Thank you El Paso for support of 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl: Opinion

On behalf of the Sun Bowl Association, a hearty thank you to El Paso for your valuable support of this year’s Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl football game in our 88th year. The Sun Bowl Football game being the second oldest bowl game in the United States and the only Bowl Game on CBS Network television once again brought national attention to our tremendous city, people and culture.

The Sun Bowl game is a culmination of the hard work and dedicated efforts of over 700 volunteers and a Sun Bowl Association staff that ranks #1 in being the best of the best in the bowl business. The Association is led by the longest-tenured Sun Bowl Association Executive Director in Bernie Olivas and his leadership was never more evident when the University of Miami football team was unable to play due to COVID-19. Kudos to the Washington State University Cougars for waiting patiently as the Sun Bowl Association worked to get an opponent.

More:Central Michigan ends wild week with Sun Bowl win over Washington State, 24-21

Without missing a beat Olivas, along with the outstanding Sun Bowl Football Committee headed up by John Folmer, secured another team after the Arizona Bowl in Tucson, Arizona lost one of their representative teams in Boise State University that was scheduled to play Central Michigan University.

Central Michigan celebrates its win against  Washington State at the 88th Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

After Boise State was unable to play due to COVID-19, Central Michigan of the Mid – American Conference was in limbo with no opponent and the Sun Bowl Association struck fast with the help of many partners to secure the Chippewas as Washington State’s opponent.  

COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the college football bowl season. Of the 44 scheduled bowl games, five were canceled due to COVID-19. The Hawaii, Military, Fenway, Arizona, and later on the Holiday Bowl were unable to be played.

Washington State University of the PAC 12 Conference was a formidable foe for Central Michigan University, located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan about 150 miles from Detroit. The school, with notable alumni such as NFL Football star J.J. Watt, was ready and raring to go after their selection.   

Images from pre-game in preparation for the 88th Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021.

Central Michigan won the contest 24-21. Congratulations to both teams for putting on a great New Year’s Eve contest as a great way to usher in 2022. It was a true pleasure to be on stage for the Award Ceremonies along with Sun Bowl Queen Jaylene Placencia, Lady in Waiting, Paige Dorsey and the Sun Bowl Court and to stand proud as the 2021 – 2022 Sun Bowl President.

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Travis Burnett

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