LIVE From Pasadena: FSU Fans Have Fun In The Sun [GALLERY]

Updated By: Julie Montanaro
January 6, 2014, 6pm

There will be a Seminole fan in the Rose Bowl tonight who won two free tickets and an all expenses paid trip to Pasadena.

For Jayden LaSpada, just being here is a triumph. She was deemed cancer-free in November, and an FSU football player made her Garnet and Gold wishes come true just in time for Christmas.

Video is attached.

Updated By: Julie Montanaro
January 6, 2014, 5pm

Florida State Seminoles have descended on the Rose Bowl, and the tailgating has begun! Just two and a half hours until kickoff!

Governor Rick Scott also gives his thoughts on the game.

Updated By: Julie Montanaro
January 3, 2014, 5pm

The FSU and Auburn football teams started the day with a pep talk from legendary coach Bobby Bowden, a pep talk in the game of life.

Coach Bobby Bowden hosts the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast each year, and its top award is named after him.

This year, it went to Texas Aggie, Jake Matthews.

Bowden encouraged athletes of all ages to put God and family first.

Bowden was swarmed by fans and autograph seekers. He urged the crowd of more than a thousand players, coaches, and fans to cover their spiritual bases and dig down deep to succeed at all they do. He also said that he's especially interested in this matchup because he was born and raised in Alabama and two of his sons coached at Auburn. He, of course, will be rooting for the Noles.

Coach Bowden says he had always hoped to make it to the Rose Bowl but he would have preferred to be coaching in it.

Former FSU quarterback Chris Rix emceed the breakfast. He is a television and radio commentator and works with the FCA in Los Angeles. He thinks the game could come down to a field goal.

Coach Fisher told the crowd it was faith that helped his family through his son’s diagnosis with a rare disease called Fanconi Anemia.

Updated By: Julie Montanaro
January 2, 2014, 6pm

FSU fans headed to Pasadena for the BCS Championship can turn on the TV and get their Game Day forecast from famous FSU alum, Dallas Raines.

Dallas Raines is hands-down the most popular meteorologist in Los Angeles. He’s known for his forecast and his moves.

Dallas Raines dishes up a high energy forecast at KABC at 4p, 5p, 6p, and 11p.

“I try to bring the weather home to you. When you’re sitting at home, you don’t want to go, ‘This guy’s really boring,’” says Raines.

The 1976 FSU graduate has been the Chief Meteorologist here for 30 years, but he got his start in the Love Building at FSU and as a walk-on with the FSU football team.

“I went out for a couple of practices,” laughs Raines. “I said, ‘You know, I think I’ll be a weather man! It’s a lot less damaging to my body.’”

Raines never suited up or played a single down, but he is a die-hard FSU fan, and he’s forecasting a National Championship for the Noles.

“You have to go to this. I mean, Florida State, in Pasadena, at the Rose Bowl, how cool is this?” says Raines as he does the Tomahawk Chop. “So we’ll be there, and we’ll be pulling for the Seminoles. I hope we can beat them. I think we can!”

Dallas Raines says it does rain in Southern California.

“We have what we call ‘Killer Drizzle’. If it really drizzles really hard, we get very excited! We turn the radar on – just drizzle!”

And he jumped at the chance to show everyone back in Tallahassee how to perfect his signature move.

And yes, Dallas Raines is his real name. He joked that he knew he had made it when his name was an answer to a Jeopardy question.

Updated By: Julie Montanaro
January 2, 2014, 5:30pm

Many of those FSU fans traveling to California will have a chance to do some sightseeing before the big game. Options include a visit to the star-filled streets of Hollywood or to check out the surf and soak up the sun at some of California’s famous picturesque beaches.

Huntington Beach is known as Surf City USA. This stretch of beach about 40 miles south of LA is about a quarter of a mile wide with lots of sand, volleyball courts, and bike paths.

But it is known as one of the most popular surfing beaches in the world.

This morning, Julie Montanaro got some tips from one of the best surf instructors on the beach, Jaz Kaner with the Bonzai Surf School.

  • Tip #1: You want a big board and small waves.

  • Tip #2: Lie down on the board with your toes on the tail.

  • Tip #3: The Pop-Up – Bounce off your toes and up onto your feet.

  • Tip #4: Keep your feet centered with your knees bent, facing forward.

  • Tip #5: Don’t be afraid.

Locals tell Julie that the waves at Huntington Beach aren’t always the biggest to be had, but they are the most consistent, so you can head any day and be almost guaranteed waves.

Updated By: Jason Kahn
January 1, 2014, 5:30pm

Starting the New Year off in Costa Mesa, CA, the Florida State football team is staying at the Westin Hotel.

Costa Mesa is approximately 45 minutes from Los Angeles. The FSU football team is practicing at Orange Coast College, about a five minute ride from Costa Mesa.

Pasadena, the site of the National Championship Game, is about an hour from the FSU football team's hotel.

Due to traffic, FSU fans staying near the team in Costa Mesa should expect to drive at least an hour and a half' to Pasadena.

By: Julie Montanaro
January 1, 2014, 5:00pm

Seminole fans are getting ready to head west; just days to go before the BCS Championship.

WCTV landed just as Los Angeles ushered in the New Year 2014. Pasadena ushers in the New Year like no other - with roses.

WCTV joined the crowd on Colorado Street bright and early this morning. The crowds along Colorado Street are 10 to 12 deep, an estimated 700,000 people jockeying for spots to see majestic floats and marching bands. Families and fans were wowed by 45 floats, 21 marching bands and 16 equestrian groups.

People camped out all night just to see the intricacy of the roses and flowers, the music, and the sparkle.

Lots of Michigan State fans and Stanford fans were along the parade route, ready to square off in the Rose Bowl.

WCTV hasn't seen many Seminole fans yet, so if you are headed out, we can't wait to see you in sunny California!

A couple of things to keep in mind when packing for the trip:

  • Get ready for the early morning fog and the all day traffic!

  • In addition to sunglasses and sunscreen, be sure to pack an FSU sweatshirt; it can be quite cool when the sun goes down!

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