A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 25, 2008
Broadway Bowl

If the New York Jets (representing the American Football Conference) play the New York Giants (representing the National Football Conference) in the Super Bowl, what would the game be nicknamed? When the New York Yankees (of baseball’s American League) played the New York Giants or Brooklyn Dodgers or New York Mets (of baseball’s National League) in the World Series, that series was dubbed the “Subway Series” because it was only a subway ride for New York area fans.

“Subway Super Bowl” is a nickname that has been cited in print since at least 1983. Football’s Super Bowl is played on a neutral field and has never been played in New York City—a borrowing from “Subway Series” doesn’t apply. In 2008, when the New York Giants and New York Jets both appeared headed to the Super Bowl, the name “Broadway Bowl” was suggested. (Both the Giants and the Jets played in New Jersey.)

The nickname “Big Apple Bowl” was suggested for a college football bowl game in a new, west side of Manhattan stadium that was proposed—and failed—in 2005. The nickname “Big Apple Bowl” could, perhaps, be revived for a Giants-Jets Super Bowl.

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November 20, 2008 · No Comments
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