they said you suck!
HA! With a dry, cool wit like that I could be an action hero! But you know, I love to make jokes. Have fun. Hardy har har!
But when it comes to college recruiting I am deathly serious. College recruiting combines two of the most serious things in the world, college sports and the internet. Throw palling around with terrorists in there and you have the most serious thing ever: UCLA fans.
Anyway, I like to follow the 4 and 5 star players and see where they go. Especially those elite prep players, like Joe McKnight, Tyrelle Pryor, and, of course, Stegosaurus.
Man, I remember when Stegosaurus was coming out of high school. Every coach was out there, sweet talking his mother, tail slapping his father. Slipping some lettuce to the family, on the down low, of course. I'm not sure why they did that all on the down low, I think you can give people lettuce. Just not money. No money.
On official visits, Stegosaurus was feted with everything from spinal plate massages to all you can eat trips to the salad bar. Really, all you can eat. Plus, a WHOLE lot of brontosaurus tail, if you know what I mean and I think you do.
I thought we had the inside track on Stegosaurus, I really thought we did. He loved roaming aimlessly through Strawberry Canyon, foraging for food. Who amongst us wouldn't, really? So, I was shocked that he went to Eugene. I guess it's tough to turn down all that Brontosaurus tail. And I think he recognized some old friends of his in all those dinosaur bones we store in the Campanile.
But I could see, though, that Stegosaurus chafed sitting on the bench at Oregon. He wanted to get out there, throw the pigskin, maybe crush a few people under his massive paws. So, I contacted him, told him how he'd get his chance at Cal. His chance to shine. Gave him a dumptruck full of money.
Sure, maybe it was illegal booster contact. Maybe it was against the law.
But you know what, Stegosaurus is OURS now! OURS! We have him Oregon and we ain't giving him back.
Via Zoo News
He will lead us to victory on Saturday over Oregon. He's not happy with the way he was treated up in Oregon. He was given a PS2, NOT a PS3 like he was promised. And his apartment sized personal locker was a studio, NOT a junior 1 bedroom, like promised. He's pissed, he's massive, and he's coming for you Patrick Chung!
The Prophet is the Pac10 Defensive PLayer of the Week:
BERKELEY - Sophomore linebacker Mike Mohamed has been named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Cal's win over UCLA last Saturday, the conference office announced today.
Mohamed, from Brawley, Calif., keyed the Cal defensive effort in the Bears' 41-20 victory. He had nine solo tackles, including two tackles for loss (-8) and one quarterback sack (-7), and returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown. The Cal defense limited UCLA to one offensive touchdown, 11 first downs, 16 yards rushing on 22 carries, 253 yards total offense, posted three quarterback sacks (-24) and intercepted four passes, returning two of them for touchdowns.
The other weekly winners were from Oregon - quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and kicker Matt Evensen.
Mohamed is the fifth Bear to receive a Pac-10 honor this season. Jahvid Best claimed the offensive award after rushing for 200 yards at Washington State Sept. 6, Syd'Quan Thompson earned the special teams honor following the Sept. 27 Colorado State game when he returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown, and both defensive end Cameron Jordan (defense) and punter Bryan Anger (special teams) were recognized following the Bears' victory over Arizona State Oct. 4.
11.1.08, Open Practice for women's b-ball:
BERKELEY -The No. 2 California women's basketball team will hold an open practice on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 8-10 a.m. at Haas Pavilion. The practice session is free and open to the public. Doors to Haas Pavilion will open at 8 a.m. and fans are encouraged to stop by before attending Saturday's Cal football game versus Oregon, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
Fans have three options for transportation to the event and parking: 1. Take public transportation 2. Park in the City of Berkeley Lots on Center Street OR 3. Park on the streets and feed the meters
There are $150 fines for parking in campus lots on Nov. 1. For more information, please contact the Cal marketing office at (510) (510) 642-2444.
Cal women's basketball season tickets and single game tickets are now available for purchase with season tickets starting as low as $50. Tickets can be ordered online anytime at CalBears.com, or by calling the ticket office at (800) GO BEARS, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For any questions or more information go to the Cal Women's Basketball Ticket Page.
Men's bball has FanFest:
Cal fans will get their first opportunity to greet new head coach Mike Montgomery and see his 2008-09 Golden Bears as the men's basketball program will be hosting a Fan Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Montgomery's squad will hold a scrimmage open to the public from 5-6 p.m. Following the scrimmage, fans will have an autograph session with the player and coaches until 7 p.m.
Fans will also have the opportunity to help Cal celebrate its 100th season of men's basketball. Free for the first 250 season ticket holders who attend the scrimmage will be a 100th Season Commemorative mini-basketball that is already signed by Coach Montgomery. The commemorative mini-basketball will be perfect for additional autographs and will not be available at any stores or at any of the other Cal home basketball games. This will be the one-time only opportunity for season ticket holders to get this valuable keepsake.
The Fan Appreciation Night will include activities even the youngest fans will enjoy with bounce houses and an inflatable free throw contest inside Haas Pavilion. The Cal Spirit Teams will be involved with the Mic Men and Cal Dance Team leading the cheers.
