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Holiday Bowl 2004

With the Golden Bears facing the Texas Tech Red Raiders in this year's Holiday Bowl in San Diego, the NewsCenter has traveled south to bring back a taste of the festivities. Check back all week long for more photos and stories of the players, the fans, the band and the rest of the Holiday Bowl hoopla.

Rally Com lets out a yell March to victory derailed: Despite the vocal support of thousands of rabid Cal fans, the Golden Bears came up short in Thursday's Holiday Bowl in San Diego, getting hammered 45-31 by the relentless offense of Texas Tech. But despite the upset loss, fans and players still had plenty to celebrate from their outstanding season. More >

Surfboard team in parade Big Balloon Parade: The Holiday Bowl pregame festivities started with racing weiner dogs, and continued with a harborfront parade that ranged from the weird to the wonderful. More >

Oski and Rally Com get down Cal Spirit Rally: Thousands of Golden Bear football fans packed a ballroom at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego Wednesday night to salute their team, their coach and their school at a Cal Spirit Rally that left the hotel echoing with the songs of the Sons of California. More >

Cal Band at the Battle of the Bands Battle of the Bands: Playing not just to rattle the rafters but to literally shake the floor, the University of California Marching Band took on Texas Tech's Goin' Band from Raiderland in the Holiday Bowl Battle of the Bands, one of a series of pregame contests taking place this week in San Diego. More >

J.J.Arrington signs an autograph Kickoff Luncheon: Getting an autograph from a favorite Cal player like J.J. Arrington was just one of the many perks for Bear fans who attended Wednesday's Kickoff Luncheon at the San Diego Convention Center. More >

J.J.Arrington signs an autograph 'Our Domicile': The Holiday Bowl telecast was the perfect opportunity to debut a 30-second TV spot celebrating Berkeley's amazing blend of athletic prowess and academic preeminence. More >