University of Oregon Ducks Football Team in National Championship Game!
I'm proud of the University of Oregon Ducks Football Team! Sure, everything didn't turn out the way we Duck fans, hoped, but to finish #2 in the nation, win the Pac-12 Championship game, the Rose Bowl (and stopping Florida States 29 game winning streak and getting to the Natty at ATT Stadium in Arlington Texas v. Ohio State Buckeyes, AND with Marcus getting the Heisman trophy, it is pretty heady stuff. I'm proud of all the players and the great season they gave us fans.
The above is an addendum to my previous blog way below:
It was great just going to the Rose Bowl. I went with a good friend (taken near the parking lot)and my 18 year old teenage daughter. Having never been there, I have to admit, that the 13 hour drive (OK...we did push the pedal a bit...) wasn't so bad. We stopped at In-n-Out burger going down in Stockton,
then coming back in Redding (very good burgers, fries not so much-but I think BurgerVille has them beat for fast food burger places). In both cases, we saw at least 3 other groups of Duck Fans.
After dinner in Santa Monica, we headed to my niece's home in Pasadena, which is a convenient 2 block walk to the parade route. On an adjacent street is where many of the horseman get prepped. Fortunately her husband and his sister secured chairs the night before because it is wild trying to get a spot. People were camping out in 40 degree weather. But I can see why. Once the parade started, it was 5-8 people deep. Although a great view if you own the house!
Walking around the floats (everything on the exterior of the float is required to be of living or dead plant material) before it started was interesting because I got to see the flowers close up Wikipedia info It is totally fascinating, much better than TV (although you get better information from the hosts on TV).
Once the Rose Bowl Parade started, my Niece was captivated by the sights and sounds.
The Royal Court:Spanish Dancers:Rose Bowl Float: Hawaii float (I'm sure they are proud of Marcus-and the one hula dancer HAD to be freezing-it was about 47 degrees....)
The President of the Rose Bowl Parade: Here is the Oregon float...it was just starting out so the cheerleaders hadn't yet boarded their float.
Complete with Marching Bands
The Good Year Blimp
Horses Colorful flags
The Bachelor and host Chris Harrison
and even Jack Black
and so many floats that takes thousands of hours to produce, it was amazing. Here is the Love Boat actors and Princess Cruises.
The color and designs were truly amazing and some floats moved like this one.
Of course after the parade, I photographed them my niece's family (my great-nephews and nieces) and lots of sub groups like these.
After that, it was about 2 miles to the Rose Bowl. Tons of fans, probably 70-75% Oregon. Now its I-phone pics:
It started with a Stealth Bomber fly over.
I had seats on the first row,
which was cool for this reason:
and to see Desmond Howard and Reece Davis, etc. close by.
behind us was the only big screen and a wall of Duck Fans. and with security and photographers in front of us, it wasn't the best spot to watch the game (although it WAS FUN!)
We sat by the band and the Oregon Cheerleaders did come over once to our wild and crazy section. I pegged the Ducks as a 14 point winner. Never in my wildest dreams did I conjure up a 39 point victory. What a way to end James Winston's career.
Now onto Dallas and Ohio State in the Natty-although I'll be home watching this time.
My only concern? Our uniforms look more like Ohio State than Oregon and if you do your research, we lost one game this season. And it was the ONLY game we didn't wear green or yellow.
Having photographed Koni and Steve Greatwoods' wedding this past fall, I exhorted her to at least get the Ducks some green or yellow shoelaces or something. Hopefully?
(Skywriters above the stadium at the game)
Well anyway, Happy New Year & Go Ducks!
Oregon v. Florida State.
Everything is looking Ducky! Get your Duck Gear On!
I'm was so EXCITED for this game and the Ducks didn't disappoint by smashing #3 Florida State 59-20.
Much to the chagrin of my Beaver fans and clients, I've been a Duck since I was born.
My dad, Bill Berg, was a 3 year letterman on the U of O basketball team including it's captain his senior year. He knew many of the "Tall Firs" as they were freshmen when we was a senior.
