No one wanted to go to the Miami Beach Bowl

Christmas is six days away, so it’s a good bet that you went to work on Monday.

No one can say for sure if that was the reason the Miami Beach Bowl was so sparsely attended, but it probably has something to do with it.

Who thought it was a good idea to play a bowl game at 2:30 p.m. on a work day?

The American Athletic Conference — the owners and operators of the game — that’s who.

And so, the game was played in front of tens of people:

There legitimately might be more members of the team bands than actual spectators. (And no, it was not a late-arriving crowd.)

If we’re going to hold bowl games in unique venues (full disclosure: I love Marlins Park) at weird hours, why not go all-in on the weird? 6 a.m. — watch the game before work starts —  or 11:30 p.m — #MiamiBeachBowlAfterDark.

No one in South Florida is going to take off work to go see Central Michigan and Tulsa play football — sorry. As a former South Floridian, I can say that there are probably only 50 to 100 people who are attending that game on purpose. The rest are drifters. 

Also — it’s the Miami Bowl. The game is played in Little Havana — eight miles away from Miami Beach. Though with a crowd this small, they could rent out Flamingo Park, play the game on Miami Beach, and have plenty of room for everyone to hold a picnic on the sidelines.