Thursday/Friday Night Lights: CFB Open Thread, Bruin Watch Parties, and Laneless Trogans

Harry How

Following an important win over the Utes, UCLA has had a bit more than a week to get ready for UC Berkeley. We are all expecting the Bruins to be ready this year and to bring their full focus, talent, excellence, heart, and smarts to this game.

Speaking of full focus, excellence, talent, heart, and smarts, I thought this week I would include another video about Coach. His birthday is this coming Monday, October 14th and he would be turning 103! So I want to wish him a Happy Birthday a little early and hope he and Nell are having a wonderful time together:

I love being reminded of the values we all believe in so strongly and that make us proud to be Bruins. Excellence in character, life, and work. Winning the right way!

While we wait for Saturday there are some important games to watch and some important viewing parties to plan. So let's get at it.

Thursday Night Games:

First, of course, u$c will have to play without their leader, Lane Kiffin. How will they play with no Lane? Will football karma come back and punish $c for its mistreatment of Coach Kiffin or will the trogans be victorious over the Arizona Sun Devils at the mausoleum? The game airs at 7:30 pst on Fox Sports1.

Other games:

  • Rutgers at #8 Louisville, 4:30 pst, ESPN featuring Louisville's outstanding QB and Heisman hopeful Teddy Bridgewater.
  • San Diego State at Air Force, 6 pm pst; CBS Sports Network.

Friday Night Game: Temple at Cincinnati, ESPN, 5:30 pst.

U.C.L.A. - Berkeley Viewing Parties:

Each week before a game we create an open thread where you can post viewing parties or organize one with others. Organizing a watch party is a great way to meet up with other Bruins in your area.

If you do know of a watch party in your area or want to organize one, let us know in the comment section. Please include the place, the time, if one needs to RSVP, and if there is any contact information or a link to a website that would help folks connect. Also, let us know if this is an ongoing watch party so that we can add it to our regular watch party list.

A personal story about viewing parties. When I was a lone Bruin looking for others to root with, I attended a viewing party. The people I met there became the seed of my UCLA crew. I hung with them at San Antonio for the final four, sit with them at football games, and found out about Bruins Nation through one of them. Putting myself out there opened a great world for me with wonderful people who shared my passion for all things UCLA and are wonderful friends. Just saying!

So here are the parties we know about:

Here are some viewing parties being organized by local UCLA Alumni networks and others with links for more details and/or to RSVP.

  • San Francisco Bay area: (details about all location at this link). SF also has a facebook page that you can join and check regularly for updates, drink specials, and the like! Locations:
    • Peninsula Location: The Old Pro, sports bar ( , 541 Ramona Ave., Palo Alto
    • East Bay Location (Walnut): The Stadium Pub (www.the 1420 Lincoln Avenue, Walnut Creek
    • San Francisco: Bus Stop, 1901 Union Street
  • Ventura: Brendan's Pub, 1755 Daily Drive, Camarillo, 7pm
  • New York Tri-State: Smithfield NYC, 215 W. 28th St., 10:30 pm ET
  • Washington D.C.: Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G St. NW (Between 13th and 14th NW) Upstairs or in the brand new game room downstairs. 10pm ET
  • Phoenix: Half Moon Sports Grill - 2121 E Highland Ave, Phoenix, AZ Questions? Email
  • Chicago. : Brownstone Tavern, 3937 N. Lincoln, 9:30pm CDT (from Chicago Bruins Facebook page).
  • Boston: The North Star, 222 Friend Street, 02114 9:30 pm ET (from UCLA Alumni of Boston facebook page).
  • Portland, Oregon: Life of Riley Tavern, 300 NW 10th Avenue (at Everett in the Pearl District), Portland, OR 97209. UCLA group in the downstairs bar.
  • Denver: Irish Snug near the Capitol Bldg: 1201 E Colfax Ave, (303) 839-1394. Website here.
  • Los Angeles Area: The Rose Bowl! I'll see you there.

It is awesome to see how the number of viewing parties is growing. I have been looking for facebook pages when I have time, but if you are in an area that is not listed above, you might want to look for UCLA groups in your area on facebook. There are also many local alumni networks here. You might want to get in touch with a group and help organize a watch party with them in your area. If you do, let us know in this thread.

Feel free to share your experiences in photo or prose in this comment section and in future viewing party posts. You can also find all of our UC Berkeley preparation notes and videos here.

Let the Thursday night fun begin:

"Nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide!"


<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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