Football, Rivalries, and Redemption


Not too long ago, my friends and I lunched at TART. Over the course of the conversation, we recounted the many great times we shared together, specifically our trips during college to visit our best friends, Jennie Finch and Brianna Glenn*, at the University of Arizona. Jennie is the best softball pitcher in the United States and Brianna won Nationals (and they’re now training for the 2008 Olympics), so visiting them was always a treat because they were like mini-celebrities in the small town of Tucson.

As we laughed and relived great sports moments, a blank smile was pasted on JD’s face. When Brianna rhetorically asked if he thought college football was the best, he simply replied, I really don’t know…I’ve never been to a live game. We all fell quiet. And I felt like the WORST WIFE EVER. How did I not know he’s never been to a game?!

Long after the Sunday brunch at TART, I still couldn’t forget that JD hadn’t been to a real football game—complete with roaring fans, a stellar band, and nachos. Ooooh, nachos! So I decided to do something about it.

For our two-year anniversary, I surprised JD with football tickets to the best Southern California rivalry: USC Trojans VS. UCLA Bruins. The look of shock on his face when he saw the tickets was worth the cost of admission alone! We are so excited to go to the big game tomorrow and we know we’re going to have a blast! JD’s been away again this week, so tomorrow we’re planning on spending the weekend relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. After the game, we’re driving up the coast for a great dinner and a night away. I can’t wait!

And in case anyone is watching the game, be sure to look for us…we’ll be the ones donning the Blue&Gold and manically screaming for the best team! Go Bruins! 😉

**As a sidenote: The lovely people from Blu Domain hooked Brianna up with a phatty website…I’ve said it before, but I appreciate everything they do! They’re simply awesome. And be sure to check out Jay Reilly’s images on her website…he captured the raddest pictures of Bri! He’s so sick!**

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  1. alicia

    November 30th, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    i, too, will be there in my blue and gold! my fiance, steven, is a ucla alum so we go to alllll the games. i’ll be on the lookout for a cute photographer running around with nachos! go BRUINS!

  2. Carlie

    November 30th, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    thats really really cute. ( almost disgusting 🙂

  3. Carlie

    November 30th, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    disgustingly romantic.. oh jeez you two are adorable

  4. Nataly

    November 30th, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    That is really sweet! Women that do that for their hubby’s should get a special price 🙂 I say that because I just surprised my hubby with tickets to the Lakers game ;P

  5. Brianna

    November 30th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    It’s about time you started being a good wife! 😉 I also echo your thanks to the folks at Blu…I love my website! (and I love my cha cha best friend for hookin me up!)

  6. melissa

    November 30th, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    i am so jealous…too bad i root for the OTHER team. have so much fun!

  7. Rachel Brooke

    November 30th, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    nothing warms a guys heart like electronics or sports tickets! Yall have a blast!

  8. DrewB

    November 30th, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    SOOOOOO excited for the game tomorrow! I’ve been doing the eight clap in my head all day. Go Bruins!

  9. Courtney Toney

    December 1st, 2007 at 12:08 am

    We’ll be there too 8-clapping away! It’s our first time we’ll be away from Isaiah for more than a couple of hours- yikes! Can’t wait! I’ll keep my eye out for you in the crowd of 70,000 or so 🙂

  10. Tiffany

    December 1st, 2007 at 2:15 am

    Mark and I will be there cheering for the winners….go TROJANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope JD enjoys his first football game. Unfortunately, his team will be losing so I hope he isn’t too bummed. Oh snap! Gotta love the football trash talk 😉

  11. erin.

    December 1st, 2007 at 2:48 am

    too cute. have fun @ the game !!!

    And I have to agree Brianna’s Blu Domain website is AMAZING!!

  12. Simply Modern Weddings

    December 1st, 2007 at 8:14 am

    That is such an awesome gift!!! You both are going to have soooo much fun!

  13. gabriel ryan

    December 1st, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    too cool! i hope you are enjoying the game right now… i have only ever been to one live game, and it was back in the day… like when i was 10 or 11 years old… UCLA vs BYU, and i think i do remember something of the nachos, believe it or not.

  14. joseph yoon

    December 2nd, 2007 at 5:22 am

    I read this blog entry yesterday…and while I was at Costco I noticed that UCLA was losing in the 4th quarter of the game…..

    I hope JD enjoyed the game though!

  15. david & kimi b

    December 3rd, 2007 at 4:24 am

    hope you both had fun anyway!

  16. Erin Grizzard

    December 3rd, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Jasmine-Your photography ROCKS; I totally admire your skills and your beauty! Color the world BLU xoxo

  17. Corey

    December 3rd, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Jasmine your photography never ceases to amaze me. The engagement shoot a few entries down is nothing short of amazing. However for this entry… GO OSU!!! 😉 Even if we aren’t playing you…

    Color the world BLU xoxo

  18. Evie

    December 4th, 2007 at 2:01 am

    Hope it was tons of fun seeing USC beat "the best" team!!! FIGHT ON to all my Trojan peeps!!!

  19. jasmine

    December 5th, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    omg you look just like me

  20. kay english

    July 30th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    haha cute! My husband loves football too 🙂

  21. Rebecca Barrett

    September 2nd, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Go Bruins!!!