Despite the disappointment and adversity the team has faced this year, my Cal fan parents of 6 years are now hooked on Cal Football (my parents started going to Cal games when I attended Cal).
Last night as I watched the game, soaked to the bone, and cold, I wondered if my parents on the other side of the stadium were still watching. They had told me prior to the game that they were bringing ponchos and all sorts of crazy rain gear but I still wasn’t exactly sure if they’d stick it out until the end, especially when they have a 1.5 hour drive home (and in the rain).
Lo and behold, they stuck it out in the rain!
Here’s an little excerpt of an email my mom sent me:
Yes, we are die hard fans and stayed till the bitter end. Dad wants to buy tickets for next year. He has not given up and still wants to go to a Rose Bowl. So here we go again … Guess we’re true blue fans now.
That little bit right there made me crack a smile and be proud of my parents. Don’tcha love it when you turn your friends into Cal fans? Isn’t it even better when your family becomes Cal fans too?
I suppose the most "romantic" part is that my dad also surprised my mom with a weekend birthday trip to Seattle next week for the away game at U-Dub.
I guess that’s when you really know you’re a True Blue Cal Football fan, when you start to arrange your life outside of football around Cal Football and start to incorporate Cal Football into your life outside of football.