So here’s the name, announced Tuesday, the powers that be came up with for the major Division I college football playoff system for which some fans spent decades pining and whining for, and which was requested by the current president of these United States:
College Football Playoff.
“This is a playoff, let’s get it in the name,” executive director Bill Hancock said according to the College Football Playoff’s official Twitter feed. “It’s simple — it’s college and it’s a playoff.”
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The teams in the four-team playoff will be chosen by a selection committee and seeded so that No. 1 plays No. 4 and No. 2 plays No. 3 in semifinal games. Pasadena’s Rose Bowl and the New Orleans Superdome will host those semifinals Jan. 1, 2015.
The site of the first championship game will be announced Thursday.
A semifinal rotates to Sun Life Stadium, site of the Orange Bowl, Jan. 1, 2016. The stadium will host Orange Bowls Dec. 31, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2016.
The other three sites in the semifinal rotation likely will be announced Wednesday.
“We think the new playoff will be the most dynamic improvement to college football in a generation,” Hancock said. “Certainly, it’s what the fans want.”
If you find the name too mired in the mundane, you can go to http://www.colle gefootballplayoff.com and save the logo from a similar fate. Fans can vote on the logo until April 29.
According to the College Football Playoff’s Twitter feed, the winner will be the logo for the next 12 years.
Apparently, Hancock didn’t have a daughter with a toy.
Pro football’s Super Bowl began life as The AFL-NFL World Championship Game. That’s what the tickets and programs read. It’s even called that on NFL Films official DVD highlight package.
The colloquial, eventual-official name “Super Bowl” came from AFL founder and Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt hearing his daughter enthusiastically talk about her Super Ball, the small bouncing product of many a supermarket gumball machine.