More than a game: Rose Bowl sideline photos

Penn State's Nittany Lion looks on as the USC Trojans take the field in the Rose Bowl.

It’s Monday, January 5, 2009.

You’re probably sitting at your desk right now.

Welcome back.

The holidays are over and odds are you’re reflecting fondly on the food, the family gatherings, and, of course, the football. In order to brighten your day in the office, here’s a look at some of the pageantry from the 2009 Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State. Click on any photo to enlarge.

The LA Times also ran a large 55-shot photo gallery and Brooks snapped some fun shots with Wendy over on SportsByBrooks.com.

For all the Rose Bowl coverage from this blog, there’s a 2009 Rose Bowl category.

From the sideline

Awards

Rey Maualuga’s  Bednarik Award (right) and A.Q. Shipley’s Rimington Trophy (left).

Flagmen

Penn State’s flag bearers look on as USC takes the field.

Neverlayup

Golf advice for USC’s special teams.

Penn_state_cheerleaders

Penn State cheerleaders. Just because.

Sed_carmel_corn

In the final minutes, USC alum Sedrick Ellis shared his caramel corn with coaches Brennan Carroll and Ken Norton, Jr.

The Fans

Fans

These guys were dragging around little lions like many Trojans drag around little Bruins during rivalry week.

Joepafans

Word is that these fans are regulars in the stands in Happy Valley.

Joepasign

If you want your sign to stand out in a crowd, day-glo is always a good choice.

Joepaspellout

The most popular man in the state of Pennsylvania?

Mymijo

Mark Sanchez’s #1 fan … his mom.

The players

Lineofscrim

Penn State went three-and-out a couple times in the first quarter, making it look like a low-scoring game was at hand.

Lineofscrim2

Mark Sanchez turned it into a scoring fest in the second quarter, shown just seconds before taking a draw in for a touchdown.

Sanchez_celebrate

Sanchez is mobbed by his teammates after scoring.

Longsnap

Throughout the game, long snappers and kickers kept loose.

Sanchez_warmsup

Even in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez was throwing passes on the sideline to Damian Williams to keep ready.

Look! In the sky!

Flyover

The B-2 from Mizzou.

Flyover2

Your tax dollars at work.

Happy2009

This wasn’t spelled by the B-2.

— Adam Rose
All photos by Adam Rose.

Kyle Bunch

Partnerships for R/GA Ventures. Raised in California, adopted by Texas. Opinions expressed here are mine and they are fantastic.

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