Posted on Dec 27, 2012 in Alumni News, News, and Sports
Jayhawk buddies Brian Dixon, b’81, and Tom Hall, b’82, are now known as the “Bowl Guys,” according to the Dec. 24 issue of the Washington Post’s online blog DC Sports Bog. According to the Post, a few years after Dixon, a sales executive in Denver, and Hall, a Kansas City sales manager, left KU, they both found themselves in Louisiana shortly before the New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl in 1984. They decided to attend the game–witnessing Bo Jackson rush for 130 yards as Auburn beat Michigan, 9-7–and decided then and there to turn it into a tradition by attending a different game together every bowl season.
As with all proper quests, their pilgrimages have endured challenges, including a 2006 blizzard that shut down flights out of Denver and the birth of one child that teetered perilously close to the 1994 Sun Bowl, but the tradition endures, and today will be renewed at the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium. They have yet to attend a BCS championship game, but say a bowl game in Hawaii is the quest’s ultimate destination.
“I think that will be our last game, our last hurrah,” Hall told the Post. “You’d think you’d grow up after all these years. But we’re really just like a couple of college kids still, trying to figure out a way to get to the game.”
To read more and see pictures from their bowl-game journeys, click here.