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By BARB BARKER
When one thinks of football,
images of muscular men fighting
their way across a gridiron come
to mind.
When one thinks of bluebonnets, on
the other hand, visions of a lady's hat or
a popular brand of margarine appear.
Despite the contrast, however, the
Bluebonnet Bowl was the name given to
the post-season football game played in
Houston's Astrodome on New Year's
Eve. But the bowl is not named after
hats or margarine. Rather, it derives
its name from the Texas state flower,
the bluebonnet.
THE BRAINCHILD of prominent
Houston businessman Elvin M. Smith,
the first Bluebonnet Bowl game was
played in 1959. In that inaugural con-
test, Clemson beat Texas Christian, 23-
7.
"The main feeling was that Houston
had become such a dynamic and sports-
oriented town that we could put
Trivia answers
1) 4-0.
2) Orange Bowl (1976), Gator Bowl
(1979).
3) Don Moorhead, Dennis Franklin,
Rick Leach, Leach, Leach, John
Wangler, Wangler.
4) 8,000.
5) Bump Elliott.
6) Don Bracken. 73 yards.
7) Yes (to Oklahoma, 14-6, in the '76
Orange Bowl).
8) 1959.
9) Washington State (17-17).
10) Iowa'and Wisconsin.
11) 1972. Michigan 26, UCLA 9.
12) True (the Wolverines are 4-0
against the Bruins).
13) Tennessee.
14) 1965 (34-7 over Oregon State in
the Rose Bowl).
15) False (Big Ten set the record in
1980).
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together a post-season match-up that
would be competitive with even the
major bowls," explained assistant bowl
director Les Haulbrook.
This year, for the first time since its
inception, the Bluebonnet Bowl has
managed to assemble two teams that
provide the potential for the bowl to
rival the traditional New Year's Day
games. The Michigan-UCLA match-up
marks the first time ever that a Big Ten
team has faced a Pac-10 team in a post-
season bowl game other than the Rose
Bowl. Through a gentlemen's
agreement, which was made in 1975 af-
ter the two leagues started playing in
other bowls besides the Rose Bowl, the
Pasadena classic held a monopoly on
the interconference bowl match-up.
"IT WASN'T AN intentional move to

select teams from the two conferen-
ces," said Haulbrook. "We just wanted
to put on the best game possible to
compete with the other bowls. Back in
the summer, we felt that getting a Big
Ten team was essential. They've
always been a heavyweight conference,
and we wanted to bring them to
Houston."
The Wolverines, who enter the game,
with an 8-3 overall record, are only the
second Big Ten team to play in the
bowl. Two years ago, Purdue came
from behind in the last few minutes of
the game to slip past Tennessee, 27-22.
The Bluebonnet Bowl has yet to put
togetlher a game in which the national
championship would be decided. Texas
schools have been favored when the
bowl has handed out bids, with 13 ap-

pearances in the 21-year history of the
game. The home-town Houston Cougars
have played in the bowl more than any
other school, compiling a 2-1-1 record.
Although the Bluebonnet Bowl is
more than two decades old, it lacks the
traditional prestige of such classics as
the Rose Bowl (started in 1902), the
Orange Bowl (1933), the Sugar Bowl
(1935), the Cotton Bowl (1937), the Sun
Bowl (1936), and the Gator Bowl (1946).
But the Astrodome has certainly not
been void of some exciting contests on
December 31. Twelve of the 21 games
have been decided in the closing
minutes, and in the last seven years,
the Bluebonnet has been- the leader
among post-season games in
cumulative scoring, with an average of
56.7 points per game.

By GREG DeGULIS
Some Wolverine fans will be spending
-New Year's in Pasadena after all.
Pasadena, Texas, that is, the home of
Gilley's, site of the film Urban Cowboy
and the world's largest country and
western dance floor. Gilley's is one of
many attractions available to visitors
in the Houston area. The "'Golden
Buckle of the Sunbelt," Houston is
located with 50 miles of the Gulf Coast
and the historic Galveston area. Here
are some facts about the nation's
fastest-growing city:
WEATHER
The average temperature in Decem-
ber and January is 55 degrees, with a
normal daily high of 65 degrees and low
of 45. Temperatures are moderated by
winds from the Gulf, which produce
generally mild winters. Don't expect
Florida-like weather in Houston,
although the shores of the Gulf are only
an hour away.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON SPACE CEN-
TER (NASA)
Collection of spacecraft, as well as
exhibits about America's space
program, are the featured attraction
here. Visitors can embark: on self-
guided tours through five facilities, in-
cluding the Mission Simulation and
Training Facility. The Space Center is
open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m., except Christmas Day. Tourists
should call for reservations; there is no
charge. -
PORT OF HOUSTON
Tourists can view the third largest
seaport in the nation from an obser-
vation deck.
SEA-ARAMA MARINEWORLD
Located in Galveston, the marine
showcase features dolphins, sea lions,
tropical birds and an assortment of
other sea creatures.
SAM HOUSTON PARK
Located right in the heart of down-
town Houston, the park contains
restored homes and a church reflecting
the years 1823-1890. There is also a
reconstructed row of storefronts which
include the Yesteryear Shop. Tours
conducted daily with an admission

charge.
CURTURAL EVENTS
The Nutcracker by the Houston
Ballet is a December tradition, one of a
variety of cultural offerings in the city.
The Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston
Symphony, and the Houston Grand
Opera, the fifth largest opera company
in the United States, are some others.
The Nina Vance Alley Theater is one of
the finest residential professional
theaters in the country. Tours of the
complex are offered Tuesday through
Friday.
SPORTING EVENTS
The Houston Rockets, Who call the
17,000-seat Summit their home, are one
of the pro teams in the area. The
University of Houston and Rice Univer-

sity also provide some sport entertain-
ment for visitors.
DOWNTOWN
Many downtown buildings offer a
striking examplehof award-winning
contemporary architecture, including
the tallest building in the U.S. outside
the cities of New York or Chicago, the
Pennzoil Plaza. Locals recommend the
seafood in downtown restaurants (due
to the closeness of the Gulf), as well as
the Southern delicacy of fried catfish
and Creole and other Mexican dishes.
THE GALLERIA COMPLEX
Located outside the city limits, the
Galleria complex boasts of the South's
finest department store, Neiman-
Marcus, an ice skating rink, and an
array of shops. Use of the complex, in-
cluding the Galleria' Hotel, will be part

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after General Sam Houston, the first President of the Republic of Texas.

THE HOUSTON ASTRODOME, nicknamed the 'eighth wonder of the world', is the home of the Bluebonnet Bowl. It is
also the place of residence of the major league Houston Astros and the pro football Houston Oilers.

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