NCAA Football Learn about the origin of the six most important Bowls in college football
Dis that the NCAA approve the creation of the College Football Playoff, six of the more traditional Bowls are on rotation to host the semifinals of college football, in what is known as the ‘New Year Six Bowls’.
He Rose Bowl, junto al Sugar, Orange, Cotton, Peach y Fiesta, monopolize the spotlight every year during the Tazoniza, let’s recall the history of each of the six Bowls and why they are called that.
Known as ‘The Grandfather of all Bowls’, was the first postseason game in the history of NCAA collegiate football, which sI played for the first time in 1902, as part of festival of the ‘Tournament of Roses’ organized by the Valley Hunt Club to show the country the good weather in California during the winter. One of the organizers, Charles F. Holder, said: “In New York they are buried under snow. Here, our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to be harvested. Let’s make a festival so that the world knows about our paradise. “
The Rose Bowl gets its name from the stadium where it is played, which was built taking as inspiration the Yale University Stadium, the Yale Bowl, and that they planted roses around the stadium.
That first game of 1902 brought together the best team in the east, MichiganAgainst the best of the west Stanford, which ended 49-0 when the California team threw in the towel with 8 minutes to go. The beating prevented the match from being played for 14 years, being replaced at the festival by wagon races like in the movie ‘Gladiator’ and even ostrich races. but it finally returned in 1916 and has been contested non-stop ever since.
It is, next to the Sugar Bowl and the Sun Bowl, the second oldest bowl, although ‘Tazn de la Naranja’ has a history that is not recognized by the NCAA.
This game began by looking to replicate the success of the Rose Bowl to attract tourists to South Florida, which had been ravaged by a hurricane in 1926. The festival was created ‘Fiesta of the American Tropics’, which revolved around a football game, but was unsuccessful and was canceled for the following year. In 1929 another game was played and it was until 1933 that its ‘modern history’ began, by being part of the ‘Palm Festival’. Again it was not a box office success, but New York journalists covered the game between Manhattan College and the University of Miami, thus the game began to gain popularity, although it was still far behind the Rose Bowl, and as the University of Miami played the first two editions, the NCAA did not recognize it as an official postseason game until 1935.
That is why for 1935 two important changes emerged: the first, name the party according to Florida’s main crop, the orange, and they got funds for build a new stadium to attract more fans (in 1935, the Rose Bowl had 85,000 spectators, against 5,134 in the Orange), which began in 1936 and was named ‘Miami Orange Bowl’, which will be his house until 1996.
Since 1927, a group of people from the city of New Orleans He sought to create a Bowl similar to those in California and Florida, but it was not until 1934 that the New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association raised the sum of $ 30,000 to promote that first game, which debuted in January 1935.
Its name comes from the first party venue, Tulane University Stadium, is located on the site where the first sugar plantation in Louisiana, which to date is the second largest producing state of this product in the United States.
J. Curtis Sanford, an oil mogul from Dallas, attended the 1936 Rose Bowl in Pasadena and came back with the idea of creating an ace game in Dallas. So in 1937 he played the first edition of the game and for the first four years, the game was financed by Sanford, even though he lost money.
He Fair Park Bowl was chosen to host the first game, but the name was changed to Cotton Bowl to compete with existing Bowls and because the state of Texas is the largest cotton product. The game was played here until 2010, when it moved to the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington.
The Cotton Bowl was one of the top four Bowls until the 1990s, when the Southwest Conference disbanded and its place in the Bowl Alliance was taken over by the Fiesta Bowl, and returned to the Major Bowls rotation with the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2014.
It is the fifth oldest Bowl, after Rose, Sugar, Sun and Cotton. I was born in the sixties as an idea of Atlanta Lions Club fundraiser idea and the third time they submitted their proposal to the NCAA, the game was approved and played in 1968. Following the guidance of the other Bowls, They chose to take the name of one of the most important crops in the state of Georgia, the peach.
Unlike the other Bowls, the Peach Bowl had multiple problems during its existence. It has gone through four stadiums, (the Georgia Tech stadium and the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium shared by the Falcons and Braves, the Georgia Dome and finally the Mercedes Benz Stadium), the first two outdoors, which generated multiple climate-related problems that cast doubt on its existence on several occasions, but he finally found stability by facing ACC and SEC teams, and they were finally included among the six Tazones del New Year Six del College Football Playoff.
The last of the six Bowls, was born in 1971 out of frustration that the champion of the Western Athletic Conference do not receive invitations to the other parties. Since 1968, the president of Arizona State University, G. Homer Duncan, had the idea of creating a Bowl, but the constant rejection of the state teams made the entrepreneurs of the city of Phoenix support this idea and after two years of rejections, this Bowl was approved, whose name does not have to do with any crop in the region, like the other Bowls, but was the product of a voting of the city’s fans, who chose the word ‘Fiesta’ in Spanish.
During its first decade of existence, the Fiesta Bowl was played in the last week of December, before moving to New Years in 1981, but it was in 1986 that it grew in popularity when Penn State and Miami agreed to play there in which It was the ‘de facto’ national championship that year, and in 1999 it entered the rotation of four venues for the BCS final, continuing on that exclusive list of six College Football Playoff.