The Washington Times - April 29, 2009, 09:54AM

Last week, the EagleBank Bowl in D.C. announced its date (Dec. 29) and time (4:30 p.m.), a significant development for Maryland fans who might get the chance to stay home for the holidays after getting shipped west in consecutive postseasons.

It’s tough to see that happening again, especially since the ACC is down to one West Coast tie-in (Emerald Bowl in San Francisco).

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Another thing that’s extremely unlikely – spending New Year’s Eve in Chicago because of mechanical difficulties. Of course, that wasn’t all bad; hanging out with a couple rank-and-file fans (who later happened to pop up in Kansas City for the NCAA basketball tournament) stuck in the same predicament as me was a neat experience as well.

Thing is, five of the ACC’s existing tie-ins will have their games by Dec. 29, leaving the top three (Orange, Chick-Fil-A and Gator) for later dates.

Here’s the rundown, with dates and times for each possibility:

Meineke Car Care: Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m., Charlotte, N.C.
Emerald: Dec. 26, 8 p.m., San Francisco

Music City: Dec. 27, 8:15 p.m., Nashville, Tenn.

EagleBank: Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m., RFK Stadium
Champs Sports: Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Orlando, Fla.

Chick-Fil-A: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., Atlanta

Gator: Jan. 1, 1 p.m., Jacksonville, Fla.

Orange: Jan. 5, approx. 8 p.m., Miami

Patrick Stevens