My #vanlife voyage to the Pac-12 Championship with Lincoln Kennedy

It’s not every day I get to go to a tailgate with Washington Huskies and Oakland Raiders legend Lincoln Kennedy.

The 6-foot-7 former lineman was the star of the #VanLife tailgate experience that preceded the Pac-12 Championship game presented by 76.

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This bus is a 1975 Volkswagon Microbus. It’s actually the newest of the Painted Ladies Tour Guide’s fleet of vans.

Kennedy, along with a cast of characters including myself, Aubrey Aquino of ABC 7, Leslie from Spotted SF, and Levi Damien and Tyler Green of Silver and Black Pride, first went to Hayward to give away FREE GASOLINE.

We did so via the new 76 Mobile Pay option on the My 76 app, available of course at the App Store or Google Play. We were promoting a special cashback benefit on the My 76 app running through December.

Then it was off to Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium for the game. But not before we ran into all the mascots from the Pac-12 at Great America, the site of our tailgate.

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We went right for the food, prepared by Chef Ravi Kapur of Liholiho Yacht Club in San Francisco. I actually had some homemade spam, and it was delicious.

I had the chance to interview Kennedy, and a feature story on the big man will be posted soon.

After the interview, we went to the 76 fan experience and took some fun photos. Here are me and Aubrey from ABC 7.

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From there it was off to the game. Here’s a shot of me, Aubrey, Kennedy, Damien and Green just before hitting the game thanks to 76!

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Author: Luke Straub

Luke is a freelance sports reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Petaluma native, he's covered sports in his hometown since 2017, writing for the local Argus-Courier. Luke also covers the Oakland Raiders for Raiders Wire of USA Today Sports Media Group and hosts The Raider Larry Show, a Raiders podcast.

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