Our friend Michael Karp scored tickets to the Opening Day of the football season at UC Berkeley and invited Tyler and I to join his son Nicholas and Ethan on the 50 yard line. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it but for some reason I never went to a Cal football game while I attended Berkeley. In fact, this was the first live football game I’ve been to since watching the ASJI Mustangs play when I was in 7th Grade.
I’ve forgotten what a pageant it is, the cannon that fires off every time Cal score a point, the chanting crowd, students on one side of the stadium chanting “Go!” answered on the other side by the alumni “Bears!” The marching band, the cheerleaders, Oski the Bear – all the rah, rah stuff. It was a beautiful Bay Area Day, and in the end, our Bears creamed Sacramento.