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Bob Dunning: Pick up a Causeway Classic memento

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From page A2 | December 03, 2013 | 1 Comment

CAUSEWAY CLASSIC LIVES ON IN SLURPEEVILLE …. if you hurry on down to East Davis’ very own 7-Eleven, you may still be able to pick up a very large and very sturdy “Sacramento State Hornets” placard celebrating the Causeway Classic … best of all, they’re free and come in the vibrant green and gold colors of our rival across the river … I couldn’t find a “UC Davis Aggies” placard, but maybe they ran out of those more quickly …

In addition to a menacing Hornet, the 17-by-11-inch poster features a “Causeway Cup” logo celebrating the 60th Causeway Classic, with the years “1953” to “2013” prominently displayed … the only problem here is that Sac State didn’t have a football team in 1953 … (some will argue they didn’t have a football team in 2013 either) … yes, Virginia, the Causeway Classic actually began in 1954 and has been played annually since then … I realize the math doesn’t work when you subtract 1954 from 2013, but trust me, if the first one was played in 1954 and the last one in 2013, it’ll come out to an even 60, not 59 as the numbers might suggest …

The teams did play twice in 1988, but the second game was an NCAA playoff battle and doesn’t count among the 60 Causeway Classics … the aforementioned menacing Hornet on the placard is boldly wearing No. 1 on his Sac State jersey … I suspect if anyone can find a matching UC Davis placard, ol’ Ollie Mustang (now Gunrock) will be wearing the number “34-7” …

HERE AN AGGIE, THERE AN AGGIE, EVERYWHERE AN AGGIE … you couldn’t watch the major college football games of last weekend without feeling a strong UC Davis presence, even if the Aggies never took the field … during the Oregon-Oregon State game in Eugene, the camera kept flashing to the press box to show us the intensity of Duck defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, a former Aggie running back … in the booth doing color commentary for a different game was yet another former Aggie, Mike Bellotti, while down on the field was former Aggie quarterback and Boise State head coach Chris Petersen …

Flipping over to another game, I was greeted by the color commentary of yet another Aggie, Dan Hawkins, who has coached Bearcats, Broncos and Buffaloes, but is now at home in the broadcast booth … incidentally, all four of the above-mentioned UC Davis alums played on the offensive side of the ball … we’ve always known UCD was the cradle of coaches, but it appears it is now also the cradle of commentators …

SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE … I presume all those Davisites who claim to care about the air others breathe will voluntarily give up purchasing the addictive sriracha hot sauce now that a judge has ruled the company making the sauce is fouling the Southern California air … true, the sauce hasn’t fouled Davis’ air, but the always-caring citizens of Davis will no doubt have sympathy for the suffering citizens of Irwindale who have been battling the odors from Huy Fong Foods for some time now …

Some Irwindale residents claim the odor is similar to that given off by capsaicin, one of the active ingredients in that other Davis delicacy, pepper spray … turns out the son of an Irwindale city councilman complained of a spicy, painful smell that apparently was inflaming the respiratory tract and — you’d better take the children out of the room — causing nosebleeds … so, with the councilman’s backing, the city of Irwindale filed a public nuisance claim against the sriracha sauce and found a judge willing to declare the that city is “likely to prevail” as it declares the odor to be a public nuisance …

Reminds me of those wonderful fall days of long ago when the old Hunt’s Cannery used to pump the soft, warm smell of tomato soup into the Davis air on a regular basis … don’t know that anyone complained at the time, given that the aroma of tomato soup has a decidedly mom-and-apple-pie-and-grilled-cheese-sandwich sort of feel to it …

Now, if Irwindale decides to shut down Huy Fong Foods and its offensive sriracha production, and if opposition to The Cannery housing project continues, maybe we can convince Huy Fong to take over the old Hunt’s site and see how Davisites react to the smell of hot sauce in the noontime air …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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  • AKDecember 03, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    The Sriracha plant should be subject the California's Capsicum-and-Trade Rule.

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