Wednesday, May 02, 2007

THIS 'N THAT

Bears,

As all things are not for all Bears, go to what interests you. Click on the link and then scroll down.

Go Bears,

Jeffrey Earl Warren '70

http://jeffwarren.com/cal_fan_notes/

1. Click below for link on Televising Tenneessee game.

2. Details of Finau Dinner on May 11th. Need 100 ruggers, ballers, or Rathskellarites.

3. Article on Mixon and Bear Free agent Signings

4. Artilce on Bears who were drafted

5. Letter from Emily Forbes on how we should treat the Tennessee fans

6. Pictures of naked girls who have become Bear Fans.


1. ARTICLE ON TELEVISION TENNESSEE GAME

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2855277&campaign=rss&source=NCFHeadlines


2. FINAU DINNER MAY 11TH

Check May 11th for the Steve Finau dinner at the Colombo Club. We need 100 ruggers, footballers, or RatSkellarites, to put in $150 each. Steve's now got partial use of his right arm so he can move the lever on his motorized wheelchair. Boyle and Grealish have visited him either in New Zeland or Tonga (at my age, I can't keep track).

checks should be written to "Try for Others" instead of "Old Blues Rugby Club." This will insure proper accounting and qualification for deductability. Send them to 1874 17th Ave, San Francisco, Ca. 94122, as before, so Grealish can record them for acknowledgement.

Hey everyone,
Based on an enthusiastic response at the Cal rugby game over the weekend, Jeff has decided to rekindle the Finau Fundraising Dinner scheduled for May 11 at the Columbo Club on Oakland. He originally felt we would be hard-pressed to get 100 people to show, but we discovered a few more leads that appear to be promising.
Now we need everybody to talk up the event big time and push hard for our goal of $10,000. Steve Finau is in his new home back in Tonga and life is as good as can be expected. We can greatly assist him by retiring the debt incurred in the construction of his home. We're not talking about a house on a golf course here. The pictures attached show the happiness on his face to be back among his people living in a handicapped-accessible environment.
This is a great opportunity to get together with old friends and help a buddy in need. Let's get it going!!
Cheers,
Steve


3. ARTILCE ON MIXON AND OTHER FREE AGENT SIGNINGS

The months following Tim Mixon's knee injury were filled with days of physical agony and mental fatigue, but he refused to let either feeling linger.

"The rehab process is so long and frustrating, but I knew I had a shot of playing in the NFL," the former Cal cornerback/return specialist said. "Anytime one of those feelings started to creep in, I thought about being one step closer to my dream and kept going."

The final step came Tuesday, when Mixon announced that he signed an undrafted free-agent contract with Seattle to lead six Cal free agents who have found NFL homes. Running back Marcus O'Keith (Kansas City), linebacker Mickey Pimentel (Carolina), offensive guard Erik Robertson (San Diego), fullback Byron Storer (Tampa Bay) and Nu'u Tafisi (Seattle) also signed.

Mixon tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a mid-August training-camp practice and was lost for the season. He went from being projected as a first-day draft pick to watching nearly 20 hours worth of draft coverage without hearing his name called.

"I see it both ways," said Mixon, who was an All-Pac-10 corner and punt returner in 2005. "I obviously wanted to get drafted, but I was able to pick the best situation and that seems like what I've got with Seattle.

"This makes it all worth it."

The Seahawks actually started working on the deal between the fifth and sixth rounds Sunday, Mixon said. Many scouts believe Mixon will make his first professional impact on special teams, and Seattle lists receivers Nate Burleson and Bobby Engram -- who are both important to its offense -- as the top two on the depth chart.

"They're getting a corner and special teamer, so it's kind of a bargain," said Mixon, who claims to be at 90 percent health-wise. "I had to sit out a whole year, so I'm eager to get back out there and play."

He won't have to wait long. Mixon said Seattle has rookie minicamps Thursday and May 16, and the official camp begins in July. He signed a two-year deal and will make the league minimum if he makes the roster.

It's not exactly the situation he would have envisioned had he played as a senior.

"If I didn't get hurt, I would have been a Day 1 choice, but I can't dwell on that," Mixon said. "I'm past that point, because you can't control the uncontrollable. The one thing I can control is my effort level."

The next most noteworthy of the Cal signees was Pimentel, who reportedly had a deal arranged with the 49ers before choosing the Panthers instead. Three others -- quarterback Joe Ayoob, receiver David Gray, who said he has a tryout with Tampa Bay, and defensive end Abu Ma'afala -- also might sign in the coming days.

Briefly: A minimum of two Cal games have been selected for broadcast on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, the Pac-10 announced Tuesday. The Bears' home games with Tennessee (Sept. 1) and USC (Nov. 10) will be televised nationally and will kick off at 5 p.m. Four other games have the potential to be picked up by the network through its 12- and six-day selection slots.

