California 35, San Diego State 7

After I woke up, I watched CBS This Morning. The chef Gavin Kaysen visited the show. His signature recipes include roasted duck breast, butter poached sockeye salmon tartine, spaghetti nero, honey and cream cake, and Nancy’s cosmo. While doing my laundry, I listened to the “Let It Be” album. I missed the Saturday morning Beatles program on 103.7 FM. I went to the library and looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend. The Top 10 songs from September 18, 1976 were “You Should Be Dancing,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Summer,” “Devil Woman,” “Lowdown,” “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine,” “A Fifth of Beethoven,” “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” and “Play That Funky Music.” I listened to Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! The celebrity guest was Frank Oz, who wouldn’t do any of his character voices. I headed out to the stadium for the game between California and San Diego State. Without the attraction of the Grambling State marching band, this game was not a sellout. I thought that more fans from San Diego would have been the trip. “California Love” seems to have become the Golden Bears’ theme song. The bear head at the stadium entrance took a while to deflate, so the staff dragged it away as it was shrinking. The Aztecs looked very good on their first drive, scoring a touchdown. The home fans and the radio announcers seemed nervous. The visitors played a very good first quarter. California would complete some pretty exciting pass plays. The first California touchdown came at 12:22 in the second quarter on a four-yard pass. It looked as though the first half would end with a 7-7 score, but the Bears managed a touchdown with 11 seconds left. The afternoon was cloudy, and so it wasn’t the hot day it was a week ago. During halftime, the Cal marching band came out to play three Motown hits, which were “Uptight,” “My Girl,” and “ABC.” I saw one tuba player in the alumni band holding his pants up with one of his hands. The key play of the game came immediately after the second half kickoff. It was a touchdown pass that gave California a 14-point lead ten seconds into the quarter. Quarterback Jared Goff had thrown an early interception, but that was his only real mistake of the game. He was moving up the ladder of California quarterbacks in terms of career statistics. San Diego State wasn’t able to regain the form they showed at the start of the game. California scored two more touchdowns, one at 2:59 in the third quarter, and the other at 8:07 in the fourth quarter. The time of the game was 3:04 and the attendance was 50,830. Goff didn’t finish the game because of the large lead. The final score was 35-7. We had seen Scott Fujita, a former player who had gone on to the New Orleans Saints in 2009. One fan played a bowling game in the north end zone for a prize. When the children were in the bear growl contest, the girl didn’t win. None of the kids really knew how to growl. I went home to watch an early Let’s Make a Deal episode. Nobody was dressed in costume, and Monty Hall began by offering five dollars to a woman for something in her purse with her name on it. She would make a trade for a box that turned out to have a fur coat in it. How do women feel about fur coats these days? I went to the grocery store because I didn’t want to do the shopping in the morning because I would leave for another football game. I watched the beginning of a Wonder Woman episode with Leif Garrett. I thought that the opening credit montage showed that Lynda Carter couldn’t throw things very well. She also jumped a lot. As I recall, Leif Garrett had a weak voice but had a couple of hits anyway because of his stardom on television. It was funny how they tried to show the fan enthusiasm by giving some girls some signs. I tried watching a DVD but fell asleep. “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was on KQED. I caught a glimpse of a scene with someone looking at a radar screen. Since I just saw “War of the Worlds,” I didn’t feel like watching the rest of the movie. I watched a little bit of Frank Mallicoat talking to an author about Alzheimer’s disease, but there wasn’t much time for the segment. I saw Harry Smith talk about Glacier National Park and how everything was melting. He urged viewers to visit if they had the chance. Erica Hill had a different hairstyle. This is the first day of the season for most of the NFL football teams. Dickie Moore of Our Gang died on September 7. Yesterday would have been his 90th birthday. He was married to Jane Powell of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” He was suffering from dementia. Some of the people who died on September 13 include Leopold Stokowski (1977), Mervyn LeRoy (1987), Tupac Shakur (1996), and Dorothy McGuire (2001). Today is a birthday for Fiona Apple (38), Stella McCartney (44), and Zak Starkey (50). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for September 13, The Beatles released their single “Yesterday” in 1965. In 1981, “Hill Street Blues” won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. In 2009, Kanye West famously interrupted Taylor Swift during the MTV Video Music Awards.

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