California 34, Washington State 28

I watched CBS This Morning and their chef segment. Vivian Howard’s signature recipes include Okra oven fries with creamy scallion dip, Brussels sprout and pear salad with pomegranate with blue cheese honey vinaigrette, Double cut bone-in pork chop with sweet and sour beets and their greens, Dirty farro, Bourbon cocktail “Bold Fashioned,” and Old timey applejacks. I took a walk to the office, where I made copies of homework assignments and looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend. The Top 10 songs on October 6, 1979 were “Dim All the Lights,” “After the Love Has Gone,” “Pop Muzik,” “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” “Lonesome Loser,” “Sail On,” “My Sharona,” “Rise,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” and “Sad Eyes.” I listened to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me as I made my way to the stadium for the game between California and Washington State. Predictions were for a high-scoring game, and California was ranked 24th at the beginning of the day. Pink ribbons were handed out before the game as a breast cancer awareness gesture. Some fans were wearing a hat in the shape of the Campanile because of its 100th anniversary celebration. We would see the university’s national champions recognized out on the field, although the most famous athlete, Missy Franklin, was absent. The old woman sitting behind me sang along loudly to the national anthem. She would find it difficult to follow the game. Jared Goff made a poor first pass, which was intercepted. Washington State would score the first points of the game with a touchdown. California tied the game late in the quarter. In the second quarter, it looked as if the Cougars weren’t going to be stopped all afternoon, as they scored two more touchdowns. A failed fourth-and-one play contributed to that third Washington State touchdown. The Bears pulled themselves together for a last drive before the end of the first half, getting the score to 21-13. Their kicker missed the extra point. The radio announcers compared the end of the second quarter to the end of the second quarter in last year’s game with Washington State, in which California was trailing and scored late as a springboard to a good second half. The California marching band took the field and performed some songs about light, including Ellie Goulding’s “Light” and Journey’s “Lights.” Washington State received the second half kickoff, but California scored first in the third quarter on a fumble recovery on a fake punt play, bringing the Bears to within 21-20. The Cougars still kept coming, scoring again to go back up by eight points at 28-20. California came back with another touchdown but couldn’t score the two points afterwards, as Goff was intercepted. This, the score was 28-26, and the fans were frustrated that the home team was getting close but not catching up to the Cougars. California tried an onside kick, and after a review of the play, the officials ruled that the Bears had recovered the ball. The Bears would have several of the reviewed plays in the second half go their way. They would score another touchdown, making the score 32-28. The two-point try was initially ruled unsuccessful, but then the following kickoff was delayed for a review of the play, and while everyone was standing around, the Bears gained another two points. Joe Starkey on the radio kept reminding us that the Bears’ lead was six points instead of seven because of the missed extra point in the first quarter. The game was looking like the high-scoring day that was anticipated, but the fourth quarter showed the Bears running time off the clock and making a key play on defense. At one point, the Bears had 36 yards to go on third down and gained 40 yards on a running play. A late interception nearly sealed the victory, but the Bears did have to punt away the ball before time ran out. The game did end with the 34-28 score. I didn’t expect California to have a 5-0 record, and Starkey reminded us that there would be a tough stretch of games ahead. It was good to enjoy this afternoon, though. Goff finished the game with 350 passing yards and four touchdowns. I took the bus out to Emeryville and went over to Best Buy, where I bought a Partridge Family box set. I listened to the A’s game in Seattle. They got off to a good start, with Danny Valencia hitting another home run. Sean Nolin would give up three runs on a home run. I went into Dollar Tree and bought some drinking water and frozen lemonade. I watched the beginning of the Star Trek episode “Charlie X” and a bit of “Doctor Zhivago.” I fell asleep with the television on and awoke to Celebrity Bowling. Michael Cole and Tige Andrews bowled extremely well, especially Cole. He took his time, concentrating, although he also looked like he had no sense of humor whatsoever. Their score was 266, which was high enough to win a car for a young woman in the audience. She said that she had skipped her Ukrainian class to be there that day. I wonder what happened with that car. Michael Cole is 70 years old now. Tige Andrews died in 2007 at age 86. Erica Hill was gone from the Today show because of an assignment, and CBS Sunday Morning was off the schedule this morning because of a football game in London between the Jets and the Dolphins. James Corden commented that not many people in England understood the rules of American football. Americans don’t understand many of the rules, either. Some of the people who died on October 4 include Rembrandt (1669), Janis Joplin (1970), Anne Sexton (1974), Graham Chapman (1989), Gordon Cooper (2004), and Janet Leigh (2004). Today is a birthday for Alicia Silverstone (39), Christoph Waltz (59), Susan Sarandon (69), and Anne Rice (74). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for October 4, “Leave It to Beaver” debuted on CBS in 1957. In 1961, Bob Dylan made his Carnegie Hall debut for 53 fans, earning $20. In 1989, Graham Chapman of Monty Python’s Flying Circus died at age 48.

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