Beyond Golf — 01 September 2013 by Jim Street
UW football season starts in style
The sign at West end of stadium says it all

The sign at West end of stadium says it all

Where there's smoke, there's a BBQ -- beer

Where there’s smoke, there’s a BBQ — and beer

There is nothing quite like college football and it doesn’t matter where the game is played.

Color, pageantry, parties and more parties lure fans to stadiums throughout the entire country, and many eyes were on the Pacific Northwest on Saturday when the University of Washington unveiled its much anticipated refurbished ($280 million) Husky Stadium.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky all day in Seattle and the new facility basked in the glow of sun-plashed spectators, who jammed the parking lot early with one huge tailgate party prior to the Huskies’ season opener against Boise State.

A glimpse of the Lake Washington boat traffic

A glimpse of the Lake Washington boat traffic

Statue of famed UW coach Jim Owens

Statue of famed UW coach Jim Owens

Students reside in the West end zone Dawg Pack

Students reside in the West end zone Dawg Pack

A huge garbage can full of empty beer cans

A huge garbage can full of empty beer cans

Someone needs to plan ahead better

Someone needs to plan ahead better

The food spread sure looked appetizing

The food spread sure looked appetizing

Some walk, some ride to the football game

Some walk, some ride to the football game

This kid shows fine punting form

This kid shows fine punting form

A little relaxation is always a good thing

A little relaxation is always a good thing

Going a little ape is OK in college football

Going a little ape is OK in college football

Must be from Boise State

Must be from Boise State

Boise State fan surrounded by Dawgs

Boise State fan surrounded by Dawgs

Kids get into the football act

Kids get into the football act

Broncos backer makes a point while on phone

Broncos backer makes a point while on phone

Two Husky fans en route to season opener

Two Husky fans en route to season opener

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Jim Street

Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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