|Photo by Courtney Adams
Going through the tunnel onto the "turf" at Memorial Stadium was the highlight of the event, though there were so many great moments. I loved meeting all of the Coaches, the assistants, and the select group of CAL football players who can have a good time and ham it up with the ladies. I saw many "old friends" (who I had not seen since last football season), and made a number of new friends.
Whoever first thought of this idea of having a women's huddle at CAL a few years back sure knew what they were doing. The "huddle" gets women of all ages who love CAL football (or perhaps they have a "significant other" who wished they loved CAL football and talked them into attending the event) to leave behind their job, their kids and any inhibitions to gather at the most beautiful setting (to watch a football game) and enjoy the camaraderie, the gift of gab, food and drink.
I was interviewed before the huddle in 2005 by Bruce Adams of the Chronicle. The article, which was posted on August 5, 2005 was called Cal Women Fans Get in the Huddle A few excerpts follow from that article two years ago that still hold true today.
"Suzy Overholtzer wasn't really starting at ground zero when it came to her knowledge of Cal football. She watched Jeff Tedford play at Fresno State when he was the star quarterback and she was a scholarship swimmer. For the past 10 years [now 12 years], she has been going to nearly all the games -- home and away -- with her husband, Greg Overholtzer, a Cal grad. They even have a 2-year-old son named Cal [he is now 4]. So she wasn't at Tedford's "Women's Football Huddle" last year for a primer on college football. It was more like a visit to Mecca. "Oh my God, it was a blast," she said. "You felt special," Overholtzer said. "You were there in the middle of Memorial Stadium, Strawberry Canyon. You've always been in the stands. Now you're on the field with the coaches." Chase Lyman and cornerback Harrison Smith performed a mock striptease down to their shorts. "It was pretty wild," Overholtzer said. "I have great pictures."
From the first CAL football huddle a few years ago to 2007, I have very fond memories, though each huddle has had a slightly different feel to it. The huddle is something I really look forward to every year, and it also means that kick off is only a few weeks away! GO BEARS!
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