E-mail Rusty Simmons at rsimmons@sfchronicle.com.


4. DRAFTED BEARS

from the CAL web site: Cal's Marshawn Lynch Selected in NFL Draft's First Round as Former University of California standout running back Marshawn Lynch was selected with the No. 12 pick of the first round of the NFL Draft on Saturday by the Buffalo Bills. The 2006 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, Lynch is the highest Golden Bear draft pick since Andre Carter was chosen No. 7 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. In program history, only eight California players have been selected higher than the No. 12 overall pick. Lynch departed California after three seasons as the school's second-leading rusher with 3,230 yards in his three-year career. He scored 35 touchdowns in 35 career games and had a school-record 17 career 100-yard rushing games. In addition to becoming just the second Golden Bear to run for 1,000 yards in multiple seasons, Lynch was rated as the No. 1 running back in the nation by SI.com in October. In 2006, he led the Pac-10 in rushing yards (1,356), touchdowns (15) and all-purpose yards (1,785). During Lynch's time in Berkeley, California posted a 28-9 (.757) record, including a pair of bowl victories. Lynch was the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl after running for 194 yards and three touchdowns, as well as being the co-MVP of the 2006 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl when he ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 45-10 victory over Texas A&M. Cal's 10 wins this year give it two 10-win seasons in three years; the Golden Bears have been ranked in the top 10 in each of Lynch's three seasons with the program. In addition to being a powerful, bruising runner with outstanding quickness, Lynch has proven to be a potent receiver and an outstanding blocker in the backfield. He tallied 68 receptions for 600 yards with six touchdowns in his career. As a sophomore, Lynch established himself as one of the top running backs in the country with 1,246 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. He ranked seventh nationally with 124.6 rushing yards per game. While playing behind current NFL running back JJ Arrington as a freshman in 2004, Lynch carried 71 times for 628, an amazing average of 8.8 yards per rush. Lynch was a nationally-rated All-American at Oakland Tech High School, where he rushed for over 2,000 yards with 33 touchdowns in 10 games as a senior. In his final prep season, he recorded 10 touchdowns in two playoff games. California now has had 22 first-round draft picks in its history, including four under Tedford. In 2005, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was selected No. 24 overall by the Green Bay Packers, while in 2003 quarterback Kyle Boller went No. 19 to the Baltimore Ravens and Nnamdi Asomugha was picked at No. 31 by the Oakland Raiders. Jeff Tedford Quotes Following Marshawn Lynch Being Drafted - "He's very powerful; he can run inside and run outside, and he has speed to break long runs. He has unbelievable balance and can get to full speed very quickly. He runs with a wide-base and he's very fast, that wide-base accounts for a lot of his balance. He has tremendous acceleration, inside-outside, below pad level, physical, he has great moves. As a receiver, he catches the ball as well as any receiver. He has a good understanding of pass routes, swing routes, downfield routes, out of the back field, everything; he adjusts very effortlessly. He's a tremendous talent." "I think Marshawn is well equipped to fit into any style of offense. Our [offense] is broad and diverse. He has been asked to do a lot of different things. He is a very intelligent player." "He is a very quick learner; that comes along with great instincts and great feel for the game. He is very bright and very intelligent. He can take what's on the [chalk] board and make it happen on the football field. He doesn't need to have a lot of reps and he can take it from the classroom very easily." "Not surprising [to see him drafted at No. 12]. He deserves to be in the same breath with those people at the top of the draft. I think he's one of the best football players in the country. I was looking 7-15. I think where he went is perfect. I think he'll have a great career at the next level. I am very proud of him and real happy for him." "Part of his makeup is to take things lightly, but he does have a real strong competitive streak to him." MEBANE AND HUGHES JOIN LYNCH ON FIRST DAY OF NFL DRAFT - It doesn't look like longtime teammates Brandon Mebane and Daymeion Hughes will be playing together in 2007 - for the first time in close to a decade. Defensive stalwarts for the California Golden Bears for the past four years, the duo also played together at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. On Saturday, both were selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, but by different teams. The duo join Marshawn Lynch as Golden Bear draft picks this year. Lynch was taken in the first round with the No. 12 overall pick. This year marks the first time since 1996 that California has had three players taken in the first three rounds of the draft. That year, Regan Upshaw (Tampa Bay, first round, No. 12), Duane Clemons (Minnesota, first round, No. 16) and Je'Rod Cherry (New Orleans, second round, No. 40) were selected in the first two rounds. Mebane was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 22nd pick in the third round. Throughout his career, the two-time first team All-Pac-10 selection drew double teams which opened up holes for Cal's linebackers to pile up big numbers. In addition to be selected to play in the 2007 Senior Bowl, he was a third team All-American by Rivals.com. In 2006, he recorded a career-best 52 tackles, including 10 for losses and was named Cal's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman. He collected a career-high nine tackles, including four for losses in the Big Game against Stanford while also recording six tackles, including a safety against USC. Hughes, who was snagged by the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts with the 32nd pick of the third round, was an exceptional lock-down cornerback and the defensive star of the Golden Bears all season. The Defensive Player of the Year in the Pac-10, he also was awarded the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy for the top defensive player in the nation who exhibits leadership and integrity on and off the field. A first-team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association, SI.com, The Sporting News and Rivals.com, he closed his career second all-time at Cal with 15 interceptions and also had four career interception returns for touchdowns. Hughes was also selected to play in the 2007 Senior Bowl.


