Golden Nuggets: Loss to UNLV Raises Questions About the Bears

Merry Christmas, Cal fans! I hope those who don't celebrate Christmas had/will have a great Festivus, a happy Hanukkah, or a crazy Kwanzaa!

After another blowout loss to a quality team, the Bears continue to raise doubts about their ability to challenge for the conference title. Thankfully (for us, at least), the rest of the conference has raised doubts that anyone will win the conference this year.

— Can they compete on the road? They are 10-3 overall, but 1-3 in games outside Haas Pavilion.

— Can they hang with high-level teams? In two tries against Top-25 opponents, they have been outscored by 56 points.

— Are they capable of winning the Pac-12 title? A tougher question, in my opinion.

Given that the Pac-12 remains winless in 12 tries against Top-25 teams, asking whether there are any high-level teams in the conference is a fair question.

But there will be road games, nine of them to be exact. And teams such as Arizona and Washington will come at the Bears with the same quickness, length and athleticism they saw against Mizzou and Vegas.

And they were not competitive in either of these games.

All that being said, the Cal basketball team would like to wish you a Happy Holidays.

(via calathletics)

After the jump we have a couple presents and some lumps of coal: the football team arrives in San Diego after a mid-flight interruption, Dallas waives Jerome Randle, and Jack Clark talks about rugby's decision to withdraw from the USAR Premier Division.

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