During the 2000 season, my dad started getting season tickets to Beaver football games. I was a junior in high school at that time, and my dad would take me to one game with him per year. I didn't really understand football, but I loved getting to spend a day with my dad! I transferred to Oregon State as a junior in the fall of 2004, and would go to at least a couple games per season, but I was at best a casual fan.
My academic coursework took a "victory lap" due to a changed major late in the game, so I was still a student in the fall of 2006. My dad worked for UPS, and one UPS man was chosen each game to "deliver" the game ball. At the beginning of the 2006 season, my dad was chosen to "deliver" the Civil War game ball that year!
I was so excited for him that I decided to make it to every game so I had enough student ticket stubs to turn in to get prime seating for Civil War. That season was an exciting one, including a win over 3rd-ranked USC at home. It didn't take too long before I was really getting into the games.
My best friend's brother was a big Duck fan, and she wavered between allegiances. She decided that the winner of the 2006 Civil War would win her allegiance forever, and true to her word, she is a big Beaver supporter to this day.
What a game!
I will never forget jumping over the wall onto the field after chanting "BLOCK THAT KICK" and then they DID block that kick!!
That was 10 years ago and we haven't won a Civil War at home since. My daughter was born two months ago, and now I am the season ticket holder, bringing my dad to Civil War this year. Seems like a good time to relive the magic!
--Megan Vandecoevering Harper