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*********** Would you describe a bowl game as "essentially an exhibition" and "a bit of a novelty." I picked a fight with a journo here who used those terms. I think she actually was on the right track in her description (which was for Aussies) but I felt it wasn't appropriate. Not sure the players see it as an exhibition. And coaches do get fired after poor bowl efforts.

Ed Wyatt
Melbourne, Australia

A bowl game is not an exhibition, not a "friendly."

Starting with when there was only one - the Rose Bowl, which was designed to be matchup between the best teams from the West and East Coasts - bowls were designed to settle something, to pit the "best" of leagues or regions. (Also to stimulate tourism in cities in warm climates.) Only recently have they lost that purpose,  with fifth-place teams playing sixth place teams in places like Detroit, but in the minds of the public, bowl games still have much more meaning than an exhibition.

Australians have to be excused for not grasping the subtlety. I would simply ask them why, if a Bowl is an exhibition, the Ultimate Game (to quote Duane Thomas) is called the Super Bowl?



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