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Invented in the '70s as a humane alternative to the draconian waffle eat-off that previously resulted in oft-disputed rankings, the college bowl system has become a beloved football tradition. With today's Groupon, $35 gets you a ticket to the second annual EagleBank Bowl on Tuesday, December 29, and admission to the all-you-can-eat tailgate feast before the game. Watch the clash of UCLA vs. Temple from the all-star seating section, sated with food from local restaurants and the knowledge that your Pomeranian could probably never get into your jar of premium capers.
Ever since football became too rambunctious for the limited confines of mess halls, it has been performed in stadiums. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium is an excellent example of a stadium and will prove a fitting environment to house collegiate athletics at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the bowl game. Because the militaristic strategy and padded negotiations of a football game are best enjoyed with a sated appetite, join the official tailgate at the D.C. Armory before the game. From 12:30 p.m. until kickoff, indulge with all the fare you can sack from local favorites such as Clyde's, Old Glory, Tony & Joe's, J. Paul's, and more alongside the soothing company of $2 beers, which can be stacked afterward to build an inspiring fort for local parking-lot gulls. Expand the experience of eating as you enjoy edible songs performed live by Love Seed Mama Jump and easily digestible games from EA Sports.
More than the desire to drive down the field for the chance to perform a Lambeau Leap, the desire to see you enjoy yourself is what drives most college athletes. Take your post-tailgated limbs to your red all-star seat and watch an NCAA match-up between Bruins and Owls that promises to be as exciting as a heated argument between a bear and a bird, nature's natural rivals. Bite into history as Temple plays in its first bowl game in 30 years. Whether you're nostalgic for your college days and all the sporting events you missed out on then, or you simply don't like being told that the food is running out, dedicate a day to delicious meals and one of the most exciting traditions in all of legal, organized sports.
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