- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 6, 2008

LIVE FROM NEW ORLEANS THE NAME GAME

Craig Steltz blitzed through his words, clearly ready and eager to play in the big game.

“We’ve worked all season for this. This is exactly where we want to be,” the LSU All-American safety said. “The Sugar Bowl.”

Uh, Craig, not quite. Tomorrow night’s matchup between LSU and Ohio State has a way more snazzy name.

The BCS National Championship Game.

Snooze-a-rama. At that rate, might as well call it what it really is: the Bowl Championship Series national championship game of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

You know, the BCSNCGNCAAFBS, for short.

“It kind of needs something,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “Like the Title Bowl.”

Any title, really. In a sport that prides itself on tradition, something is definitely missing here.

The Orange Bowl, that’s classic. The Fiesta Bowl — catchy. The long-gone Los Angeles Christmas Festival, even that was clever.

Way back when, the Rhumba Bowl and the Refrigerator Bowl had a nice ring. The Salad Bowl and the Oil Bowl were distinctive, as were the Raisin Bowl and the Aviation Bowl.

“The Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, that was a good one,” Miles said. “We played in it when I was a graduate assistant at Michigan against UCLA. I liked that name.”

The NFL took the Super Bowl, Division III owns the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. Fact is, the BCS knows it’s trailing in the name game.

“We’re all hoping that something evolves ” we really are,” BCS administrator Bill Hancock said Thursday. “We got hundreds of suggestions from the public last year but not so many this year. Maybe people have run out of ideas.

“Names are a funny thing. You could probably hire all the PR folks in the world, and they might come up with a moniker that would be disliked by a lot of people.”

Besides, some like it just fine.

“I mean, the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl are great,” Ohio State receiver Brian Hartline said. “But we’re playing for the championship. That’s what our game is called. It’s not named for a plant.”

Associated Press

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