I’m a fan of Oregon. I have been since I saw them play in CenturyLink Field and then again Stanford Stadium.
Their speed combined with killer uni combos has earned them the spot deep in the pit of my heart as my favorite Pac-12 team.
Walking into a historic stadium knowing I was part of history – the first playoff game in the history of college football. I tried to act cool – you know, like I’ve been there before.
I walked into the stadium like, “oh, no big deal.” Except it was a very big deal. And I had very good seats. (Thanks Lyle, if you’re reading.)
With the sun casting its last breath on the mountain scape in the distance and a B2 Stealth Bomber making its way overhead, my skin began to take on the appearance of a fleshly plucked goose.
I was at the Rose Bowl.
Two Heisman quarterbacks were facing off in the first playoff game in history. History.
Even if you don't appreciate sports, you should appreciate history. it's human nature.
The first quarter kept me grounded. I made friends with the agricultural marketers to my right and golf clapped along every milestone play. This was when my inter dialogue was at its best. "I'm probably not appreciating this as much as I should. I wonder if my grandma is watching. Man, I walked too much at Disney yesterday."
it was all fun and games until I got cold. Who knew it could be that cold in California?
I was underdressed, man.
In those chilly moments I had a choice. I could stay cold and stay lame, or I could get loud and get warm.
I chose the latter.
The Ducks kept scoring.
Jameis thought about crying.
My fingers hurt.
I lost my voice.
The Ducks scored again.
I was so happy I thought about crying.
I laughed until my stomach hurt.
I borrowed a hat.
I cheered like an actual Duck fan.
It was perfect.
I met up with fellow advocate, Marie Bowers Stagg, during halftime. She's a fifth generation Oregon grass seed farmer.
On New Year's Eve she, her husband and father toured the Rose Bowl to see the field up close. (jealous.)
The Rose Bow's field is perennial ryegrass with a Bermuda grass base. This works well because Bermuda is a warm-season grass and Perennial Ryegrass is a cool season. So when the Bermuda goes dormant the Perennial ryegrass takes over.
Read Marie's Rose Bowl recap on Oregon Green.