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Welcome to Sun Bowl city: Teams get taste of El Paso hospitality

There are 27 comments on the El Paso Times story from Dec 26, 2009, titled Welcome to Sun Bowl city: Teams get taste of El Paso hospitality. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

The welcome for the University of Oklahoma and Stanford University football teams was more exciting than the welcome for a president.

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Nina

Newcastle, CA

#1 Dec 27, 2009
Welcome to El Paso, Texas! We hope both teams enjoy their stay in our fair city. May your stay be pleasant, your memories last a lifetime and may the game you play be one of the best you ever played! Best wishes to both teams :D
Hugo Stiglitz

Brownsville, TX

#2 Dec 27, 2009
Same ol' bull every damn year. Can't they do anything new and dignified except to hire some boring mariachis and have girls in their folklorico get up, year, after year, after YEAR?

At least be honest, and if you're going to brown-nose, have someone dressed up as a dollar sign and someone dressed up as a bug-catching net chasing after each other, because that's why this town does this same song and dance (no pun intended) every year. Average teams, below average bowl game, and sub par halftime show.
Outside looking in

United States

#3 Dec 27, 2009
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:
Same ol' bull every damn year. Can't they do anything new and dignified except to hire some boring mariachis and have girls in their folklorico get up, year, after year, after YEAR?
At least be honest, and if you're going to brown-nose, have someone dressed up as a dollar sign and someone dressed up as a bug-catching net chasing after each other, because that's why this town does this same
song and dance (no pun intended) every
year. Average teams, below average bowl
game, and sub par halftime show.
I agree with you. Just look at the preplexed look on the players and coaches faces. There again shows the backward thinking and lack of foresight of the city leaders and it's embarrassing. The welcoming committee should represent El Paso, Texas, not a cheesy Mexican tourist trap. Hell! I don't even think they get THAT Mexicanny when dignitaries arrive in Mexico. It's no wonder that a lot of people has the misconception that El Paso is part of Mexico.
jdl

El Paso, TX

#4 Dec 27, 2009
Outside looking in wrote:
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I agree with you. Just look at the preplexed look on the players and coaches faces. There again shows the backward thinking and lack of foresight of the city leaders and it's embarrassing. The welcoming committee should represent El Paso, Texas, not a cheesy Mexican tourist trap. Hell! I don't even think they get THAT Mexicanny when dignitaries arrive in Mexico. It's no wonder that a lot of people has the misconception that El Paso is part of Mexico.
Ok wise guys, you and Hugo come up with some suggestions as to how you would greet arriving teams. Till then, shut up, stay home and drink your beer.
RaiderNation

El Paso, TX

#5 Dec 27, 2009
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:
Same ol' bull every damn year. Can't they do anything new and dignified except to hire some boring mariachis and have girls in their folklorico get up, year, after year, after YEAR?
At least be honest, and if you're going to brown-nose, have someone dressed up as a dollar sign and someone dressed up as a bug-catching net chasing after each other, because that's why this town does this same song and dance (no pun intended) every year. Average teams, below average bowl game, and sub par halftime show.
Oh Please! You DUMB A$$.
taxpayerfool

Merrimack, NH

#6 Dec 27, 2009
It is a Mexican town turkey brain.. Always has been. "Others" decided to move in for the weather,lower cost of living(at least then) and cheap labor.
Now, they don't like the Mexican flair? Then don't let the door hit your fat butts leaving.
Mexico it isn't, but Mexican it is. Don't like it? LEAVE...
The Wall

El Paso, TX

#7 Dec 27, 2009
El Paso s u c k s!
The Wall

El Paso, TX

#8 Dec 27, 2009
Are we in the U.S. or mexo?
The Wall

El Paso, TX

#9 Dec 27, 2009
Hugo Stiglitz wrote:
Same ol' bull every damn year. Can't they do anything new and dignified except to hire some boring mariachis and have girls in their folklorico get up, year, after year, after YEAR?
At least be honest, and if you're going to brown-nose, have someone dressed up as a dollar sign and someone dressed up as a bug-catching net chasing after each other, because that's why this town does this same song and dance (no pun intended) every year. Average teams, below average bowl game, and sub par halftime show.
That is soo mexican!
Yosimite Sam

Brownsville, TX

#10 Dec 27, 2009
So, what other town has welcoming festivities? Im sure Los Lobos of ABQ dont have one, nor does Tempe. San Antonio is festive year-round. Who else?
Perhaps a suggestion? Like a traditional El Paso foods served at the Civic Center, a welcoming speech and some form of entertainment,(It does cost money, something el pasoans dont want to pay. We have a hard time supporting the UTEP program already). There are here for about 2 weeks. Maybe it could be held at the Chamizal park,(oh, I forgot about the cholos, Aztecas and the drug-lords). Why not vote the Sun Bowl Organization out of El Paso? Send them to Lubbuck, Oklahoma or Tucson? They have the facilities, is away from Juarez and the border and the cheap-food stamp program abusing people of El Chuco. It's not El Paso, never was. It's El Chuco. Juazoo and El Chuco equals La Marijuana amigos!!!
WOW

