Beavers' Fort Bliss Visit Brings Out the Ballerinas
Dec. 30, 2008
Tuesday has arrived!
In less than 24 hours the Beavers and Panthers will take the field to decide the 2008 75th Brut Sun Bowl champion. This morning, Oregon State got its first glimpse of Sun Bowl Stadium, checking out the AstroPlay surface and conducted a very business-like walk-through.
The players appear ready to kick-off and get the game underway. During the stretching period, Sammie Stroughter was heard yelling, “Yeah! We get to play a game!” Highlights of the stadium visit included an outstanding shoestring catch by Darrell Catchings and Shane Morales received a route-running demonstration from Mike Riley.
Following practice the team made its way to the Judson F. Williams Convention Center for the Rotary Sun Bowl Team luncheon. Steve Kaplowitz, a local sports radio personality, emceed the event that featured highlight videos from each team, starters were introduced and the history of the Sun Bowl was celebrated. In addition, former University of Texas running back Priest Holmes and CBS producer Craig Silver were added to the Legends of the Sun Bowl.
Prior to the luncheon, Mike Riley participated in the second official Sun Bowl press conference.
“It’s an honor to be back here in El Paso. It just continues to be a warm friendly place with unbelievable volunteers who work this game. It’s very impressive and we appreciate that. As for the game, we’re playing a good team and I think it’s a great match-up. We’re looking forward now to getting to the ball game.”
The players are now free to enjoy friends and family that have trekked to El Paso before an early curfew.
Fans are invited to attend the Fan Fiesta at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center from 4-8 p.m. for the University Battle of the Bands. Fireworks are scheduled for 8 p.m. Beaver Sports Talk with Mike Parker will be broadcast from the Juarez Room of the Convention Center tonight at 8 p.m. local (7 p.m. Pacific).
On Monday, the team spent a good part of the afternoon at nearby Ft. Bliss. The highlight was a nationally known hypnotist making players from both teams perform some rather unnatural acts. We had ballerinas, including defensive end Kevin Frahm, who also got to yell his favorite fruit when angered – which was “bull-strawberries.” Not sure what that exactly means, only Frahm knows, or probably doesn’t. Defensive tackle Pernnell Booth counted 12 fingers on his hand and couldn’t find an exit. There were many more players and even staff who did some uncharacteristic actions without knowing they were hypnotized.
The weather is forecasted to be picture perfect for tomorrow’s 11:15 PST game.