The TicketCity Bowl Experience

Cory Morrow starts off the game at 10:50am with an amazing rendition of our National Anthem.  Three Air force Jets then wiz over the Cotton Bowl at more than 500 mph and the crowd of nearly 50,000 ROARS!  Three men then parachute into the Cotton Bowl with the TicketCity game ball in hand and deliver it to the referees. The ref calls me and my twin boys, Alec and Derek, and Clark’s son, Ryan, over to the huddle for the pre-game coin toss and all was quiet.

At the game with my son Derek (far right) and country music singer Cory Morrow (center).

I looked at the players and said “Gentleman, victory loves preparation and you all have prepared yourselves to be victorious today.  Will you play with the soul of a lion (and I looked at the Penn State players) and the heart of a cougar (and I looked at the Houston players) and leave everything you’ve got on the field today?”  Both teams’ players looked at me and said “YES SIR.”  I threw the silver dollar higher than any coin had ever been tossed.  The Houston player called heads, and after two seconds the coin finally came down and banged the helmet of a Penn State player. The coin flew onto the grass and landed on tails.  Penn State had won the toss and deferred until the second half.

It was a great game, with the University of Houston ultimately coming out on top.

With the game finally over, I am about to deliver this HUGE amazing TicketCity Bowl Eagle trophy to the victorious Houston Cougars and the players surround me.  I look at them and all is quiet. I said, “Gentleman, victory loves preparation and you all have definitely prepared yourselves to be victorious today.”  Case Keenum, who was in the huddle at the beginning of the game for the coin toss, looks at me and shouts out, “Heart of a cougar baby! Heart of a cougar!

I said “On three everyone give me a big WOO WOO!, 1,2, 3…” The team shouts “WOO WOO” and spontaneously starts jumping up and down around Tom Starr, the TicketCity Bowl President, and myself in celebration.   Wow! What a game.

Thanks to both Penn State and the University of Houston for the great game, and to all of the fans that came out to support these to great teams.

Me with part of the gang at this year's TicketCity Bowl.

TicketCity Bowl Memories: Rafael Rivas

To get everyone in the Bowl Season mood (which begins on December 18th, 2011), TicketCity will be running stories from our team members whose bowl memories live on. Today, Rafael Rivas, TicketCity’s Chief Strategy Officer, talks about when he realized Vince Young was going to bring a title to the University of Texas.

As proud UT alums, our Chief Energizing Officer Randy Cohen and I decided to go with a couple of co-workers to the 2005 Rose Bowl. It was such a great time, even before the opening kickoff. The night before, we all went to a huge New Year’s Eve block party in Downtown Los Angeles that was catered by Wolfgang Puck. But that couldn’t prepare me for the Hollywood ending the game the next day would have.

 Pasadena had great football weather that day–mid-50’s and slightly overcast. Randy, being the super Longhorn fan he is, was able to get us seats together on the 50 yard line and 15 rows up. It was the perfect setting for the show Vince Young was about to put on. His amazing runs—especially the 60-yard romp that kicked off the third quarter—just blew us away. The game was a nail-biter through-out, and then came the kicks. Garrett Rivas hit one for Michigan that put them up by two, but it gave Vince enough time to come down the field. It took him 10 plays to collect 47 yards, but with time running out, Dusty Mangum kicked a partially blocked field goal through the uprights as time expired.

At the Rose Bowl, they have confetti bombs and fireworks that go off when the game ends. So when the clock ticked down to zero, the ball wobbly ball landed as the explosions went off. It was perfect. After the game, we all predicted a return for Texas and made a vow to come back the next year to watch them play for all the marbles—which, of course they did and won.

If you’d like to create your own college football bowl memories, check out our great selection of seats for games all across the country. Alternately, you can call 1-800-521-8788 and speak to one of our helpful sales representatives.

TicketCity Bowl Memories: Randy Cohen

Randy CohenUntil the college football post-season begins on December 18th, 2011, TicketCity will be running stories from our team members whose bowl memories live on. Today, company CEO Randy Cohen remembers a watching a great coach in Dallas… before he officially made his name there.

I’ve been to plenty of great post-season college football games during my time as TicketCity’s Chief Energizing Officer. I’ve been all across this great land of ours to watch outstanding games at the Fiesta, Rose, Alamo, Holiday and Orange Bowls. This year I’m adding a special notch on the list by attending the first ever TicketCity Bowl!

But even with all that time I’ve spent watching late-December and early-January college football, there’s one game I’ll always remember—the 1991 Cotton Bowl. It was a bone-chilling day in Dallas when the University of Miami (then under Jimmy Johnson) came in to take on my Texas Longhorns. The stadium was sold out and the energy was electric. When the teams finally came out on to the field, a fight broke between them. At that point, we knew it was going to be an amazing game. Instead, the Texas Longhorns fell apart and were destroyed by Miami 46-3. The Hurricanes played with the aggressive swagger they were known for in those days, and it left me (and I’m sure the team) a little humbled and totally in awe of how great Jimmy Johnson was.

If you’d like to create your own college football bowl memories, check out our great selection of seats for games all across the country. Alternately, you can call 1-800-521-8788 and speak to one of our helpful sales representatives.