CGB Supreme Court 2004 v. 2006 II

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Order In The Court!  The California Golden Blogs Supreme Court Justices shall now hear evidence from team 2006 in the hot button topic, Which Team Was More Successful 2004 or 2006? 

They heard from 2004 here.  Now, it's 2006's chance.  Lotsa of heated rhetoric on both sides of the aisle here.  MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News can't stop talking about this land-mark case.  How will it end?  Take the next step with us, after the fold!

TwistNHook:  Good morning, your honors, may it please the Court, TwistNHook appearing on behalf of the 2006 California football team.  Today, your honors, you will hear a lot of numbers from the opposing side.  You'll hear a lot of stats, of statistics.  But how many of us live in a world of numbers?  How many of us live solely in a world of yards per carry or tackles for loss?

No, we live in a world of experiences and successes and accomplishments.  To determine what is the better team, you can't just look at the stark utilitarianism of numbers.  Success in the real world is a broad palette of varying colors, not just black and white. 

You'll hear a lot from the other side about how many numbers their team put up and this and that, but what did those numbers accomplish?  Ultimately, little more than the never-ending Cal ballet of hope and endless disappointment.

But with 2006, there is a team that is more than just numbers.  More than just disappointment.  This is a team that achieved more than not just the 2004 team.  This is a team with historic achievements.  As our team of attorneys will show, 2006 was the most successful team in one of the most, if not THE most, successful era of Cal football.  If we are truly living in the Golden Era, then 2006 is truly the Golden Year. 



You'll hear from our team about how the 2006 team won at least a share of the Pac10 title for the first time in over 3 decades!

You'll hear from our team about how the 2006 team won the most prestigious bowl game a Cal team has won in about 15 years. 
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Unlike 2004, the story of the 2006 team is one of happiness, joy, and success.  Now, if we may call our first witness.

Chowder:  So, let's see here.  To fully understand the level of success the 2006 football team had, we have to put it in perspective. Because to the average fan, winning 10 games, a share of the conference title, and the #2 Bowl Game might seem OK.  Not great, not bad, but still OK. 

Let's look at the bowl history to see just how rare it is for Cal to make and even win a Bowl game. 

Cal is currently 10-8-1 in Bowl Games.  And our Rose Bowl record is 2-5-1 with a rough 4 game losing streak in the late 40s and 50s. 

Now, to be fair, all this is ancient history.  Who amongst us remembers the 1949 Rose Bowl?  We have to jump forward to a more modern time.  The most recent modern bowl game was in 1979.  We lost it.  But after that, we had some more luck.  If we could make it to a bowl.  In 20 years, we went to only 5 bowl games, going 3-2.  Now, that does include a victory in the Citrus Bowl in 1992.

But to even make a Bowl Game is a huge achievement for a Cal team.  And to make the #2 best bowl game in the conference, thats very impressive, too.  I know people dump on the H-Bowl, but its what we got for right now.
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But, of course, the 2004 team made the exact same bowl.  Credit to them for making a bowl game.  But winning it?  That's a whole nother story.  When Cal won the 2006 H-Bowl, it hadn't won a bowl game on that magnitude in 15 years!  It still remains to this day, the biggest bowl victory of the Tedford era.  And, one of the biggest victories of not only the Tedford era, but Cal history.  Succeeding where the 2004 team failed.  Succeeding in one of the most important games in Cal history.  Here are the numbers:

BASIC NUMBERS
1921 - Rose Bowl - W
22 - Rose Bowl - T
29 - Rose Bowl - L
38 - Rose Bowl - W
49 - Rose Bowl - L
50 - Rose Bowl - L
51 - Rose Bowl - L
59 - Rose Bowl - L
79 - Garden State Bowl - L
90 - Copper Bowl - W
92 - Citrus Bowl - W
93 - Alamo Bowl - W
96 - Aloha Bowl - L
03 - Insight Bowl - W
04 - Holiday Bowl - L
05 - Las Vegas Bowl - W
06 - Holiday Bowl - W
07 - Armed Forces - W
08 - Emerald Bowl - W

But thats not the only place where the 2006 team had more success than the 2004 team.  Let's take a look at the Conference Championships that Cal has won. 

