Posted by Lauren

Monday: Alarm sounds at 7 am. I literally can’t move – sore all over and completely exhausted.

Sunday was T-I-R-I-N-G!

AND, oh my goodness, so much F-U-N!

After Saturday night’s USC game at Stanford, my mom, David, and Nicole dropped me off at my car. The football game was pretty intense, and I especially enjoyed rooting on the Trojans from the student section. I see why Nicole loves football season!

I fell asleep quickly, but didn’t have a peaceful night’s sleep due to pre-race anxiety. Sunday morning I woke up at 6:30, packed my bags, and hit the road at 7:10 with Kevin (one of my roommates) for San Francisco.

Insert: Giant Race half marathon before/during/after recap here. < < I will post about that on Tuesday. Although I wanted to barf at the end, I am really proud of myself for pushing through every mile. I won't keep you guessing - my finish time was just under 1:45! :) Full report with Garmin info (hopefully) tomorrow!

So..... Back to football....

Around 12:30 we arrived in the cash lots to start tailgating. Who is 'we'? Well... myself, Kevin, Clay, Victor + Maria, Kyle + Meaghan, Tyler + Aubree, and Vic's friend Tyler. Five of the six guys are friends from the dorms freshman year. I <3 them, basically.

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We set up tables for food and beer pong, cranked up the music, and heated up the grill.

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chips on chips on chips

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Bacon wrapped jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese – also known as ‘something too spicy for Clay to finish.’ No worries, I helped him out.

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The four hour tailgate went by super fast! Although it was windy (as to be expected of Candlestick) we had a great setup at the back of the cash lot, next to bathrooms and on pavement! 80% of the lot is straight up dirt (Nicole: Farm alert!) and it was nice to avoid that. We talked a lot about the #Ninerrrrs and fantasy football. (I lost again this week! Sad.)

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I also found out why Victor is a Lions fan. Little Vic watched the Lions play every Thanksgiving and rooted for them after getting a jersey. Too cute…. But Lions still suck.

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Victor and Maria grilled up some tasty food while the rest of us snacked/drank. My contribution – chopped carrots and celery with two types of hummus for dipping.

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I had a WWND (What Would Nicole Do) moment Friday night at the grocery store and picked up a bottle of champagne. I think the conversion is 1 bottle to 1 half marathoner ;)

Logan (my car) rescued Clay’s car from a dead battery. Folks, make sure to alternate cars when playing music for hours on end!

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You can see the guys setting up beer pong in the background…

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The wind made the games challenging!

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We walked over to the stadium and found a huuuge crowd queuing at the gate. Maria and I agreed to threaten the boys – no group picture, no tickets. Muahahaha.

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Aww such a good one!

Then….. It was game time! My throat still hurts from all the screaming!

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Our favorite fan ambassador, Krizia, stopped by to say hi. She’s #49erFaithful 100%.

Candlestick was CHILLY!

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The 49ers played beautifully in their season opener against the Detroit Lions, beating them 27-19. Last year’s game in Detroit caused quite the stir when coach Harbaugh’s handshake + slap on the back offended the Lions coach Schwartz. Our Facebook event was actually named after the silly controversy.

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I had a blast at the game and owe a big thank you to Victor and Maria for organizing the whole day…. even if they are Lions fans! ;)

Question: What are some of your tailgating tips? How do people watch TV from their cars?!

-Lauren

 

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