Saturday, September 16, 2006

That'll Teach Us....



I dedicate this post to Sheldon and Christy......way to finish the race strong.......

John and I have been season ticket holders for Duck football since 1997. In '96 we got one of those buy one, get one free coupons from Bi-Mart, attended the game - and fell in love, with college football, that is - but, also, even more in love with each other because we discovered a tremendous joint passion for the game and the entire atmosphere of Duck football.

We've seen lots of victories - we joined the party at the right time, the Ducks have been quite successful over the last decade. We've seen lots of close games, many we thought we'd walk away as losers, only to see a victory - particularly during the Joey Harrington era.

I've also been part of the "not-looked-upon-so-kindly" group that leaves the game early. I have a low tolerance for unruly fans that get extremely negative when the going gets rough. - So, we tend to get going. I feel like I have paid big bucks for these tickets and should not be obligated to spend even more money on a babysitter for a game that is not going well. I realize, the team doesn't appreciate the stadium clearing out, it makes a bad situation even worse, but, in every other way I'm a great fan....

Today was one of those days that we opted to leave early. There was record attendance at Autzen and we really felt like there was no point in paying for an extra hour of babysitting that it would take to wait the last five minutes and deal with the rest of the 59,000 people exiting at the same time. We were down by 10, the Sooners were at the 2 yard line ready to score, it was pointless to torture ourselves any longer.

As we approached our vehicle, complaining about the errors by the coaching staff, we ran into Dennis and Lisa. Suddenly, we heard the stadium roar into cheers and wild applause. We looked at each other and said, "Wouldn't it serve us right if they turned it around.....?!" We all agreed we'd take the victory and all the flack that we'd get with it just to have them win....but, we knew they wouldn't.

When Travis, Stephie, John and I got into the car, we flipped on the radio and found out, yes, indeed, the Ducks had scored. Suddenly, the score was within 6 (the touchdown we had thought was imminent had actually become a field goal). The coach's son was lining up for an onside kick - and it appeared to have worked.... After a very long ref review (oh, there were so many in this game), YES, it was declared that the Ducks had the ball - Woo-hoo!!!! Down the field they went - then TOUCHDOWN!!!! With the extra point kick, we were now up by 1. By this time, we were stuck in traffic, listening to the radio announcers reach for their Pepto... Horns were honking, pedestrians were screaming, arms were pumping out of the vehicles - it was WILD!!! The Whites and us were shocked - not only had the Ducks turned it around, but we had missed it!!!! Then, even more agony, as Oklahoma still had 30 seconds, and wouldn't you know, took it down to the 30 yard line, well within field goal range..... With 2 seconds left, they had every probability of stealing the victory right away from us. The ball got placed, the kicker made contact - and then, IT WAS BLOCKED..... DUCKS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Travis said he's going to get a t-shirt that says, "I'll never leave early again". Our buddy, Mike said he's going to wear a shirt tomorrow that says, "John left early". At any rate, we made a mistake, but given the momentus win, I'll live with it. And, it was a special time in the vehicle celebrating with the Whites along with all of the other "early-leavers" traffic......Unbelievable.

5 comments:

mtnrunR said...

Go Ducks it was a great game. Jeff was not there as he is in the mix at Angeles Crest 100 mile run. Right now he is in 4th place at mile 68. Check out the web cast www.ac100/index.html then go to 2006 live data. Hal Koerner from Ashland is in the lead by about an hour. Craig Thornley from Eugene is in 11th. Mike Burke and Stacey Bunton from the Portland area are doing great along with Ashley Idema from Corvallis.

It is a great race. Let's watch Jeff smoke the single track!

mtnrunR said...

Angeles Crest 100... Jeff had a great race. He was 5th. Ashley was the womens winner. Stacy was second. Craig finished 10th. Just great job by all the runners in the NW.

Ducks did awesome also.

HollieHobbie said...

I probably would've been in the restroom or at the concessions, Steph, and probably not with cozy friends that would make the situation still wonderful.

chele said...

Michael commenting:

I was working with my father and brother on a house miles from the game. Game was blaring over the radio so we could hear the Lucky Ducks. Oh as my brother Steven so aptly puts it, The Beavers and the Lucky Ducks are both the same, and after this game I believe so, it is just the Lucky Ducks have a lot of luck when it counts. It must be true too because why would so many fans leave if they did not think the Ducks had a chance, except for a lucky finish.;-)
I just knew and told my brother, father, and the home owner that my brother and sister-in-law would never leave such a close game, in Lucky Duck stadards of course that is. With the score only 10 points apart and the Sooners marching down the field, we sat down to listen to the rest of the "Lucky Duck Game". I was envious of John and Steph watching the Lucky Ducks hold the Sooners to a field goal. We sat and listened to the announcers, who by the way forecast each review perfectly wrong. The Touchdown, The Onside Kick Recovery (Review), The Touchdown, The Sooners Long Return, The Miracoulous Block.
****WOW What a game.****
Sure Wish I Could Have Been There.
Luv You Guys way to share the moment in the car with such special friends. :-)

StephieAnne said...

Thanks Tom (older brother of John) for the update on Jeff (twin brother to John) - both ultramarathoners.....

Contrats Jeff - Way to go!