Cerabino: A football game in Boca Raton would be a bowl of cherries


Big news!

We’ve landed The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl here in Palm Beach County.

I know what you’re thinking. In college football bowl games named in the category of pucker-worthy fruit, this is quite a catch.

I mean, we can’t all land the pomegranate. And so much of the citrus is already taken.

And who would want to go to The Banana Bowl?

The football stadium at Florida Atlantic University has hosted college bowl games the last few years. And these annual games have been adorned with names as simple as The Boca Raton Bowl to as mysterious as the game two years ago, which was called The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.

Marmot, it turns out, is a clothing and sporting goods company. I was under the impression that the game that year was named after the oversized rodent with the same name, a rodent that looks like what might happen to a squirrel that had been fed a diet of cruise-ship food for a month.

So when I first heard our community was now going to be hosting a Cheribundi-branded game, I figured it must be related to the marmot. Didn’t I see a nature show once about the cheribundi?

It sounds like a critter that could be a cousin of the marmot, perhaps smaller though, with opposable thumbs, and possibly thriving in just one of the Florida Keys.

Florida may even have a “Save the Cheribundis” specialty license plate.

But no, it’s just product branding again. Cheribundi a brand of juice that’s made from … take a guess … tart cherries, which have been said to promote such health benefits as improving your sleep and recovering quicker after workouts.

Take that, you empty-calorie Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

“Cheribundi is perfectly geared to the active, healthy lifestyles of the Boca Raton and Palm Beach County communities,” Doug Mosley, the executive director of the game said in a prepared statement.

OK, I can see that. Boca is kind of tart, although not in an antioxident way.

But if I had to come up with an appropriate name for a college bowl game played in Boca Raton, I’d have some other ideas:

The Govern Yourself Accordingly Bowl. The Way We Do It Up North Bowl. Or The Emotional Support Yoga Kamboucha Plastic Surgery Valet Parking Bowl.

Even so, this Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl can’t help but put us on the map.

For when it comes to surprising names of college bowl games past and present, the competition is tough:

You’ve got The Meineke Car Care Bowl, The Beef O’Brady’s Bowl, The Poulan Weedeater Independence Bowl, The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, and the Chick-Fil-A Bowl — which, I’ll bet, comes with garlic-n-herb ranch or chili lime vinaigrette dressings.

And let’s not forget The Auto Nation Cure Bowl, the Olando bowl that mixes selling cars with fighting breast cancer. I wish they just called that one The Drag Race for the Cure Bowl.

But it’s hard to beat a mouthful like the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. That’s so many letters, all the commemorative T-shirts might have to be extra large.

The game will be played at FAU’s stadium on December 19, a day before The DXL Frisco Bowl, which used to be called The Miami Beach Bowl, but will be played this year in Frisco, Texas, and be sponsored by DXL, a clothing store that specializes in extra-large clothing for men.

Now that seems very appropriate for football.

I guess we’ll get used to the cherries bowl game. It’s better than no game at all.

That would be the pits.



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