Go Ducks #4: Soggy Anniversary Edition

Danny and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary yesterday.  Eleven years ago we planned our wedding for September 28 because it was a bye weekend and there would be no game conflict. This was the first time since then that a game has fallen on our anniversary day. Danny’s grandparents had tickets to the game but gave them to us due to the weather forecast for a massive rain storm that was supposed to hit right at game time. And for once the weatherman was spot on.

We arrived early so that we could walk around and look at some of the recent changes to the stadium. There was just a light bit of rain as we walked around. Nothing major.

The giant “O”, there is one on either side as you walk up the steps into the stadium. P1160730

When you look more closely, you can see that it appears to be made out of many little people. Possibly tops of trophies?

Along one side of the stadium there are posts for each game played. They have the opponent and the score. The color of the posts depends on who won the game.

The last few years have been good to us…

There is a beautiful waterfall with the “O” on the back of the jumbotron behind us.


We saw the players on their way to the stadium and I got a picture of Owen’s favorite, De’Anthony Thomas (second from left).
They are a blur even when they are walking, they are that fast…

Warm-up before the game. This was the last picture that I got because of the “rain”.

Once we were in our seats the torrential downpour started. It may be sacrilegious to even mention that there was really rain in Autzen Stadium. But I think the secrets out. It rained so hard there were moments we couldn’t even look up at the field because we were being pelted so much in our faces. We were the first seat in the row and there as a waterfall running down the steps beside me.

I must admit, we left at half-time. The score at that point was 41-3 Ducks ahead and we were soaked. We were not alone in the mass exodus of the stadium.

Here is a shot during the game from Brian Davies of the Register Guard

#2 University of Oregon Ducks – 55
California Golden  Bears – 16


One response to “Go Ducks #4: Soggy Anniversary Edition”

  1. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) says :

    What a fun memory to have! We watched the game on TV until about 1am last night and then called it good. I was watching mostly to see how the rain was going to affect the playing, and a bit for the nostalgia for a good Oregon rainstorm. Happy Anniversary!

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