I'm not quite sure how to begin, but I'll do my best. I experienced the game sitting on the New Mexico State side. It was hard to not fully cheer after a UCLA touchdown, but out of respect to those around me, I held most of it inside. I wore a white UCLA shirt and did my 8-claps most of the night, because no matter what, I still bleed blue and gold and you can't make me not wear something that represents UCLA or do an 8-clap. Why did I sit there you may ask? Well, an old coworker of mine, who a few of us call grandma with much affection, had her grandson on the field for New Mexico State. His name ... David Cazares, who recovered Jordon James' fumble on the opening drive and intercepted Hundley twice. It's quite an experience witnessing a game from the other side. Of course, it's something I wouldn't do with just any team.
As I walked with a friend through all the UCLA tents and all the blue around the Rose Bowl, I thought to myself, why am I going to the other side when the ones I belong with are here? Nevertheless, we continued to the area where Davis' friends and family were tailgating. We were received with open arms and was told it was okay for me to be there with my UCLA shirt, since they can't stop one from being a fan. I reiterated that I'd show respect during the game and cheer with passion when Davis was on the field. After some good laughs and great food, we made our way inside the Rose Bowl. As soon as I went in, I made sure to grab a blue towel, which I will proudly display at work. As everyone started taking their seats, it was great to see the passion the NMSU fans had for their team. They all knew it would be a blowout, but they kept hope and never gave up. There was so much excitement after every first down they got. They also showed their respect for Nick Pasquale, and I have to say, that was quite an emotional video shown on the big screen. Of course, they went crazy when Davis made his plays. I'll admit I did, too. I don't know Davis personally, but I felt like one of my own was on the field. Overall, it was a great evening. We did encounter a few reckless fans, which I hoped wouldn't happen. There was one guy who started badmouthing the NMSU fans and tried to start a fight. Also, towards the end of the third quarter, there were two guys who looked in our direction, and with a snark look in their face, said thank you for coming. We all knew it would be a blowout, but there's no point of being snotty like that. As gbruin commented to someone in Nestor's recap last night, "keep it respectful please ... it's not *$c." I believe those of you who are alumni and those of us who are fans, can agree that we're better than that.
Anyhow, it was a great time by all. UCLA won (which made me happy) and Davis played great (which made us all happy). I'd also like to add to MexiBruin's fanpost last night. I, as well, noticed the lack of "36" shirts. I thought they sold out, but no, you could clearly see many weren't provided. On another note, the smile on that moron of Chianti when he accepted the check and Capital One Cup ticked me off. I'm sure that money will make for a good booze cruise for him. I booed and yelled "Fire Dan". It's such a disrespect to the greatness that is UCLA that this buffoon is still employed. What is even more unbelievable is that there are people out there who still accept this mediocrity and don't see how he is ruining UCLA Athletics. And, as BruinArts mentioned this morning, why was Little Alfie allowed to stand there? I figured Kyle, Jordan, Tony, or one of the Wears would represent the basketball team. But no, it had to be an Alford. After seeing him wave, I was surprised they didn't have Kory Alford there, too, and make it an Alford event.
I just want to say it was a great experience at the Rose Bowl last night, even though I was on the NMSU side. My allegiance is and will always be with UCLA, but I had to make a small exception this time and I hope Bruins Nation can understand that and not see me as a Benedict Arnold. Go Bruins ... now and forever!!!