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January 5, 2014 | Times staff reports
Florida State will try to end the Southeastern Conference's seven-year run of dominance in Bowl Championship Series title games. Staff writers Gary Klein and Chris Dufresne examine some of the story lines of the last game of the BCS era: Heisman watch Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy, a status that does not guarantee a victory in the BCS championship game. Heisman winners are 3-6 in title games in the seasons they were recognized as college football's most outstanding player.
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January 2, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The public has until 5 p.m. Thursday to see in person the floats that rolled down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade. The floats, many of which cost over $100,000 apiece, take months to build and then painstakingly cover with flowers and other plant material in time for the nationally televised New Year's parade. Thursday will be the last day the public will be able to get an up-close look at the handiwork in Pasadena, where dozens of the floats have been parked.
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January 2, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Your browser does not support iframes. Here's a great video of Vin Scully - like there's any other kind - showing him on the parade route as the grand marshal of Wednesday's Rose Parade in Pasadena. The video, provided by the Dodgers, has Scully being interviewed, his voice-over providing the insight to his big day. “In all honesty I never dreamt of becoming the grand marshal of the Rose Parade,” Scully said. “I did dream of being a sport announcer, and that worked out.” Scully described his big day as “exhilarating” and “incredible.” He said the day was made even more special by having his wife, Sandy, sit next to him as the car went down the route, followed by a pair of cars filled with his grandchildren.
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January 2, 2014 | Chris Erskine
What you probably didn't know about Monday's Bowl Championship Series championship is that it will be played on an entirely fresh field, placed directly atop the one you saw Wednesday at the Rose Bowl. Like a blanket over another blanket. Senseless, right? By all accounts, that Rose Bowl field was still nearly flawless after Wednesday's game, but that didn't stop groundskeepers. Foolish perfectionism is a Pasadena birthright and one I don't condone. Yet that's exactly what is behind this all-new grass, which requires a Herculean effort on a frazzled five-day time frame.
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January 1, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook walked to the Rose Bowl sideline Wednesday, unsure of the greeting he would get from Coach Mark Dantonio. Stanford had returned a second-quarter interception for a touchdown. "Coach D was just giving me this look and I was hoping he wasn't going to be super upset and say something to put me down," Cook said. But the ensuing exchange repeated a seasonlong script. "You good?" Dantonio said. "Yeah, I'm fine," Cook answered. The two traded a fist bump, felt better about the situation, and then went their separate ways.
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January 1, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Vin Scully rang in the New Year with a full day. The legendary Dodgers broadcaster served Wednesday as grand marshal of the Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl game, an honor that began at 4 a.m. and concluded with the pregame coin flip. "It's been absolutely thrilling and heartwarming," Scully said after offering a visitor a chance to pull up a chair in a Rose Bowl suite. "One of the great things about it is I was able to share it with my wife with our grandchildren, most of them, and children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014
The 125th Tournament of Roses Parade kicks off Wednesday at 8 a.m. as Pasadena celebrates 2014. The theme of this year's parade is “Dreams Come True,” and famed Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Vin Scully will be the grand marshal. At 2 p.m., Stanford will take on Michigan State in the 100th Rose Bowl game. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade Pasadena police and fire officials said they are stepping up security for the annual parade and football game in the wake of national tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombing.
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January 1, 2014 | By James Barragan
It's an annual tradition for some families: waking up at the crack of dawn to attend the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Some families, however, take it a step farther, camping out on the streets where the parade will take place, reserving key seats in which to watch the parade on New Year's Day. And while they're at it, they may as well have a party too. PHOTOS: 125th Tournament of Roses Parade As a new year approached late Tuesday night,...
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January 1, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla, Ryan Menezes and Paresh Dave
In its 125 t h year, the Rose Parade detoured into debates over same-sex marriage and captive killer whales. Otherwise, the parade stayed largely on script, delivering its traditional mix of small-town wholesomeness, Hollywood-style entertainment and corporate sponsorship. Treated to clear skies and warm air, thousands crammed street curbs and bleachers along the parade's 5 1/2-mile route through Pasadena on Wednesday for the annual procession of marching bands, equestrian groups and elaborate floats crafted of roses, flowers and all manners of produce.
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January 1, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Soumya Karlamangla, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The first same-sex wedding in the history of the Tournament of Roses Parade went off without a hitch -- except for the planned one -- despite threats of protests and days of opposition on social media. "Congratulations and our best wishes to Aubrey and Danny on their wedding day!" KTLA-TV Channel 5 news anchor Micah Ohlman said as the wedding-cake-shaped float passed by the viewing stands. Spectators clapped their hands as grooms Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, faced each other and recited their vows before the Rev. Alfreda "Freda" Lanoix on the float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
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