Here are the photos of the first half from both me (OK) and TrisWeb (spectacular). After brutally early morning hijinks, we entered the game. There were free T-Shirts to be had! Somehow I managed to avoid getting one? What? Even with my unrivaled mooching abilities, I didn't get a T-Shirt? I must be growing up. This is what they looked like:
For the curious amongst us, yes, the Drum Major did, in fact, catch the baton. He accidentally sent it spinning a few feet in front of him and had to make a last second lunge. Quite the athlete, this Franklin Hussein Garland.
Then, the team came streaming out:
It didn't take too long for everything to come up Thrillho as Cal picked off the first pass from scrimmage. Or at least I think it was the first. If it wasn't the first, it was in the first drive. The fans went crazy:
I feel as if the game spent much of the first half away from the South endzone where I am perched. So, not a lot of great shots from me. But that's nothing new.
But it wasn't always so bad:
We take a moment out of looking a photos of dots running into each other to note quite possibly the cutest Cal baby, EVAIR!
Damn that baby is cute! Go Bears!
Teofilo was taking a breather (i.e. injured):
I clearly remember this play and thinking to myself "Wow, myself, the Cal receiver made a great play at the end there" but now I can't remember the why, how, which, when, or where of it.
This stupid speaker kept getting in the way of things:
I saw Jahvid making his touchdown run and actually readied my camera to try to snap a picture. However, at that same moment an old fraternity brother felt it'd be fun to create a celebratory mosh pit. He came barreling helplessly towards me, knocking me down just at the very moment I was taking the photo. So, instead of potentially snapping a sweet shot of Jahvid in mid-air (and let's be honest it probably wasn't happening anyway), I got this impressionist masterpiece:
I call it "Fraternity Brother Nearly Breaks Expensive Camera." It evokes the magic(k) and wonder of being knocked down a few rows with nothing but your camera to break your fall.
Monet, eat your heart out!
Then had those interviews with the Cal players, asking them about their favorite Halloween costumes.
And Jeremy Ross spoke about a complex ninja-costume he had:
Some more game action. Here we are kicking off what I can only assume is a spicy-a meat-a-ball-a:
This is Kevin Craft's first int returned for a TD. I didn't have the zoom correctly, so, it didn't come out as well. If you click on the photo, it shows a larger version.
Was this one picked off?
Damn, I know it was hot, kids, but STAND UP!!! That wasn't during halftime or anything. This was during game action!
And now that you've suffered through that extension of my ego, here are some more great photos from TrisWeb:
I believe this was that dropped TD that was called back on a penalty anyway:
And there you go! Up next, second half photos and video of the SIIIIIICK band halftime show. Go Bears!