- Posted September 1, 2013 by
End of summer, start of fall traditions: reunions, tailgaters, football
Berkeley, California -- No one likes to say goodbye to summer, but the college football season starts this weekend and, well, that means it’s already autumn.
There’s a balm to soothe the loss of our fairest season, and it seems hardly a coincidence that this particular activity typically occurs in the fall: the reunion.
Football gives us a time to reunite.
The sport gives us the homecoming game, sometimes the only occasion that the generations of today and yesteryear can gather on one campus and have at least a thing or two in common, despite decades of separation: a love of school, team, and tailgater.
The best part of this autumnal tradition? The surprise of meeting old classmates for the first time since attending class and pulling all-night study sessions.
On a cool evening at Memorial Stadium on the flagship campus of the University of California, Northwestern University beat Cal on Saturday, 44-30. The game was closer than the score indicates, as the California Golden Bears collapsed in the closing minutes of the game.
The game was the first time that Northwestern played Cal since 1949. That was a Rose Bowl game, and Northwestern won that game. In fact, that was the only bowl game that Northwestern ever won – until last season, going 63 years without a post-game victory until NU beat Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on New Years Day.