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Pregame, Part II:

Friday, December 29, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 9:27 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Posted at 12:24 PM

11:25 a.m.: Walking around the stadium, it appears Missouri and Oregon State fans are getting along well, as they have all around El Paso this week.

10:21 a.m.: Mary Jean “Honey” Washburn was one of the hundreds of fans inside the packed gymnasium for the tailgate. She’s from Versailles, Mo., and has been going to Missouri football and basketball games since the late 1940s. Her son Randy accompanied the 85-year-old, but Mary Jean was a virtual encyclopedia of Missouri sports history.

Growing up in California, she attended her first bowl game when she was six months old. She grew up on football thanks to her father being a football coach. The family would frequently see Stanford, California, Santa Clara and St. Mary’s football games.

“If we went to four games a week he thought that was a big weekend,” Washburn said.

After moving to Missouri, she became a Tigers fan and still goes to games to this day. She talked at length about how much she enjoyed basketball games at Hearnes Center, and a football game long ago in Columbia that she took her son Colin to despite snow and treacherous conditions.

She was in Shreveport, La., in 2003 for the Tigers first Independence Bowl game, but missed out on last year’s game.

Friday, she was in El Paso for the Sun Bowl.

“This trip has just been beautiful,” Washburn said. “this team has been pretty exciting to watch and I’m looking forward to a great game.”

For more on Mary Jean “Honey” Washburn, check out Lance Edwards’ video later today.


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