In rather odd, yet history-making news, late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel announced on his show this week that he’s getting his very own college football bowl game named after him that will be played inside of SoFi Stadium. This is the first such case where a bowl game was directly named after a person, not just a business like Papa John’s or John Hancock.
The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will be televised on ABC and is set to pit the number one team from the Mountain West Conference against the fifth team from the Pac 12.
“Stan Kroenke designed Hollywood Park to be a sports and entertainment destination for Angelenos and visitors from across the world to enjoy,” said Jason Gannon, the game’s executive director on Wednesday. “We cannot think of a better way to bring sports and entertainment together than by collaborating with celebrated late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel on our collegiate bowl game. Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will not only bring an incredible game day experience to fans, but it will also focus on supporting our community 365 days a year.”
And now for today’s links.
Drew Brees had some advice for Justin Herbert while visiting mini camp (Chargers.com)
Coach Staley recaps minicamp (Chargers.com)
Austin Ekeler is set up for a monster fantasy season (Chargers Wire)
Three early takeaways from minicamp (Bolt Beat)
The NFL’s most-intriguing wide receiver groups (NFL.com)
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed on updated COVID-19 protocols ahead of the 2021 season (NFL.com)
What are trade destinations for Stephon Gilmore? (Bleacher Report)
Eight potential breakout candidates in 2021 (CBS Sports)
Allen Robinson is ready to play on a one-year deal (ESPN)
Mike Zimmer believes unvaccinated players will have a rough time this season with updated protocols (Pro Football Talk)