlantic City, New Jersey 1961-1973
    Boot Hill Bowl, Dodge City, Kansas 1970-1980
    California Bowl, Fresno, California 1981-1991
    Camellia Bowl, Lafayette, Louisiana 1948; Sacramento, California 1961-1980
    Charity Bowl, Los Angeles, California 1937
    Cherry Bowl, Pontiac, Michigan 1984-1985
    Cigar Bowl, Tampa, Florida1947-1956
    Cosmopolitan Bowl, Alexandria, Louisiana 1951
    Delta Bowl, Memphis, Tennessee 1948-1949
    Dixie Bowl, Birmingham, Alabama 1948-1949
    Festival of Palms Bowl, Miami, Florida 1932-1934
    Forth Worth Classic, Fort Worth, Texas 1921
    Freedom Bowl, Anaheim, California 1984-1994
    Garden State Bowl, East Rutherford, New Jersey 1978-1981
    Glass Bowl, Toledo, Ohio 1946-1949
    Gotham Bowl, New York City, 1961-1962
    Great Lakes Bowl, Cleveland, Ohio 1947
    Harbor Bowl, San Diego, California 1947-1949
    Heritage Bowl, Atlanta, Georgia 1991-1999
    Houston Bowl, 2000-2005 (originally galleryfurniture.com bowl)
    Mercy Bowl, Los Angeles, California 1961, 1971
    Oahu Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii 1998-2000
    Oil Bowl, Houston Texas 1946-1947
    Pasadena Bowl, Pasadena, California 1967-1971
    Pineapple Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii 1940-1952
    Poi Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii 1936-1939
    Presidential Cup Bowl, College Park, Maryland 1950
    Refrigerator Bowl, Evansville, Indiana 1948-1956
    Raisin Bowl, Fresno, California 1946-1949
    Salad Bowl, Phoenix, Arizona 1948-1952
    Seattle Bowl, Seattle Washington 2001-2002
    Silicon Valley Football Classic, San Jose, California 2000-2004
    Sunflower Bowl, Winfield, Kansas 1982-1986


    some interesting names and stuff there....

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    I think they should have played the Pasadena Bowl in San Diego. It would have been funnier.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    I've started reading about all of these games... apparently the Aviation Bowl was played between New Mexico and Western Michigan, and won by New Mexico. That whole 1961 Lobos team got inducted into their athletic hall of fame for that win in 1990. Guess football isn't so great at New Mexico

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Lol. That's pretty interesting stuff.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Bluegrass Bowl, played between Oklahoma State and Florida State, temps @ kickoff were apparently 20 degrees and the field was icy and slippery... game made a measly $18,132... and the organizers claimed that a success

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Well, in '58 18k was a pretty good amount of money.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Charity Bowl, 1 time game played between Fresno State and Central Arkansas in 1937... the Bulldogs pulled out a squeaker, 27-26....

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Cigar Bowl, played in Tampa, Florida from 1947-1956 featured teams including the University of Havana, Missouri Valley, Wisconsin LaCrosse, Brooke Army Medical Center, Wofford, and the University of Tampa

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Delta Bowl, in Memphis Tennessee was supposed to feature Tulane, but after they started the year 0-8 they had to be replaced by William and Mary. Who ever heard of signing a team to a bowl contract before the season even started?

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    They should definitely bring back the Bacardi Bowl and the Refrigerator Bowl since they have the sweetest names.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    I wouldn't mind seeing a Notre Dame bowl run by NBC where ND plays a depleted 6-6 WAC team every year so they can barely scrape out a bowl win.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    I agree, the refrigerator bowl would be sweet.... not too sure there's a market for a bowl game in chilly Evansville, Indiana though...

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    I always liked the bluebonnet bowl, usually a pretty good game.
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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Good grief, look at all of the bowls from the late 40's. There were almost as many as there are now.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    yeah, seemed like anybody could get a game then if they wanted to... for some reason they were all cold weather games... the Great Lakes Bowl was played @ Municipal Stadium between Kentucky and Villanova.... Villanova's first 2 bowl appearances were in games that only lasted 1 year...

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    You forgot the Tangerine Bowl. Kent State played in it around 1971 and lost 21-18 to Tampa. That was Tampa's last game. One of their players was the number one draft pick.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    My cousin played in a Copper Bowl out in AZ back in the 90s when he was with Indiana University.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Akron under the late great Gordon Larson played in the 1968 Grantland Rice Bowl played in Murfreesboro, Tenn and lost to Terry Bradshaw-led Louisiana Tech, 33-13.

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Quote Originally Posted by FairwoodKing
    You forgot the Tangerine Bowl. Kent State played in it around 1971 and lost 21-18 to Tampa. That was Tampa's last game. One of their players was the number one draft pick.
    Does the Tangerine count as defunct since it is really the Capital One Bowl?

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Quote Originally Posted by sleeper
    I wouldn't mind seeing a Notre Dame bowl run by NBC where ND plays a depleted 6-6 WAC team every year so they can barely scrape out a bowl win.


    This made me laugh really hard

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Quote Originally Posted by osudarby08
    They should definitely bring back the Bacardi Bowl and the Refrigerator Bowl since they have the sweetest names.
    C'mon....better than the Boot Hill Bowl? I think not! lol

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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    I always thought they should have a bowl game in either Cincy or Texas called "The Chili Bowl"
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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    I liked the "Salad Bowl."
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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Is the Lingerie Bowl still around?
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    RE: List of Defunct Bowl Games...

    Yeah some of those games have continued under other names, so i took them off the defunct bowl list

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