It’s getting crowded here

January 5th, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. >> Will this be the most-watched college football game ever?
That’s what some are saying as Alabama and Notre Dame get set to tee it up Monday night in the BCS National Championship game.
Why wouldn’t it be? The teams are the two most magical names in the sport. And it’s Dynasty vs. Destiny, as Alabama tries to win the title for the third time in four years and Notre Dame tries to complete an undefeated season and its climb back to the top of college football.
I’ve been here since late Wednesday afternoon, and the media hotel has been getting more crowded each day, as have the press conferences and buses to practices. Media day today at Sun Life Stadium will likely be a zoo. More than 800 media credentials have been issued.
Honolulu attorney and Notre Dame super fan Paul Cunney said the demand for tickets from Fighting Irish fans has far outstripped the number available and many ticketless ND fans are flocking to South Florida anyway just to be on the scene. Some estimate the number of those requesting tickets just from the Notre Dame fans as 100,000 for the 72,230-seat Sun Life Stadium.
Among the fans arriving in the past couple of days are the family members of Notre Dame’s three players from Hawaii, Manti Te’o, Robby Toma and Kona Schwenke.
Honolulu businessman Peter Kim, the Kaiser grad who kicked the final points of Bear Bryant’s coaching career at Alabama, arrives today.

13 Responses to “It’s getting crowded here”

  1. Paul:

    I thought Sun Life only seats about 75,000

  2. Dave Reardon:

    You are correct … not sure where I got 107k from.

  3. hosssana:

    Any doubts or concerns or questions about Manziel being the Heisman Trophy winner was certainly put to rest in this game. He proved that he not only was a worthy Heisman winner but should have definitely been selected as the Maxwell Trophy winner as the outstanding college football player this year. I’m from Hawaii but even I would have to give accolades to Johnny Manziel as THE BEST, I repeat, THE BEST, college football player this season. All the local sports talk shows and local yokels in Hawaii should just shaddup and stop yapping about how Manti Teo should have received the Heisman award.

  4. hosssana:

    My post on Manziel was in reference to the Cotton Bowl played yesterday and his body of work throughout the season.

  5. Warrior Dave:


    Johnny Football’s team lost 2 games. Oklahoma’s Snoops is a terrible coach when it comes to bowl games. OVERATED HC.
    Manti’s ND is undefeated and got better as the season went on.

    ND in upset of Bama.

  6. hosssana:

    Hey, Warrior Dave…..take a hike….ha..ha..ha…not even close… Manti even in the game…..ha..ha…its like Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl….what an embarrassment!!! nothing more and nothing less.

  7. Chicken Grease:

    Ahahahaahah. Yeah, hosssana got it right on.

    Was more like an “Alabama football National Championship clinic.” First, let’s a storied football team who has demonstrated undefeatability all year long . . . [Fighting Irish logo and empty blue uniform and empty gold helmet appears on screen.] ;)

    # # #

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