Charles O. Finley, the controversial former owner of the Oakland A's, will have a part in the Rose Bowl game. Or rather, one of his footballs will.
Finley was a frustrated guard on his high school football team in Gary, Ind., instead of a quarterback. The reason, he said: "My hand wasn't big enough to throw a football."
Instead of being covered with pebble-like grain the way conventional footballs are, Finley's ball has dimples--inverted pimples--making it feel more like a golf ball.
When Washington is on offense, the Finley ball, called "Double Grip," will be in use. Iowa will use a conventional ball. College teams can use the ball of their choice on offense.