Rose Parade

The 100th Rose Bowl is being played on New Year’s Day at 5:00 EST. There is so much more to the Rose Bowl besides the game itself. There is the Tournament of Roses Parade in the morning that is filled with elaborate floats consisting of flowers from around the world, marching bands and equestrian units that travel along 5 1/2 mile stretch in Pasadena. Of course, we can’t forget that presiding over the Parade is the Rose Queen and her Royal Court, who serve as goodwill ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses Association throughout their reign.  I was fortunate enough to have gone to the Rose Bowl in 1996 and enjoy all of the festivities. I was living in California at the time and Northwestern was playing. My cousin went to school at Northwestern and her entire family came out for the game. They were able to get extra tickets so my soon to be husband and I were able to go. What an experience!!  Anyway…back to the Rose Bowl…

The Rose Bowl is traditionally between the Pac 12 and the Big 10 Champion and has long been termed “The Granddaddy of them all!”. This year the game is between Michigan State and Stanford, with Stanford being a 6 point favorite. Stanford won the Rose Bowl last year against Wisconsin and is looking for a repeat victory. The last time Michigan State was in the Rose Bowl was way back in 1988 when they beat USC 20-17. Wow…I think I just dated myself with that comment. Spartan fans have flocked to Southern California for what is sure to be a great game. Although the Stanford Cardinal is favored, they might have a “been there, done that” attitude. If that is the case, the Spartans will come out victorious!

Don’t forget that the BCS Championship is also being played at the Rose Bowl (the actual name of the stadium) on January 6th. More on that later for Melissa….



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