For those obsessed fans with too much time on their hands, Saturday makes for a great day in the sun.
Once it was the Alumni football game, where oldsters came back and competed against the Varsity. I remember it well. A freshman, I dropped the first ball thrown to me as I was eyeing Igor’s helmet which was headed for my chin on a short little “glance” route. Randy Humphries was the qb. I caught the next one, but Hawley hit me so hard from behind that I re-injured my kidney. Ah. The thrill of blood in the urin. (I know: Too much information).
Got behind Hawley on the third one. A perfect touchdown pass as I dragged my feet in the back of the endzone. It was one for the highlight reel, only I forgot to catch the damn ball.
First taste of competition on the varsity. Three passes—two drops. That’s why I’m writing about the Bears instead of playing. Oh well, at least I was slow.
Attended the Spring game at Notre Dame a couple of years ago when my kid was a walk on. 50,000 showed—I assume all to watch him.
We don’t get quite that many at Strawberry canyon, but the interest does seem to be increasing during this Tedford Era. The only thing that might hold the crowds down a bit is if the tree folk call for another naked day.
Talk about too much information. You may not have like Jane Fonda as a protester, but at least she was didn’t look like a troll.
Optimism reigns, as it always does for Bear fans at this time of the year.
We open against Tennessee at home. How sweet would it be? Dare we dream? Are we just foolishly optimistic? Is masochism in our DNA?
We’ll find out come September 1st. The Vols will be here and the Goobs will be serving “Pink Panty Pull Downs” in the parking lot–the drink you all learned to love when we were back in Tennessee only a few short months ago.
Jeffrey Earl Warren ‘70
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Below are a couple of articles from Greg.
Golden Bear Defense Shines in Saturday Scrimmage on April 7 as One Week Remains in Spring Drills - The California football team concluded its third week of spring drills with a full-contact scrimmage on Saturday. In the Golden Bears' last scrimmage, the offense looked crisp and moved the ball effectively. But the defense stepped up on Saturday, producing a host of big plays while holding the offense scoreless for much of the afternoon. The scrimmage featured 60 plays from a variety of field positions, after about one hour of regular practice situations. After practicing drives from the 30-yard line, the team moved back to the five-yard line for long drives before practicing red-zone situations from the 11-yard line. Defensively, junior end Rulon Davis recorded a pair of sacks, including one vicious hit for an 11-yard loss. Senior Thomas DeCoud, sophomore Syd'Quan Thompson and freshmen Michael Mohamed and Darian Hagan all registered interceptions. Freshman Derrick Hill tallied seven tackles and forced one fumble, while senior linebacker Justin Moye had six takedowns. After struggling to manufacture points through the early going, the offense broke through with a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by Justin Forsett and James Montgomery. Forsett's score was set up by back-to-back 21-yard completions by junior Nate Longshore - one to senior Lavelle Hawkins and one to senior Sam DeSa, who made the catch before evading multiple tackles and diving to the one-yard line. Longshore also connected with Hawkins for a seven-yard score in the red-zone situations. Longshore finished the afternoon by completing five of his last six passes, including the delivery to Hawkins. Sophomore Kyle Reed was five-of-eight on the day, including four completions to junior LaReylle Cunningham (49 yards). Junior Bryan Van Meter also saw action at quarterback, while freshman Kevin Riley sat the day out. Hawkins opened the scrimmage session with an impressive 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The next practice is scheduled for Monday afternoon, another full pads session. Next Saturday (Apr. 14) is the final spring practice, which is open to the practice and will feature another controlled scrimmage. As a reminder, all California football practices are CLOSED to the public. FOOTBALL SPRING GAME, SATURDAY APRIL 14 Come out to Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 14th at 2:00pm to see your Golden Bears in action. This is your last chance to see the Bears until the Fall. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase season tickets, new Cal merchandise and the first 1000 fans to arrive will get FREE Burritos, courtesy of Baja Fresh! Final Spring Practice For Cal Scheduled For Saturday - The California football team will hold its final spring practice on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The event is free and open to the public, however, due to an event at the Greek Theatre, the University will be charging $15 for parking in the stadium area. The practice will involve the team conducting its usual sessions of drills and training sessions. There will NOT be a scrimmage, although some 11-on-11 drills are expected to take place. In addition to the final chance to check out the Golden Bears this spring, fans will have the opportunity to visit a surplus equipment sale in the Prospect Avenue parking lot located on the south end of the stadium from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The surplus sale will include official Cal clothing from Golden Bear varsity sports teams, official Cal jerseys, Nike shoes and duffel bags. A limited amount of football equipment, such as kicking nets and ball bags, will be also available. While the final spring practice begins at 2 p.m., the action at Memorial Stadium will begin at 11 a.m. as the California women's lacrosse team hosts Oregon in a crucial Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. In conjunction with the final football practice, 1,000 free burritos will be donated by Baja Fresh along with multiple other food concessions. The Cal Student Store will also be selling merchandise throughout the afternoon. The 2007 Cal season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 1 with the Golden Bears hosting Tennessee at Memorial Stadium. After the road trip to Colorado State, the Bears return home to face Louisiana Tech in another inter-sectional game. Season tickets are now available at www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS. Single-game tickets will go on sale in June.
Cal-Colorado State Football Game To Be Televised by CSTV as Golden Bears Will Kick Off Against Rams at 11 a.m. Pacific in Fort Collins - The game time and television coverage for the California football game at Colorado State on Sept. 8 has been released by the Mountain West Conference. The Golden Bears and the Rams will kick off at 11 a.m. (Pacific time) with a national broadcast on College Sports Television (CSTV). Game times and television information for other Golden Bear contests will be released when available. In the first five years of head coach Jeff Tedford's tenure, 47 Cal football games have been televised; in the five years prior to that, 30 Cal games were televised. National television broadcasts have more than doubled in that time. Last year, 11 Golden Bear contest were televised. The 2007 Cal season kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 1 with the Golden Bears hosting Tennessee at memorial Stadium. After the road trip to Colorado State, the Bears return home to face Louisiana Tech in another inter-sectional game. Season tickets are now available at www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS. Single-game tickets will go on sale in June.