Friday, August 17, 2007

A Cal Fan's Notes: 14 Days Until Tennessee

Bears,

There are some new names on this list, so please just delete at will, rather than whine to me about how politically incorrect I am. If you are a footballer or Rugger, Political correctness is likely not your strong suit.

Two weeks until September 1st. Bears getting respect in the Press. Maybe that’s a bad sign. Nothing like being under the radar.

Come that fateful Saturday, The Goobs will be serving “Pink Panty Pull Downs” (we learned about them in Knoxville last year), in the parking lot while ESPN will NOT be doing game day as was once planned. Drop by.

We’ll be hosting two rabid Tennessee fans. Will be interesting to get their reaction. Don’t forget that Bay Bridge will be closed, for any Southerners who want to visit SF.

Word is 50,000 horns will be given out to fans. Well, we learned about the power of noise back in Knoxville, didn’t we?

(Of course, I’m old school. We remember a time when refs would penalize a home team five yards for delay of game if fans were too loud and opposing teams couldn’t hear signals. Remember QB’s flapping their arms to hush crowds?)

My suggestion is rather than horns, we should give out chain saws. One, they’re louder: Two, perhaps they could be put to a practical purpose. No doubt Burlap and Ayr will add bark to their bite.

Zachery Running Wolf (he of the so-sue-me tribe) is still leading the charge against women and minorities by trying to prevent the Athletic Center from being built. I looovvvvvvvve angry , racist, aged Hippies—especially fascists like him.

Will Javhid Best return kick offs, or Jackson? Both? Kicking off from the 30 could benefit the Bears, big time.


Is too much attention being focused on DeSean? Last year he showed streaks greatness and streaks of immaturity. Let’s hope he’s matured and can handle all this.

Speaking of immaturity, how about us—THE SUPPOSED GROWN UPS?

Here we’ve got more than we ever wished for: Tedford--a true football program--a top ten ranking in the Director’s Cup (9); and all one ever hears is bitching about this or that screw up. Everywhere I go, folks tell me Cal’s not gonna get another dime for this reason or that until…..—I don’t know—you tell me.

We are the most undeserving, amateurish fans in the country. Of course, years of losing will do that to you, I guess.

Point is, now is not the time to wage our individual battles against petty grievances. It’s true your kid didn’t get recruited. It’s true your friend’s kid didn’t get admitted. It’s true each of them didn’t get a chance, once on the team.

It’s true you are not getting credit for money you gave in the past, when no one else was giving.

It’s true each coach is playing the wrong kids—but all of this is true EVERYWHERE.

It’s true Cal doesn’t treat its supporters right--but it’s always been that way--and it is getting better (When those executive porta-potties arrive at Memorial Stadium for the Ladies, we’ll know that we’re making progress. Why is it so difficult to give women a sanitary, clean place to go? It’s not like we don’t have incremental funds to pull it off).

Anyway, No doubt each and every one is right about the wrongs that have been done, but it’s time to put aside childish things and rally around Tedford and the entire program.

‘Nuff said.

Don’t want anybody to get in Michael Vick’s Dog house.

(BTW had lunch today with an NFL insider who said Goddell said that the reaction to Mr. Vick’s transgressions, far surpassed the reaction to Lewis’ charge of Murder, following the Super Bowl a few years back). Interesting comment on our value systems.

For those of a certain age, Hall of Fame dinner will be greatest ever--Mike White, Loren Hawley, and Bob Albo head a list of nine inductees. More lies will be told that evening than in all Michael Moore Movies combined.

Too sad about Bill Walsh. He was a good cat. Is it true that Levy fired him when they were at Cal? He will be missed.

(U-hall has a great story about how Truck put Walsh in his place in his first year at Cal, because Walsh didn't want Truck's kids to hit the qb. Alas the qb was leaving the pocket, and anyone who knew Truck in those days can imagine his response.

