Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Bowl Site Challenge: Dallas vs. Miami

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 6:37 AM

By DAVID MARTIN

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Thousands of logo-festooned Midwesterners will travel to celebrate the outstanding seasons of their college football teams. The Missouri Tigers face Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on January 1. Two days later, the Kansas Jayhawks line up against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

Here’s a guide for fans who may be making the trips to states governed at one time or another by a Bush boy.

Population

Dallas: 5.5 million

Miami: 3.9 million

Edge: Dallas

Average January low temperature

Dallas: 34 degrees

Miami: 59 degrees

Edge: Miami

Great embarrassment

Dallas: Assassination of JFK

Miami: Endurance of Castro

Edge: Dallas

Most appalling local resident

Dallas: Mark Cuban

Miami: Mickey Rourke

Edge: Dallas (Rourke was pretty good -- and therefore less appalling -- in Sin City)

Leading man

Dallas: Larry Hagman

Miami: Don Johnson

Edge: Dallas (Hagman gets bonus points for JFK cameo)

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Reality-show taskmaster

Dallas: Kelli Finglass (Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team)

Miami: Ami James (Miami Ink)

Edge: Dallas

Excellence in reporting

Dallas: Dan Jenkins

Miami: Edna Buchanan

Edge: Miami

Coaching legend's state

Dallas: Dead (Tom Landry)

Miami: Bitter (Don Shula)

Edge: Dallas

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Memorable sports-related movie

Dallas: North Dallas 40

Miami: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Edge: Dallas

Quarterback-turned-analyst

Dallas: Troy Aikman

Miami: Dan Marino

Edge: Dallas

Bowl title sponsor

Dallas: AT&T

Miami: FedEx

Edge: pick 'em

National Anthem singer

Dallas: Kilgore College Choral Group

Miami: Katharine McPhee

Edge: Miami

Pre-game activity

Dallas: Petty Theft (Tom Petty tribute band), House of Blues, Dec. 31

Miami: King Mango Strut, Dec. 30

Edge: Miami

Tourist area to avoid

Dallas: Victory Park/West End

Miami: Ocean Drive, South Beach

Edge: Miami ("More sunburned Midwestern yahoos here than anywhere this side of the St. Louis arch," one Miami expert tells us; but it'll be sunny)

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Tourist area to embrace

Dallas: Deep Ellum

Miami: Little Havana

Edge: Miami (Cuban food, art galleries, cigar stores)

Best dining for fat-cat alumni

Dallas: Abacus

Miami: Prime 112

Edge: Dallas (Abacus chef Tre Wilcox appeared on Top Chef)

Best place for those without a ticket to watch game

Dallas: Vickery Park

Miami: The Ale House

Edge: Miami (The Ale House in North Miami Beach is seven miles from Dolphin Stadium -- and near water)

Penalty for disorderly conduct

Dallas: $500

Miami: 60 days

Edge: Dallas

So that's 10 for Big D, six for Miami and one tie. Congratulations, Tiger fans. You may have been left out of the Bowl Championship Series. But your eventual arrest will be less painful.

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