Mr. Rambo Warren,
April 13, 2007

Got to catch up with Casers at a dinner get-together last week. It was
great to see her and I expect our New York lives will overlap more
often now. We're both having so much fun out here. Might catch a Mets
game this weekend! (Baseball Season!... and it is expected to snow on
Sunday... makes it easy to miss California).

I am anxious about the Tennessee Opener this season. Two reasons: the
first (to which you alluded in your last column: Do our Bears have the
stuff to beat this team?) is obvious; the second: hospitality.

If your experience in Tennessee, or even as far back as Southern
Mississippi, was anything like mine you can probably relate. We've
both been seen a lot of away games (though you've get me 100-fold).
But I was astonished by how welcoming and warm Southern tailgate
parties were. Like any other away game, we brave Golden Bears were
surrounded by fans dressed head-to-two in their school colors, hosting
cocktail BBQs under giant decorated tents in all the glory of a game
day with home field advantage. Unlike games in Corvallis, Eugene, or
Southern California where fans hollered at us to "Go Home!" "Beat It."
or "Go $#@* Yourselves!" Tennessee fans hollered at us to join them.
The fans at Southern Miss were the same. We were offered beers, chili,
grilled meats, chips & dip, cocktails, recipes, recommendations on fun
places to dine or visit while in town. Such friendly conversation
surpassed my expectations of Southern hospitality. They know they are
hospitable people, and from one tailgate to the next all opposing fans
took great pride in that.

I have been trying to cook up some sort of mass movement embracing
this mentality. Berkeley has a reputation, I have been told by many
fellow PAC 10 schoolmates, as a hostile place to visit as an opposing
fan. Many of my friends at Stanfurd, Oregon, and Washington (to name a
few) have told me that Cal was the toughest, least-inviting place to
experience an away game, mainly because Cal fans are mean.

Our upbringing is to blame/thank. (How early in life were we
baby-shouting "Go Bears!" and taught to despise Stanfurd)? I have been
that unwelcoming fan chanting "Take of that Red Shirt" and then
physically tearing it off a person in the student section. I have been
a vehemently loyal Cal fan. Every time I see a Cal hat or shirt on
someone I shout "Go Bears!" Admittedly, I do the same to anyone
representing Stanford or USC. It is cathartic, but it was probably
funnier or more surprising when Cal really sucked.

I could go on about all this. I am just hoping you might spread the
intent, as I am, to friends and fellow fans to welcome Tennessee,
truly welcome them to the amazing campus that is U.C. Berkeley. I am
so proud to be a Cal Alum. I am so impressed with our campus and
surrounding Bay Area. I want visiting fans to appreciate everything I
love about Berkeley--from the relaxed zeal one feels roaming its
charming neighborhoods, to the palpable intelligence one senses
crossing its majestic campus, from the Blue and Gold Spirit that
abounds on a Game Day, to the festive, loyal (and hopefully friendly)
fans that create that spirit.

The point is: Let's step it up for Tennessee (if not the whole season)
and welcome our visitors with some class and hospitality. I write this
to you because I know your column reaches a lot of Cal fans. With
numbers of people making an effort to be a bit warmer than usual,
Tennessee (win or lose... and don't get me wrong, I hope it's LOSE)
will travel home positively impressed with Cal. Even if we could just
encourage the tailgaters who congregate near the stadium and the
business school to be more cordial, perhaps starting a trend of Golden
Bear Haas-pitality. Just a thought.

Hope you are well. Please give my love to Goobs, JJ and Dodes. Just
got a job waitressing at an upscale restaurant and have taken note of
the immense respect reserved for California (particularly Napa) wines.
Pretty awesome.

Go Bears,
Emily



6. NAKED GIRLS

Who's kidding whom. I'm married. The Goobs would kill me. Just wanted to give the college kids a reason to click through.