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College football: Playoff name needs work

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013

Pro football hatched this great idea for a championship game matching the two competing leagues. So it came up with a really catch name. The “AFL-NFL World Championship Game.” Not until 1969 did Super Bowl take hold.

So let’s go easy on “College Football Playoff,” which apparently will be the official name of college football’s new, well, playoff. “College Football Playoff” has very little chance to catching on. Generic doesn’t begin to describe it.

I’ve been calling the new four-team format the “Football Four” and will continue to do so until something better comes along. Same with the Big Bowl, the name I use for the college football championship game. The BCS National Championship Game is the worst of both worlds — long and unsnazzy.

College Football Playoff isn’t likely to endure as a name. We like our big-time events to have memorable names. Super Bowl. World Series. Final Four. The Masters. The Stanley Cup.

About the only big-time event that doesn’t have such a regal name is the NBA Finals, and it’s at least concise and to the point. Not so with College Football Playoff.  So for now, I’ll keep using Football Four and Big Bowl.

 

 


by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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