Here’s the map for 2011 Rose Bowl, updated to show which side TCU and Wisconsin’s sidelines are on. The game will be played on Saturday, January 1, 2011 2:00PM.
When I first started working at TicketCity, I was told “a better experience lives here.” Immediately, I understood exactly what was meant by that statement. Sports are about the experience, whether it be as a player or a fan. We constantly strive to give all our customers an experience they’ll never forget.
Two weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to have one of these experiences, and it reminded me why I love and believe in what TicketCity does. For the first time since moving to Austin, I flew back to Madison, Wisconsin as the 18th ranked Badgers took on 1st ranked Ohio State. The weekend was one destined to be remembered as all the pieces fell quickly into place: the weather was in the 70’s, the air smelled of fall, and ESPN College GameDay aired live – with Lee Corso putting on the Bucky head and picking the Badgers to win at the end of their show.
My weekend could be best summed up as a MasterCard Commercial.
Show Me How To Bucky t-shirt = $15.
Airline, game ticket, and food = $450 of my loan money for graduate school.
Beating the #1 team in the country and rushing Camp Randall = priceless.
Right now, it’s hard to put into words the experience at Camp Randall that night. Even after a week has passed and another huge win was notched against Iowa on the road two days ago, it’s still almost too fresh and exciting to take a step back and evaluate. ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt described it better than I might be able to.
“On this particular perfect October Saturday…with people wearing red in every direction that the eye could see…and a hopeful feeling in the air…it’s a capitol city that loves their team. While there are a lot of fantastic places all across our country to spend a fall weekend, if you would ask me today if Madison is the best of all of them, I would borrow from Bono and say, ‘It was on Saturday night’.”
Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback for Ohio State and Heisman candidate told the press this week, “Not to take anything away from Wisconsin at all – I really don’t want it to come off like this – but they weren’t better than us. Everybody knows that if we play nine out of 10 times, we’d beat Wisconsin.”
Given the chance, I could come up with a plethora of things to say to Pryor in response to that comment, including haven’t you ever seen the movie Miracle?
It doesn’t matter the odds, but who plays better on that particular night. And on October 16th, 2010, the Badgers were the better team. Hands down. They didn’t get lucky, they beat you 31-18. So when you look at the numbers and who has the W on their scorecard the Badgers were, in fact, better than you.
That said, the real point here is that it’s been 30 years since the Badgers have beaten a #1 team. Often criticized in recent years for not being able to put together a complete game, the Badgers did just that. Special teams returned the opening kick-off 97 yards for a touchdown. Defense made stops when it counted most and sacked a Heisman candidate twice. And the offense? Known for their running game, the Badgers threw three times on third downs and completed them.
When the game was over, the students rushed, plowed, pushed, and fell over the railings to get onto the field, despite the booming loudspeaker telling them to turn around. There was no turning back. The city of Madison came with hope, and left with light hearts and a reason to celebrate.
I still get chills thinking about the moment I knew we would win. The weather was perfect, the students loud, and the stadium electric.
The icing on the cake was coming back to Texas and having my friends and co-workers talk about the game – because although the Badgers may not be their team, even THEY got excited about it. Half smiles formed across their faces because they could imagine the feeling, and were both happy it happened and jealous they weren’t there.
It’s a moment I’ll remember for the rest of my life, and reaffirmed my belief in what TicketCity does. Since we love sports and carry these feelings with us, we understand better than most the feelings associated with going to a game – big or small. These are the experiences we help create, because we know that attending a game can be a memory made to last forever.
Wow, what an intense weekend of college football. I had more fun over at the local tavern this weekend watching the games with a mug of suds than I did when Texas whooped Arkansas (oh wait, that was this weekend too.) The tides turned in the record books over the course of one long afternoon, and some top 25 teams let their true colors show. The AP Poll is changing this week, and here’s why:
#8 Alabama defeated #3 ranked Georgia on Saturday, 41-30. Yep, the Tide pretty much rolled all over Mark Richt and the Bulldogs in their own home stadium, making it look insanely easy. In the first two quarters, the Tide rolled ahead by 31 points. That’s just embarrassing – to have someone come in on your turf and lay down the smack. Never mind my preseason predictions, Alabama is making itself the exception to the rule. After the game, Bama Coach Nick Saban expressed true skeptic’s resolve when asked if his team is a contender for the national title: “After five games? Let’s see when we get a full body of work at the end of the season.”
QB Jevan Snead led unranked Ole Miss over #4 Florida on Saturday, in a crucial upset win for the Rebels. Snead threw for two touchdown passes and ran for another in Saturday’ s match up. The Gators gave up the ball three time on turnovers during the game, and Florida QB Tim Tebow took all the blame: “I’m Sorry, I’m extremely sorry,” said Tebow, who was hoping to lead his Florida team to an undefeated season. The fact that Snead was a former Florida recruit (who backed out of his commitment when he found out that Florida was going after Tebow) made this game especially poignant for the Mississippi team. Though not a blowout, the game was a nail-biter to the end, as the potentially tying extra point attempt was blocked to give Ole Miss the win.
All I remember about the Michigan – Wisconsin game this weekend was flipping the channel in the fourth quarter: I thought the game was already over. Boy, was I wrong. Michigan was trailing by 12, and all of a sudden the floodgates opened. Brandon Minor ran for a 34-yard touchdown, followed by a 25-yard interception return by John Thompson to give the Wolverines the first lead of the night. Five minutes later, Sam Mcguffie ran for 3 yards to give the Wolverines a 27-19 lead over the #9 Wisconsin team. Wisconsin scored one final TD, but could not connect on the two-point conversion, and the upset was cast.
Navy showed Wake Forest where the end zone was located this weekend, more than once. The Midshipmen handed a defeat to a ranked team for the first time in over 20 years, making this weekend’s game for Wake Forest an embarrassing matter. The Midshipmen capitalized on six turnovers by the Demon Deacons, putting the ball in the end zone for three TD’s and the win. #16 Wake Forest will be wishing it never let the ball leave its hands Saturday, as Navy celebrates an unbelievable win.
Remember to eat your Wheaties, and to get your college football tickets from TicketCity.com.