They said it wouldn’t be done!

Well, ok: I said it wouldn’t be done. Bottom line: The 2009 EagleBank Bowl is going to happen. This morning, tickets went on sale for the Dec. 29 game, to be played at RFK. The game will match the 8th place ACC team vs. Army, assuming Army achieves bowl-eligibility this season.

Last year’s inaugural EagleBank Bowl, won by Wake Forest over Navy, 29-19, was a big hit with the schools and got rave reviews from fans.

But during the height of the national debate over stimulus money and as everybody was admitting how mucked up our financial system really was, I figured sponsorhip from a bank was a deal-breaker. Particularly a bank that took TARP money, and EagleBank, a Bethesda-based chain, had taken $38.2 million of our tax dollars during the Bush administration’s first round of bank handouts.

I wrote that there was no way this game would come back.

But, for the first time since the last time, I was wrong. Totally wrong. Turns out the public stopped hating banks as quickly as Gov. Sanford stopped loving his wife.

Tickets cost $30-$100. TARP money cannot be used to make this purchase.