Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Florida Gov. Bush jumps on 'bad call' bandwagon

Loses bet with Ohio Gov. Taft

The Associated Press

MIAMI - Gov. Jeb Bush is joining the chorus of University of Miami football fans still haunted by the delayed pass interference call in overtime of their Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State.

"It was a bad call but that's the way life works. Ohio State played a heck of a game," Bush told reporters Sunday at an inaugural barbecue. "I was surprised, frankly, that it wasn't a runaway given how good Miami was."

Ohio State upset Miami 31-24 in the double-overtime national championship game Friday.

The president's brother said a former aide e-mailed him that the penalty was "another example of judicial activism. But we don't have the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene to correct it.

"I'm very proud of the football team - how they handled it. Everybody. (Quarterback) Ken Dorsey is just a stellar example of how you accept defeat. All the players were that way," Bush said.

Bush conceded that he lost a bet with Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and will be forced to wear an Ohio State jersey during the next meeting of the National Governors' Association. Bush has only himself to blame - he proposed the bet and promised to "wear one of those ugly Buckeye jerseys" if Ohio State wins.

"Yeah, I'm going to wear the shirt," Bush said glumly.

Bush flew to the Rose Bowl last year to watch the Hurricanes beat Nebraska to win the national championship. He did not attend the Fiesta Bowl because of preparations for his second term.

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