Indio, California: My Little Mind keeps
wandering back over events, feelings and thoughts from this very emotional past
football season and our weekend in Dallas:
THE DUCKS: I couldn't be prouder of the Oregon football team, staff and coaches.
They are a class-act and a very good football team. Finishing #2 in the country
(and losing only two games all season) is incredible. When Dave and I were in
school, Autzen Stadium was nearly empty. Now the
athletic department sell hundreds of standing-room-only seats. Having a winning
football team brings a lot of attention to a University. More students apply. More money
MARCUS MARIOTA: What an outstand young man! Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota
has already graduated from the University of Oregon and declared himself for
the NFL draft this morning. Pretty sure he does not read my blog, but I want to thank him for his time, dedication, drive, leadership and intelligent play the
past few years. He really brought a new excitement to the game. Oregon fans simply
adore him and the entire State of Hawaii has rallied behind their
Heisman-winning citizen. Too bad Honolulu does not have a professional
football team (Honolulu Hawaiians? Waikiki Warriors?) for Marcus Mariota to
lead. Wouldn't that just be too dreamy?
(Leo is hoping Mariota is drafted by Tampa Bay, because he just loves pirates.)
OHIO STATE: Another class act and - obviously - a ridiculously outstanding
program. Every single Buckeye fan we met was polite. No one said a
discouraging word to me before the game and not one OSU fan piped-up with a
snide comment after the slaughter. And they could have. Congratulations, Ohio
State, on a great game.
THE GAYLORD TEXAN: The normal rate at the Gaylord Texan Hotel is $179. This weekend, rooms
started at $379. The facility is massive and self-contained, but it is beginning
to show its age a bit and the decor seemed dated. The hotel, knowing full well
they were completely sold-out, was hopelessly understaffed. Housekeeping usually
showed-up to our room around 4p. The lobby bar ran out of beer and wine
on Sunday night. (The last bottle of beer sold, by the way, was a Corona Light.)
Things weren't always completely perfect in the terrarium.
FINALLY: I am so happy to be home. No more football. No more frozen
toes. I am anxious to try a few new recipes and a few new restaurants -
and can't wait to see my gorgeous grandchildren. But first, I'm going to
sit down and write a thank you note to Marcus Mariota and wish him well.
Until my next update, I remain, your tired correspondent.
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