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The Rose Bowl Game: "The Granddaddy of Them All"



The Rose Bowl Game: "The Granddaddy of Them All"

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     challenging words:    halftime, post-season, humiliation, favor, renamed, committee, horse-drawn, further, leading, annual, cancel, attack, against, avoid, bands, celebration
     content words:    Rose Bowl, New Year, Tournament Park, Stanford University, Michigan Wolverines, State College, Brown University, Yale Bowl, New Haven, Roses Stadium


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The Rose Bowl Game: "The Granddaddy of Them All"
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     The Rose Bowl game has been a part of America's New Year celebration since 1916. The first Tournament of Roses celebration was held in Pasadena, California in 1890. That celebration included a parade of horse-drawn carriages covered in flowers, foot races, polo matches, and a game of tug-of-war. For the next twelve years the celebration grew into a big New Year's Day celebration. Motorized floats and marching bands were added. The land where the festivities were held was renamed Tournament Park.
 
2     By 1902, the Tournament committee decided to add a football game to the celebration. The first East-West post-season football game was played in Tournament Park in 1902. Stanford University represented the West and the University of Michigan Wolverines represented the East. By the third quarter the score was 49-0 in favor of Michigan. Stanford quit in the third quarter to avoid any further humiliation.
 
3     For the next thirteen years there were no football games. But football returned to stay on New Year's Day 1916. That year the State College of Washington played against Brown University in the first annual Rose Bowl. Washington won. Over the next few years the crowds attending the football games grew. It was soon clear a new stadium would be needed.

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