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This post's matchups: Jeff Tedford vs Angie Pressey, Joe Roth vs Robert Jordan
We kick things off with the top half of the Pappy Waldorf bracket; top two matchups get posted this morning, bottom two this afternoon. Polls for these matchups close next Thursday, June 25 at midnight. The athlete matchups are above, the athlete descriptions and polls are after the jump.
#1 Jeff Tedford vs #16 Angie Pressey
It'd be hard to find Cal fans who didn't have a positive opinion of Jeff Tedford.
Ohio Bear: He has done an unbelievable job. If you followed Cal football in the 1980s and 1990s through the Holmoecaust, you know what I’m talking about. Perhaps something I read a long time ago on a Michigan blog said it best (and I’m paraphrasing): before Tedford, Cal was the Indiana of the Pac-10 in football. 59-30 Overall
5-1 Bowl Games
6-1 Against Stanfurd
1 Co-Conference Championship
Ohio Bear: He has done an unbelievable job. If you followed Cal football in the 1980s and 1990s through the Holmoecaust, you know what I’m talking about. Perhaps something I read a long time ago on a Michigan blog said it best (and I’m paraphrasing): before Tedford, Cal was the Indiana of the Pac-10 in football.
For people who might want more background on one of Cal's finest coaches, check out this widely circulated Gameday profile from 2004.
Hey guys, CBKWit here. Avinash wanted somebody to write a few personal memoirs of Coach Tedford and since I've spent more time on that Penguins blog than my own Cal blogs, I figured I'd try to step in here. I remember Coach Tedford from a vacation we spent in Turks and Caicos. We spent long days sunning ourselves on the beach. I would read him a quote from a Oscar Wilde book and we would laugh, oh how we would laugh. At night, we would dress ourselves in the finest velour jumpsuits for a night out on the town. Man, he crushed so much talent that summer. It was just a few weeks, but man, it seemed to last a lifetime. I'll never forget Coach Tedford, all oiled up building a sand castle on the beach, laughing about how that crazzy Dorian Gray.
Took the Cal Volleyball team to the Final Four (right?) also dominated asa 5’8" OUTSIDE HITTER. She had some MAJOR HOPS, like her dad.
But among the [Cal volleyball] players that I’ve seen play on TV I’d say Angie Pressy was the most impressive. She’s just a freak…such a small player jumping that high and hitting that hard was just amazing.
#8 Joe Roth vs #9 Robert Jordan
To learn more about Roth, let's listen to the impeccable Keith Jackson.
"Dying is not so tough. For the last three years I've lived with the realization that the next day might be my last. I'm lucky to be here as long as I was, so don't feel any pity. A lot of people younger than me and older than me have to face up to this sort of thing. I'm nothing special. I'm Joe Roth, a student and a football player."
– Joe Roth
On a lighter side, this gives us a chance to showcase that great 1975 season again! Check out this sweet retro footage and vintage Roth.
RoJo also has twitter. A few of his masterpieces:
Robert Jordan never had a truly remarkable season for California, but he played solid downs all four seasons he was a Golden Bear. He plugged in gaps, bridging the gap between Lyman and Macarthur, Jackson and Hawkins, catching passes from at least five different California quarterbacks.