We may never pass this way again.

I put up an item in the Gift Guide yesterday about UGA/Rose Bowl gear, because who knows when we’ll be there next?

I’m not being overly dramatic, either.  It’s been a long time since any SEC team has been to Pasadena for a Rose Bowl.

Before we sign off for 2017, let’s discuss the unique Rose Bowl pairing. As any college football fan knows, the Rose Bowl historically pairs a the Big 10 and Pac-10/12 champion. Even with the Rose’s inclusion in the BCS and later College Football Playoff, this tradition was mostly observed. However, with the Rose serving as a semi-final game and no Big 10 or Pac-12 teams in the playoff, this will be the first time since 2001 that both participants are not from the Big 10 or Pac-12. That national championship Rose Bowl marked the first non-Big 10/Pac-10 clash since the forties. Including that game and this one, there have been nine non-traditional Rose Bowl participants since World War II.

Amazingly, the Big 12 has accounted for five of those spots, with Oklahoma and Texas making multiple appearances. Georgia will be the first SEC team to play in the Rose Bowl since Tennessee in 1944.

I believe Georgia made its only appearance the year before.

I mentioned this to a buddy last night:  from a bucket list perspective, between a trip to South Bend and now this, the 2017 season’s been a helluvan experience for a Dawg fan.

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  1. DSLDawg

    And an expensive football year as well but worth every penny. UPS delivered the Rose Bowl tix yesterday. See you out there

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    • Did you get them on the secondary market?

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      • DSLDawg

        Yes, and I hope the Boss does not see the bill. For Notre Dame my brother bought thru Vivid the day of the game for less than I paid 2 weeks earlier and was 6 seats down from me. That is his plan this time as well.

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        • illini84

          There was no “secondary” market when I won t the Rose Bowl in 84 but, beside the National Championship at the Supra Bowl I’ve never seen a bowl where tix weren’t better and cheaper than the “official” ones. The mail has already come today so, unless the packet come separately, I have to wait another day to find out where I sit. I bought parade tickets on stub hub and those were supposed to come today but the storm in Chicago has delayed them!

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  2. Otto

    Auburn played in Pasadena for the 2013 BCS CG and Bama for ’09 BCS. The list must be showing “The Rose Bowl” not the BCS CG played in the Rose Bowl but is that any different than the playoff?

    All technicalities aside, it is a special atmosphere to play on the field especially in the post season which home to the Grand Daddy of them all.

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    • In addition to the title games, they played the Rose Bowl games those two seasons, didn’t they?

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      • PTC DAWG

        I thought the BCS games were the top two ranked teams…before the playoff..so no, the Rose Bowl was not played in addition to these games…they were one in the same.

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        • Otto

          Jan 1, 2010 Oregon Ohio St
          Jan 7, 2010 Bama Texas

          Jan 1, 2014 Stanford Michigan St.
          Jan 6, 2014 Auburn FSU

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Bowl_(stadium)
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Bowl_Game

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        • Remember, the initial BCS system had the title game rotate among rose, sugar, fiesta, orange. Then around 2006, they added that 5th game…the BCS title game as a stand alone entity (basically giving 2 more big new years bowl slots) to be played, also on a rotating basis, among the original 4 sites.

          So yes, Bama and Auburn played at the Rose Bowl (venue)……but the Tournament of Roses, the Parade and New Years Day pageantry of “The” rose bowl was a week or so earlier. I like how they do it now, back to the future, with the teams in the playoff getting to experience the actual bowl game. It’s more fun for the fans and brings back prestige that I believe was lost during the BCS+1 era.

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      • Otto

        I believe so.

        Another interesting novelty state, Georgia is one of few states to have 2 teams win the Big Old 4 (Rose, Orange, Sugar, Cotton). Alabama can in not claim that as Auburn lost in Pasadena.

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        • rchris

          How about this: If Georgia wins in Pasadena, they will have won at least 2 games in 5 of the 6 New Years Six Bowls – (referring to the season not the actual date played)
          Rose 1942, 2017 Orange 1941, 1959 Sugar 1946, 1980, 2002, 2007 Cotton 1966, 1983 Peach 1973, 1998, 2006 Fiesta We’ve never been invited.
          I bet few other programs have won at least 2 in 4 of the 6, much less 5.

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  3. Russ

    I agree, Senator. Before we were invited, I said I wasn’t going, but last Sunday I had it all booked and ready to go. I wasn’t using that other kidney anyway!

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    • Macallanlover

      No price is too high, right? You will be in deep doo doo the following week. I can wait until the next week and see the title game for about the same thing and avoid the tough travel issues over the holiday. Have stayed away from airports for the last 3 years, swore I wouldn’t fly again except for some emergency, so far so good.

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      • Russ

        The fact that it’s the Rose Bowl was the tipping point for me. I like the tradition of CFB, and the fact that we’ve only played once in the “Granddaddy of them All” (h/t to Keith Jackson – whoa, Nelly!) made the decision for me.

        Plus, the MNC game (assuming we get there) is pretty much like the Super Bowl. I’m not paying $1k or more for that.

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      • Stoopnagle

        This was my initial thought, until I looked at what the National Title Game tickets are at now before Clemson/Bama and potentially UGA know they’re in it. I’m getting the Rose Bowl in for under $1000 travel and all with a good bit of luck involved, for sure; and that’s still less than a ticket to the title game.

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  4. I know it’s a quote so the correction is in the wrong place, but Bama beat USC in the 1946 Rose Bowl. (Just so UcheaT doesn’t get credit they don’t deserve.)

