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GMAC Bowl Sets Attendance Record…Or Not

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I’m done making fun of the ridiculous number and caliber of bowl games out there. Let’s also leave aside the completely illogical sandwiching of the 2008 GMAC Bowl between the likes of Texas-OSU in Tuesday’s Fiesta and Thursday’s Sooners-Gators BCS National Championship game.

Instead, let’s just let the crowd speak for itself. Did anyone have a chance to survey the stands? Seriously, there were 12 people in the stadium. OK, maybe a few hundred. Tops. Don’t try to convince me otherwise, I’ve got a nice big TV with high-definition and ESPN was nice enough to provide lots of camera angles.

Can we stop making up bowl games and trying to make them legitimate events already people??!! Now, granted the combination of an absolute blowout, a second-half monsoon and the powerhouses of Ball St. and Tulsa playing in Mobile certainly isn’t exactly the stars aligning in ole’ GMAC’s favor, but take a hint.

At one point, my fiancee claimed that she’d seen high school games with more folks in the stands. I responded by saying most of the high school games in a whole lot of places put more butts in seats.

Now, what does it say that I was actually voluntarily watching this game? You don’t have to answer that. But, if you must know, I took the over — and predictably lost. That’s what you get for wagering on the GMAC Bowl. I am a moron.

Update: Some of the only visual evidence of fans at the GMAC, courtesy of
With Leather. If you look realy closely behind the goalposts, I believe that’s 1…2…whaddya think, 8? Plus those hordes along the sidelines, of course.


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  1. P-Cat

    January 7, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Totally agree with this. One of the excuses to not have a playoff system is to keep the “integrity” of the Bowls. What integrity? The San Diego Credit union Poinsettia Bowl integrity? Please. Who, in their right mind, would care about the GMAC Bowl, except to point out its irrelevance?

  2. Ryan

    January 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    To be fair, there was a tornado watch and eventually some pretty wicked rain storms in the area before it got through there

  3. Cecilio's Scribe

    January 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    duly noted…we did pay heed to weather within post.

  4. Anonymous

    January 11, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I was there. The Tusa side was somewhat scare, but did fill during the first half, the Ball State side seemed to be pretty well attended. I was on the BSU side. I heard that all of our tickets were sold and some of our fans were sold tickets on the Tulsa side However, when the skies opened at half time and the rain poured down, the stands emptied. If you turned in at any time during the second half, there were not many people in the stands. I was one of the few remaining. Most of the crowd was crammed inside the concession areas waiting for the rain to subside. It didn’t until the game was almost over. What you saw on TV may not have been reprentative of the attendance before the rains came down. The local forecast all day called for the heavy rain to hit about kick off with tornado watches for the early evening on. That no doubt hurt local’s from coming out.

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