Being a fan of a sports team is a funny thing. For some reason I have become a bigger fan of Cal football since leaving Berkeley than I was when I was a student there. Even more so than when I was in the Cal band. I’m definitely not the biggest sports fan in the world. And I am lacking in sports knowledge from the years of adolescence during which I actively disliked sports. But, this season started out with so much excitement. We beat Tennessee. We beat Oregon. We steadily rose in the rankings. During a bye week USC lost. Suddenly we were #2 in the nation! I felt so proud of Cal’s football team. Like they were children of mine. And then they lost. And I felt terrible. A couple days after the Oregon State game. I was able to gather myself together. Looking back on the game I tried to think of all the good things that happened. The freshman quarterback Riley who had to play because Longshore was injured played pretty well (despite the last play of the game). Hawkins had a great game. All hope of going to the national title game was not lost. And then we lost again. Oh the pain and suffering I experienced when I discovered this fact.
Fortunately, I didn’t actually watch the game yesterday. Instead I walked over to Boston to look at the tens of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns that were on display near city hall. I will post pictures soon. We then made our way over to the North End and after some searching found Pizzeria Regina which was awesome. The St. Anthony’s pizza was utterly fantastic.
Maybe I should just adopt my local Boston teams. The Red Sox, the Patriots, and Boston College’s football team are all doing quite well. Anyway, today I am working in solitude in the office, viciously trying to get some work done.