Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past week, you know that the UCSB Gauchos chalked up their first national championship in decades when the men’s soccer team beat UCLA 2-1 on Sunday, December 3, in St. Louis. For the round-up of that, see Ethan Stewart’s story.
For a different sort of round-up, what follows below is a collection of YouTube videos posted over the past week, showing just what happens when UCSB students celebrate a national championship. While we can never advocate throwing plastic things into the ocean, we do support the enthusiasm and creative urges of these Gauchos. If you didn’t hear, they tossed a goal into the sea. If you didn’t see the footage, now you can.
This the actual goal getting tossed into the ocean.
This one’s almost two minutes, perhaps the best of the bunch.
This one has some funny commentary, ending with, “This is what happens when your school never wins a national championship.”
This one shows excitement and on-the-move action by the volunteer cinematographers.
This one is general revelry at Dublins in Isla Vista after the final tally.
Here’s the end of the TV coverage, with some good discussion of how UCSB was able to pull it off.
And this is crowd footage from the game itself.
So there’s our week-late, but hopefully entertaining round-up of those silly Gauchos. National championships, Nobel Prizes, top partying credentials. What else can a town ask for?