Don't be surprised if, over the next few weeks, you see me sitting behind a table of desserts on the sidewalk outside the Daily Mail offices.
Those cupcakes are my ticket to the Dubai Bowl.
College football in the home of the International Cricket Council? That's just one of the potential new bowl sites reportedly being considered by the so-called "Group of Five" athletic conferences - Conference USA, Sun Belt, Mountain West, American and Mid-American. According to ESPN.com, those conferences are growing nervous that, once major college football moves to a four-team playoff in 2014, the "Power Five" conferences - the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC and Pac-12 - will snatch up too many of the existing bowl slots and leave the smaller conferences home for the winter.
So the Group of Five is mulling over the creation of new bowls in up to nine new sites. Some make sense - Orlando, Miami, Boca Raton and Los Angeles. Some aren't the first cities you'd think of as bowl headquarters - Little Rock, Ark. and Montgomery, Ala. And some make you wonder if you were on "Candid Camera" - either Toronto or Nassau, Bahamas, Dublin, Ireland or ... I can't believe I'm even typing this ... Dubai.
That's right. If the Group of Five has its way, Marshall could spend the holidays relaxing on the beaches of the Persian Gulf.
Those bowls wouldn't kick off until the 2014 season, but there's no reason not to plant the seeds now.
So I asked the bosses if I needed to update the old passport. After shooting me a look that screamed, "Did we really hire you?" they said, "Uhh ... sure. How 'bout you expense it and we'll pay ya back afterward? Yeahhh, that's the ticket."
That response didn't exactly fill me with promise. Then it hit me - stay proactive. Two words popped into my mind.
I wouldn't be surprised if some of the other Group of Five schools followed my lead.
How else do you expect a bunch of college football programs with modest budgets to jet an entire team across the Atlantic for a bowl game? Now, chances are these transcontinental tilts will be the last of the potential slots to be filled. Methinks it's much easier to convince a couple of teams to play a bowl game in South Florida in December than in Ireland when the temperature's in the 40s in the same month.