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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

August 21, 2007 at 9:28 AM

A nod to the Orange Bowl, more

I’m still away for one more day, but couldn’t resist pulling out the computer and happened to see that the Miami Hurricanes are leaving the Orange Bowl after this season, which likely means the end to that stadium’s days as a football facility.
This struck me oddly sad as the Orange Bowl always seemed such a glamorous place to me as a kid — the first Super Bowl I remember watching is Super Bowl V which was played there featuring Dallas and Baltimore.
It was something of a personal highlight when I got to finally cover a game there when the Huskies played Miami in 2001.
So much of the night, all I could think about was all the football history that had taken place there, including the Joe Namath guarantee game, Lynn Swann’s catch in Super Bowl X, that incredible Miami-San Diego playoff game in 1982, and all those Orange Bowl games, including UW’s win over Oklahoma in 1985.
When that game ended and we headed to the locker room, amidst the chaos of a 65-7 loss and an overly rowdy crowd, I remember trying to figure out if this was the same locker room Namath headed into with his index finger held high, which remains one of the most indelible images in football history (I think it was).
It could be argued that two of Washington’s five or so most memorable wins happened there — that Orange Bowl and the Whammy in Miami in 1994 — so I figured UW fans might want to make a nod to the stadium’s probable passing as a revelant sports facility.
Okay, enough with the nostalgia.
Here’s the story Bud Withers wrote today in my absence, leading off with Washington’s attempts to get ready for the expected heat in Syracuse.
I’ve also been remiss in not linking our Pac-10 previews. Here’s today’s entry on Cal.
Here are previous entries on UCLA and USC. Stories on the rest of the teams will run later in the week.

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