And I don't mean that in the "I have to stay at least 50 yards away from the Golden Overtones" sort of way.
I used to be able stand for like 12 straight hours on gameday. Practice in the morning, march at the game. 14 layers of wool. All day games, no night games back then. Surviving solely on apples (when they used to give them) and that weird lemony drink which is brutally nasty.
But now, I'm toast. Now, I can barely stand up for like 1 hour of tailgating before my hamstrings tighten. I decry the wearing of jeans leaving my legs too sweaty. Oh no, my legs are sweaty! And I feel slightly light headed! Was it so long ago that I was young and full of vitality? Apparently. Now, days after the actual game, my legs ache. I spend all of Sunday in the fetal position trying to recover from the game itself.
This after I mocked so many for being giant pansies for sitting. But, no, I didn't sit. I won't sit. The only thing worse than the ache in my legs would be the pain to my ego. I don't care how much it hurts to stand.
I feel like some old guy trying to fit into his clothes from the 20s, but muffin topping left and right. Double le sigh!
Women's volleyball kicks butt:
BERKELEY - The No. 8-ranked California volleyball team (12-1, 2-0 Pac-10) dropped its fifth consecutive 3-0 sweep of an opponent today at Haas Pavilion by taking a 25-14, 25-18, 25-15 win against Oregon State (11-4, 0-2 Pac-10). Winners of their last seven matches, the Golden Bears maintained a .473 attack percentage against the Beavers, getting 49 kills on just 91 attacks (6e) and were particularly efficient in sideout situations, taking the serve back 85 percent of the time in the first set, 84 percent in the second and 66 percent in the third.
Women's soccer, too:
The No. 22 California women's soccer team defeated Santa Clara, 1-0, in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at Edwards Stadium. Senior midfielder/forward Nikki Schrey had the game-winning goal with 2:47 to play in the second overtime period to win the game for the Golden Bears. Cal improves to 7-3-0 while Santa Clara drops to 3-6-2.
"Our players were certainly up for this game. We take Santa Clara very seriously, they're traditionally one of the best teams in the country," Cal head coach Neil McGuire said. "We have the utmost respect for their players, the team and their coaching staff so we wanted to make sure we came here with the right level of energy. Overall, I thought we performed quite well."
As is women's tennis:
BERKELEY - The California women's tennis team completed the play at the 2008 Cal Nike Invitational today at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley, Calif. as fifth-year senior Marion Ravelojaona took the Blue Flight singles title in a three-set win over sophomore Rachael Dillon, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Ravelojaona defeated Fresno State's Danon Beatty in three, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 while Dillon took a 7-5, 6-0 win over Rachel Manasse of Long Beach State to set up the all-Cal final.
Women's golf also keeps up the good times:
VERONA, WISC. - The University of California women's golf team continued its impressive 2008 fall season as the Golden Bears won their second tournament in a row, capturing the Badger Invitational Sunday, Sept. 28 in Verona, Wisconsin with a 54-hole score of 889 (296, 297, 296 +25), topping host Wisconsin (296, 306, 300 - 902 +38) and third-place finisher Minnesota (314, 290, 304 - 908, +44). Cal's winning 889 had the second best 54-hole Badger Invitational score in history. Purdue owns the record of 879 set in 2005. Cal's team score also tied the fifth best 54-hole score at University Ridge Golf Course (women's college scores).
Individually, the Bears' top competitor was sophomore Pia Halbig, who finished the 6,216-yard, par-72 University Ridge Golf Course in fourth place with a 219 (73, 70, 76 +3). Senior Allison Goodman (75, 75, 73) and freshman Angela Villela (72, 75, 76) tied for 10th with + 7 scores of 223. Senior Shannon Yocum, who had Cal's best round of the tournament with a 71 on Sunday, tied for 14th with a +8 224 (76, 77, 71), while freshman Diane Kwon was tied for 26th with a +17 233 (76, 78, 79).
XC is doing great:
STANFORD - The California men's cross country team took second with 87 points Saturday at the 35th-annual Stanford Invitational at the Stanford Golf Course. Highlighting Cal's strong finish was senior Yosef Ghebray, who placed sixth at 24:28. He was one of three runners from the men's team to finish in the top 15. The Golden Bear women finished fourth with 191 points.
