The UCLA football season kicks off against Rice on August 30, but the team will play its first home game against top-25 team Nebraska on September 8.
Of course, this is the first time that UCLA fans will get a live look at Jim Mora’s football team in a real game, and thus, it is the beginning of the Mora era.
We won’t know how long it’ll last, but we know that the Mora era will begin with a bang. Literally. Because there’ll be fireworks. From UCLABruins.com:
The Jim Mora era at the Rose Bowl will start with a bang when the UCLA football team hosts Nebraska in the 2012 Home Opener on Saturday, Sept. 8. Following the Bruins’ 4:30 pm game against the Cornhuskers, the pageantry of UCLA Football at the Rose Bowl takes on a unique twist with a postgame fireworks show.
The fireworks show will be produced by Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars, one of the nation’s leaders in large-scale fireworks shows. As an added bonus, the UCLA Band will provide the live soundtrack for the show.
First things first: I can’t believe they took my “the era will start with a bang” line. I’m mildly upset. Hold me.
Of course, this is a new thing, to start home games with fireworks. I don’t know if the Neuheisel era started this way — if not, it might as well have since UCLA went nuts for the dude back in 2008 — but this is a cool gesture. Mora’s been working hard and it’d be nice to give him a warm welcome. This is only good news.
Unless Mora’s squad loses to Rice. Then, wow, what a stupid idea.