Go Bears, Jeffrey Earl Warren ‘70


An article on Deshean:

University of California wide receiver DeSean Jackson was named an ESPN Preseason All-American on Tuesday. The team was selected by senior writer Ivan Maisel. "Every once in a while, the recruiting guys hit the bull's-eye," said Maisel. "They said three years ago that Jackson would be a game breaker, and he proved them right as a sophomore last season, averaging 18 yards on his 59 receptions and returning four punts for touchdowns." Last season, Jackson earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a wide receiver and as a punt returner. He was chosen as a first-team All-America punt returner by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America, the Sporting News and Rivals.com. He captured the inaugural Randy Moss Award as the top return man in the nation, and led the country with 18.2 yards per punt return. He ranked second in the Pac-10 with nine receiving touchdowns, and set school and Pac-10 records for season (4) and career punt return TDs (5) with a 95-yarder against Arizona. Jackson had four 100-yard receiving games and registered 28 plays of 20 or more yards. In addition, Sports Illustrated rated Jackson as the eighth-best player to watch (out of 20) this season in college football. The magazine also cited Cal's match up versus Tennessee (on Sept. 1) as the 16th-best game to watch, while the Bears' tilt with USC on Nov. 10 was chosen as its sixth-best game to watch. Cal returned to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon (in shells), revisiting various route running techniques and one-on-one drills on offense, while still continuing to sharpen its variety of schemes on the defensive side of the ball. The Bears were certainly active defensively in the 11-on-11 drills, as Thomas DeCoud, Justin Moye and Bernard Hicks all corralled interceptions. Other defensive highlights were provided by Brett Johnson (pass break up in the one-on-ones), Rulon Davis (forced fumble) and Syd'Quan Thompson (pass break up). Chris Conte, Zack Follett, Gary Doxy, Scott Smith and Michael Mohamed also made plenty of tackles as well. Cal continued to fine tune its offense in the one-on-one tutorials, as wide receiver Michael Calvin made a nice catch on a designed route. Justin Forsett motored for a big gain in the 11-on-11 drills as well. Cal resumes practice tomorrow with a double-day session in Memorial Stadium. California opens the 2007 season on Saturday, Sept. 1, hosting Tennessee at Memorial Stadium in a 5 p.m. contest. Single-game tickets are also available for all games except Tennessee, USC and Stanford. Season tickets are currently available by visiting www.CalBears.com or by calling 1-800-GO-BEARS.



Below is Matt’s golf tournament info—the best day in they year if you are both a Bear and golfer.

Third Annual CAL Golf Tournament Friday September 21, 2007 At 12:30 Tilden Park Golf Club Instructions: $110 per player (lunch and shirt included)


Scramble Format – same as last year Bigger and better prizes than last year – awards for top 3 scores; Mike Walsh is generously donating a Porsche once again for the Hole-in-One Contest (hopefully someone can actually put a ball on the green this year);

Ernie Rogers is donating vino again! 3 closest to the pin and a long drive contest. Please let me know if there are certain people you want in your foursome Shirt size – Troy Auzenne is once again volunteering to secure the shirts!

Final year you played at Cal Forward this Email to any other ex-players who may be interested in playing Send checks (made out to me) immediately to the address below ASAP – we need to pay Tilden to keep our spot!


