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Friday, August 25, 2006

South of the Border? No, it's Glendale

The Morton family, famous for enterprising Morton's Steakhouse, the Hard Rock Cafe, and most recently the Pink Taco restaurant chain, is throwing the Cardinals a bone. Apparently, they are making a serious bid -- up to $30 million -- for the naming rights of the new Arizona Cardinals stadium in Glendale, Ariz. One of the proposed names is "Pink Taco Stadium." As this facility will be hosting the 2007 Fiesta Bowl and the BCS National Championship game, these developments will impact college football. I'm here to tell you how.

Should the deal go through (although it's highly unlikely that it will), this could have huge implications. Just the possibility got me thinking. First of all, what should this bowl game be called? Sure, there's "the Fiesta Bowl," but this is a tired name unfit for such an up-and-coming stadium. Maybe the Pringles Bowl ... after all, they have the slogan, "Bet you can't eat just one." Or how about Gillette for a sponsor ... "the best a man can get?"

Furthermore, what would be the ideal matchup for such a game? This one is easy: South Carolina vs. Oregon State. It covers opposite ends of the country, presents some new faces to the big bowl scene, and features controversial figure Steve Spurrier. And best of all, who better to battle it out in Pink Taco Stadium than the Beavers and the 'Cocks?

Of course, Houston Nutt and his 'Hogs, complete with Johnson at quarterback, could fill in for South Carolina.

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