The Brady Quinn-A.J. Hawk-Laura Quinn saga has become a plot arc of its own in the Fiesta Bowl match between Notre Dame and Ohio State.
An aspiring sports TV journalist who attends Cal State-Los Angeles, Laura Quinn went to dinner with and interviewed brother Brady and boyfriend A.J. for a segment of the ESPN morning show “Cold Pizza.”
Laura Quinn, 22, promised her questions would be probing.
“I’m just trying to get a rise out of them,’’ said Quinn, who met Hawk two years ago and began dating him last summer.
“We’ve spent a lot of money on airfare’’ this fall, said Quinn, who attended Ohio State’s games against Northwestern and Michigan and drove Hawk back home to Ohio after the Michigan game.
“I’m torn, definitely,’’ Laura Quinn said about her allegiance. “(A.J.) thinks I should be rooting for my brother. But I can’t not root for A.J.’’
Laura did answer the question on everyone’s lips: What happens when her boyfriend beats up her little brother?
“I beat up my boyfriend,’’ Laura said. “He already knows that.’’
Brady, 14 months younger than Laura, approves of the relationship, she said.
“He’s extremely protective. He acts like my dad,’’ Laura said.
Like a lot of college students, Notre Dame’s Charlie Weis made a road trip to watch a bowl game, driving with some buddies from New Jersey to Dallas for the 1977 Cotton Bowl pitting the Irish and Texas.
Along the way, Weis also enabled the Dallas-Minnesota NFL playoff game to be televised in Dallas.
Weis said he heard that the NFL game was in danger of being blacked out, so he made some calls and found out that the last tickets were available at the Cowboys’ ticket office at the Dallas Playboy Club, which didn’t hurt.
He bought 21 tickets, all singles, at $11 apiece to ensure a sellout.
“It’s my best story,’’ he said.