USC 27, California 21

After I awoke, I watched the visiting chef on the CBS This Morning show. Ford Fry visited the show, and his dish menu was Lobster hushpuppies with cane syrup butter, Sticky, smoky beef rib with herb salad, pickles and warm Malaysian roti, Shrimp “a la plancha” with lime broth and “sopping toast,” Charred brussels sprouts with crispy pork belly, orange peel and mint, Branded sour cocktail with bourbon, burnt sugar syrup, lemon juice, egg white and pecan bitters, and Spiced apple layer cake with classic cream cheese frosting. I looked on the Internet for the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend. The Top 10 songs on October 28, 1978 were “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” “How Much I Feel,” “Love is in the Air,” “Double Vision,” “Kiss You All Over,” “Whenever I Call You Friend,” “MacArthur Park,” “Reminiscing,” “You Needed Me,” and “Hot Child in the City.” I walked up the hill to the stadium and took my seat. I wanted to listen to the radio, but we got loud music that drowned out peaceful conversation and everything else. There were a lot of USC football fans in the stands. The Bears fumbled away the ball on their possessions, but no points came out of that mistake. It looked like the Bears were not stopping the Trojans at all, so it was lucky that they were behind in the score at halftime at only 10-7. The Cal marching band played songs like “Ghostbusters,” “Superstition,” and “Thriller.” The critical part of the game was the third quarter. Cal allowed a touchdown to the Trojans, and then Jared Goff, on his first pass attempt of the second half, threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The 24-7 score was too much for the home team to overcome. The Bears got pretty close near the end of the game at 27-21, but the Trojans ran out the clock. The Bears missed a big chance on a fourth down when one of the defender appeared to be making a play for a loss, but those strong running backs that USC always has come through for them. The USC cheerleaders sure didn’t show any imagination with their choreography, and their marching band was obnoxiously loud. I kept thinking that the color card bit during halftime was a waste of a lot of paper. We saw a reunion of the 1975 football team. The Bears have no wins in their conference, and they just lost their third consecutive game. The sun was pretty warm all afternoon, so I found myself with smelly, oily hair and the need for a shower. I went home to drop off my stuff and go into Daiso to buy a raincoat. Will the Bears be able to beat USC at any point in the next five to ten years? Some of the people who died on November 1 include Mamie Eisenhower (1979), King Vidor (1982), Phil Silvers (1985), Noah Beery, Jr. (1994), and Walter Payton (1999). Today is a birthday for Coco Crisp (36), Fernando Valenzuela (55), Lyle Lovett (58), David Foster (66), and Bill Anderson (78). According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for November 1, the Dave Clark Five appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. In 1969, Elvis Presley had the Number One single, “Suspicious Minds.” In 1985, Phil Silvers died in Los Angeles at age 73. In 1988, Jeff Goldblum married Geena Davis.

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