|Letter from the Final Four
||Saturday | 1 April 2017
No Foolin' - Ducks Lose
Phoenix, Arizona: It is with a very sad
heart I announce (like you haven't already heard?) the Ducks lost their Final
Four contest against North Carolina. They fought and fought. Neither team was
hitting shots, but in the end, The Tar Heels made one more shot than the Ducks
to win 77-76. One lousy point.
Dave and I had a good morning. He worked out in the hotel fitness center (while
I slept) and then we walked a few blocks to a restaurant to attend a brunch
hosted by the University of Oregon. Then we put on our game-day
attire and boarded a shuttle bus from the hotel to the University of Phoenix
stadium. The six hotel buses were escorted by police cars - complete with sirens
and flashing lights - through downtown, onto I-10 and finally north to the
stadium. Kathy and Woody arrived from Palm Springs this morning. The Family of
Friends Posse ride again.
This was the closest I will ever be to feeling like a rock
star or a politician... and the first time I have ever had a police escort
when not actually handcuffed or riding in the back seat of a squad car.
But, dang, wouldn't that make a great blog post?
Once at the stadium, we had to make a quick trip through the Fan Fest,
because we were less than one hour from tip-off to the Gonzaga v South
Carolina game. The lines through security were not too long (I had my
plastic see-through purse!), but the lines to show the entry ticket were
ridiculously long. It took us 40 minutes to get into the stadium after we
NCAA Final Four Fan Fest at the stadium
University of Phoenix Stadium
Then the concourses were so packed, and the lines to the bathrooms were so
long, we did not reach our seats until three minutes were gone in the Gonzaga v
South Carolina game. We were unsure as to why the chaos was so extreme. Did no one
at the stadium remember the Final Four games were being held today? Did no one do the
math to realize the seating was reconfigured to include about 15,000
additional seats when converting a football stadium into a basketball
stadium? I will probably never know, but the bathroom lines were out of
control and the concessions ran out of food before the second game even started. No
Dave had arranged great seats. I guess our seats could be best
described as "somewhere along the sidelines of a football game" if the
stadium had not been reconfigured to house a basketball game? We were in
temporary bleachers set up below the usual football seats.
In the first game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Gonzaga will face the winner of the next game. Our game. Oregon fans cheered
wildly for the Zags. They are so good. Always a very popular NW school. The
Zags are the only team we follow outside the Pac-12 and The George
Washington University (Lisa's alma mater).
University of Phoenix Stadium
Oregon student section behind the bucket
The view from our seats
The Ducks never could get control of the game. It's not like
either team shot lights-out. Neither team went on-fire with three-pointers.
North Carolina led most of the game, with the Ducks continuously trailing by a
few points. We came so very close in the end.
The Ducks lost to North Carolina.
Steve, Mary, Woody, Kathy, Terry and Dave
How many stadium photos do you suppose we have together?
More losses than victories in the Big Games, but we still keep attending. We love Our Ducks.
After our loss, we grabbed the shuttle bus back to the hotel and ordered snacks and
cocktails in the lobby bar. The hotel is still serving every drink - from a
draft beer to a Manhattan - in a tacky plastic cup. Happily, I did not have
to endure such low-class shame - thanks to Hans.
Y'all have heard of BYOB? I am now guilty of BYOG.
Until my next update, I remain, your "I LOVE MY DUCKS" correspondent.
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