December 29, 2011
On Tuesday, the Ducks were caught on camera fearing for their lives on various rides at Disneyland.
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On Wednesday, offensive lineman Mark Asper used the Heimlich Maneuver to save a choking man during the annual "Beef Bowl" at the original Lawry's in Beverly Hills. But even before that, nine players had their own excellent adventure on Monday night — while trapped in the hotel elevator.
Nine players left the 11th floor of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City Monday night, and were headed down when the elevator came to an abrupt stop between the seventh and eighth floors.
There, it sat, unwilling to move no matter what buttons the players pushed.
Finally, they reached the hotel staff on the elevator intercom, and settled back to wait for help.
They waited, and waited, and waited.
"That wasn't the most pleasant experience," said linebacker Josh Kaddu, one of the Hyatt Regency Nine.
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The players were stuck for two hours before the hotel was able to get a contracted company to help force the car close enough to the eighth floor to let them climb out. In the meantime, they organized a system of "tapping out" to save space — some players would stand while the others sat, and when the standing players got tired, they'd tap a teammate to switch.
"We had music playing," defensive end Dion Jordan said. "We tried to make the most of it. It was kind of nerve wracking to be stuck in the elevator for that long."
Apparently, everyone came out alright, though there were some player reports that defensive back Avery Patterson didn't take the ordeal too well. It could have been worse, the Oregon players could have had a 41-hour experience like one man did in an elevator in New York.
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