Let's make this a 3rd straight day with 1000+ comments.
Onto the News and World Report after the Yump.
All links SF Gate, SFW, and should open in a new window unless otherwise noted. Cal-themed stories are in blockquotes for your rapid scanning pleasure.
Rare giant sea turtle found in the Stinson Beach area. Biologists are drooling.
Comcast makes an offer for NBC. Would, uh, love to see the Pac10 on the peacock.
Florida man lies about robbery to avoid telling wife about money he spent. As Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid."
AND YOU WILL KNOW MY NAME IS THE LORD WHEN I LAY MY VENGEANCE UPON THEE: Jesus Christ dumped from jury pool.
A's aquire Jake Fox, a decent power 3b/utility guy, and Aaron Miles, a no-hit & no-field 2bmen, from the Cubs for Jeff Gray and 2 prospects. I like it, though Spencer seemed to have a very good A and AA seasons. Fox will play third when the wheels on Chavez fall off again (~March?) and Miles is the classic "I hope a change of scenery turns you into Jesus of the Double Play Pivot."
In case you were hiking in Iraq: Oregon's going to the Rose Bowl. Well, to date Cal's lost to 3 quality teams. I was thinking for a minute that this would be a wacky year if OSU won. Hopefully Scott and Company can build off the success of the teams on the field and the Pac10's success off it (regarding the better bowl agreements).
To beat Washington, Cal will have to do so without starting left guard Matt Summers-Gavin. He has been ruled out of Saturday’s game because of the concussion he sustained against Stanford. This is the fourth game Summers-Gavin has missed this season — the previous three were because of a shoulder injury. Mark Boskovich and Richard Fisher will split time in Summers-Gavin’s place.
Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson returned to practice tonight and is a go for Saturday. And the field goal kicker will once again be decided during pre-game warm-ups.
Coach Jeff Tedford didn’t have a report about Jahvid Best’s meeting with concussion specialist Michael Connors at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center. He was scheduled to get a debriefing from a team doctor later tonight. But he did explain why Best was sent to Pittsburgh, even though he said Best hasn’t complained about concussion symptoms for a couple of weeks.
"How often do you get taken off on a stretcher?" he said. "If you have a headache, you’re not going to send him to Pittsburgh. If you take him off on a stretcher, you’re going to send him to Pittsburgh. We’re going to exhaust everything we can to make sure he’s OK."
I will be traveling to Seattle tomorrow and am not sure if I will have time to get on here before I leave. If not, I will certainly check in from the Pacific Northwest. The forecast actually doesn’t call for rain, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
That's about it for Cal-content on teh Internetz that isn't Sun Bowl-related. We wouldn't want to bring on bad juju.
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