LOS ANGELES -- Stanford continued its ramp up to the Rose Bowl with a two-hour, full-pads workout Friday at the Home Depot Center, which is serving as the practice facility for both the Cardinal and Wisconsin.
But Stanford's first Rose Bowl experience in 13 years hasn't been all work and no play.
The week began Tuesday with a trip to Disneyland for a media appearance -- coach David Shaw had a photo op with Mickey Mouse -- and several hours of fun in the park. (California Screamin' was the ride of choice for many players.)
Two days later, the Cardinal attended the "Beef Bowl," which is a Rose Bowl tradition: an all-you-can eat prime rib dinner at Lawry's restaurant in Beverly Hills.
Freshman guard Josh Garnett was the pre-meal favorite and did not disappoint: The 325-pounder consumed seven servings; no one else was close.
"I was talking a big game," Garnett said. "Luckily, my stomach was able to help back it up."
From Lawry's, the players headed for Staples Center to watch the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Boston Celtics. They were scheduled to visit a comedy club Friday night.
There also is an assortment of dining and movie options near their downtown hotel, which is part of the L.A. Live entertainment complex.
"We can handle that; we can enjoy these things and not get too wide-eyed and bushy-tailed and just think about the fun stuff," offensive lineman David Yankey said. "We enjoyed the Clippers game, and Disney was a blast, but we're here to work."
In accordance with Pac-12 policy, the Cardinal will be reimbursed for the round-trip cost of flying 600 people, including the team, to Los Angeles.
Stanford also will receive $1.5 million from the league to offset expenses.
If there is anything left, Stanford keeps it. If expenses are greater than $1.5 million, the athletic department must make up the difference.
"The goal is to break even," Talbott said, "and that's our expectation."
Hamilton called Stanford radio analyst Todd Husak, who was the Cardinal's starting quarterback in the 2000 Rose Bowl against the Alvarez-coached Badgers.
"He said they were fast, physical and played a lot of combo coverages," Hamilton said. "Not a lot of pressure. And they played extremely hard.
"And I said, 'Well, that's a lot of the same attributes that this unit has.' "
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