VIP tickets at stake in Sun Bowl contest
Posted: 10/17/2009 11:50:10 PM MDT
PASO -- Legendary football coaches, Heisman Trophy winners and even an
Oscar-nominated actor have played in the Brut Sun Bowl during the past
And if you can name 23 of these players, you could win VIP passes to the 76th Sun Bowl game on Dec. 31.
Sun Bowl Association kicked off its "Spirit of 76" contest this
weekend. Participants can log on to www.sunbowl.org and view a poster
with the pictures of 23 key figures in the history of the game.
who correctly names the 23 players and coaches on the poster could win
a package worth $1,300 that includes two Captain's Club tickets to the
game, admission to the pregame parties and VIP parking.
a fun way of kicking off the festivities for the 76th version of the
Sun Bowl," said Bernie Olivas, the association's executive director.
"The poster contest is a great way to get our fans involved and to show
our wonderful history."
Some of football's biggest names have
played in the Sun Bowl. They include running backs Tony Dorsett (Pitt)
and Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State). Each won the Heisman Trophy --
Dorsett in 1976 and Sanders in 1988 -- and each starred in the National
Others who played in the Sun Bowl made their
mark off the field. Florida State halfback Burt Reynolds, who is better
known for his work as an actor, played in the 1955 Sun Bowl. His
Seminoles lost to UTEP, 47-20. Former college coach and current ESPN
analyst Lee Corso also was on that Florida State team.
little bit of everything," Olivas said. "We have had people that have
played at the Sun Bowl and have made a great mark both on and off the
field. We have a wonderful history."
The contest will be open through Nov. 30, and a winner will be announced in mid-December.
Besides the VIP grand prize winner, the association will give away five second-place prizes and 10 third-place prizes.
winners will receive $50 tickets to the Sun Bowl and parking passes.
Third-place winners will receive $30 tickets to the game.
said he will give clues to the identities of the people on the poster
during his weekly radio appearances on KROD-AM 600. The clues also will
run in the El Paso Times.
George Cortez, who has attended the Sun
Bowl for nearly 15 years, said he would give the contest a try in hopes
of winning the VIP tickets.
"If I won, those would be the best
tickets I would have ever had for any sporting event in my life," he
said. "It's worth a shot."
Gustavo Reveles Acosta may be reached at