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Colorado Joins the Pac-10

In sports news, we learn that the University of Colorado at Boulder has joined the Pacific-10 Conference. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado. This means that my two alma maters will now be playing each other on a regular basis. Yay! This is cool!

This is a good move for Colorado. The Pac-10 is a great conference! In college football, the Pac-10 has a lot of great west coast teams, with exciting offenses and tough defensive squads. UC-Berkeley was always a great game, UCLA is tough to get by, Washington usually has lots of talent, and the Arizona fans in Sun Devil Stadium made for a deafening contest whenever Stanford played there. USC was always tough (sometime too tough), but Stanford football has earned some wins and ties against Southern California. The other athletic programs provide worthy competition, too – baseball, basketball, water polo, tennis, and so on. It will also be good for CU to join the stellar academics of the Pac-10 schools (Stanford, Berkeley, University of Washington, UCLA, etc.).

For Colorado sports fans, the Pac-10 schools are wonderful places to visit. Oregon is the most beautiful state in the country when the sun’s out. Seattle is a kick! Southern California is a fun place to spend a few extra days visiting Disneyland or going surfing. When in the Bay Area during fall, head to San Francisco and on to the wine country! San Francisco is the first big city I ever enjoyed.

During my senior year at Stanford, before I had ever visited Boulder, I remember a guy from the Stanford radio station telling me what an amazing place Boulder is when he traveled here for a rare Stanford-CU football game. So I came. I’m still here.

I don’t even know who I should root for! Undergraduate ties to the school’s athletic program are usually stronger, but I have been steeped in local football enthusiasm for decades now. I’ll go to the first Boulder game and just let the competitive juices flow where they will.

To all those Pac-10 students, fans, and alumni I have this to say: Come out and see us! Boulder is a great place to visit in the fall. Spend a few extra days in the mountains, hang out on the Pearl Street Mall, drive over the Trail Ridge Road before the snow flies, go skiing after the snow flies, have a meal at the Dushanbe Tea House and ask some local to tell you the real history of the place, or bag a Fourteener!

We’ll give you a good football game and send you on home, tired but happy.

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Not That There Is Anything Wrong With That

After catching the last quarter of the thrilling Patriots-Bronco game Saturday night by accident (thrilling that is unless you were a Patriot fan, in which case you know now the feeling we Rams fans had after Super Bowl 36 when the clearly superior team lost), I made a point of watching the two games on Sunday. Well, I caught the last quarter of the Colts-Steelers game and it too featured not just an improbable Rockyesque storyline, it had more reversals of fortune than any movie script would ever load up on.

After those two games, the Bears-Panthers game was anti-climactic, but my son and I watched while listening to the Phantom of the Opera which he downloaded from the iTunes store using the gift certificate Santa brought for Christmas. I could only watch that clunker as long as the music was on – closing my eyes and listening to the music of the night was the only way to let my spirit soar with that all too earthbound contest. The women of the family were clearly alarmed at this development, and kept telling us they thought we were not just the only men, but the only people in the world watching that football game while listening to Phantom of the Opera, or any musical score for that matter. I’m all in favor of watching TV while listening to good music; my father and I used to watch The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo while listening to Beethoven.