The Washington Times - September 10, 2008, 01:10PM

Just arrived in College Park after a couple hours downtown talking with folks around the new bowl game (originally called the Congressional Bowl). It is now the EagleBank Bowl after the Bethesda-based company anted up for a four-year deal with options to be the title sponsor.

As colleague Tim Lemke reported yesterday, the game will be played at RFK Stadium rather than Nationals Park. On the bright side, the first-year game doesn’t have to deal with the hassles of converting a baseball stadium – something that doesn’t come without glitches. On the down side, RFK isn’t exactly the most modern facility.


The teams in play are no surprise. Navy (if eligible) in 2008 and Army (if eligible) in 2009 would lend the sort of national tie-in that makes sense. The bowl has the No. 9 selection from the ACC this year, and the conference plans to remain tied in with a game that falls within its geographic area. That’s no surprise; ACC teams also play in bowl games in Charlotte, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami.

Looks like the time (11 a.m.), date (Dec. 20) and TV situation (ESPN) is pretty much settled at this point.

Now it’s just a matter of figuring out the teams – a potential headache I’ll get to in the next post.

Patrick Stevens