Thursday, September 14, 2006

A CAL FAN'S NOTES/Minnesota

Bear Fans,

How mad was Minnesota coach Glen Mason when he heard Tedford had replaced Holmo? Turns out, during his 10 year career at Minnesota, Mason had never played a ranked, non-conference game. Cal was to have been on par with Kent State. Who could have blamed him 6 years ago (or whenever) he put us on his schedule?
How happy was Mason (after the game) that Tennessee was not on his schedule. It's never fun to get slaughtered by a team which got slaughtered by a team the week before--especially if you have to play the latter. Whew!
How perplexed is the world at the Air Force/Tennessee score--31 to 30?
Fourthly. How ticked off was he that the Bears chose this week to actually play Marshawn Lynch: 27 carries, 139 yrds. 194 yards counting kick offs--0 yards receiving.
Should this be the Bears template, it may yet turn out to be an interesting season. Especially, if like Tennessee he catches a couple of passes.
Fifthly, how happy is Tedford that Longshore completed 22 of 31 passes for 300 yards and 4 TD's. My guess--not nearly as happy as he is that the O line gave him the time to do it.
Not to take one thing away from Longshore. He is a fine young man with talent. But those of us who were down in Tennessee, have to give major props to the O line. With time--Longshore can do it all. So can Ayoob and Levy. So, let's not put too much emphasis on any QB controversy. With an outstanding line, we win with any one of the three. Let me rephrase that: With an outstanding line, and Lynch carrying over 20 times per game, we win with anyone of the three. And they will be the first ones to tell you this is so.
Life was good on Saturday--but the Gophers were slow--at least compared to Tennessee.
Major Props to Tedford and Gregory as well. Who knew who was going to show up this weekend after the debacle on Rocky Top. These are just college aged kids, and very emotional. (See Tennessee/Air Force). Getting them "up" is no easy task--especially after a humiliating loss. I don't want to become Pollyanna, but we may have some fun Saturdays in front of us.
A few factoids:
Jackson has 4 td's in two games.
Longshore was Pac 10 Player of the week Nate Longshore Earns Pac-10 Player of the Week Honor
For the first time since the Oct. 18, 2003, game at UCLA, Cal had two receivers hit the 100-yard receiving plateau. Lavelle Hawkins finished today with a game-high 125 yards, while DeSean Jackson had 114 yards. In the UCLA game.
Sophomore WR Lavelle Hawkins had his best receiving game for yardage and catches in a Bear uniform today, hauling in nine receptions for 125 yards.
Sophomore WR DeSean Jackson caught a career-best three TDs in today's win. His previous best was two against BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl last year. The last Cal player to have three TD catches in a game was Robert Jordan (3) at Washington Sept. 10, 2005.
Junior TB Marshawn Lynch carried the ball 27 times for 139 yards and two TDs, moving him into a tie for fourth all-time in Cal history with 10 games with at least 100-yards rushing to his credit.
Forsett carried 12 times for 78 yards, after being shut out in Knoxville.
Attendance: 55,035 - Cal has drawn at least 50,000 fans in 12 straight home games.


Minorly scary things: On the first play, a simple play action pass had the receiver wide open for a gain. The Gophers proceeded to push us around like Tennessee did. For some reason, that ended fast.
2nd scary thing: A 99 kick off return for a touch. We have a new special teams coach, but those break downs on punts and kick offs killed us last year. Guess is this is not a harbinger for the future, but something which must we watched.
Can't tell any funny stories, as we actually had to watch it on TV from John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch. All last year we worked hard to put together a tennis weekend which didn't conflict with the Bears. Then they switched the schedule and not only did we get Portland St., we got Minnesota last weekend. The best laid plans....
Here are a couple of articles from the web site:

9/9/06Bears Bounce Back With 42-17 Romp Over Gophers
Cal vs. Minnesota Post-Game Notes
Memorial Stadium Improvements Enhance Fan Experience



If you get up to the Napa Valley during the harvest (as long as there is no home game) stop by for a glass of wine. Hope to see you all at the games. (If you have no life, check out the new website www.jeffwarren.com/ it has Cal Fan's Notes, plus St. Helena Star articles (which are of interest to nobody).

Go Bears,
Jeffrey Earl Warren '70
www.jeffwarren.com/


Here’s some great stuff from Mary and Linda

Reminder to all season ticket holders - check your packets - each reserved season ticket has two vouchers for the Portland State game which can be redeemed at the stadium game day or the ticket office prior. With this promotion and youth penny day it would be great to fill the stadium with LOUD fans!

Go Bears
MaryLinda Stiefel wrote:
Did you know...Portland State University began as Vanport Extension Center in 1947The last team PSU played (and whupped, 45-3) was Northern Colorado, whose mascot name is...the BearsOn Monday, after that game, the second string kicker stabbed the first string kicker in the thigh of his kicking leg in a behind the back, nighttime attack. He was subsequently arrested when he was seen pulling tape off the license plates of his car at a nearby 7-11 Cal's QB, Nate Longshore, and PSU QB, Sawyer Smith, were BOTH named Offensive Player of the Week this week for their respective conferencesCal is ranked 21st in their division, PSU is ranked 13th in theirs The president of PSU, Daniel Bernstine, is a Cal graduateWR for PSU, Senior Brendon Ferrigno (9 catches, 203 yds, 2 TDs so far this season), is the son of Cal's wide receiver's coach, Dan Ferrigno (and thereby related by marriage to our very own chancellor, Michael Conn) and will be playing against him for the first time this SaturdayPac 10's Oregon has played PSU twice before and will play them again later this season; PSU is 0-5 against the Pac 10PSU may be playing against the largest crowd in their history against Cal if we can fill the seats with the PennySaver promo ( 4 kids for a penny each with one full price adult admission). Their previous road game attendance record was 56,066 at Oregon in '02...Andy- I can't find a line for the game, did you?????

See y'all Saturday!GO BEARS!!!!

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