The Jimmy Kimmel L.A. Bowl isn’t like different bowls.
No different bowl recreation is called after a dwelling individual, not to mention a late evening host. No different bowl recreation has a camel mascot that has a putting resemblance to Jimmy Kimmel named Jimmy Kamel. It’s meant to be quirky and enjoyable.
Earlier than kickoff, Kimmel was the star of the present. The 55-year-old comic joined the Washington State marching band as they took the sector. Geared up this 12 months as he was final 12 months with a clarinet, Kimmel stumbled alongside attempting to execute WSU’s complicated drill, lacking all his dots.
After his massive efficiency, the bowl’s namesake addressed the sparsely crammed stadium — attendance was listed as 32,405 — calling the sport a “tax write-off” and joking that a lot of the attendees have been holding their seats for Taylor Swift’s sold-out live performance run at SoFi Stadium in August.
The primary half of Fresno State’s 29-6 win over Washington State matched the wonky power of the bowl’s host with Bulldogs quarterback Jake Haener almost injuring himself after colliding with a cameraman and Cougars quarterback Cam Ward working out of the again of the top zone for a security.
Washington State coach Jake Dickert credited the Bulldogs protection, however in the end chalked up the loss to his staff’s lack of ability to seek out its tempo.
“I think it was just a rhythm thing. I don’t think we ever got into a rhythm,” stated Dickert, whose staff ended the 12 months 7-6. “We never established running the football, which is obviously a key piece to what we always want to do.”
Operating again Jordan Mims shined shiny for Fresno State (10-4) with 209 dashing yards and two touchdowns, together with a two-yard scoring run with 8:29 left within the fourth quarter. His efficiency led to him sporting the bowl’s distinctive championship belt round his waist after the sport.
“It’s been, you know, surreal,” Mims stated of his efficiency and his staff’s nine-game win streak. “It just feels good to leave a mark like this on a 10-win season.”
Fresno State fan Courtney Findley had a lot to root for through the recreation. The 20-year-old is transferring to the varsity subsequent 12 months and is married to assistant pupil coach Nathanael Findley, who relays alerts on the Bulldogs sideline.
“I drove all the way from Bakersfield today to be here,” stated Courtney Findley, who additionally works as a preschool instructor. “I drove from Fresno to Bakersfield and Bakersfield here — it’s been like a five-hour drive.”
Findley enjoys having the ability to get an “inside look of the game” because of her husband’s tense job.
Talking on the peculiarity of bowl’s nature, Findley discovered the occasion’s quirks amusing.
“I think it’s kind of funny that celebrities can kind of attach their name to certain events,” she stated. “So I think it’s kind of cool though, too, at the same time.”
Elsewhere within the stadium, Guillermo Rodriguez, Kimmel’s lovable sidekick and breakout star of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was having fun with the ambiance at SoFi.
“It’s a lot of fun. Everybody’s so happy, everybody wants to see a good game,” Rodriguez informed The Los Angeles Instances. “After all this pandemic and all this, we had to wear a mask and right here you feel free, you know? You watch the game and everything is good.”
The customarily shy Rodriguez had a carefree perspective on Saturday, mirrored in his glossy all-black outfit and gaudy, iced-out Jimmy Kimmel L.A. Bowl chain.
Contributing to his lightness was the truth that he was taking questions on the occasion and never asking them. He’s normally despatched out to interview the largest athletes at Tremendous Bowls and NBA Finals for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
When requested whether or not he loved working the Tremendous Bowl extra or the Jimmy Kimmel L.A. Bowl, Rodriguez had a transparent favourite.
“I think here … because I work less,” Rodriguez stated whereas letting out amusing. “Super Bowl media, oh my God, it’s a lot of work. It’s intense because we have to accommodate [to when players] have time…. this is more fun.”
Apart from the extravaganza of the sport, Rodriguez famous that he feels good that the bowl will profit the Boys & Ladies Membership L.A. Harbor and L.A. Metro.
“You gotta help if [someone] needs something, you know? If you have it, it’s good to give,” he stated. “If you can help anybody, any charities, it’s good.”
Rodriguez additionally gave some insights about Kimmel and his camel counterpart.
Rodriguez confirmed that Kimmel was really taking part in his clarinet alongside the Washington State band.
“He loves to play the clarinet, that’s one of his hobbies,” Rodriguez shared. “He loves that and he’s playing for reals.”
Whereas speaking about his affection for Jimmy Kamel, Rodriguez had an essential warning for these trying to meet the eclectic mascot.
“Oh, the camel is a lot of fun. Just be careful — he might throw up on you.”