Stanford 45, California 31

I watched CBS This Morning.  The chef segment featured Michael Mina, and his signature recipes included Brussels Sprouts “Agrodolce,” Panini-pressed brioche stuffing, Roasted Cauliflower with Uni Aïoli, Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Luxardo Cherries, and The Prospector.  Sharon Jones was scheduled to appear on the show on December 17.  I looked up the American Top 40 playlist for the weekend.  The Top 10 songs on November 19, 1977 were “Nobody Does It Better,” “Blue Bayou,” “We’re All Alone,” “Heaven on the 7th Floor,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “Baby, What a Big Surprise,” “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me,” “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “Boogie Nights,” and “You Light Up My Life.”  I went out to work.  It looked like people were slow to get out and do things on a rainy morning.  The weather reports said that the rain was supposed to let up by two o’clock, but it just continued.  The predictions were two hours too late.  Since umbrellas weren’t allowed inside the stadium, I had to walk along in my plastic poncho.  The place wasn’t sold out.  The bad weather affected attendance, as well as the sinking California season.  I got to my seat at 2:30.  Oski and the cheerleaders were out there on the field wearing rain gear.  They didn’t set up the big bear head.  I had fifteen minutes to settle into my seat.  When Caifornia got the ball, they scored quickly, a touchdown on one play for 70 yards.  However, after a penalty and a few plays, Stanford tied the score.  I questioned what California was doing with their kickoffs.  They might have done better just kicking the ball out of bounds every time.  Some dropped passes would hurt them, and Davis Webb threw some passes too high.  What would really hurt them, though, was the inability to stop the running plays.  We saw a bear roar contest in the first quarter, and again I couldn’t stand the kid who just yelled out the word “roar” loudly.  The teams exchanged touchdowns, but California missed a field goal, while Stanford made a kick with time running out to go into halftime ahead, 17-14.  During the break, we saw the California marching band performing songs by Queen.  I was slightly surprised at the number of people who knew the words to “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  They also played “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “We Are the Champions.”  In the second half, Stanford put some distance between themselves and Cal.  You know it’s a bad sign when a team gives up 90 yards and a touchdown on one running play.  It felt like the killer was the touchdown that put Stanford ahead, 31-17.  When it looked as if the Bears might get back into the game, Stanford picked on number 18 for 60 yards.  The lead inflated to 21 points, which left no doubt as to the result of this game.  I didn’t want to simply leave after going out there in the rain.  I stuck around for California’s last touchdown, which made the final score 45-31.  Fortunately, Sonny Dykes didn’t call time out in the last few minutes, so we could left quickly.  Stanford has won against California for the seventh consecutive time.  I wanted to buy a burrito afterwards, but all the eating places nearby were filled with people.  I went home and watched episodes of All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and M*A*S*H.  Taking a hot shower made me feel better.  Some of the people who died on November 20 include Leo Tolstoy (1910), Allan Sherman (1973), Bill Scott (1985), Lynn Bari (1989), Robert Palmer (1997), and Robert Altman (2006).  Today is a birthday for Sean Young (57), Bo Derek (60), Joe Walsh (69), Joe Biden (74), and Estelle Parsons (89).

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