Ironically enough, in 1939 when the Tall Firs of Oregon won the first ever National Basketball Playoffs, they beat Ohio State, 46-33. sounds like a good football score to me with the Ducks on top. Will it be Deja Vu all over again?The year I was born, my dad was the President of the Oregon Club in Eugene (he was also Rotary District Governor and owner of Eugene Insurance Agency).
I think there is green and yellow running thru my photographers veins.
Here is a photograph of two of my fathers' good friends, Ed Harms, (Attorney, Springfield Mayor and UO law professor-Harms Justice center in Springfield is named for him) on the left and Len Casanova, Oregon football coach and Athletic Director (and namesake of the Len Casanova Center and Parkway) on the right-taken in the 70's by my dad.
I went to many football games, basketball games and track events with my dad-who held season tickets forever in all 3 events.
As a teenager, I sold concessions walking up and down the aisles (totally empty in the End Zone).
Besides graduating from there (in Public Administration no less), my wife got her Bachelors from the UO in Dance...so I'm kinda biased. (But I do root for OSU for all their other games). I remember for football, we got excited to just get a first down. The sad ole days. :-)
My brother went as well. He owns a sign business in Springfield and made these for me:
I have photographed many UO football players-Chris Miller's wedding, many players and coaches for the Mike Bellotti classic golf tournament (plus Coach Bellotti's son's senior pictures-here with his older brother playing chess in their home),
and this fall, Steve Greatwood's wedding where Marcus Mariota showed up to wish his congrats-and then graciously pose with Steve's niece.
At my father's 80th birthday party 22 years ago, held in our backyard, we invited his best friends. One of them was Bill Bowerman (founder of Nike and UO and Olympic Track Coach)-who was a fraternity brother of my dad's. Here is Bill Bowerman with his wife Barbara in our backyard. Behind them you can see Ed Harms and John Stafford, the architect of the old Eugene City Hall.I remember going to Coach Bowerman's home and vice-versa when I was younger. He was quite the kick. Here are the two Bills-both WWII veterans-hamming it up. Coach Bowerman is wearing his seat cushion for a hat.
20 years ago when the Ducks were...um, shall I say, marginal?...Donald Duck came to Autzen for the very first time and I was hired by the U of O to go on the field to capture a variety of photographs-including UO President Dave Frohnmayer. 1994 was THE year that Oregon turned it around and won the Pac-10 and went to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1958 (which my parents attended with their good friends-The Coddings at left, my parents on the right). LOVE those hats!
That Disney Magic! And it hasn't stopped. Its pushed us to our second National championship game in five years.
My dad's health had been in decline just prior to his 80th birthday, but he was sooo excited for his alma mater to get back to the Rose Bowl, he was beaming.
Being a parent of a 9 month old, I elected to not go to the game, as much as I wanted to. Early in 1995, my dad passed away. My wife, son and I went with my mom to the Cotton Bowl as a tribute to my dad. Needless to say with the rain and the shellacking, it could have turned out better.
Even though I have had season tickets since 1993 and have been a rabid fan with signs----
---this one got me on ESPN----
I haven't attended a bowl game since (growing kids, $, time, always some good excuse).
While my mom got to see Oregon rise to #2 in the final poll in 2001, she died in 2003, and missed the incredible years we've had in the past six years.
2010 Rose Bowl (loss),
2011 National Championship (loss),
2012 Rose Bowl (win),
2013 Fiesta Bowl (win) and
2013 Alamo bowl (win) have led up to this...Pac-12 Champions again, first Heisman Winner
and of course, winner of the 2015 Rose Bowl!and a berth in the National Championship game.
My Dad would be beside himself.
So in his honor and heritage, I got to be there. With a good friend along my daughter (below at Autzen).
Yep. it was a great year. Even though I'm a Eugene Oregon family and wedding photographer, I must admit as all photographers would, that being a fan is great fun.