El Paso, TX

#11 Dec 27, 2009
I love the expression on Coch Stoops face, as if he's saying "what the [email protected]". And I agree, rather than bring out dancers and mariachis welcome our guests with a bit more dignity. Its one thing if they understood the culture, but they have no clue. Los Angeles has a large mexican culture and do they greet there bowl teams like this? What about Miami? What Cuban fanfare do they have going on? If this is what El Paso wants, then we will continue to sit on the outside looking in!!
Outside looking in

United States

#12 Dec 27, 2009
jdl wrote:
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Ok wise guys, you and Hugo come up with some suggestions as to how you would greet arriving teams. Till then, shut up, stay home and drink your beer.
It's a military influenced city, an international city and let's not forget the influence of the Tiguas. I am not saying not to include the roach stomping dancers but include every culture that makes up El Paso, and like it or not El Paso IS in TEXAS which a STATE in the UNITED STATES and as much as you "cuidadanos mexicanos sin arreglar papels" complain until you turn blue in the face.
Outside looking in

United States

#13 Dec 27, 2009
RaiderNation wrote:
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Oh Please! You DUMB ****.
Lighten up Maria.
Outside looking in

United States

#14 Dec 27, 2009
taxpayerfool wrote:
It is a Mexican town turkey brain.. Always has been. "Others" decided to move in for the weather,lower cost of living(at least then) and cheap labor.
Now, they don't like the Mexican flair? Then don't let the door hit your fat butts leaving.
Mexico it isn't, but Mexican it is. Don't like it? LEAVE...
It's a Mexican town? Huh! Funny, where does your hard earned money go for taxes to D.C. or D.F.? I don't mind it at all, but I am not moving either. It's no wonder that El Paso is still considered a dusty little one horse town, with that back-as*ward mentality.
UTEPcantWIN

Santa Barbara, CA

#15 Dec 27, 2009
What happened to the cowboys and horses?
Isn't that not part of Texas and the Southwest?
Outside looking in

United States

#16 Dec 27, 2009
Yosimite Sam wrote:
So, what other town has welcoming festivities? Im sure Los Lobos of ABQ dont have one, nor does Tempe. San Antonio is festive year-round. Who else?
Perhaps a suggestion? Like a traditional El Paso foods served at the Civic Center, a welcoming speech and some form of entertainment,(It does cost money, something el pasoans dont want to pay. We have a hard time supporting the UTEP program already). There are here for about 2 weeks. Maybe it could be held at the Chamizal park,(oh, I forgot about the cholos, Aztecas and the drug-lords). Why not vote the Sun Bowl Organization out of El Paso? Send them to Lubbuck, Oklahoma or Tucson? They have the facilities, is away from Juarez and the border and the cheap-food stamp program abusing people of El Chuco. It's not El Paso, never was. It's El
Chuco. Juazoo and El Chuco equals La Marijuana amigos!!!
El Chuco? Spoken like a TDCJ veterano.

Since: Dec 09

El Paso, TX

#17 Dec 27, 2009
Final score: Stanford- 34 OU- 24.

As for comments about the "Mexican" flavor of the welcoming committee, that will never go away...never. For better or for worse, ELP perpetuates and embraces that side of its heritage and traditional identity. A direct result of geographical, cultural and historical legacy.
Try changing those factors...impossible.

Yet there is a need for change and reinterpretation in this city, to let go of some of that "cultural branding" that stereotypes and, unfortunately, does more damage than good, at least in the eyes of outsiders that are doltishly influenced and shielded by ignorance.
For example, there is an ad all over town for a marathon event. It features an image of an athlete running and what is he wearing? A big charro sombrero.
Many El Pasoans are stuck with a "Chico's Tacos" mindset. A grossly overrated food item that quickly ignites the sensibilities of those that swear by them and are easily offended if told, otherwise, the truth. According to a local publication, it is "The Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners". Please...
just wondering

United States

#18 Dec 27, 2009
Can they not at least get some good looking folclorica dancers. Those chicks are hideous.
TJJackson

El Paso, TX

#19 Dec 27, 2009
This is to be expected in a town where the news media annually makes a big fuss over May 5 and Sept. 16 but ignores March 2 (Texas Independence Day).
Rich

Grand Prairie, TX

#20 Dec 27, 2009
Perhaps have the mariachis and folklorico dancers off on some stage..they don't need to interact with with guests (and they are somewhat stereotypical). Maybe have other types of music along with an introduction of the great food El Paso has to offer. These musicians don't need to be wearing those crazy costumes eiter. Tone it down a bit! Please , El Paso , move forward!

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