Player List Year Shirt Group Paid in Blue 1 Aberle, Bob XL 31 110 2 Acker, Joe 1971 L 30 110 3 Anderson, Eric 1979 XL 6 110 4 Anderson, Mike 1987 XL 4 110 5 Arnold, Pat 1987 XL 3 110 6 Auzenne, Troy 1991 XXL 21 110 7 Bailey, Rick 1975 XXL 30 110 8 Bark, Andy 1983 XL 22 110 9 Barnes, Pat 1996 XL 23 110 10 Beagle, Gregg 1982 XL 22 110 11 Bedford, Brian 1988 XL 5 110 12 Beegun, Eric 2006 XL 32 110 13 Belli, John 1990 XXL 21 110 14 Besana, Fred 1976 XL 6 110 15 Bimson, Rob 1988 XL 16 110 16 Brien, Doug 1994 L 8 110 17 Brown, Kevin 1986 XL 22 110 18 Cafaro, JD 2004 XL 32 19 Caldwell, Keith 1986 XL 34 20 Camera, Paul 1983 XL 22 21 Carter, David 1985 XXL 2 110 22 Casner, Alan 1992 XXL 21 110 23 Chaplin, Mike 2004 XL 23 110 24 Cherry, Will 1986 XL 13 110 25 Clizbe, Matt 1994 XL 33 110 26 Coccimiglio, Ron 1980 L 7 110 27 Cooper, Joe 1982 XL 7 100 28 Cristol, Brian 2005 L 32 110 29 Cunningham, Kevin 1994 XL 8 110 30 Cushing, Kevin 1986 XL 16 110 31 Dalton, Wes 1999 XL 23 110 32 Delgado, Vince 1988 L 4 33 Devora, Wayne 1993 XL 29 110 34 Dixon, John 1976 XXL 6 110 35 Dunn, Steve 1984 XL 1 36 Edgar, Brad 1989 XL 13 110 37 Ericsen, Kristian 2002 XL 26 110 38 Foltz, Ryan 2005 XL 32 110 39 Gandsey, Tom 1984 XXL 5 110 40 Graumann, Gary 1978 L 6 110 41 Green, Bob 1990 42 Greenwald, Joe 1984 L 14 110 43 Grimes, Matt 1985 XXL 2 44 Hall, Rhet 1990 XL 15 45 Hampton, Chris 1983 XXL 1 110 46 Hart, Jack 1958 XL 19 110 47 Hatcher, Kevin 1995 XXL 20 48 Hein, Gary 1986 XL 2 110 49 Heisinger, Kriss 1983 XXL 7 50 Hendrickson, Steve 1988 XXL 11 51 Hennington, Marshall 1986 XXL 24 110 52 Hering, Jack 1983 XL 14 110 53 Hering, Ross 1985 L 14 110 54 Hill, Ron 1979 XXL 18 110 55 Holly, Marty 1993 XL 10 56 Houston, Gayland 1985 XL 24 110 57 Howe, Brad 1987 XL 34 58 Ingram, Darryl 1988 XXL 34 59 James, Don 1984 XXL 1 110 60 Jensen, Mark 2002 L 26 110 61 Johnson, Bill 1972 XL 30 110 62 King, Kam 1987 XXL 5 110 63 Klotsche, John 2002 L 27 110 64 Klotz, Rich 1988 XL 12 110 65 Knapp, Mike 1986 XL 9 110 66 Kohls, Dan 1990 XXL 28 110 67 Lyman, Chase 2004 XL 27 110 68 McCarty, Terrence 1988 XL 5 110 69 McClanahan, Mel 1987 XXL 18 70 McDonald, Pat 1986 XL 71 McDougald, Rance 1984 XL 31 110 72 McElderry, Stu 1988 XXL 13 73 McGhee, Brian 1989 XL 74 McGlinchey, Mike 1989 XXL 11 75 McGonigal, Kerry 1995 XL 10 110 76 McGrath, Mike 2005 L 27 77 Mckee, Bert 1981 L 7 110 78 Meyersieck, Bo 1977 L 6 110 79 Moore, Tyrone 1988 XL 24 110 80 Moser, Mark 1985 XXL 2 81 Nixon, Matt 2002 L 27 110 82 Noble, Ray 1984 XXL 36 110 83 Nobles, Don 1988 XXL 110 84 Odom, DeWayne 1990 XXXL 85 O'Donnell, Mike 1985 XL 34 110 86 Ortega, David 1989 XXL 11 110 87 Paga, Shaun 2001 XXL 20 88 Parker, Sam 1972 XL 19 110 89 Patmont, Jim XL 23 110 90 Peery, Ryan 1991 XXL 15 110 91 Peracchi, Jeff 1988 XL 12 110 92 Pettway, Ken 1985 XXL 24 110 93 