Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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The Cheeseheads have landed in California, and they've found a little slice of heaven at Robin's, a downtown Pasadena eatery.

While the Wisconsin football team went through morning drills at nearby Citrus College, working out the kinks from Disneyland and preparing for the Rose Bowl, a patio grill was fired up at Robin's.

BOB VERDI of the Chicago Tribune dropped by and found that bratwurst was being served for breakfast. What else?

"I lived 28 years in Milwaukee," said ROBIN SALZER, the proprietor, chief cook and bottle washer. "I know what these people want. Food, beer, more food, more beer, and cheap. When in doubt, serve cholesterol. PAT RICHTER, their athletic director, has been in twice already."

Writes Verdi: "It is a good week to rob a bank in Wisconsin because the `Invasion of the Cheeseheads' is playing in Southern California. So are the Badgers in Saturday's Rose Bowl, for the first time since 1963. They will be underdogs to UCLA, all the more reason for thousands of fans to leave the cows at home."

"Los Angeles International Airport plans to accept 63 charter planes, and counting. Mobile homes, liberally sprinkled with salt and Badger pennants, are parked everywhere. The Century Plaza Hotel reports a run on cheddar, and the Los Angeles International Marriott, 30 miles away, has 600 of its 1,011 rooms blocked for tour groups from America's Dairyland. Not since the `Attack of the Tractor People' in 1982, prompted by Iowa's rare foray to a Rose Bowl, have so many flannel shirts descended on this beachhead."

The University of Wisconsin got about 18,000 tickets. JIM MULDOON of the host Pacific 10 Conference said, "We could have sold twice that many. We fully expect thousands to show up without tickets, just go to the Rose Bowl, park, tailgate and not see the game. You know, the experience."

Meanwhile, at Robin's, "Wisconsinsane!!" is the banner above the bar. "Welcome Badgers!!" Salzer intends to satisfy gastronomic needs. He ordered 250 pounds of bratwurst from a German butcher down the road, and there's more on hold. A Wisconsin identification card means an automatic 50-cent Milwaukee beer from the tap, and then there are the fish fries and shrimp boils. …

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