From Newsletter #3:
On January 2, 2005 at 5:30 am (HKT), at least 35 alumni and students gathered in Wanchai to watch Texas beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl game. The game was decided by a field goal scored in the last 2 seconds by Texas that brought the Rose Bowl trophy to Austin for the first time. It was a game where some Golden Bears (Berkeley) still accuse the Longhorns for stealing their Rose Bowl spot because it is traditionally a game played between a team from Big Ten and a team from Pac-12.
From Newsletter #6:
Having a football watching party in Hong Kong back then was so much more difficult than today. It took another 2 years before we had the next football watching party. It was the Rose Bowl game on January 2, 2005 HKT and the game started at 5:30 am. Our opponent was the Michigan Wolverines. ESPN was to broadcast the game live in Hong Kong. We booked a room at Skitz Bar in Wanchai (which is now closed). To my surprise, an alumnus who visited the venue called me 2 days before the party and told me that the bar was double-booked, and our booking was canceled. I called the manager and he told me that they lost my business card and could not contact me, or so they said. So, I booked another venue nearby. In that early morning at 5:10 am, when I arrived at the venue, I almost had a heart attack. The reception of NOW TV, which carried ESPN, at the bar was down. I ran along Lockhart Road to try to find another venue, but all places nearby were closed or were about to close. What happened next was that I found Skitz Bar became available again since the other party had finished. So, 30 of us marched to Skitz Bar at the same time. We were able to catch the opening of the game, and we left the place happily with the Rose Bowl trophy handed to our team.
|Title:||Longhorn Bowl Game Live Party|
|Date:||January 2, 2005 (Sunday)|
|Time:||5:20am HKT (Broadcast starts at 5:30am)|
|Location:||Skitz Bar, 18 Fenwick Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong (northeast corner of Fenwick Street and Jaffe Road, Tel. 2866 3277)|
Here are the confirmed details of the Longhorn Bowl Game Live Party:
Date: January 2, 2005 (Sunday)
Time: 5:20am HKT (Broadcast starts at 5:30am)
Venue: Skitz Bar, 18 Fenwick Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong (northeast corner of Fenwick Street and Jaffe Road, Tel. 2866 3277)
Fee: Buy your own food and drinks (minimum 1 drink) and HK$20 voluntary donation to Hong Kong Texas Exes recommended
16 members have said that they will be there. As said before, we may anticipate more will be coming. One of our alumni is trying to bring 10 Michigan students/alumni to the event. Let’s make sure that they will not out-number us by showing up! In any case, it is going to be a big crowd.
We will bring along our Longhorn flag. If you have your own Longhorn memorabilia that suits the event, bring them along.
We hope to see y’all in the party!