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Detroit Lions reportedly ready to create bowl game

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Tragically, the Little Casears Pizza Bowl and its accompanying mascots (pictured) are likely no more. At least when it comes to its current venue.

According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the Detroit Lions are expected to create and operate their own bowl game that will be played at Ford Field beginning in 2014. The unnamed bowl would match teams from the ACC and Big Ten rather than the Big Ten and MAC, which is the current tie-in setup for the Pizza Bowl.

Et tu, Detroit?

The ACC and Big Ten are already headed toward a Pinstripe Bowl matchup with many bowl contracts expiring after the 2013 season. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has made a point that he plans on emphasizing more attractive bowl matchups in the future and the Little Casesars Pizza Bowl has been far down the conference’s pecking order. Where this new bowl places on the Big Ten’s new lineup remains to be seen, but an ACC opponent would be an upgrade.

Conversely, the loser in this scenario, should it come to fruition, would be the MAC. And anyone who loves Little Caesars. Bowl officials told the Detroit Free Press that the game could be moved to Comerica Park┬áin Detroit, but it’s overall future appears to be very much in doubt.

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16 Responses to “Detroit Lions reportedly ready to create bowl game”
  1. barbeaux says: May 21, 2013 3:24 PM

    Yep. We def need more bowl games.

  2. drummerhoff says: May 21, 2013 3:40 PM

    In other words, the ACC is replacing the MAC in regard to bowl affiliation.

    Wow … it keeps getting more embarrassing for Swofford’s group.

  3. northernwisc says: May 21, 2013 3:51 PM

    Here I thought they were doing this because they can’t ever make it to the Super Bowl and would invite themselves.

  4. overratedgators says: May 21, 2013 3:52 PM

    Until this very moment, I forgot how much I used to love Little Ceasar’s Crazy Bread. Haven’t had it like … 20 years. Must fix that.

  5. pastabelly says: May 21, 2013 4:33 PM

    With expansion, ACC needs more bowl slots. They already have eight for fourteen schools. This would be the ninth. This is no shame for Swofford. They are also considering a tenth.

  6. 11thstreetmafia says: May 21, 2013 5:03 PM

    Great idea, really.

  7. BrownsTown says: May 21, 2013 5:39 PM

    Golden Corral Bowl with UM getting the automatic invite in years where they are not heading to the Rose Bowl.

    You know why…..

  8. bertenheim says: May 21, 2013 5:46 PM

    The Big Ten and ACC have nailed down the two bowl venues no one wants to go to in December.

  9. thefiesty1 says: May 21, 2013 5:59 PM

    Maybe the Lions could play the MAC champion in a bowl game and actually have a chance to win a game.

  10. dmvtransplant says: May 21, 2013 7:31 PM

    @bertenheim

    Why is are for you to understand why midwestern fans wanting to go be able to drive to a game in their area? Or spending the holidays in the greatest city on earth (NYC), instead of God’s Waiting Room (Florida)?

    I mean Big-12 fans don’t complain about bowl games in Texas. And PAC-12 fans don’t complain about Vegas. If (NY/NJ) is good enough for the Super Bowl I think it will be good enough for a second tier CFB game.

  11. bertenheim says: May 21, 2013 7:45 PM

    NYC is the greatest city on earth.
    Shoot me now.

  12. thegonz13 says: May 21, 2013 7:47 PM

    And a “serious” bowl game has these kinds of mascots?

    *facepalm*

  13. normtide says: May 21, 2013 8:03 PM

    I’m all for more bowl games, I love college football. People complain about all the games, but they must be making some money. Even if the don’t, who wants less games? If you don’t like the match up, try not watching. I hate 99.9999% of the reality TV shows, but if someone else enjoys them, I’m happy for them. Pairing the ACC and B1G sounds good to me, tell when to tune in.

  14. barbeaux says: May 22, 2013 12:42 AM

    Bowl games are a farce. There can be too many bowl games. Cut and dry…they need playoffs.

  15. howintensive says: May 22, 2013 4:17 AM

    As a hard-core lover of Little Caesars, I am very dissappointed.

  16. sparty0n says: May 22, 2013 10:08 AM

    I like the comment on the ESPN blog “What do the Lions know about post-season play?”

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