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September 4, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Pre-game scenes

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It’s sunny, hot and actually a little windy at the stadium with kickoff about two hours away.
We had little trouble navigating the road from Salt Lake City to Provo and made the trip in less than an hour — leaving early definitely paid off.
The top picture is the view of the stadium from the parking lot.
The second picture is a proud BYU fan wearing a jersey of the player he said is his all-time favorite — Steve Sarkisian. He said he attended UW when Sarkisian played here and had a few classes with him (yes, he said Sarikisian was a diligent student).
A few years ago, he decided he wanted a jersey of Sarkisian so he sniffed around, found one from 1995 and paid $171 for it (though apparently he also had to get the name re-attached to the back).
In the interest of equal time, the third picture is of a young UW fan who had a homemade Jake Locker poster and was walking around yelling “Go Dawgs.”
The last picture is a view of the stadium from the press box. Not sure if you can tell, but the seats are really close to the sidelines here — not a lot of room.
Just ran into Hugh Millen, who played here with the Huskies in 1985. He told me that it’s “really loud” here and that in comparision to Pac-10 schools probably louder than anywhere but Oregon and UW when each is full.
Also, the flags are definitely moving, blowing from the south to the north, and it appears in the 15-20 mile per hour range or so. Hard to tell if that will make a difference in the game or not, but something to watch.
Definitely makes you wonder if they’ll let Erik Folk attempt a plus-50-yard field goal or if the opportunity presents itself.
And as Sarkisian mentioned this week, the ball carries here, anyway, due to the altitude. Could be a challenge for returners today, as well.
And it appears as if I have a good connection here so I will hop on for a live chat at 2:30 and go for maybe an hour or so.

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