Those brave souls in central Georgia sworn to call it the Peach Bowl until your dying breaths, clutch your Bill Pullman catechisms and pray for your brothers and sisters to the southwest. In a coup not dared even by the hardest hearts of the Poulan Weed-Eater cartel, the Independence Bowl has been absorbed entirely by its title sponsor of four years and will be known merely as the AdvoCare V100 Bowl from here on out.
We always had a weird fondness for the Independence Bowl, based entirely on an incident a few years back involving our writing partner making fun of Shreveport’s waterways in an article, him being beset on all sides by raging Shreveport defenders pointing out with increasing cattiness that Kevin Costner owned a home there, and us taking that comment thread and making slam poetry out of it. (The course of building a career online never did run smoothly.) That fondness disappeared entirely the first time we set foot in Independence Stadium, but it’s still kind of sad to see any sense of place done away with entirely — even if that place once trapped us in a press box elevator with eight assistant coaches wearing tracksuits made of non-breathable fabrics.