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Patch Picks: Celebrate the Return of Football

It's the season when football cleats meet fresh field, and the pigskin flies through the air. This week our picks will help you kick-off another season of football.

It’s that hallowed time of year, eagerly anticipated every fall—football season is back!

It was touch and go on the professional football scene, but NFL teams are back on the field in pre-season play, and local youth football programs are gearing up for their opening match-ups.

This week, we’re telling you about our picks for celebrating the return of the pigskin.

Meet the California Golden Bears on Saturday.

  • Cal’s Fan Appreciation Day is this Sat., Aug. 27 from 12:25 p.m. -2:15 p.m., and fans can meet the team’s coaches and players at Underhill Field in Berkeley for photos, autographs, and food.
  • Also on Saturday, several Cal star players will be at the U Threads store at Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza from 3 to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the kick-off to the football season. Players will take photos and sign autographs. There will be opportunities to win prizes and free football tickets, and buy discounted Cal merchandise.
  • in San Ramon also has lots of Cal fan gear available in the back to school area.

Take kids for free to Stanford’s season opener and annual Bill Walsh Legacy Game on Sat., Sept. 3.

Stanford plays San Jose State in the season opener, and in honor of the contributions of former coach Bill Walsh, the team is offering a free general admission ticket to kids, aged 14 or younger, with advance voucher registration when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids will also be invited to run the field following the game. To register and get all the details, visit the team’s website.

Watch the stars of tomorrow.

Stake out a stool and get ready for some football!

Join other fellow football fans for the NFL Season opener, when the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints meets the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay to kick-off the 2011 season on Sept. 8. Sport’s fan favorites, , , , and will all be helping celebrate the new season. 

Get the family in the spirit.

The San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders have kids’ clubs, with activities, special events and gear. 

Host a football movie marathon

Football means an excuse to have friends over. Gather your fellow football fans and fire up the Netflix or OnDemand. Great movies to check out are Remember the Titans, Jerry Maguire, The Replacements, Necessary Roughness, or the classic, Rudy, where "tough guys" are allowed to bawl buckets.

Karen Keyser August 26, 2011 at 12:43 PM
How did the patch miss the local youth team in this article!!!! You forgot to mention the San Ramon Bears!!! They are part of the DYFL and practice at Cal High. First game is Sept 10 at Cal High for all squads at Cal High vs. T-birds.
Kirsten Branch August 26, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Thanks for the catch, Karen! Much appreciated and apologies to the San Ramon Bears!
Kirsten Branch August 26, 2011 at 07:57 PM
My husband chided me forgetting to mention 'Brian's Song'... Any other favorites folks?
Sharon D. Larkin August 27, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Correction: The Dougherty Valley High School Varsity Football Wildcats play their first home game on Friday, September 2nd @ 7 pm versus Archbishop Riordan. S. D. Larkin
Michael Keyser August 31, 2011 at 05:15 PM
Friday Night Lights, The Program, Varsity Blues, The Express, etc... this list goes on and on for great football movies!

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