- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 4, 2003

Former Ohio State coach Earle Bruce provided the Rover with his most memorable moment from the Fiesta Bowl yesterday. In search of a cup of coffee, the Rover walked into the hotel's media hospitality room at 9 a.m. only to find Bruce. The former coach was sitting all alone in the empty room feasting on a breakfast of complimentary Tostitos and bean dip. And this was the man the university selected to follow Woody Hayes.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, more than 50,000 Ohio State fans without tickets descended on Tempe just to be near the site of their Buckeyes' first possible national title victory since 1968. The Rover found one such couple from Cleveland who drove from Ohio and arrived on Thursday in search of seats.
"The best we could do was $525 per seat, and we had already decided we wouldn't pay more than $400," said Shirley Battle. "We probably should have gone home, but we came out here to tailgate instead. If the Bucks lose, we'll just sleep in our car and leave tomorrow. If they win, we might not sleep for a week."
Asked if they planned to celebrate a victory by rioting, as Ohio State fans did after the team's victory over Michigan this season, both Battles agreed that depended on "Mr. Budweiser."
The most bizarre sight outside Sun Devil Stadium was an elderly couple wearing matching "Go 'Huskers" sweatshirts. Though both were extremely hostile to the Rover's interview attempts, he gleaned some information about their situation from a young lady standing nearby. Apparently, the Nebraska fans purchased their Fiesta Bowl tickets in July, confident in the Big Red Machine. And despite the 'Huskers' seven-loss season, they refused to sell their tickets to the game, claiming they were loyal to the university.
The Rover explained that he knew a nice couple from Cleveland who shared their strong sense of school loyalty and would pay them $800 to prove it. Mr. 'Husker' responded to this suggestion by dropping an F-bomb on the Rover.
Barker Davis

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