Inside Sports for Wednesday — January 04, 2006

• BCS fans get lucky this year

BCS fans get lucky this year

By Duane Shimogawa Jr. – The Garden Island

The college bowl season is about to end, but after today’s Rose Bowl between #1 USC and #2 Texas, the end result will be nothing but good.

Why? Well, in the eight years of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), today’s game is being billed as possibly the greatest college football game in the history of the sport.

And I’d like to agree with that except for one thing — The Trojans are just too good.

So you know who I’m picking and I think the final tally will be USC 28, Texas 17.

As of last night, the Trojans were favored to win by a touchdown, but many, including The Garden Island’s (advertising) Amy Price, thinks that the Longhorns have a shot to erase history with one, or maybe two horns.

But Price isn’t just a USC-hater, instead, she is a Texas graduate and possibly the only UT alum on Kaua’i.

So ever since the Rose Bowl game was set, which was about a month ago, I’ve been having the pleasure of mentioning to her that Texas doesn’t stand a chance. However, Price doesn’t seem to care about the storied history of the yellow and red.

So I asked Price how confident she was in her “risky” decision and she said that she’d need a couple of days to think about putting something at stake.

With the game kicking off today, Price rang up enough courage yesterday to declare that “her” Longhorns would take down USC, straight up and without the seven point spread.

So what’s at stake? A drink at either Starbucks or Jamba Juice. It’s small, but I take pleasure in just picking the winner, whether it’s in the game of life or sports.

I just wish my picks for The Garden Island’s Gridiron Challenge would take a turn for the best, but you can’t win everything, right?

Whatever you’ve got planned for today at 3 p.m., reschedule it for another day, especially if you’re a football fan.

This year’s Rose Bowl is just too good to see in high-lights played the next day on “Sportscenter.”

Moreover, there are a few USC graduates on the island who will be extremely interested in the outcome. Kaua’i County First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Richard Minatoya and Kalaheo’s Jennifer Tavares are two noteworthy Trojans.

But even if you don’t have any affiliation with either of the schools, there’s still an obligation as a sports fan to catch the game on KITV at 3 p.m., because a matchup like this doesn’t come around too often, so enjoy!


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