The problem for the devout of Pittsburgh is distance rather than politics or ennui. Still, the Pitt band will show up along with enough rooters from home to fill three special trains. Since the mayor can't be on hand, it is generally agreed that the most distinguished presence from Pennsylvania will be that of Bobby Grier, the fullback who stirred the Georgia governor into making such a spectacle of himself.
Since the mid-1930s bowl games have been big business, and to avoid the inevitable stampede for the best teams, the bowls have sadly but wisely sectionalized their contests. In the Rose Bowl it is now the Pacific Coast champion against the best of the Big Ten; in the Cotton it is the Southwest champ against the best available opponent; in the Orange, it is the champs of the Big Seven and the Atlantic Coast. The Sugar Bowl then takes the two best teams still unmatched.
There is more than just glory and symbolism awaiting the foes. This year the eight bowl contestants, dividing up to 85% of the day's net, will go home with shares ranging from $160,000 to $325,000. Those that belong to conferences must split the winnings with their less proficient colleagues, but still the profits will be anywhere from $20,000 to $140,000 for each college. The public pays handsomely to enjoy its new year rites.