Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sun bathing with Fletch

Last week we were talking about the 1999 Rose Bowl and the beginning of Jamar Fletcher's great career. It's easy to forget that his college career ended in El Paso Stinking Texas in the Sun Bowl in another Badger win over UCLA. The unsatisfying end to the Shoe Box season with arguably the most talented team in UW history.

The way I remember it, Freddie Mitchell had his way with Fletch in that game. Mitchell was named the MVP, after all. Apparently, though, the bowl remembers otherwise and recently named Fletch to its 75th anniversary team. Jamar did have seven tackles and the game-sealing interception.

It's interesting that the guy who set a bowl game record for receiving yards and was named game MVP would not make that bowl game's all-time team, but the cornerback responsible for covering him would be. Maybe it's because Freddie wasn't the most sportsmanlike player in college football history ... although Fletch did his share of smack talking as well.

Who would have thought that the Sun Bowl, at 75 years old, is the second-oldest bowl game?