Bruce Binkowski is in his 37th year as a member of the San Diego Bowl Game Association staff. He took over the reigns as executive director of the Holiday Bowl in 2001 and assumed the same duties upon the introduction of the Poinsettia Bowl in 2005. Binkowski, a longtime public address announcer for the San Diego Padres, Chargers and Aztecs, called 1,101 consecutive Padres games thru the 1999 season. He is married to Christina and they have three grown children and four grandkids.
Q: What is your best PB/HB memory over the past 37 years?
For the Holiday Bowl it has to be the 1980 game when BYU rallied from 20 points down with 3:58 remaining in the game to defeat SMU.
The Poinsettia Bowl – The field was covered by over 1 million gallons of water the night before the Navy vs. SDSU game in 2010. The field drained and was in perfect playing condition the next day. Amazing job by the stadium grounds crew.
Q: You’ve been in the sports world your entire career. Did you play sports as a child or were you calling the games then too?
I did not play many sports as a child but was a huge baseball fan. In high school I was the student manager for football, basketball and baseball.
Q: What is your biggest challenge when Bowl season rolls around every year?
The biggest challenge is getting a great matchup every year.
Q: What is the most common misconception about your job?
I work two days a year!
Q: What is the best advice you ever received?
Always be prepared.
Q: Is there a college football team you always secretly pull for?
No, I enjoy all of college football
Q: You were the PA announcer for the Padres, Chargers and SDSU for many years. What is your favorite memory from those days?
I was the PA announcer for the Padres for 12 years as the backup and 14 years as the main guy, the Chargers for 23 years and Aztecs football and basketball for 20 years. My favorite moment as a PA announcer was 1984 when Steve Garvey hit the game-winning home run to win a crucial playoff game for the Padres over the Cubs.
Q: What sports team is your favorite? Favorite player?
Don’t really have a favorite team — one of my favorite players over the years was basketball player Bill Russell.
Q: Think you will still watch college football when you retire?
Q: Your ideal Saturday, during the off-season?
Spending time with my wife Christina when we either go for a long walk or a bike ride or catch a movie.