Thoughts on Football & Change
I fell asleep on the sofa last night - during the late-evening news -
after watching way-too-much football on TV. I woke to a girl wearing nothing but a lacy black body suit
singing talking rapping
(Potty! Mouth!) on Saturday Night Live. How things have changed since
SNL first aired in
1975. We were in college and entranced with the witty comedy and weekly guest
musicians like Simon & Garfunkel, Bill Withers, Billy Preston, Carly Simon and
Pretty sure tons of college kids were still awake last night watching Nicki Minaj
(who?) rap and have never heard of Carly Simon... but Carly would have killed
the room in that lace body suit in her prime.
Another thing that has changed is University of Oregon football. In the early 70's (when
DT and I were in Eugene) the Ducks had a terrible football team. Even with Dan Fouts at quarterback and Bobby Moore (now Ahmad Rashad) on the field, students
wouldn't attend the games - and admission was free. These days, seats at Autzen
Stadium are a prime commodity and Duck football controls much of local media -
and our fall travel schedule.
Much of the fervor is due to Oregon's amazing quarterback, "The Flyin'
Hawaiian", Marcus Mariota.
Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated
photo (above) went viral on social media after the Ducks
beat the Beavers in the 118th Civil War November 29th
(after the loss, Oregon State coach, Mike Riley left to
take the Nebraska head coaching job).
Duck fans are so hopeful for Mariota to win the Heisman
Trophy, they thought it prophetic when he struck this
pose during a drive in Corvallis. Mariota is a nice young man. He has already graduated and will probably be a
very high draft pick. He has never stolen a crab leg.
I'm going to miss him.
Mariota's stats for this year are amazing and he leads a
very high-scoring team. The Ducks have played twice in
Levi Stadium (Home of the San Francisco 49ers) this
season. They beat Cal on
October 24th, 59-41
and won the Pac-12 Championship Friday over
Arizona, 51-13... meaning the Ducks have scored more
points in Levi Stadium in two games than the 49ers have
in their six home games.
This morning it was determined the Ducks will face
Florida State in the Rose Bowl on January 1st. Guess
where we will be January 1st?
DT and I are finally pointing the bus south Wednesday!
Finally leaving this cold wet climate for palm trees and sunshine. And
Leo, decorating sugar cookies
Previously, we have brought the motorhome to Taylor
Manor to loaderup for a winter away. Not this time. We are so
organized (ha ha), only three trips to the storage facility to carry
what we need will suffice
and our house sitter can ship anything we forget.
The first trip was a reconnaissance mission. I cleverly snapped photos
of my refrigerator and kitchen inventory for packing reference:
On the way home from visiting the Magna Peregrinus,
we drove over to the
Oregon Olive Mill and bought a gallon of
good stuff. Hopefully the jug will last until we return to Oregon in
the spring. On the way home, we enjoyed another delicious lunch in the
heart of Oregon Wine Country at the
Dundee Bistro -
duck confit salad.
Duck Confit on a bed of greens, goat cheese and sliced persimmons
So that is all that is going on around here - football and
packing. Anyone else going to a bowl game? Anyone else heading south?
Until my next update, I remain, your thoughtful correspondent.
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