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Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

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Nick Kranz: I'm thankful that Richard Solomon has worked very hard to turn himself into a rebounding savant. I'm thankful that Steve Birnbaum has returned healthy for the NCAA soccer playoffs. I'm thankful that Reshanda Gray is shooting higher than 60% from the field. I'm thankful that Memorial Stadium is the single most beautiful stadium in the Pac-12. I'm thankful for the men's and women's swim titles the Bears will win later this season.

I'm thankful that I live a life that allows me the free time and access to follow Cal sports so closely, and that my friends and family haven't shunned me for said obsession.

I'm thankful for CGB for providing me with hours of entertainment and more new friends than I ever could have anticipated. I'm thankful that I knew Bryan Harland, if only briefly.

Sam Fielder: I know it sounds cheesy, but I truly am thankful for this blog and the community of people that run and participate in it. As someone that lives in the heart of SEC country, my participation in this blog has increased the number of Cal fans that I know by approximately 10,000% (might be a little low on that estimate). To be able to interact people as passionate and excited about Cal athletics as I am is amazing and so enjoyable.

On a different note, I'm unbelievably thankful for the blessing of my wife, my twin sons, and the rest of my family. I started 2013 with a wife and two dogs and I'm ending it having added another dog and 2 boys. God has blessed me beyond measure and it is amazing to think how much my life has changed in the past year and how incredibly great all those changes have been.

Leland Wong: I am thankful for all the clichéd, but true things: the friends and family who are there to support me and the fact I have food in my belly and a warm place to sleep. I'm also thankful for snow-y winters and the dream of finishing grad school that perpetually leaves me hopeful.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to join the CGB team and getting to know some great Cal alums and fans, some of whom consider me a friend and some of whom I consider to be a friend, which means they're stuck having to deal with me because they're too nice to tell me to leave them alone.

I do not lump Sam into that group of great CGBears whom I'm thankful to know; he just perpetually fills me with envy because I know I'll never be as glorious nor handsome as that fellow.


Ruey Yen: Ditto on family/friends and the CGB team/community.

I'll add that as someone who notes all the Cal sports, there have yet to be a complete reverse of that second week of football season when every Cal team went undefeated. As frustrating as a lot of the results (mostly football) have been this year, there is typically a Cal squad that is winning something within a few days of that.

Vlad Belo: First and foremost, I am thankful for my children. I am thankful for new relationships I have cultivated this year. And I am thankful for CGB giving me an outlet to express my maniacal affection for Cal.

Avinash Kunnath: My virtual family, the CGB staff. I'm thankful for all of you. You endured one of the worst seasons in college football history and you all plugged in and executed miles better than any part of the football team we covered.

I was so happy and excited that we put this staff together to execute things, and none of you disappointed.

Nam stepped in perfectly and took over HydroTech's spot without a hitch, wrote up almost every breaking story, and his spring/fall reports were filled with the diligence a beat writer deserves. Nick has written more columns than I can count and we'll get to reap the rewards with a women's basketball pass this offseason. Ditto Berkelium97 replacing Marc and Leland taking Berkelium97's role. Vlad and Scott have settled into pretty comfortable roles. Liffey happily volunteered his services for the season.

Eugene has become our gameday man and deserves a round of beers for having to report on eight of those games up close. Lindsay had an incredible set of interviews that carried us all through the offseason. Ruey covered every Olympic sport without a hitch. Vincent compiled all our Q&As. Sam put up report card after report card filled with final grades that would've fit in well in a Chem 3A class.

Ragnarok transitioned from the death of the blogpoll to compiling weekly Pac-12 power rankings. The Buckeye Bear put together the gamethreads and Leland was happy to update those threads with continuous grim results. atomsareenough and LeonPowe were constant contributors along with everyone else on the roundtables. And of course, TwistNHook. I'm not sure why.

This sucks right now. It really sucks. But that's the nice thing about being Bears. Our lives don't revolve around football and we have plenty to enjoy in life. Let's appreciate everything else we have and the fact that we have a place like CGB to keep us together as a group through the tough times.

I'm proud of all of you for taking some time from your busy lives to cover the Bears, and here's to a festive holiday season and a better 2014.


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