Poe, Keith 1985 XXL 25 110 94 Pressler, Daryl 1991 XXXL 28 110 95 Redmond, Castle 1990 XXL 15 110 96 Richards, James 1990 XXL 28 97 Rogers, Ernie 1990 XXXL 21 110 98 Rozier, Gary XL 35 99 Runnels, Ben 1990 XXL 28 110 100 Rusinek, Mike 1984 XXL 36 110 101 Sampson, Chris XL 9 102 Sampson, Mark 1986 XL 9 103 Sanguinetti, Don 1984 XL 25 104 Smith, Tim 1982 XXL 14 110 105 Smith, Tony 1989 XXL 12 110 106 Spears, Rick 1995 33 110 107 Stafford, Steve 1992 XL 11 108 Stallworth, Darryl 1987 XL 4 110 109 Stelzmiller, Ricardo 1983 XXL 110 Stewart, Todd 1996 XXL 100 111 Sugarman, Adam 2001 L 26 112 Sullivan, John 1983 XXL 31 110 113 Sullivan, Kevin 1986 XL 3 110 114 Sullivan, Mike 1986 XL 3 110 115 Tamayo, Andy 2000 L 20 116 Taylor, Derek 1988 XL 4 117 Thompson, Brad XXL 1 118 Tuatagaloa, Natu 1988 XXL 12 110 119 Ugenti, Paul 2002 XL 26 110 120 Vedder, Justin 1998 XL 8 121 Vera, Mark 1997 XL 20 122 Walgenbach, Brian 1985 XXL 16 100 123 Walker, Andrew 1984 XXL 31 110 124 Walker, Darryl 1984 L 35 125 Walsh, Jeff 1985 XL 25 126 Wenstrom, Marlon 1985 XXL OUT 110 127 Westerman, Chris 1991 XL 29 128 Wheeler, Jon 1987 XXL 3 110 129 White, Mike 1957 XL 19 130 Wilborn, Jason 1991 XL 15 131 Wiley, Terry 1983 XXL 18 110 132 Wilkes, Dwayne 1982 XXXL 18 110 133 Willard, Jarrott 1994 XL 8 110 134 Williams, Garey 1985 XXL 16 Groups 1 Dunn DJ Hampton Thompson 2 Carter Grimes Hein Moser 3 Arnold Sullivan, K. Sullivan, M. Wheeler 4 Anderson, M. Delgado Stallworth Taylor 5 Bedford Gandsey King McCarty 6 Anderson, E. Besana Dixon/Graumann Meyersieck 7 Coccimiglio Cooper Heisiner McKee 8 Brien Cunningham Willard Vedder 9 Knapp Sampson Sampson 10 Holly McGonigal 11 Hendrickson McGlinchey Ortega Stafford 12 Klotz Peracchi Smith, Tony Tuatagaloa 13 Cardon Cherry Edgar McElderry 14 Greenwald Hering Hering Smith, Tim 15 Hall Peery Redmond Wilborn 16 Bimson Cushing Walgy Williams 17 Sampson Sampson Knapp 18 Hill McClanahan Wiley Wilkes 19 Hart Parker White 20 Hatcher Paga Tamayo Vera 21 Auzenne Belli Casner Rogers 22 Bark Beagle Brown, K. Camera 23 Barnes Chaplin Dalton Patmont 24 Hennington Houston Moore Petway 25 Poe Sanguinetti Walsh 26 Eriksen Jensen Sugarman Ugenti 27 Klotsche Lyman McGrath Nixon 28 Kohls Richards Runnels Pressler 29 Devora Westerman 30 Acker Bailey Johnson 31 Aberle McDougald Sullivan, J. Walker, A. 32 Beegun Cafaro Cristol Foltz 33 Clizbe Spears 34 Caldwell Ingram Howe O'Donnell 35 Rozier Walker, D. 36 Noble Rusinek GO BEARS! ______________________________

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BERKELEY - ESPN The Magazine has selected California junior wide receiver DeSean Jackson to be on one of its regional covers for its College Football Preview issue, currently available on newstands. Jackson is the first Golden Bear to be featured on the cover of the magazine.