For the few students and other Pullman residents who will not be in Pasadena, there are a few gathering places to watch the Rose Bowl.
Typically, only 8,000 people remain in this college town when WSU students are gone on holiday break. But, with many of those 8,000 traveling to the big game, Pullman might resemble a ghost town. Still, Jeff Packer, owner of My Office Tavern, isn’t taking any chances.
“We will open at 8 a.m. for breakfast so people can see the parade and choose their seating for the game. We will be the place to watch the Cougars in Pullman.”
A few doors down, at the Sports Page, owner Brent Duprel will open at 9 a.m. But don’t plan to hang with him. He’ll be in Pasadena.
At Rico’s, owner Roger Johnson wanted everyone to know that even though Rico’s is not a sports bar per se, the bar’s resident gargoyle is dressed up in Rose Bowl attire and both televisions will be switched on to the game.
Here are your Rose Bowl choices, all within a block of each other.
Sports Page: 165 S. Grand, 334-6748. TV count: seven, 25 to 35 inches. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. No specials.
My Office Tavern: 215 S. Grand, 334-1202. TV count: seven, 32 to 62 inches. Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Happy hour on all drinks for the day. Breakfast at 8 a.m. to watch the parade. Rose Bowl memorabilia giveaways.
Rico’s: 200 E. Main, 332-6566. TV count: two. Hours: just before game time until 2 a.m. No specials.
Across the border, Corner Club owner Michael Curtis would never switch his loyalty from the University of Idaho Vandals to the Cougars, but he still plans a big Rose Bowl day at this Moscow sports bar institution.
The Corner Club celebrates its 50th anniversary next July and although firmly entrenched in Vandal territory, Curtis says the door is always open to the rivals from Washington.
“I know Drew Bledsoe. I know many of the coaches, too. They come in here all the time.”
Corner Club: 202 N. Main St., Moscow (208) 882-2915. TV count: nine, 27 to 35 inches. New Year’s snacks and hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 8 a.m.