Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
I was at the incredible 1990 UCLA game in UW's Husky Stadium when Don James' Huskies had the unmitigated gall to hand out red Roses to all the fans (even to the UCLA fans!) to celebrate the fact they'd earned a Rose Bowl bid the week before - basically totally DISSing our 5-5 UCLA team before they even took the field! Talk about a "no respect" locker room motivator! It was a blustery cold and miserable day (typical Seattle) on the FROZEN TUNDRA of Montlake as waves of wind-driven clouds brought rain, hail and snow intermittently to Husky Stadium. The sun even made one cameo appearance (to Keith Jackson's ‘Whoa Nellie!') at half time for 2 minutes (because in Seattle, if you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes and you'll get something completely different).
What made it worse for us "Californicators" is that the Santa Ana's were blowing strong in SoCal, so we departed SoCal in scorching hot 90 degree weather on Thurs afternoon to fly to the 'Great White North' (foolishly wearing only flip flops, shorts and a Bruins polo shirt). When we arrived in Seattle to mid-30's temperatures and unrelenting RAIN -- a guys T-shirt at SEATAC baggage claim suddenly made complete sense: ‘Welcome to Seattle - where you don't get a Tan -- you RUST!'
On game day Saturday, we few, proud bundled-up Bruins joined our very gracious Husky Alums on their fabulous Party Boat (Argosy Cruises "Good Times") for the delightful trip from Lake Union to Lake Washington and the Bloody Mary's flowed like the River Nile. UW is one of the few college venues where you take a BOAT to the stadium - so never go by car.
The weather turned from bad to ugly as we arrived at Husky Stadium, received our red Rose, and headed for the Visitors seats in the closed west end zone (with a great view of Lake Washington). Luckily for us, my handy Bota Bag flask was full to the brim with Frangelico. The golden elixir was mixed half/half with the hot chocolates throughout the game to keep us alive and in full voice as the Bruins slugged it out with the Huskies. It was so darned blustery and cold we Bruins drank all the hot chocolates/coffee in the entire stadium by the end of the 3rd Qtr. UW didn't sell a single Coke/Pepsi that day (too damned cold -- got anything HOT???).
The game and momentum waivered back and forth because our Bruins were not going to go down without a fight. Roses be damned! Our Mighty Bruins fought them like the Dawgs they are in spite of the freezing rain, hail and ice. Then, in the waning moments of the 4th Qtr as the snowflakes began to fall, our kicker, Brad Daluiso, kicked a game winning field goal as time expired -- crushing the braggadocio of the Huskies and sending their previously jubilant crowd silently into the night to CRY in their Red Hook beers.
The few, loyal Bruins brave enough to endure the despicable weather reveled with our Bruin team and sung the ‘UCLA Fight - Fight - Fight' songs late into the evening and partied downtown at ‘Ivar's Acres of Clams' restaurant (waterfront Pier 56) all night long. As an added bonus, $UC lost their game later that night -- so the fabulous ‘TWO-fer' (a Bruins win and a $UC loss) was had all in one glorious weekend! The Party was ON in Seattle!
Can history repeat itself tomorrow? I predict our KAI FORBATH (Death, Taxes, Forbath!) will kick another game-winning BUZZER BEATER field goal tomorrow for another Bruins victory!
Go Bruins! Whip the Dawgs!