HOLIDAYS FIND FOOTBALL FANS SIMPLY BOWLED OVER

Today is a holiday, but Swayze LeGrand still plans to put in 12 hours.

His grueling day will begin at 11:30 a.m. Peach Bowl. East Carolina vs. North Carolina State. ESPN.

Then it’s on to NBC. Hall of Fame Bowl. Syracuse vs. Ohio State.

Then there’s the Citrus Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl and so forth. There are eight college football games today. And LeGrand will watch them all.

“I’ll start at 11:30 and watch until my eyes get red,” LeGrand said Tuesday, settling down to watch the John Hancock Bowl, one of two New Year’s Eve games.

LeGrand, a Pontiac resident, prefers Gamecock football, but on New Year’s Day, he’d probably watch St. Mary’s Teeth Flossing Academy if it were playing. Football fanatics have been bowled over since Christmas Day, when the Aloha Bowl kicked off the first of 17 holiday games. And for the likes of LeGrand, there are no time-outs on New Year’s Day.

“I’ll probably flip back and forth. I’ve got to watch East Carolina and N.C. State. And then Clemson and California, some of the Florida State and Texas . . . Washington, Michigan, maybe try to catch a little of the Fiesta Bowl. So many good ones on,” LeGrand said.

Like LeGrand, Susan and Preston McDaniel would rather be somewhere warm and sunny on New Year’s Day, watching South Carolina play. No matter. The McDaniels will set up two television sets at their Quail Valley home so they won’t miss a play.

“We plan to watch them all,” Susan McDaniel said.

The McDaniels sometimes throw a New Year’s party, but just a few people will be on hand today for a football marathon interrupted only for black-eyed peas and collards.

Preston McDaniel enjoys the Day o’ Football, but he sounds wistful when he talks about the days when only the Rose, Cotton and Orange bowls were played on New Year’s Day.

“Now you’ve got so many, you’re saturated. No matter how much you love it, by the end of the day, you’re just tired of watching football,” he said.

Rick Cockerham has to work today at the Blockbuster Video he manages in Lexington. But he’ll be home shortly before 6, “in time to watch half of the Rose Bowl — at least that’s how I’ve got it planned.”

Meanwhile, Cockerham has instructed his wife, Kathy, to tape the day games, particularly the Peach Bowl, which he intends to watch Thursday even if he already knows the score.

“If it ends up like I’m hoping it will, I’ll still enjoy watching it,” Cockerham said. He’s pulling for East Carolina.

It’s not unusual for Cockerham to sit with both the radio and TV on and switch between bowl games during the commercials, his wife said.

LeGrand is a serious South Carolina fan who was mightily offended by a prophetic banner that a small plane carried at halftime of the Carolina- Clemson game. “Carolina football,” it proclaimed, “Home for the holidays.”

Oh, well.

“Sparky (Woods) will get us in one one of these days,” LeGrand said cheerfully. And LeGrand does plan to watch the Clemson game.

“Unless Clemson gets too far ahead. Then I might have to turn it off.”

LeGrand already knows all this, but for you less-than-bonkers bowl watchers, here’s today’s lineup:

11:30 a.m. — Peach Bowl, East Carolina vs. North Carolina State (ESPN).

1 p.m. — Hall of Fame Bowl, Syracuse vs. Ohio State (NBC).

1:30 p.m. — Citrus Bowl, California vs. Clemson (ABC).

1:30 p.m. — Cotton Bowl, Florida State vs. Texas A&M (CBS).

4:30 p.m. — Fiesta Bowl, Penn State vs. Tennessee (NBC).

5 p.m. — Rose Bowl, Washington vs. Michigan (ABC).

8 p.m. — Orange Bowl, Miami vs. Nebraska (NBC).

8:20 p.m. — Sugar Bowl, Notre Dame vs. Florida (ABC).

January 1, 1992  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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