Single-game tickets are now available for the general public starting at $10 for most games. For the UCLA, Stanford and Arizona conference games, all seats will be $35. Season tickets and Cal Fan 4-Packs are available and can be ordered online anytime at CalBears.com or by calling the ticket office at (800) Go Bears Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For any questions or more information, go to Cal Men's Basketball Ticket Page.
Swimming to take on UDub:
Seventh-ranked California (1-0) opens its home schedule with a dual meet against Washington (5-0) at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Spieker Aquatics Complex. This will be a combined meet with the Cal and Washington women.
Bears Rout Tigers, Take 2nd in Pacific Invitational
Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian won three events and No. 7 Cal won five races overall on the first day of the Pacific Invitational at Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton, Calif., on Oct. 17. The Bears, who only competed in that day's events in the two-day Tigers' meet, racked up 635 points to 277 for Pacific, which was the only other team competing at the time. Since the Bears did not compete on Oct. 18, they actually finished second to Stanford, which compiled 1006.5 points to win the meet.
Alex Morgan, U-20 National Team:
BERKELEY - California women's soccer sophomore forward Alex Morgan was named to the 20-player roster for the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team, it was announced Monday by U.S. Soccer and head coach Tony DiCicco. The team will travel to Chile for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup, which takes places Nov. 19-Dec. 7.
Morgan, who has been actively training with the team since April, has already contributed six goals in games with the U-20 squad. The Diamond Bar, Calif., product has a team-high nine goals for the Golden Bears this season, including one in the 2-0 win over Arizona on Oct. 26. She also has five assists and leads Cal in scoring with 23 points.
The U.S. team was drawn into Group B of the 16-team tournament and will open the World Cup by playing group opponent France on Nov. 19. DiCicco's team then takes on Argentina on Nov. 22, with the United States' first two games occurring at the Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillan, Chile. The team will then play China on Nov. 26 at the Estadio German Becker in Temuco, Chile.
Men's gymnast selected to Pan Am Games:
BERKELEY - California freshman men's gymnast Glen Ishino was named to the U.S. roster for the Pan American Gymnastics Union Individual Event Championships, USA Gymnastics recently announced. Ishino will travel to Rosario, Argentina for the event, which takes place Nov. 19-23.
"We're thrilled to have Glen go and represent the United State and Cal," California head coach Barry Weiner said. "It definitely bodes well for our program. We think he's going to have a great result."
Ishino, who signed a national letter of intent with Cal last fall, finished second at the 2007 Junior Olympic Nationals in the all-around competition and took fifth on floor exercise. At the 2007 U.S. championships, he earned a position on the U.S. Junior National team after taking second in the all-around and finishing first on rings.
He also represented America at the 2007 Junior Pan American Games in Guatemala. Ishino, a native of Santa Ana, Calif., trained at SCATS Gymnastics in Huntington Beach, Calif., and was coached by Grigor Chalikyan and Albert Avchian.
New b-ball recruit:
Cal will be bigger up front in 2009-10 — about 275 pounds bigger.
Coach Mike Montgomery, responding to an immediate need on his frontline, got an oral commitment over the weekend from 6-foot-7, 275-pound post player Markhuri Sanders-Frison, a native of Portland, Ore., who will play this season at South Plains CC in Levelland, Texas.
Sanders-Frison, who visited the Berkeley campus this past weekend, becomes the third member of the Bears’ class of 2009. He joins 6-8 forward Bak Bak, a native of the Sudan, and De La Salle point guard Brandon Smith. The first day of the fall signing period is Nov. 12.
Sanders-Frison played on Jefferson High teams that won three city championships in Portland, then spent a year at the Hebron Academy in Maine. He averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds last year for an Eastern Arizona CC team that went 30-7 and reached the national JC tournament, but transferred to South Plains for this season.
More info on recruit:
I talked this morning with Steve Smith, coach at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who admitted he has no new insights into where his 6-foot-9 center prospect, Keith Gallon, is headed to college. Smith confirmed that Cal is among Gallon’s three finalists, but said he hadn’t talked to Gallon since the player returned from a weekend recruiting visit to Mississippi State.
Smith said Gallon — rated as the No. 31 prospect in the nation by rivals.com — has waffled a bit between signing with a school during the fall letter-of-intent period that begins Nov. 12 or waiting until the spring.
Asked about earlier comments by Gallon that he would wait to sign, Smith said, “That’s what he was planning. I’m not sure (what he’s going to do). He talked about signing early, but if he does that means Cal would probably be in a little bit of trouble because he hasn’t had a chance to visit Cal.”
Gallon has talked about making a visit to the Berkeley campus sometime around the Christmas holiday. Cal currently has no scholarships for next year that aren’t spoken for, but that could change by the spring in the event of defections or early graduations.
WE HAVE STEGOSAURUS AND YOU DON'T! WE HAVE STEGOSAURUS AND YOU DON'T! This is one of those keys to the game that you will know will push the game into our favor. Dump away! GO BEARS!