Memories from players, coaches and fans on the Orange Bowl Print
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Wednesday, 07 November 2007 11:19
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``Half of these guys don't really know the history of the Orange Bowl. They don't know it used to be called Burdines, they don't know how many Super Bowls have been played in it, they don't know there used to be a fish tank in the back where Flipper used to jump up and down. The only thing they know is they played in the Orange Bowl.'' - Miami coach Randy Shannon, on whether players truly understand the history of the building where the Hurricanes have played home games since 1937.
little story about it and the old editor said, 'You want a job?''' - Miami Herald sports columnist Edwin Pope, a Georgia native on how his Hall of Fame writing career began 67 years ago.
``The Orange Bowl is where fans found out they could be a part of the game. We were playing the Eagles, and there was a bad call, and the fans were booing, and (quarterback Ron) Jaworski couldn't get a play run. He would come up to the line and the booing would start, and he would step away, the crowd noise was so great. That happened five or six times. Finally you could see the official say to Jaworski, 'Get a play run.' So they ran a play and he threw an interception. The fans realized they could be a part of the play on the field, and after that, crowd noise in the league became more prevalent.'' - former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, speaking about a 1981 game in which his team beat the Philadelphia Eagles 13-10 before 67,797.
but nothing will ever replace the Orange Bowl.'' - Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, a Miami native.
``I'll definitely miss the mystique of the Orange Bowl.'' - Former Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, who led the Hurricanes to the 2001 national championship.
``We're going to steal some grass out of the O.B. and put it up in our trophy room.'' - Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, speaking for himself and another former Miami star, wide receiver Santana Moss.
``If my apartment was big enough, I'd like to have a column of a goalpost or maybe a piece of that old rickety scoreboard. Maybe Bernie Kosar's name off the ring of honor. That'd be cool. I bet I could get some dollars for that on eBay.'' - Miami quarterback Kyle Wright.
``We need a new Orange Bowl. The place is ridiculous.'' - Miami resident David Darby, in the Dec. 8, 1977 edition of the Miami Daily News.
``When I was a little kid, I do remember seeing it on television. And I remember when they used to have the Super Bowl there. I remember that, when I was living in New York or Los Angeles or somewhere, and it looked so nice. Those palm trees in the back, I remember that. Tradition means a lot.'' - Miami Heat coach Pat Riley.
``I get a winning streak going in the Orange Bowl and they tear it down. What the heck?'' - N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien, who had never won at the Orange Bowl as a coach or player until last weekend, when his Wolfpack beat the Hurricanes in overtime.
``There will be a lot of other people there who made history and they will be celebrating their history. We are just one of the acts that's being trotted out, so we are just really focusing on the game itself and what it means to our future. We respect the history of the Orange Bowl and all of the great players and coaches that have been there and we respect what Miami has accomplished there. It's their history.'' - Virginia coach Al Groh, whose Cavaliers will be Miami's final Orange Bowl opponent on Saturday.

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