He recalled his Cougars of Washington State losing to the Cougars of Brigham Young 38-36 at Jack Murphy Stadium, now Qualcomm.
Future two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon was the BYU quarterback that day in 1981. Lynch, who played defense, put a big hit on McMahon in the game’s first play.
McMahon lobbed an F-bomb at Lynch, the Spokane resident said before the start of the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade.
Things didn’t go so well for the Cougs on Tuesday afternoon either, falling to the underdog Minnesota Golden Gophers 17-12.
But among thousands of Minnesota fans on Harbor Drive for the famed balloon parade was a family from Chicago with sophomore twins playing for the Gophers — Jacob and Julian Huff.
“I wasn’t confident it was going to be resolved,” Sam Huff said of a team boycott of football activities after player suspensions in a sex-assault case. “I’m glad it was.”
Paul Fahning would agree. His son, Chad, also plays for Minnesota. Paul took in the parade with his doctoral-student daughter, Heidi.
A lawyer and St. Paul resident, Fahning is a 1971 Minnesota graduate who says he’s been to four bowl games.
On the about-to-be-disappointed side were Becky Grinch, Jeri McGuire and Mackenzie Odom of Pullman — wives of three Washington State football assistant coaches. While the hubbies prepared for the National Funding Holiday Bowl, the moms brought their five young children to the waterfront for marching bands and big balloons.
Wearing a T-shirt saying “No more Minnesota nice” was Nita Luis of Little Canada (a suburb of Minneapolis), who once helped lead the school’s alumni association.
But very nice was the climate here, with temperatures in the mid-60s under sunny skies. Fans of either team (even those traveling from Los Angeles, Arizona and Florida) considered themselves weather winners Tuesday.
It was mid-30s with snow showers in Eastern Washington. In Minneapolis, it was in the low 20s.
Crazy for Cougars, Gaga for Gophers, all Parade Winners on a Weather Holiday was last modified: December 28th, 2016 by Ken Stone
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