The Miami Beach Bowl is a real thing. However, it is not played on a Miami beach.
The bowl, set for Marlins Park, was announced Thursday, and will put an American Athletic Conference team against either a team from the Sun Belt, MAC or Conference USA starting in 2014.
"We are proud to be able to stage this game at Marlins Park - the site of the original Orange Bowl, where some of the greatest players and coaches in college and professional football history have performed," said Senior Associate Commissioner Nick Carparelli. "We have received great support from the Miami and South Florida communities and that ongoing partnership will make this game successful."
Yes, Marlins Park is located at the site of the now demolished Orange Bowl, but mentioning the historic stadium when referencing a low-tier bowl game in a stadium that was financed by bilking the city of Miami out of a ton of money seems like quite the stretch.
It's also fun to note that Miami Marlins president David Samson says in the release that Marlins Park "is a perfect venue for exciting college football." We'll let you insert your own joke here, whether it's about the bowl itself or the Marlins' organization.
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