Bowl Guys’ quest continues

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

The "Bowl Guys" at the 2015 Arizona Bowl | Photo by Dan StoreyYear 32 and the “Bowl Guys” keep on rolling, this time at the inaugural Arizona Bowl, Dec. 29 in Tucson, Arizona.

Shortly after their KU graduations, Tom Hall, b’82, and Brian Dixon, b’81, hatched a plan to attend every college football bowl game at least once. There were 18 such games when their journey began at the 1984 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans; three decades later, they still have eight (as the postseason lineup now stands) to check off their list.

“Brian is a little bummed because he doesn’t know when this thing is ever gonna end,” Hall, of Kansas City, told CBS in a profile published Dec. 23. “He’s of the opinion we can just finish and move on to something else. I’m like, ‘Brian, this is our life mission. No one will ever be able to repeat this accomplishment.'”

With growing fame in football circles, the guys haven’t paid for game tickets since 1990, and their quest comes with a few other ground rules: Inaugural games, final games and least-expensive venues are given priority when planning their annual excursion, and the outings come with wagers. With first choice given to the loser of the previous year’s game, Hall and Dixon pick sides, buy school gear, cheer madly, and the loser is on the hook for postgame celebrations.

“We’d still be friends,” Dixon, of Denver, told CBS of the unique journeys that have brought college buddies closer over the years, “but I don’t think we’d be as close as we are without taking a trip with a friend 30-plus years in a row.”

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—Chris Lazzarino

Fun fact: When the Alumni Association staff heard that the Bowl Guys would travel to Arizona this year, we had no idea that a lucky coincidence was in the works. Staff photographer Dan Storey is a graduate of Colorado State University, which played Nevada in the Arizona Bowl. Dan’s wife, Angie, b’04, g’07, vice president of donor relations, surprised him at Christmas with tickets to watch his alma mater. The Storeys met up with the “Bowl Guys” before the game in Tucson to take this photo. Colorado State lost, 28-23.

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Bowl guys

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Jayhawk buddies Brian Dixon, b’81, and Tom Hall, b’82, are now known as the “Bowl Guys,” according to the Dec. 24 issue of the Washington Post’s online blog DC Sports Bog. According to the Post, a few years after Dixon, a sales executive in Denver, and Hall, a Kansas City sales manager, left KU, they both found themselves in Louisiana shortly before the New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl in 1984. They decided to attend the game–witnessing Bo Jackson rush for 130 yards as Auburn beat Michigan, 9-7–and decided then and there to turn it into a tradition by attending a different game together every bowl season.

As with all proper quests, their pilgrimages have endured challenges, including a 2006 blizzard that shut down flights out of Denver and the birth of one child that teetered perilously close to the 1994 Sun Bowl, but the tradition endures, and today will be renewed at the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium. They have yet to attend a BCS championship game, but say a bowl game in Hawaii is the quest’s ultimate destination.

“I think that will be our last game, our last hurrah,” Hall told the Post. “You’d think you’d grow up after all these years. But we’re really just like a couple of college kids still, trying to figure out a way to get to the game.”

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–Chris Lazzarino

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