Pete Rose highlights Page 2's All-Bowl Team

Sat, Dec 18
Pete RoseAP Photo/Tom UhlmanFormer Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose makes Page 2's All-Bowl Team ... for his last name.

We're going bowling. For the next three weeks. The 35-game extravaganza, which includes two-thirds of the membership of the BCS conferences, starts Saturday. With all the fanfare of the New Mexico Bowl, here are the members of the All-Bowl Team:

Pete Rose: Now this is a match. Just as Pete Rose will be the first one to tell you he's the "Hit King," the Rose Bowl is part of something called the Tournament of Roses. It's not a game; it's a tournament. Kind of like the Bowl Championship Series is a series. This begs the question: If it's a tournament, does this mean gamblers can bet on the outcome of the Portland regional final between Red Floribunda and Old Garden?

Gelo Orange: The Wake Forest defensive end sadly missed out on the Demon Deacons' trip to the Orange Bowl after the 2006 season. He was still solidifying his future in high school at the time. He has since become a special-teams force, blocking three punts for Wake.

Johnny Holliday: Not quite the same spelling as the bowl game in San Diego, but if you're looking for a party, you could do worse than call Holliday, one of the first famous DJs in American radio history and the voice of the Maryland Terrapins for 32 years now. In May 1964, he emceed a concert headed by an unknown but promising group known as the Rolling Stones. The band's first U.S. release hadn't even hit stores yet.

Chick Hearn: The legendary Los Angeles Lakers announcer coined the phrase "slam dunk," among others. The downside to his NBA-related travel is that he never could call the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

Cotton Davidson: Francis Marion "Cotton" Davidson actually played in the Cotton Bowl. The stadium, not the game. That occurred in 1962, when he played for the Dallas Texans of the AFL, who called the facility home before leaving to become the Kansas City Chiefs and ultimately join the NFL. Davidson also backed up Johnny Unitas for the Baltimore Colts, whose franchise had been known five years earlier as -- you got it -- the Dallas Texans.

Ivan Caesar: This guy just sounds like a despot, doesn't he? Truth be told, Caesar's reign in the NFL lasted only a year, a 14-game stint for the 1991 Minnesota Vikings. His days at Boston College didn't get him to the Little Caesars Bowl, either. The game didn't exist then, and his Eagle teams all finished with losing records.

Sun Daly: Speaking of names and connotations, this sounds like a Chamber of Commerce slogan in Arizona, California or Florida. Or perhaps El Paso, Texas, home of the Hyundai Sun Bowl. James J. Daly, for the record, wasn't a regular. He played in 13 games for the 1892 Baltimore Orioles.

Terrance Copper: Those with Insight know the Copper Bowl is the predecessor of the Insight Bowl. Those who follow the NFL with extreme devotion know Copper is a journeyman wide receiver now plying his trade with the Chiefs.

Rob Daniels is a freelance writer for Sports Media Exchange, a national freelance writing network.