Bowled Over! Jimmy Kimmel Becomes The First Person To Ever Have A College Football Bowl Game Named After Him.

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2016, file photo, ABC talk show host Jimmy Kimmel poses with then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, unseen, during a break in taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in Los Angeles. Kimmel announced Wednesday, June 17, 2021, on his show that he will be the title sponsor of college football's LA Bowl that is scheduled to be played Dec. 18 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Ca. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

This could potentially set the stage for the “Kelly and Ryan Rose Bowl.” Or maybe even the “Ellen Cotton Bowl.”

For the first time in what is believed to be ever, a prominent late night talk show host has his name attached to a college football bowl game. Prepare yourself for the “Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl,” coming up December 18 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. 

Even though Kimmel gets paid to tell jokes, he assured his audience Wednesday night during his monologue that this is really happening.  “This is not a joke. This is a real bowl game named after me, so mark your calendars. … It’s like an early Christmas gift for all of us.”

It could be a fun matchup a week before Christmas.  The game will feature the champion from the Mountain West conference against the fifth place school from the Pac-12.  Ironically, Kimmel went to colleges in both conferences, starting at ASU and finishing at UNLV.

“Never before has a bowl game been named after a human being (as far as I know, I didn’t check). On December 18, my dream of being forever enshrined alongside orange, rose, cotton and peach comes true.”

SoFi Stadium is the new home of the L.A. Rams and Chargers, and will finally welcome fans for the first time in its two year history this fall. 

Less than two months after the Jimmy Kimmel L.A. Bowl, another big game will go down on that same turf. 

The Super Bowl, to be played February 13, 2022, without a celebrity talk show host’s name attached to it. 

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