Sunday, September 2, 2007

Cal: 45 Tennessee: 31

Last year the Cal Bears football season was delivered a huge hit when they were blown out in week 1 in Knoxville, TN. They still managed to have a relatively good season, but after losing badly in their first game, were not recognized nationally as a top team, and had no chance for greatness. Since college football doesn't have a playoff system, teams can be eliminated very quickly from being in the running for a shot at the national championship. To me this system is a shame, but despite media pressure to adopt a playoff format, there is no signs that anything will change any time soon.

Thursday at work I bought a couple of tickets to Saturdays Cal/Tennessee game off Craiglist. It was a huge game and I wanted to experience it first hand. Cal needed to get off to a 1-0 start to make a statement that they were a team to be reckoned with, and also greatly needed redemption from last year.

The game was exciting and packed full of 80% navy and gold, and 20% orange. It turns out the seats I bought, although a good view of the game, were smack dab in Tennessee Volunteers territory. Thanks to some big plays by Cal special teams, Cal was able to withstand a very capable Tennessee team to get the victory.

If I were to complain about anything it would be the length of the game. Starting at five, it didn't end until past nine. Because ABC was nationally televising the game, TV timeouts constantly had us sitting there waiting for the game to resume. I guess that's just the price you pay for it being such a big game.


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