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DBD 11.4.08 Well, now I don't know what to think

I thought Hate Week.  That's a solid week.  You can't go wrong with Hate.  Nobody has ever gone wrong with Hate.  Some of the greatest decisions of our times have been based on hate.  Also, spite.  But mostly hate.

But now, there are people clamoring for Trojan Week.  And they clamor and clamor and clamor.  Nobody could ever out clamor these people here who want Trojan Week.  They are clamor superstars and so their voice is being heard.

Honestly, I'd like Hate week.  Because I hate Trojans.  Every conceivable kind of Trojan.  So, that works out there.  But I'm just one man.  One absurdly stupid man.  So, I figured I needed to find a way to determine whether we should go with hate week or Trojan Week.

At first, it seemed most logical to go with the world's largest game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.  But then I got tired.  So, my next thought was strip posting.  For every stupid post you make, you take off 1 item of clothing.  First person to be naked gets to decide.

But that just put me back in the driver's seat and this isn't a decision I want to make.

So, I've invented something new.  It's called "vating."  It's where you cast a ballet to make your vice heard.  You have choices and you select a choice and then whichever choice is selected the most wins.  So, let's vat on whether to go with Hate Week or Trojan Week. 

And let's look at some links:

Info on TV for Cal games:

BERKELEY - Both the Nov. 15 Cal-Oregon State and Nov. 22 Cal-Stanford games will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and be televised regionally by ABC. With the announcement, it means that every Golden Bear football game will be shown on live TV for the second year in a row.

The Bears will appear on ABC seven times, including five consecutive weeks from Oct. 25 (UCLA) through Nov. 22 (Stanford). Cal was also on ESPN for the game at Maryland and on Comcast SportsNet-California for the Washington State, Colorado State and Arizona contests. The last remaining game to be selected is the Dec. 6 date vs. Washington. It will air on either FSN at 12 noon or ESPN or ESPN2 at 5 p.m., and the decision will be announced approximately 12 days in advance of the game.

Because the Nov. 22 Big Game was not picked up for a national broadcast, Cal received a special exemption to allow ABC to show the game over the air in the San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and Monterey markets in Northern California. Fans can also access the game nationwide through ESPN GamePlan. Visit the ESPN GamePlan website to learn how to get GamePlan in your area.

The coverage maps for this week's contest at USC (ABC TV, 5 p.m.) and the Nov. 15 game at Oregon State have not been determined yet.

Cal's Men's B-Ball media day:

BERKELEY - Men's basketball media day was held this afternoon (Monday, Nov. 3) with new head coach Mike Montgomery addressing the media and taking questions, followed by interview opportunities with players. Afterwards the Golden Bears briefly held an open practice session.

Here are Montgomery's comments:

General comments:It's a pleasure to be here. We are two weeks in and still have a lot of work to do, but we have found out a lot of things about our team so far. When you are starting from scratch with everything, it's a different phenomenon because everything you do is new. The terminology is new. You don't have any veteran players, anybody who knows what you are trying to do. But, the kids have been very positive and receptive. They have wanted to do everything we are asking. But I have to remind myself that we must be patient and allow these kids to absorb what we're trying to do. It's just going to take some time, there are no ifs, ands or buts about it. We've got a lot of youth out there, a lot of kids who haven't played at the college level. We've given a lot of stuff to them and now we've got to try and slow down and allow them to execute those things. We'll be better in December than we are in November and hopefully better in January than we are in December. That's what we have to recognize. It's just baby steps at this point in time. We're trying to teach fundamentals. We're trying to get everything where we want to get it to try and compete. Jerome (Randle), Patrick (Christopher), Theo (Robertson), Jordan (Wilkes), Jamal (Boykin) ... those kids that have been around have been very good. Harper Kemp I would throw into that mix except that he's been hurt. He is somebody we have to have. Coming off knee surgery this summer, he's probably practiced half of the time so it's been difficult for him. But the veteran players that have been around are ahead. Most of the other kids have not played. If you look at Omondi Amoke and other guys who haven't really played at all ... D.J. Seeley and Jorge Gutierrez, it's pretty much what you'd expect it to be. We're just going to have to be patient and work real hard. The kids are going to have to pay attention. We'll make progress day by day.

Article on former DVC Viking Donovan Edwards:

BERKELEY — Cal right tackle Donovan Edwards considered redshirting this season, but offensive line coach Jim Michalczik told him that the Bears were going to need him at some point this season.

Guess that's why he's the coach.

Because of Chet Teofilo's sprained ankle and Matt Laird's shoulder injury, Edwards was thrust into the starting lineup last week against Oregon and acquitted himself nicely. He may be on the field again Saturday at No. 7 USC, depending on the recovery of the injured players.

"Coming in, I thought I'd maybe redshirt," said Edwards, a sophomore transfer from Diablo Valley College. "I progressed a lot during fall camp. I asked (Michalczik) if redshirting would be a possibility. He told me sometime this year I would need to start, and he was right."

Edwards had taken almost every second-team rep at left tackle during practice but moved to the right side once Cal's top two players at that position went down.

Edwards almost wasn't available to rescue the Bears at right tackle. He had orally committed to UCLA but switched to Cal at the last minute when a scholarship opened up.

"Coach Michalczik actually recruited me before UCLA offered me but didn't have a scholarship and wanted me to stay another year in junior college," Edwards said. "But that wasn't something I was trying to do. Then the opportunity came back and around, and I took it."

Another more recapy article on Media Day:

– Sophomore Harper Kamp would compete for a starting job at one of the post positions, but has practiced only about every other day the past week or so after his right knee, surgically cleaned up in August, began to develop soreness. Montgomery said Kamp likely will play some in the Thursday exhibition, but the Bears won’t be stupid about it.

 ”What we are not going to do is be foolish and try to push him with some stubborn notion that you’ve got to to this,” Montgomery said of Kamp. “We need him available when the season starts. We’re trying to figure out the best scenario to get him on the floor for as many minutes as we can.

“He’s somebody we have to have.”

– With Kamp still limited, 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman wing Omondi Amoke is playing power forward during workouts. “That’s the only way we can practice because he’s our fourth post,” Montgomery said.

Ok.  Don't forget to vat today.  Hate or Trojan.  Hate or Trojan.  And dump away!  Go Bears!

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