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Terry & Dave Taylor

Elite 8

Anaheim, California:  Since the game did not begin until 3p, we had much of the day to enjoy the warm sunshine in Anaheim. Nine Duck fans met at the Anaheim Packing House for exploring and a long lunch.

Steve & Cory
Steve, and his youngest, Cory, at the Anaheim Packing House

This area has several buildings filled with restaurants, shops, a park, Sunday Farmers Market, and event venues.

Anaheim Packing House
Anaheim Packing House - two floors of food and fun

Anaheim Packing House
Anaheim Packing House
Anaheim Packing HouseAnaheim Packing House
Anaheim Packing House

With so many restaurants to choose from, everyone grabbed what dish sounded best and gathered at a communal table.

Karaage from Orange TEI
Karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken) from Orange TEI

Oranage TEI
Tempura jalapenos stuffed with Tuna from Orange TEI

Poutine from The Kroft
Braised Short Rib Poutine from The Kroft

Umami Burger at Anaheim Packing House
Umami Burger

Pop-Bar
Choose a popsicle from Pop-Bar, then they dip/roll it in toppings for you. Fun!

After pre-functioning, we Ubered over to the Honda Center for the Elite 8 West Region Final between the Oregon Ducks and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Elite 8 - Anaheim Calfornia 2016
Gosh, we sure do a lot of stuff, don't we?

The Ducks lost to the Sooners, in another Sooner-Stompin' - 80-68, with 22-year-old Sooner Senior Buddy Hield scoring nearly half of the points for Oklahoma. The kid was magic. Eight 3-point shots.

I am so very proud of the Oregon Ducks. They made it into the Elite 8 and played a good game, while fighting a come-back the entire 40 minutes. They endured several missed calls by the refs, but never looked frustrated. They looked determined. The Ducks worked so hard, yet came up short. Not sure even The Dream Team would have much luck against Buddy Hield this afternoon. It was meant to be. GO DUCKS!

However, in my own biased opinion, Oregon did win for the best mascot.

Oregon Duck mascot
Oregon Duck mascot

Oklahoma Sooner mascot
Oklahoma Sooner mascot

You can make your own decision. Comments appreciated below.

 

 

Elite 8 - 2016 Anaheim
Oregon Ducks, ready to take the court

Ty Burrell
Another blurry photo of Oregon alum Ty Burrell, an actor on Modern Family

Ellite 8 - Anaheim 2016
The Ducks did have a lot of amazing shots... just not enough amazing shots.

Oklahoma, after winning the Elite 8 in Anaheim, California 2016

The fireworks were for the victorious Sooners today. Congratulations to Oklahoma for a great game and please please please continue to do well in the Final Four!

Until my next update, I remain, your disappointed correspondent.



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