RoyRules22 is like the Brett Farve to my Steve Young. Like the Los Angeles geographical area to my Jeff Tedford. Like the RoyRules 22 to my TwistNHook.
Always defeating me in pretty much everything. We fought over the same women. Royrules22 won. We fought over who would be the only Highlander. Royrules22 won. We even fought over who could rule their peasant with an ironer fist. Royrules22 won.
No matter what I do, Royrules22 is always one step ahead of me. It angers me. It enrages me. I could defeat RoyRules21. I could handle Royrules23. And I could especially take care of Berkliums 91 through 106. But Royrules22. Impossible!
We even had our bar mitzvahs on the same day. And more people went to his. I felt so lonely!
So, after yesterday's debacle where my DBD didn't get close to the amount of comments as his did, I have no choice but to concede. RoyRules22. You are my superior. Welcome to the wildly non-exclusive club.
Not a lot of links today. Cal sports have calmed down for a bit. But this is cool. An old high school friend of mine had a write up in the CoCoTimes:
MORAGA — Saxophone player Geoff Countryman is familiar with the early morning rehearsals. It was all the same when he was a Campolindo High School student eight years ago — the room, the director, even the wall decorations.
Though Countryman's yellow zip-up sweatshirt, untucked shirt and faded jeans fit in with the other, smaller-framed saxophone players in the high school jazz band, his résumé is now a bit more impressive.
He has performed frequently with the Saturday Night Live Band, played a solo on T.I.'s Grammy-nominated hip hop album and was an assistant producer for jazz pianist Kenny Werner's album.
Still, he said he felt at home in director Harvey Benstein's band room.
"The only difference is I'm on time" for the 7 a.m. class Tuesday morning, he said, even though he had flown in from New York the night before.
Campolindo band director Harvey Benstein said Countryman worked hard and was passionate about his music.
"It's fun to have him back on campus and watch him work the way he worked as a high school student," Benstein said.
Countryman started playing jazz at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette under director Bob Athayde, who has won national awards for his jazz teaching.
Countryman said that ever since he was a sophomore in high school, he has known he wanted to be a professional musician.
After graduating from Campolindo in 2001, he went on to New York University, where he studied with Lenny Pickett and John Scofield and graduated cum laude.
I remember at the first jazz competition his freshman year, after he did one of the main solos, he was offered a professional job on the spot by one of the judges. As a freshman in high school! You can learn more about him here.
Anyway, some Cal stuff:
Cal women's b-ball about to take on Oklahoma:
The California Golden Bears hung on to a spot in the top 10 in the national rankings after being handed their first loss of the season Sunday, Dec. 7, falling 82-73 to No. 22 TCU. After spending two weeks with a program-best No. 3 ranking, the Bears are ranked No. 9 in this week's Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll. The Bears were ranked No. 9 in the preseason in both polls.
The Bears will take on their third ranked opponent of the season when they face No. 5/6 Oklahoma Saturday in the finale of the Basketball by the Bay tournament at San Jose State. Cal has six wins over ranked opponents since 2005-06 and an overall 6-16 mark over that same span.
The loss to TCU ended the Bears' streak of seven wins to open the season, the best start in program history. It also put an end to a 33-game non-conference home win streak. Prior to Sunday, the Bears had not lost on the home court to a non-conference opponent since Dec. 8, 2002, when they fell to Colorado in the final of this same tournament, at the time called the Oakland Tribune Classic. In regular season action, the Bears are now 34-6 against non-conference opponents since Boyle took over the program in 2005-06. Their best regular season non-conference record came in 2006-07 when the Bears had just one loss, to No. 14 Vanderbilt in Nashville, to go with 10 non-Pac-10 wins.
Despite her team's loss to TCU, senior forward Ashley Walker was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week. This is the second consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Walker and a program-best sixth time in her career she has won the award. Walker scored 52 points with 20 rebounds in the two games at the Colliers International Classic, also earning her the second all-tournament team selection in as many weeks (Walker was named the MVP of the Paradise Jam tournament the week previous). Walker scored 31 points in Sunday's loss, the third time this season and the fifth time in her career she has scored 30 or more points in a game. She also had 12 rebounds against TCU as she posted her third double-double of the season and the 37th of her career.
Junior guard Natasha Vital was also named to the all-tournament team. Vital scored 33 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the tournament. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson posted the first double-double of her career with 12 points and 10 assists against Princeton.
Tedford enjoys home. And if you saw that photo of his house in yesterday's DBD, you would understand.
SAN FRANCISCO — To travel or not to travel.
That has been one of the questions surrounding Cal's football team in recent weeks when it became apparent the Bears were headed to the Emerald Bowl. The players originally expressed frustration that they wouldn't be traveling to a different locale for a bowl game but embraced the idea of having a partisan crowd at AT&T Park.
But there is another component in play that makes it beneficial for the Bears to stay home — recruiting.
Since Cal will be practicing at Memorial Stadium until the game on Dec. 27, the Bears can host more recruiting visits than if they were on the road. With a handful of top recruits still reportedly considering Cal, the next couple of weeks could loom important in shaping the Bears' 2009 recruiting class.
"That was one of the huge things about this game — it gives us an extra week of recruiting," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said Thursday night during an Emerald Bowl reception at AT&T Park also featuring Miami coach Randy Shannon. "If we were in the Vegas Bowl, we wouldn't be here. We would have lost a weekend. There are a lot of reasons why this is a great place to be right now."
Another one of Cal's greatest teams;
In the 100th season of Cal basketball, we continue our countdown of the greatest teams in school history. Today: No. 9.
Team’s record: 17-3.
Achievements: Unbeaten PCC champion.
Record vs. Stanford: 3-0.
Record vs. UCLA: 3-0.
Coach: Nibs Price.
Top players: F Vern Corbin.
Bottom line: Corbin, who leads Cal to three straight PCC titles, is the first player from a current Pac-10 school to be named consensus All-America. He helps the Bears to two wins in three tries vs. Kansas early in the season, and a 9-0 conference record.
Randle gets message:
Jerome Randle played 34 minutes Wednesday night at Utah, long enough to score a game-high 21 points and drill a long, game-winning 3-point shot with 6.1 seconds left in the Bears’ 72-69 victory. Also long enough to get himself in a bit of a fix at the defensive end.
In a span of 1 minute, 15 seconds early in the second half, Utes guard Tyler Kepkay lit up Randle for eight points, six of them on a pair of 3-pointers after squeezing free off screens.
Mike Montgomery pulled Randle from the game with 16:47 left, giving Nikola Knezevic a chance to slow down Kepkay. He did a decent job, with Kepkay scoring four points over the next 4:16.
DAMN YOU ROYRULES22. WHY MUST YOU BE SO MUCH MORE POPULAR AND ATTRACTIVE THAN ME?!?! WHY?!?!?
Maybe this DBD will get me more comments. But on a Friday? Especially one where I'll be away from my computer for most of the work day? Probably not. Shakes fist!!!
*Shake harder, boy*