Look, I like to think of myself as a fashionable guy. I wear Armani suits to all the Cal games. Mike Nolan took his fashion advice from me (also, unfortunately, his football advice). So, believe me, I stay on top of all the trends. Ironic mullets. Ironic mustaches. Incredibly ronic goatees.
And, let me tell you, I would not be SEEN worrying about style points going forward. We're in Pac10 play. It doesn't matter anymore. Right now, my focus is only two things:
In many ways 1 is more important than 2. But in other, more important ways, 2 can be more important than 1. There were a lot of people who were frustrated with Cal's win over the weekend, because, essentially, we didn't win with style. And look, I get that. For the OOC games, it's important to look good. To be fresh. And with it.
But no longer! From now on, Cal has its own destiny in its own hand(s). Unlike, say USC. Or, yknow, WSU. This might just be the first time ever that USC and WSU had something in common! All we need is health and wins. That's my mantra.
Health and wins. Health and wins. Health and wins. Repeat after me!
The California men's basketball team was selected to win the Pac-10 regular-season title in both the Athlon Sports and the Blue Ribbon College Yearbook preseason predictions. In addition, the Golden Bears earned a ranking of No. 8 in the Blue Ribbon College Yearbook preseason Top 25 and No. 14 in the Athlon Sports preseason rankings. In both top-25 polls, Cal was the highest ranked Pac-10 school.
Athlon Sports' other predictions for the 2009-10 season have senior guard Patrick Christopher, a 2009 All-Pac-10 first-team selection, garnering conference Player of the Year honors, and fellow senior guard Jerome Randle earning All-Pac-10 first-team honors for the second straight campaign. The publication also slates senior forward Theo Robertson as a second-team all-conference choice.
Blue Ribbon College Yearbook also picked Christopher and Randle as all-conference first teamers, with Randle winning the Pac-10 Player of the Year award.
Athlon Sports also has Washington in its preseason Top 25 poll at No. 17, while Blue Ribbon College Yearbook has the Huskies coming in at No. 23.