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  5. I was going to go if I got f/s tickets and I did. My family lives in LA and I was at the 84 Rose Bowl and my ticket was $30 with free parking. My wife has insisted that we go to the parade so, after much research, I’m paying more for parade seats than I am for the game. I never thought I’d go again since I know I’ll die before the Illini go again so this is it!

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    • Russ

      Can’t we just watch the parade from the street? I don’t need to sit in the stands.

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      • illini84

        Yes, for sure. It’s quite a scene with people camping out from noon the day before. They say that if you drive down Colorado Blvd during NYE people throw marshmallows and tortillas at you! I’ve done a ton of research and, for us olds, I need the seats to be able to get my ass down there at 4am, watch the parade and then go to the game. Here’s the parade guide. The closer you are to the start at Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevard the closer you are to the stadium. It’s about 1.5 miles from downtown Pasadena to the stadium ad it’s down hill there and uphill back. Where are you staying? The metro gold line looks like the best bet of public transportation.

        https://www.tournamentofroses.com/rose-parade/parade-day-guide

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        • Mary Kate Danaher

          We paid $100 a pop for bleacher seats for the parade. I can’t believe I’m paying that much to watch something I generally turn off when it comes on television, but what the hell. Bucket list ,indeed.

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        • Russ

          Thanks for the link. Great info. I’m not wild about the early wake up, but I feel like I’ll regret being there and not seeing this. My late mother would think poorly of me. 😉

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          • illini84

            We moved to LA in 1957 and my mom always wanted to go and never did. My wife’s pop was the same so we just decided to do it. Remember that three hour difference will be pronounced unless you are going to be out there long bought prior to the 1st to adjust. We go quite bit and are always awake by 4am anyway so it’s no problem. On the other hand, if you intend to party NYE you’ll be in a trick bag.

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  6. Legatedawg

    Yes. This New Year’s Day will be the 75th anniversary of our last appearance in the Rose Bowl, Senator. As you previously mentioned when the pairings were announced 11 days ago, there is a lot to like about this setting because we at least have a path to the Sugar Bowl most but this is really unusual since this year the Rose is one of the designated playoff games.
    Our team’s appearance has caused a minor sensation in the office where I work since it is heavily populated by Pac 12 grads (Cal, UCLA, Washington) who tell me that an appearance in the RB is the capstone of a perfect season for their programs. Washington and UCLA have not appeared on over 15 years at least; poor Cal has not made it since the 1950s, I think. They did have the near miss in 2004 when Mack Brown unleashed the Mother of All Whinges and got enough HCs to vote Texas ahead of Cal in the polls to secure the Longhorns’ matchup vs Michigan.
    I frankly felt cheated in2007 when the RB Committee took a serious look at the Dawgs but deferred when the Sugar Bowl insisted on pairiing us against Hawaii. We have really not had very appetizing matchups in the Sugar this century: a crappy FSU outfit in 2002 (instead of Southern Cal), West Virginia got to do the David vs Goliath act against us in 2005, and then the ridiculous pairing with Hawaii in 2007. But it is fitting that our guys are going to Pasadena in pursuit of a National Title. One of the oldest and most imposing venues in all of CFB, and paired against one of its greatest programs to boot. The Rose Bowl is a part of UGA’s tradition and is older than the Pac-12 vs Big 10 matchup. It is terrific to see its link with Georgia renewed, hopefully with the same result that obtained three quarters of a century ago. New year’s Day doesn’t get any better than this.

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    • The Virginia Tech-FSU National Championship in the Sugar Bowl was a fun game even though the Hokies were over-matched. We spent 5 days in the Easy and it was a dream come true for my father-in-law even though his beloved Hokies lost. The last game we went to together was the Chick-Fil-A against the Dawgs and our family was featured in an article in the Banner Herald for being a “family feud”.

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  7. Ugajeff

    A hearty “Dilly Dilly” to this being the bucket list season of all time! In my 40+ years of following the Dawgs, this is by far my favorite season! 1980 and Herschel was awesome, but I was a kid sitting home glued to the TV….no reason to believe we’d ever get to see Uga in South Bend, much less the Rose Bowl! Odds say it could be another 75+ years for a season like this to unfold….with ass whippings of the vowels & gatah’s wedged between Notre Dame & Pasadena, I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it… Go Dawgs!!

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  8. How did WP change my name??

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  9. Please tell me I will see UgaX in a red, open touring car in the Rose Parade while I sip my bloody mary on New Years Day ?

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  10. CB

    It is important to note that the playoff format has expanded the accessibility for non traditional teams to play in the Rose Bowl. As bad as the SEC East is, and as well as CKS is recruiting I wouldn’t be surprised to see us back in the game once or twice during the next decade (depending on how our successful years line up with playoff site rotations).

    Also, call me skeptical, but as much as I like the Rose Bowl attire, I am hesitant to purchase any high priced clothing items that could end up commemorating a loss. I like our chances to win, but you never know.

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  11. Russ

    Just saw that it’s Trippi’s birthday, and he was the MVP of our Rose Bowl victory back in ’43. I hope he’s able to be in Pasadena this time, and maybe he can do the coin toss.

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  12. Bill Glennon

    I’m sorry, but you lost me when I read the title. You are posting a Seals and Croft song as a headline to your post? I just hope there is not a “Summer Breeze” musical palate cleanser coming.

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  13. illini84

    Looks like f/s tix aren’t coming today!!!

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  14. W Cobb Dawg

    So GTP will be there blogcasting the game live? Along with thousands of regular readers. The WWL may be backing a truckload of money up to Blutos door looking for a piece of that action.

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