2016 Bahamas Bowl Week Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion | December 19-23, 2016

The Eastern Michigan University football team made its first bowl game in 29 years when they were selected to play in the 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl back on Nov. 29 2016.

After a few weeks of practice and finishing up the fall semester, the Eagles then took to the skies on Dec. 19 to Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas.

The plane ride to Nassau, Bahamas.
The players were then welcomed with a Junkanoo parade into a feast of Popeyes meals poolside.
Day Two

The Eagles spent the second day exploring the island but before they had free time, they had their first practice inside Thomas Robinson Stadium.

Following practice, the Eagles were able to explore the resort at Atlantis while captains Shaq Vann, Mike Brown, Pat O'Connor and Cole Gardner got to swim with dolphins.

Following the dolphin swim, the players all regrouped for the Popeyes Bahamas Beach Bash which included an eating contest between EMU and ODU.

Day Three

Day three included the second practice of the trip and then community service in the afternoon which included a kids football clinic, a children's emergency hostel and Ranfurly Home for Children.

Photos from the football kids clinic.
Day Three

The final day of the trip before game day included a press conference for head coach Chris Creighton and captains, Mike Brown and Cole Gardner and a pep rally in the afternoon featuring the cheer and dance teams, alumni and fans.

The pep rally which included many alumni, fans and hotel guests watching from above.

After a week of a good balance between work and fun, bowl game day had arrived for the Eagles for time in 29 years.

In a tightly contested game, the Eagles fell just short, losing to Old Dominion 24-20.

Despite the outcome not being what the Eagles had hoped for, the 29 year drought of not making a bowl game was over and there is plenty to look forward to going into 2017.

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