Big Game in October?

(October 19, 2012) Hear the audio version

Debbie:            Erin, you ready for Big Game this Saturday?


Erin:            We bleed blue at our house. GO BEARS!


Debbie:             Well, I’m not. Scheduling Big Game in October … It’s like—


Erin:            —moving New Year’s Eve to the 4th of July because the weather’s better?


Debbie:            Exactly. Big Game tradition goes back to the 19th century …


Erin:            … when it was called the Thanksgiving Game.


Debbie:            Because it was usually, and traditionally, played around Thanksgiving …


Erin:            … until this year.


Debbie:            Now it’s all about TV, and the lure of revenue that comes in to both Cal and Stanford from broadcasting games …


Erin:            … with student-athletes as “products” …


Debbie:            … and universities as “brands.”


Erin:            Meanwhile, alums, students and other fans of the Blue and Gold—


Debbie:            —and the Cardinal …


Erin:            —right. All of us who buy the tickets and cheer in the stands …


Debbie:            … must go along with the money-counters who run big-time college sports.


Erin:            And accept a crazy Pac-12 Conference schedule.


Debbie:             Twelve schools!


Erin:            Four of which are nowhere near the Pacific.


Debbie:            Which meant Stanford had three home games—half the season!—before students returned for the school year.


Erin:            I’d like to say that it bugs me that random athletic programs get paid big bucks for those pre-season away games. Whatever happened to playing for the love of the game—


Debbie:            —between longstanding sports rivals? Giants—Dodgers …


Erin:            … Cal—Stanford. I even have a favorite game, a favorite PLAY.


Debbie:            Here it comes …


Erin:            “ … the most amazing, sensational, dramatic, heartrending, exciting, thrilling finish in the history of college football!”


Debbie:            Thirty years later I can finally say it: I’m glad I was there for the Play. Though I still say his knee was down.


Erin:            NOT. I’d wish you Luck this year but he’s a Colt now. And we’re in our new stadium … Our house.


Debbie:             You do remember the last Big Game—2010—in the old Memorial Stadium? And we stillhave the axe.


Erin:             Don’t get me started. Instead of rock-paper-scissors, we should play bear-tree-axe.


Debbie:             Let’s just agree we’re looking forward to another exciting finish.


Erin:             May the best brand win! With a Perspective, I’m Erin Dealey. Go Bears!


Debbie:            And I’m Debbie Duncan. Beat Cal!