Chilly LA Keeps Fans Bundled Up

Los Angeles -- Looking for fans of Oregon or Ohio State isn't as easy as it might sound on the weekend leading up to the 2010 Rose Bowl. Whether it was the chilling weather conditions in Southern California, a poor economy or fear of terrorist threats against domestic flights, it was hard finding fans Sunday night.

One of the spots fans have mentioned as possible hangouts is Yankee Doodles in Santa Monica, but on Sunday night the only fanatics in the place were those of the Dallas Cowboys brand, hooping and hollering it up as the Boys took care of a heartless and pathetic Washington Redskins team, 17-0.

But no Duck fans.

Maybe if NBC would have scheduled the Carolina Panthers versus the New York Giants, the place would have been crawling with Ducks. What a more fitting tribute to the Ducks than on Sunday when Jonathan Stewart broke Carolina's record for a single day of rushing when he went off for 206 yards on 26 carries on now has 1,008 yards for the season. Carolina is now 7-8 for the season but have won its last two games since quarterback Matt Moore was inserted into the line up for Jake Delhomme. Moore, a graduate of Oregon State, threw for 171 yards and three touchdowns.

"Even though we've had some ups and downs, the character of this team is showing as the season comes to an end," Stewart told the Associated Press.

Even though on Saturday at Disneyland, when Rose Bowl week kicked off with a ceremony in front of Fantasyland, and the crowd watching were predominately Ducks, the folks in Santa Monica on Sunday night showed neither green nor red. Of course everyone was bundled up as the temperatures dropped into the 40s.

Perhaps on Monday things will start to change. The temperatures are supposed to jump up into the mid-60s, although for the rest of the week it will be down into the mid-40s.

Those wondering about Yankee Doodles, I can say it's a decent sports bar with a decent menu. My fish and chips ran $14 and was a good meal.

Practice was closed yesterday so reporters weren't able to get anything from the Ducks coaches or players. However, Monday morning starts off with a media conference at 8 a.m.

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