Cold compared to what though? A quick Google tells me average Orlando temperatures in December are 6 to 8 degrees warmer than Phoenix, New Orleans, or San Antonio. Our Camping World trip notwithstanding, Orlando on average is the warmest B12 bowl destination.I went to High School in Orlando. We used to wear board shorts, t-shirts and flip flops to school and skip to go to the beach after 2nd period (Mr. Davis gave bonus points for perfect attendance). Of course, that was in May and June. December in Orlando can dip down into the 60s and 70s and get down right cold!
So much this! If any of these bowls want even a prayer of surviving they need to all get on board with a draft system where there are no conference tie-ins. That way you will get new and fresh matchups and fans coming to your city. Feels like certain teams rotate between the same two bowls every year.Cheese-it and above are usually solid options. That said bowl tie-ins are dumb. Done right no fans would ever be going back to the same bowl within 5 years, unless going to the playoffs frequently.
Agree with most of your assessment. I've thought for quite some time the bowl selection should be based MOSTLY on how teams ranked after the playoff field and the NY6 is set, using the CFP ranking (which could extend below 25th for bowl purposes).So much this! If any of these bowls want even a prayer of surviving they need to all get on board with a draft system where there are no conference tie-ins. That way you will get new and fresh matchups and fans coming to your city. Feels like certain teams rotate between the same two bowls every year. (etc)
I’ll never forget sitting on the patio of a bar in late December in Orlando in a t shirt and shorts in 82 degree weather. Sure the game was rainy and not super warm, but Orlando is nowhere near a bad destination. Sucks it’s such a sprawling city so there is no focal point for fans to stay and invade (like power and light for basketball or river walk in San Antonio), but saying Orlando is a bad destination around Christmas is crazy talk. Weather can be a crapshoot anywhere in winter time, but I’m biased because I live Florida. Still a lot of season left to play so we’ll see how the guys finish and hopefully we’re all booking hotels to New Orleans when all is said and done. Bowl trips are fantasticI went to the camping world bowl. It's fine. Give me Orlando over Memphis any time. I've been there twice and had a WAAAAY better time in Orlando.
In fairness, I was there for probably twice as long as most Iowa Staters when we went for the Camping World so I had more time to develop a dislike and get tired of it. Spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there basically by myself 90-95% of the time because I was the only media guy in the area we stayed while everyone else stayed downtown. The highlight was having Christmas dinner at a tiny dive bar that I could probably never find again with Randy Peterson, Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz. Went to Universal the day after Christmas and went on one ride in the almost 10 hours we were there because the lines were so insane but the admission price (which was already well over $200) would have doubled if I'd gotten the fast pass. That experience soured me. As a whole, the entire city just felt really fake and lacked character. Too much of a tourist trap for my liking but that's why I'm not a huge Vegas guy either. I have nothing against the folks in Orlando. Most of the natives I met were really, really nice. I just think their city sucks.