Thinking About Soup-or Bowls?

football dip bowl

Football Dip Bowl (available on Amazon).  I recommend filling it with BigLittleMeal’s  Carrot-Ginger Dip.

A few weeks ago Ann announced that she was contemplating using bowls as a theme for an upcoming blog.  Although her focus on the comfort and simplicity of a bowl of homemade soup was appealing, I couldn’t help thinking about bowls other than those that hold soup (or dip, for that matter).  Keep in mind that Ann floated this bowl idea in the midst of the frenzy of LSU’s rise in national rankings and the upcoming college football playoffs. The buzz of bowl games was in the air.


LSU’s “Death Valley” stadium with its 102,321 seating capacity.

Before going further, a disclaimer is in order regarding my credentials as a card-carrying LSU football fan.  Early in my career as a fledgling LSU assistant professor I made the error of mentioning to one of my classes that I had not yet been to Death Valley (as the football stadium is affectionately known).  I don’t think I would have shocked my students any more if I had announced I was a bank robber.  My teaching evaluations took a hit that semester with comments like “Why did you come to LSU if you don’t like football?”  Let me add that before I retired Ann and I did manage to fit in one Death Valley game.

I had always known that football was a big deal at LSU.  But looking into LSU’s bowl game history I got a new appreciation for just how big of a deal it is.  While the 53 bowl games they have been invited to is impressive,  I was most struck by comparing what the LSU football team looked like in its first bowl game – the 1907 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba – with what the team looks like currently.


LSU’s entire football team and coaching staff at the 1907 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba (Incidentally, LSU won 56 to 0)


lsu football team photo 2020

The LSU football team for the 2019/20 season.  I counted 113 players, not including the coaches and staff.

But enough about LSU – let’s get back on track with something about bowls and food.  I thought it would be interesting to see how many of the 97 (yes, 97) college football bowls I found on line (both current and defunct) had names associated in one way or another with food.  I came up with the below list of 30 college bowl names.

Just to make it fun I am challenging you to figure out, without going on line, which two of these names are “fake news.”  That is, which are figments of my imagination.  You might call this the BigLittleMeals Bowl Game.

bowl game list graphic

Football Bowls (past and present) with names having something to do with food.  Without looking them up on line, can you pick out the “fake news” ones I included ?

Superbowl 2020

I will reveal the phony names in our next blog.  Don’t miss it.  In the meantime,  grab some chips (or – better yet – raw veggies), fill your football bowl with our Carrot-Ginger Dip, and get ready for the big boys in the Super Bowl.  Geaux 49ers!


    • theRaggedys says:

      Thanks for the input. The BigLittleMeals rules committee has informed me that I should no longer declare if guesses are correct or incorrect until my announcement in our next blog. So, until then…


  1. theRaggedys says:

    Nice try, but no cigar.

    The Poi Bowl is a now-defunct college football bowl game played in Honolulu, Hawaii at Honolulu Stadium. Played in early January from 1936 to 1939, the Poi Bowl was renamed the Pineapple Bowl in 1940.

    The Egg Bowl is the name given to the Mississippi State–Ole Miss football rivalry. It is an American college football rivalry game played annually between Southeastern Conference members Mississippi State University and Ole Miss (The University of Mississippi).  The rivalry is the tenth longest uninterrupted series in the United States. 


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