One last hurrah for sister cheerleaders on opposing sidelines
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Sisters Liz Lorie and Tina Lorie from Indiatlantic, Fla., got one more chance to cheer against each other Thursday night. Liz, 21, is a cheerleader at Florida State, while Tina, 20, is a Florida cheerleader.
Liz doesn’t think Florida should be the national champion if it split two games with Florida State.
``I know this is definitely for the national championship,″ she said. ``I think it’s more exciting and at the same time it’s frustrating. If we come out without the win tonight, does that make them the national champions?
``I think Tina thinks they deserve the rematch. I don’t think so.″
Tina says the Gators deserve the championship if they win.
``I don’t see why that wouldn’t make up for what happened. They beat us by just three points on their field.″
The sisters try to avoid talking too much about the game during the week.
``We really try not to bring up the fact we’re playing each other for the national championship,″ said Liz.
``We lost to Nebraska last year, but I still look at the trip like it was so much fun,″ Tina Lorie said. ``There were so many good points.
``You shouldn’t play the game and you shouldn’t be involved in football if you can’t take a loss,″ she said.
But, Liz said, she doesn’t want to lose the title to Florida State.
``No, I really don’t want that to happen because they are our in-state rival.″
A third Lorie sister, Monica, was a cheerleader at Alabama when the Crimson Tide won the national championship in 1992.
FAMILIAR FOES: The 1997 Sugar Bowl was the fifth meeting between Florida and Florida State in the last three seasons and the second in New Orleans. It was also the first time in bowl history that teams had a second rematch of a regular season game for a second time. Florida and Florida State also met in the 1995 Sugar Bowl after playing to a 31-31 tie in the 1994 regular season game. That one was billed as ``The Fifth Quarter.″ Florida State won that one 23-17.
BUCKEYE BLESSING: Florida was playing for the national championship for the second straight year _ and the Gators have Ohio State to thank once again. The Buckeyes beat No. 2 Arizona State in the Rose Bowl to set up this year’s title game in the Sugar Bowl. A year ago, Ohio State was ranked No. 2 behind Nebraska when it lost to Michigan, bumping the Gators up to No. 2 and setting up a national championship game in the Fiesta Bowl.
BUG BITES: A bout with intestinal virus struck Florida State this week. About 10 players were affected, including kicker Scott Bentley. Earlier in the week, several players thought they had food poisoning, but later realized it was a virus when others also became ill. Linebacker Daryl Bush and defensive end Peter Boulware were given IVs before the game as they fought the bug.
WUERRFEL WORLD TOUR: The award-receiving tour of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel has some more stops after the Sugar Bowl. Wuerffel is scheduled to receive the NCAA Top Eight Award on Jan. 11 in Nashville, Tenn. He flies to San Francisco on Jan 12 to meet his teammates on the East team for Bobby Bowden in the Hula Bowl, which will be played Jan. 13 in Honolulu.
HIS NUMBER’S ALMOST UP: Florida State was looking to remain No. 1, but it will soon lose No. 2 forever. Samari Rolle, a junior defensive back, is the last player who will wear jersey No. 2 for the Seminoles. The number was officially retired in 1995 in honor of defensive back Deion Sanders, but Rolle was given the opportunity to wear it until his playing days ended.
SUGAR RECORDS: The 52 points scored by Florida were the most ever in the Sugar Bowl, as was the 72 by both teams. The crowd of 78,344 was the largest Sugar Bowl crowd in the Superdome ever. The previous record was 78,124 in 1983 when Penn State and Georgia played. It was also the biggest crowd to ever watch a football game in the Superdome, which has hosted three Super Bowls
BIG NIGHT PASSING: Danny Wuerffel is known for his million dollar arm. Greg Smith hoped he would also have that reputation after the Sugar Bowl. He won’t. Smith, a 32-year-old construction superintendent from Lutcher, La., would have made $1 million if he had tossed a football through a one-foot square opening in the Nokia Best Connection Sweepstakes. His toss from 12 yards away missed the mark and Smith settled for a $5,000 consolation prize.
BOWL BITS: Florida wore blue pants for the first time since the 1992 Gator Bowl. They beat North Carolina State 27-10 that year. ... There were 28 Bowdens on hand for the game. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said his family always uses bowl games as reunions. ... The Cigar Emporium of New Orleans combined the cigar craze with the Sugar Bowl crowd and turned it into big business. Two workers pushed a trolley loaded with cigars costing between $7 and $13 along the row of luxury suites. Midway through halftime they had sold between 500 and 600, Val Taylor said, and the air was blue with smoke. Taylor said the company plans to be back in business for the Super Bowl.