Still can’t quit thinking about that Orange Bowl. My five friends who read this know I could have cared less about the outcome of that game being the ardent USC fan that I am. However, we went to such a fun watch party and I brought along my camera.

It was quite a festive gathering hosted by some of the nicest people I know. We feasted on fabulous food brought over by one of the yummy restaurateurs in town. He made sure that each pot of chili, one with beef and one with authentic Louisiana sausage, flown in especially for one of his restaurants, was seasoned just right.

We listened to great music piped in during the commercials.

There were several big (I mean, BIG) flat screens for viewing the game and lots of spirit (and spirits!).

The interesting mix of people was icing on the cake.

In downloading the photos today I was reminded how much I really do love college football.

My Senator thought he was a member of the Orange Bowl committee, (notice the patch from the 2001 Orange Bowl on his blazer).

And, I made an extra effort to be on my best behavior that evening. Really, I did. It is like part of the Trojan doctrine, to be a kind and courteous fan. You think I’m kidding? I even wore red. Well, more like burgundy.

But not everyone did…

The only thing missing was a win for the Sooners. Oh well, there’s always next year. But, then they’ve been saying that for a while.

Love, the Senator’s wife