The Central Michigan Chippewas qualified for a bowl game this season for only the second time since 2009. When it came time to reveal where the team would play its postseason game, the players had to sit through a suspenseful reveal video to see which of the six bowls with MAC tie-ins they would play in.
There were six possibilities, some in more desirable locations than others. Two games are in Alabama, one in Florida, one in Idaho and one in nearby Detroit. But the sixth option was the Bahamas Bowl, where players would stay at the famous Atlantis resort.
One by one the other options disappeared, until the screen showed white sand beaches and tropical fish swimming in clear blue water. The Beach Boys song in the background was drowned out by the players' cheers.
The Chippewas will play Western Kentucky on the afternoon of Christmas Eve in the first bowl game played outside the United States and Canada since 1937.
- Dan Gartland