DBD 9.16.08 Salad, Yes, USC, No

There were a few harrowing moments over the weekend.  It was a terrible, terrible experience for us all.  People.....were rooting.......for USC.  I know.  I KNOW!  They claimed that it was OK, because of something called "Conference Pride."  That's like saying it's OK to shoot yourself in the head, because it'll make other people hate you less. Even our delightfully hateful HydroTech got in on the action saying their big battle phrase, Fight Up.  Or is it Fight Prune?  Or Fight Saloon?  I can't remember.  I can't bring myself to say those words. 

But let me let you in on a little secret.  You don't root for USC.  You NEVER root for USC.  Stop rooting for USC.  Just stop it.  Just stop. 

All normal people root against USC.  If I went to a barbeque and there were people rooting for USC, I would say "Yo Goober!  Why are you rooting for USC?"  You're trying to impress people here.  You don't win friends rooting for USC.

So, please, make a orderly Conga line behind me and repeat after me:

You don't make friends rooting for USC.

You don't make friends rooting for USC.

You don't make friends rooting for USC.

Get caught up in THAT island ryhthm.  But look, I'll let you in on another secret here.  If you need to make friends, make them with salad.  You can make TONS of friends with salad.  Bond over the answering the vexing question of "Which dressing?"  BFF it up over different types of toppings to put on the the salad.  Salad is uniting.  USC is also uniting.  But in hate.  Lots and lots of hate.  For USC.

So, remember, no matter what, never, EVER, E.V.E.R root for USC.  Ever.  Period.  Thanks for playing.  I don't care if every other single Pac10 loses and terrorists have taken over the team opposing USC.  You STILL root for the terrorists. 

So, let's get to some links.  Hopefully about hating USC.

Men's water polo is #1 and about to take on all comers:

Bear Bites

The No. 1-ranked Cal men's water polo team (4-0), the defending 2006 and 2007 national champions, will get a stern test this weekend when it travels to the 16-team NorCal Open, Sept. 20-21, at the Chris Kjeldsen Pool in Stockton. The NorCal Open features the top 12 ranked teams in nation, including No. 2 USC, No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 UCLA. The Golden Bears, who will play No. 20 Cal Baptist Saturday in the tournament opener, are 4-0 this season, outscoring opponents, 59-20, during the Sept. 6-7 Navy Open. Cal was paced by senior captain Frank Reynolds, who was the Sept. 8 MPSF Co-Player of the Week after leading the team with 11 goals, and adding four assists, three steals, three ejections earned and two field blocks.

This year's Cal squad will attempt to be the first men's water polo squad to win three straight NCAA titles since the 1990-92 teams accomplished the feat. Kirk Everist's troops will feature several key returnees, including seniors Trent Calder and Reynolds, juniors Spencer Warden and Thomas Pearson, and sophomore Brian Dudley. Calder, Warden, Pearson and Dudley all scored against USC in the `07 title match, accounting for four of the team's eight goals during the 8-6 victory. Warden garnered third-team All-America honors after notching 27 goals and leading the Bears with 51 steals, while Calder is Cal's top returning scorer, notching 33 goals in 29 matches with a team-high 

20 field blocks.


XC continues to do well:

BERKELEY - The California men's cross country team is ranked fourth, while the Golden Bear women are ranked 12th in the west region of the USTFCCCA's Preseason Division I Men's and Women's Regional Cross Country rankings, as announced today by the organization.


In the men's poll, Cal was third among Pac-10 squads, with Oregon topping the chart at No. 1 and Stanford coming in at No. 3. During the 2007 season, the Bears reached their highest national ranking ever of No. 8.


Four Pac-10 schools came in the top five in the women's preseason regional poll, and Cal was seventh out of the Pac-10 teams listed. The Bears have started their season on a positive note, claiming first at the USF Invitational on Aug. 30.


Interesting run down of all of Cal's 2007-2008 athletic accomplishments.  A bit late, oddly:

Cal captures national team titles in men's water polo, rugby and men's crew freshman eight.


Led by a men's water polo national championship and a best-ever second place finish by its women's tennis squad, California earned seventh place in the annual U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for 2007-08, matching its best-ever standing from 2005-06. This year marks the fifth time in the last six years that Cal has posted a top-10 finish as well as the eighth time in the last nine years that the Golden Bears have been ranked in the Top 15.

The Directors' Cup measures the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country and awards points based on final national standings in a maximum of 10 NCAA-sponsored sports for both men and women. Rugby captured its 24th national title but because it is not an NCAA-sponsored sport, the Bears did not receive points for that accomplishment.


National Team Champions
Rugby - 24th title, fifth straight, 17 of the past 18 years
Men's Water Polo - 13th national championship, second consecutive

Men's Crew - Freshman Eight

Video of DeSean Jackson's self-induced fumble at the 1 yard line from last night's game. 

Yknow, Okanes hasn't put up anything new in a bit.  Even the Chron doesn't seem to have anything new.  Oh well.  If you see anything Cal-related, rock it down below.  Otherwise, GO BEARS!

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