We can understand why so many mediocre bowls line our on-screen guides every December and early January: They're lucrative for everyone (well, almost everyone) involved. Local dignitaries in moderate-sized middle American metropolises gotta eat. But we could really do without all the specious shilling. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen, NPR's Mike Pesca airs his grievances with particular reference to Shreveport's AdvoCare v100 Independence Bowl, whose spectators are pictured above.

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