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Madoka fans disappointed by Rose Bowl invitation

Madoka fans disappointed by Rose Bowl invitation

By Natsumi Koshigaya
The Daily Magi
December 26, 2060

Mitakihara Magi football fans were disappointed when they found out that the Rose, Pink and White were getting the nod to just the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio on Jan. 1, 2061 in Pasadena, Calif. They were hoping for an Alabama upset of Florida, but it never came, and combined with an Army win over Navy,  Madoka would face UCLA in a bowl game for the first time in 11 years.

"That's why we're going independent next year," said Lou Maldonado, a 36-year old oil worker from Prince George and a season ticket holder of the Magi for 10 straight years. "We can't beat all these small-time schools and expect to get an invite to the national championship game. We need to schedule up."

"Honestly, I don't know why we have to settle for something less, like a Rose Bowl Game," said Alice Wong, a sophomore liberal arts major from New Westminster. "I understand there has been tons of history and stories of all these great players that came out of the Rose Bowl Game, but this isn't our cup of tea. We want to play in the national championship. We were robbed by Florida and Army."

"I'm crushed by this news," added Elvis "Red" Redding, a 45-year old construction worker from Victoria and a 13-year season ticket holder of Magi football. "I really thought we deserved better. But as I've been hearing, this is exactly why we are getting out of this damn Mountain West Conference after this season's over. We don't play for Rose Bowls. We play for crystal footballs. Or whatever the brains trust of the competition committee's coming up with."

A new trophy will be replacing the crystal football at the end of the 2060 season. The trophy will be retroactively awarded to East Carolina once, Middle Tennessee State once, the winner of the Florida/Army BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6, and Mitakihara 44 times, with the Magi keeping three of their crystal footballs. The remaining crystal footballs will be auctioned off at a special sale for members of the Men About Town and Roseluck Arrow Boosters at Hakurei Centre on Feb. 22.

On the other hand, there were some fans that did welcome the Rose Bowl invitation.

"Why not?" asked Marcy Magee, the granddaughter of American soccer legend Mike Magee and a future member of the Puella Magi women's soccer team. (Magee is a third-year student at Mitakihara Secondary School and plays as a midfielder.) "The Magi deserve a break from chasing national crowns. Let the USA win a title every now and then, they created the sport, not Canada. We only made a variant of it."

"I think it's great that we get to play in Pasadena this year," said Lorenzo Mason, a junior astrophysics major from Kenosha, Wisc. "Usually, it's every few years, so this is a treat for us to get to a Rose Bowl Game without the pressure of winning the national championship. But next year, the pressure will be there."

"I love this: an opportunity to go unbeaten, then become a lightning for debate against the eventual winner of the BCS title game," added Marcos Ontiveros, a senior Asian Studies major from Davao, Philippines. "Sigurado kami mas mahusay? Siguro , pero (Are we a much better team? Maybe, but)'s all a matter of debate. We're a much better team than anyone out there, but iyon ay kung paano gumagana ang system dito (that's how the system works around here).

"We'll finish off UCLA and then...let the debate begin. Let's get ready to rumble."

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