Tuesday, October 25, 2011


                Those of a certain age remember Jamie Sutton (and Earl Robinson before him—how many schools boast a starting Varsity bastketballer who doubled as a head yell leader) intoning, deeply , stentoriously,  and oh so slowly, “Rooooooooollllllllllllllll on you Bears!  Roooooooooooollllllllllll on you Bears!”

                Yes, a few years later that yell was replaced by “Ashes to ashes/Dust to Dust/We hate to shut it down/But we must, we must!”  Occupy Milpitas had nothing on us.  They’re 40 years behind the times, but I  digress.

                Kudos to Tedford and the coaching staff for adapting to the obvious (As Professor Belquist used to opine “Reiteration of the obvious is often more important than elucidation of the obscure.”—and to think, some students thought we took that course because he favored athletes.  Next thing you know, they’ll say that Professor Hearst’s Education 110 (or was it 1A), where you could grade yourself was some kind of Mick.  But again, I digress.

                Now some might say it didn’t take a Rocket Scientist like Zachery Running Wolf (with no trees left to sit in, he’s leading the Occupy Oakland be in), to realize that at Cal, students go left. 

It’s how we roll.

                But telling the other Zachery (he of the Maynard clan) that, that was his charge proved to be a minor stroke of genius.  

                He completed 5 of his first 6 passes he attempted while rolling out, and the one incompletion was a perfectly thrown ball that was dropped.

                Not counting runs, Zachery threw or rolled left on at least 11 occasions (probably more than the entire season combined—but I don’t have the time to prove it).

                He carried 10 times for 44 yards.  (In the previous 6 games he’d carried a combined 33 times for a net of 21 yards).  Hmmmmmmmm.

                Could it be?  Just a shot in the Dark?  Could it be we’ve hit upon something?
                But Zachery’s exemplary play was not the determining factor.  That went to the D.   They simply dominated.  The O line gets props too—but back to the D.

                You know when you are watching a game on TV in a bar (not that I have, but I’ve heard this is true), though you can’t hear the announcers, one can just tell who’s winning by who seems to be pushing around whom on the field.  

                That was the case at ATT&T.  Due to foot surgery, (something about sticking it in my mouth too often) I had to watch it on TV, and people kept coming over, so I couldn’t concentrate—yet one  could get the overall flow.  And the D (as it turned out in watching the tape) truly dominated all facets.  

Four turnovers were faboo, but the telling stat was that  Utah had just 13 yards rushing, and a minus-6 yards on the ground in the first half.    Josh White came into the game averaging 111.8 yards a game.   Our D held him to just 39 yards on 15 carries.  Better yet, White had just 2 yards rushing on 7 carries going into the 4th quarter.

                ‘Nough said.

                The Utes were without their starting QB and it is clear they just aren’t a very good team—or are we better than we’ve shown?

                Putting kids in a position where they can succeed pays dividends—and the Maynard transformation was proof positive of that axiom.

Are we as bad as SC made us look, or as we played in the 2nd half up at Oregon?  Or are we finding our stride?

The next three games will tell.  We are playing decidedly mediocre teams but still it would be nice to go into Stanford 7-3.
Hope springs eternal.

On the downside, the stands were not full, and of course, it is clear that opponents have been given tickets on the 50 yardline (over in the bleacher section) which negates the home team advantage—besides relegating loyal Cal fans to lesser seats up top and in the end zones.  

Apparently, giving Zachery Running Wolf that internship in the ticket office was not such a hot idea.
Letting Burlap and Oak design the travel unis has had its downside as well.  But at least we are inclusive.

Never a dull moment when one lives and dies by his Bears.


Before the game, an infamous group of tailgaters gave Commodore Carl Stoney a  membership in the Mariposa Hunter's Point Yacht Club, as a b’day present and thank you for the gazillion tailgates he has hosted over the years.
Capin’ Andy (Ned Anderson) is being inducted into the Cal Hall of Fame November 11th.  He came on a football scholarship but earned most of his fame on the Rugby pitch (and as an outstanding coach), so it is possible that some beer will be consumed that night.  Be there or be Square.

Another great rugger, Young Scott Anderson is running the best Tailgate going:  The Jim Beam at Pier 48—a nine iron from the stadium.  Check it out Nov. 5th vs. WSU.

Comcast has picked up the Cal/UCLA game (finally) to be played 4ish this Saturday.  How can the biggest NCAA brand west of San Francisco, have a difficult time finding someone to televise us?  Can we hire someone who understands media and marketing who can insure we are on TV everytime every game (especially next year’s Mills College slugfest).

On an ominous note--Here's a blog by Ted Miller on Graduation Rates.  I hope this isn't accurate:

Stanford and Washington lead the Pac-12 in football graduation rates, while California and Arizona bring up the rear.

Here are the numbers.

1. Stanford, 87
2. Washington, 76
3. Arizona State, 64
4. Oregon, 63
5. Washington State, 62
5. Utah, 62
7. USC, 61
8. Oregon State, 60
9. UCLA, 59
9. Colorado, 59
11. California, 54
12. Arizona, 48

Note: These figures are the the NCAA’s "Graduation Success Rates," which include transfer and athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from initial college enrollment, so these numbers are for 2004.

Here's the NCAA's news release on the latest figures. And you can compare schools and see federal rates here.

The bad news for the Pac-12: Only Stanford and Washington exceed the average GSR -- 69 percent -- for the entering class of 2004.

Notre Dame was the No. 1 among FBS programs at 97 percent.

For all sports, the single-year GSR average is 82 percent, a new high for the NCAA.

Football and men's basketball -- the revenue sports -- are the lowest among NCAA sports.

Here are the sources he sided:  We report--You Decide!



If you get up to the Valley, stop by for some Cab.  Red it is—but plentiful it is as well.
Go Bears,

Jeffrey Earl Warren ‘70