 
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Conference Championships:
1918
1920
1921
1922
1923
1935 Tie
1937
1938 Tie
1948 Tie
1949
1950
1958
1975 Tie
2006 Tie


Again, probably aren't too many people still celebrating our 1937 Conference Championship.  In the modern era, as many of you know, we've never won the conference right out.  But we have tied twice. 1975 and 2004.  Nah, just joking!  It was 2006!  These statistics are even more stark in their favor towards 2006.  Achieving what only one Cal team had done in the last near 50 years?  That, your honors, is a successful team, indeed.


HolmoePhobe:  Lets take a look at some stats.  I know that the 2006 team has put these numbers before you already, but its important to put them into the proper context:

Category: 2004, 2006

PPG (Offense): 36.8, 32.8
PPG (Defense): 16, 19.3

Passing YPG: 235.7, 253.2
Opponent Passing YPG: 238.4, 240.8

Rushing YPG: 256.8, 162.8
Opponent Rushing YPG: 82.5, 125.38

Turnover Margin: 2, 6

Look at these numbers.  Look at how impressive the 2004 team was.  4 more points a game.  3 fewer points a game!  Almost 100 more rushing yards a game. 




With numbers like that, you'd think they could win at least a share of the Pac10 Title.  Yet, they couldn't. 

You'd think they would have at least won their bowl game, the exact same bowl game the 2006 team was in.  Yet, they didn't.

When I look at these numbers, I'm reminded of the lost promise of the 2004 team.  A team that could rack up huge numbers.  A team that could really stifle the opponents.  But they couldn't achieve the same level of success as the 2006 team, even with the better numbers.  Thats what is so disappointing frustrating with the 2004 team.

You'd think with all their chest-puffing over points per game this and rushing per game that, that they'd at least be able to win a bowl game.  So, when they didn't, in brain-meltingly crying fashion, it only illustrates, in stark detail, why the 2006 team was the more successful team.  With potentially less, they were able to achieve more.

And make Cal fans happier.  And isn't that what is most important?  Making US happy!!!

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Ragnarok:  Your honors, there's the old saying about 'Lies, damn lies, and statistics.'  Team 2004 can use its statistics to try to prove its own points.

 


That said, the Holiday Bowl victory in '06 was the most significant bowl victory since the Citrus Bowl in the early '90's (can't think of the year offhand).  As you point out, the conference title was the first since the conference expanded to 10 teams.

And who cares about a season-opening loss at Tennessee?  I didn't know until a few days ago that during Stanford's Rose Bowl season in 1999, they opened the season by losing 69-17 at Texas.  Win the big prize, and nobody sweats the tiny details.

Team 2006 won the biggest prize Cal has won in over 50 years and that, your honors, certainly has to count for something. 

TwistNHook:  Your honors, may it please the Court, perhaps the most important definition of success is to please the fans and leave them with many memories to tell their grand-children.

Certainly, the 2004 season had some highlights, but 2006 had some of the most historic Cal highlights to date.

Who could forget Coach Tedford hoisting that giant whale trophy over his head after the Holiday Bowl victory?  I know I can't! 

 

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And c'mon, that's the year that Marshawn blew us all away.  We had the Chunging!

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And then there is the UDub game, which was a cavalcade of awesomeness, inevitably finishing up with Ghostriding The Injury Cart:

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When I think of 2004, the first thing that pops into my mind is Aaron Rodgers's pass being off on 4th and goal.  Then, I think of JJ's TD run being called back.  Then, I think of the monstrous visage of Mack Brown and my yet to be born children become sterile.  Then, I think of Robert Jordan setting a perfect spike to that Texas Tech defensive player.

For whatever reason, perhaps due to the fact that most of our victories were blowouts in 2004, I don't have a lot of positive memories.  They were the sort of ho-hum "just another day at the football factory" kind of games, which is AMAZING at the time, but sort of fades from memory.  I do remember jumping out to that huge lead against OSU where Chase Lyman was on pace for 12 TDs.  I do remember that Oregon TE dropping the ball on 4th down.  Those are great memories, but 2006 has so many more great memories.  So many more amazing Marshawn moments.  And perhaps the greatest moment of Cal history (besides the Play) in the last 50 years:  Holiday Bowl Victory!

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