November 12, 1990 |
Fiesta Bowl officials, under pressure because of the refusal of Arizona voters to honor Martin Luther King's Birthday as a holiday, received permission to move the game yesterday, then decided to leave it right where it is. Officials of the Jan. 1 bowl received approval by the NCAA Postseason Football Committee to switch the game from Tempe, Ariz., to a site that currently does not host a bowl game. The Fiesta Bowl committee, which spent most of the day yesterday trying to decide on teams and a site, announced last night that the bowl would be played as usual in the Phoenix suburb.
January 8, 1999 |
When sportscaster Keith Jackson closed his nearly five-decade sportscasting career at the end of the much-awaited Fiesta Bowl, he was talking to ABC's largest Monday audience this season. The college football game, which pitted Tennessee against Florida State for the national championship, averaged 26,112,000 viewers. That's a larger TV crowd than any that tuned into the "Monday Night Football" pro games on ABC this season. The Fiesta Bowl easily won every half-hour of the night.
November 9, 1990 |
Fiesta Bowl officials said yesterday that they were concerned that Arizona voters' rejection of two proposals to make Martin Luther King's Birthday a holiday would mean trouble for the New Year's Day game. Bill Shover, a Fiesta Bowl board member, said Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich told him earlier this year it would be difficult for the Hurricanes to accept an invitation to the game if the holiday were rejected. On Wednesday, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced he would recommend that the 1993 Super Bowl be moved from Phoenix because of the defeat of the proposal.
December 26, 1990 |
Spurred by a hassle over a holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Fiesta Bowl plans to pay tribute to civil rights during halftime of the New Year's Day game between Louisville and Alabama, organizers in Tempe, Ariz., said. Arizona voters defeated two proposals to create a paid King holiday in the Nov. 6 general election. One proposal lost by a margin of 1 percent. NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced the day after the election that the lack of a King holiday could cost Arizona the 1993 Super Bowl at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, the site of the Fiesta Bowl.
January 2, 1987 |
It's not quite the Super Bowl - when drinking establishments go all out to lure fans with flashy promotions - but tonight's national-title clash between Penn State and Miami in the Fiesta Bowl still will spark its share of revelry. At Spectacles, the video lounge in the Sheraton Society Hill, Second and Bank Streets, the festivities will include complimentary "tailgate munchies," buttons and a variety of Penn State paraphernalia for spectators. The game, meanwhile, will be viewed on a giant TV screen and four monitors, starting at 8 p.m. Information: 238-6000.
November 13, 1990 |
Fiesta Bowl officials, scrambling for teams after receiving rejections from Virginia and Notre Dame, are expected to offer a bid to Louisville and a Southeastern Conference team for the Jan. 1 game in Tempe, Ariz. The officials were expected to make a decision on teams today. The Los Angeles Times yesterday quoted bowl sources as saying that 20th- ranked Louisville, which finished its regular season 9-1-1, has agreed to accept the Fiesta invitation. The Cardinals' opponent would be Tennessee, Auburn or Alabama.
November 9, 1990 |
One day after saying Tempe, Ariz., should not get the 1993 Super Bowl because the state's voters rejected a holiday honoring Martin Luther King, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said there still is time for the city to mend its fences with backers of a day for the slain civil rights leader. But the controversy continued to simmer as several colleges, including Penn State, said they would have to consider bypassing the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe because of the voters' action.
November 13, 1991 |
Penn State's game against Notre Dame on Saturday at Beaver Stadium will be played for pride, national ranking and the competitive spirit. It will not bring the Nittany Lions an invitation to the Sugar Bowl. Notre Dame has already gotten that. Eighth-ranked State and the Fiesta Bowl have made an arrangement that will match the Lions against Tennessee in the New Year's Day game in Tempe, Ariz., a member of the bowl's selection committee said yesterday. The arrangement was made after the Sugar Bowl agreed to take Notre Dame as the opponent for Florida, the Southeastern Conference champion, regardless of the outcome of the Penn State-Notre Dame game, the Fiesta official said.
January 2, 1988 |
Danny McManus tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Ronald Lewis with 3 minutes, 7 seconds remaining yesterday, giving third-ranked Florida State a 31-28 victory over fifth-ranked Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl. McManus set Fiesta Bowl records by throwing 51 passes for 375 yards. He completed 28 passes, three for TDs, and suffered one interception. On their winning march, the Seminoles drove 97 yards in 11 plays after defensive tackle Eric Hayes recovered a fumble by reserve running back Tyreese Knox of the Cornhuskers at the Florida State 3. A 4-yard run by Knox with 40 seconds left in the third quarter had given Nebraska a 28-24 lead.
December 9, 1986 |
The Fiesta Bowl is investigating the possibility of playing overtime if the national-championship showdown between No. 1 Miami and No. 2 Penn State ends in a tie, executive director Bruce Skinner said yesterday. "Most definitely we're thinking about it," Skinner said. "We're checking the rule book at this time and checking the NCAA and checking with NBC to see if that possibility can be resolved if it ends up in a tie. " An NCAA spokesman said the Fiesta Bowl "is not totally out of the ballpark, that's for sure," in pursuing overtime play.