Bumped. GO BRUINS. - BN Eds.
As I write this, it's quite late, after midnight, in fact. I finally got back home to Thousand Oaks after attending tonight's NSD Pauley Celebration.
Why did it take me so long to get home after the Pauley Celebration tonight?
For the same reason that many of us crazily load our cars and head to the grocery store during football season. It's the same reason that the administration NEVER seems to get...at least, not completely.
You see, myself, my wife and one of my old fraternity brothers went to the Pauley Celebration tonight and, afterwards, we went a grabbed food together in Westwood. We have to eat, after all.
So, we sat there in Enzo's enjoying our meal and sharing old stories and new.
Sure, we went to Pauley tonight to hear Coach Mora and Staff tell us all about the latest crop of recruits who will don the blue and gold for us this coming Fall.
But, like so many Saturdays, it wasn't just about the football. In fact, it really became less about the football and more about the chance to catch up with my friend whom we hadn't seen since, yup...you guessed it...the last home game of last season.
And, that, my friends, made the night worthwhile just like a tailgate party always makes a football game worthwhile. It gives you an opportunity to renew your friendships in person. They provide an opportunity to, for at least a few hours, actually be social rather than using social media.
And, football, as well as all sports, serves as the glue that holds us together.
To paraphrase Bill Walton: If the administration actually understood this, things might be different!
That said, let's take a look at the Pauley Celebration itself.
Traffic on the 101 was a little rough tonight. So, by the time we got there and got parked, the doors had already opened.
Entering through the doors on Bruin Walk, things seemed a little more organized than last year, but that perception is based strictly on the fact that the t-shirts that were being given away didn't disappear instantaneously like last year.
As was to be expected, the line to meet Brett Hundley was huge. It pretty much ran through the entire Eastern corridor. Other players were scattered through the corridors to sign autographs for fans. The Heisman Trophy was also on display as was the Victory Bell and while I would have enjoyed seeing both of these close-up, I was too concerned about getting good seats. So, we skipped these and went inside to grab our seats.
Like last year, the southern side of Pauley seemed pretty full, but I couldn't tell you how many folks were there.
The Spirit Squad and the Band were there to entertain before the program started. Rather ironically, the band played "I Can't Get No Satisfaction".