|Letter from Pasadena
||Thursday | 1 January 2014
Ducks are Rose Bowl Champions
Pasadena, California: Happy New Year!
I have so much to
share and so many photos to post today. It has just been a whirlwind of activity
the past few days - and I mean what I say. We have been busy and
a whirlwind touched-down in the Rose Bowl area Wednesday, ripping vendor
tents from the ground and swirling them up in the air like plastic shopping
bags caught in a dust-devil. Several people were injured.
The Lovely Lisa and Lenny invited our entire tailgate crew to their house on New
Years Eve. She decorated the house with 144 red roses (a dozen dozen) and served
catered "heavy appetizers" from Heirloom (including their fabulous and famous
cupcakes) to about 30 guests. No one snapped photos of the beautiful spread
of gourmet delights on the table, but we did take photos of each other!
Cory, holding 4 month old Leo before the 2012 Rose Bowl (left),
and Cory, holding 4 month old Lucy before the 2015 Rose Bowl
Alyssa, Dan, Carolyn, Tamra, Steve and Conner
It was a fantastic evening - and we ended the party around 10p so
everyone could back to their hotels safe and sober to get plenty of rest
for The Big Game.
Game Day loomed sunny and cold. There was frost on the lawn in the
make-shift RV campground at the Rose Bowl. Generators started at 6a.
Green and Yellow balloons were filled with helium. Fire pits were
stoked. Music was blasted. Bags of ice were dumped over beer-filled
coolers. Crockpots were simmering. Grills were lit. By 10a, the RV
parking area was swarming with fans. Duck fans. We counted only two
Florida State motorhomes. (Can't fault FSU fans for not driving their
RV's across the country; I'd fly too.)
Rose Bowl RV parking area
Carolyn & me - and Dave's college roommate, Red, with his wife, Marcia
Lenny brought his friend, Nick - and it wouldn't be a Taylor Tailgate
without a few professional runners:
AJ Acosta and Mac Fleet toss the football before the game.
RosyCakes sent two dozen cookies for the partiy!
Dave and I kept our menu super simple this morning. I made hummus with
black eyed peas (for good luck in 2015) and a batch of
Super Top Secret Snack Mix. Lenny made his famous onion dip. Lunch
was a "make it yourownself" sandwich bar. No one complained.
Game Time! We headed into the Rose Bowl stadium with 91,300 of our
The Rose Bowl
Gordon, Cory, Mary & Steve
Like everyone else, Leo brought his cell phone along
The tunnels are dangerously narrow in this old stadium. It took 30
minutes to reach our seats.
But it was worth the wait! Once again, DT secured 18 fabulous seats.
Lucy's first football game
Angela - the Ducks enter the stadium
Dave and Red - Me, holding Marcus Mariota (Leo says that is his new
Leo and Lucy (and Lisa and I) did not make it through the entire game -
it was really cold and really loud - and we had radiant floor heat and a
47-inch HD TV in the motorhome. Lisa and I enjoyed the remainder of the
game in warm comfort.
The annoying FSU tomahawk chop motion and chant was pretty quiet by the
fourth quarter as the Ducks handed the Seminoles their first loss in 30
games, 59-20, with many of the Oregon points scored on sloppy mistakes
made by FSU. Turn-over after turn-over.
Photo by Angela
After the confetti settled, everyone came back to our RV to warm up.
Angela counted 25 people in our motorhome. Champagne corks were popped.
Congratulations to the Fighting Ducks - they are going to play in the
first-ever college championship game in Dallas on January 12th v Ohio
As soon as everyone left, I opened my laptop and booked flights
TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION: The University of Oregon own 24
National Championships. 23 are in track & field or cross-country. The other is
in men's basketball. In 1939, Oregon beat The Ohio State University to win the
first-ever college basketball play-off championship. What are the chances the
Ducks would again face Ohio State in the first-ever football play-off
Until my next update, I remain, your Rose Bowl correspondent.
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