Justin Muchnick / The Bootleg / Scout.com
January 10, 2011

The Bootleg is excited to mark the jarring journalistic debut of junior sportswriter Justin Muchnick, a pigskin-passionate Stanford sports fan who made a memorable boys’ trip to Miami with his Cardinal-crazed family and has agreed to share his exciting experience with us all. We hope to see “much” more from our main man “J-Much”!

A Seventh Grader’s Perspective on the Orange Bowl Experience

Since my arrival at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach on January 1, 2011, the Stanford football team had seemed exceedingly calm and relaxed. Matt Masifilo could be found in the lobby sitting on a couch and “people-watching,” Andrew Luck was spotted buying a cupcake from a pastry shop in the hotel, and Shayne Skov raised some eyebrows of hotel staff due to his striking Mohawk hairstyle. My brothers and I meticulously tracked down every wide receiver, tight end, running back, special team member, and tunnel worker that we possibly could, making friends with people such as Drew Terrell’s mom and Sione Fua’s dad (who is, unbelievably, bigger than Sione himself!). It wasn’t as easy as it sounded, either. The sheer size of the hotel made even Fua (and his dad, too) seem small.


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