Stanford won the men's 8K team crown with 39 points. Following the Bears, Arkansas placed third with 103 points, Chico State took fourth (122) and UC Santa Barbara came in fifth (142). This was the second year in a row that the Cal men took second.
Water polo, unfortunately, loses:
MALIBU, CALIF. - The No. 4-ranked Cal men's water polo team (6-3, 0-1) dropped its third match in a row with a 7-5 defeat at No. 6-ranked Pepperdine (7-3, 1-0) Saturday, Sept. 27 in an MPSF match at Raleigh-Runnels Pool in Malibu. Redshirt freshman Brian Roach led the Golden Bears with two goals, while Frank Reynolds, Trent Calder and Charlie Steffens also added scores. Sophomore goalie Jacob McIntosh finished with eight saves. The Waves were paced by goalkeeper John Hahn's 16 saves, and two goals apiece from Grant Miller and Clayton Snyder.
Field hockey is doing fine, also:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Senior defender Carolina Bistue recorded the first multi-goal game of her career with two goals to lead No. 20 California to a 5-1 victory over Northwestern on Sunday at Michigan's Phyllis Ocker Field. The Golden Bears, who also got goals from Kellie York, Gwen Belomy and Ashley Glosz, improved their record to 7-2 after the non-conference win. Northwestern fell to 5-6.
Cal won both games it played in Ann Arbor during the Michigan road trip, including its victory over host Michigan 3-2 in overtime on Sept. 25. Sandwiched in between trips to Ocker Field was a 3-2 overtime setback against Michigan State in East Lansing.
A few articles on Best:
"There are a lot of positive signs, but we still need to get an MRI to find out about the soft tissue damage there," Tedford said Sunday night after conditioning practice.
Tedford said in the best-case scenario, Best would miss only one game. That’s because after this Saturday’s Arizona State game, the Bears have a bye. That would have Best sitting out three weeks, which isn’t unheard of for an elbow dislocation if the MRI reveals that it’s not too severe.
BERKELEY — Today will be a big day in shaping the rest of Cal's football season.
Tailback Jahvid Best will have an MRI performed on his dislocated left elbow at 6:30 a.m. today, and the coaching staff will meet almost all day preparing the plan for Saturday's game against Arizona State. That preparation presumably will include divvying out reps in practice for quarterbacks Kevin Riley and Nate Longshore.
The Bears tried to get an MRI for Best on Sunday but weren't able to get one done. Best suffered the injury during Saturday's 42-7 rout of Colorado State, and his recovery time will be determined based on the results of the MRI.
Coach Jeff Tedford said Sunday night that Best had feeling and strength in his hand, which he didn't have after the game.
Bad feelings after game:
BERKELEY — Cal routed Colorado State 42-7 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in a game that wasn't exactly easy on the eyes. Certainly, there were some positive developments for the Bears, but the game also illustrated that Cal still has some issues.
But all those things that the Bears need to iron out took a back seat to a potentially devastating development: the fact that running back Jahvid Best suffered a dislocated left elbow in the third quarter and could be out for a while.
ASU to get new tackle for Cal game:
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson said that depth-chart changes could be made before his team's next game, and the first switch will be at right tackle.
Redshirt freshman Adam Tello, who started the first four games of the season, is out, and Matt Hustad or Tom Njunge will be in the lineup Oct.4 at California.
"The biggest thing is among which of those guys starts," Erickson said. "That's basically where it's at."
Hustad, a redshirt freshman who has earned praise from Erickson for his strength and versatility, has yet to play a snap after recovering from 2007 knee surgery and suffering from mononucleosis earlier this fall. Njunge, a junior-college transfer, started the season as the backup left tackle.
ASU cornerback is struggling:
The postgame prayer huddle over on Saturday, Omar Bolden stood to shake hands with one of the Georgia players that had spent much of the previous three hours going after him, quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Bulldogs running back Knowshon Moreno was next, sharing a hug and hearty laugh with Bolden, the Arizona State cornerback. For Bolden, the exchange of pleasantries was a brief respite between a second straight tough game and the resulting placement under the microscope.
Expected to build on a 2007 season in which he received freshman All-America honors, the 5-foot-10, 191-pound Bolden has struggled to adjust to a new system under a new position coach. He has had difficulty reading opposing receivers and not had something that all cornerbacks must possess - a short-term memory of failure.
Ok, thats a LOT of stuff. Dump away! Go Bears!