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Golden Nuggets: Projecting the 2019 Cal Offense and Defense, Alex Morgan in SI Swimsuit Edition

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Some Baseball features as Cal is playing Stanford this weekend.

Cheez-It Bowl - California v TCU Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Since I was in Pittsburgh last weekend I got off track on the weekly Sunday schedule and there’s way too much going on to wait till the next one, hopefully there will be enough material this summer to make this more regular!

Football

Basketball

  • Jon Wilner likes the men’s basketball’s move to 20 conference games. However, the Pac-12 (including Cal) is still hurting their reputation with their soft non-conference schedules and believes there should be a fixed standard to non-conference scheduling (like a minimum NET average).
  • Layshia Clarendon is hoping her new home (with Anigwe in Connecticut) will be a great one for her.

Baseball/Softball

  • Darren Baker has done a lot to make a name for himself in ways other than just being Dusty Baker’s son.
  • Andrew Vaughn also isn’t just the 2017 Pac-12 Freshmen of the Year, or the 2018 Golden Spikes Winner... or the 2019 probable high draft pick... he’s also just a great person and family man.
  • We will find out on Sunday if Cal softball’s done enough for the post-season, but either way we know Jordan Fines will be making differences for her Cal Athletics community.
  • Lindsay Rood will be one of the best hitters in Cal Softball history, and has such a great athletic background that Cal Women’s Soccer coach Neil McGuire kept trying to get her to play for his team as well.

Misc.

  • Cal Bears Maven is covering the final weeks of Collin Morikawa’s Cal career. Here’s one of those videos of him preparing for, among other things, graduation. It includes links to other articles about him.
  • This season, Abbey Weitzel is finally back to her Olympic form.
  • Last, but certainly not least, Alex Morgan is back in Sports Illustrated! She is one of several gracing the cover this year. This linked article interviews Alex Morgan about her thoughts on the shoot, as well as the USWNT’s fight for equal pay. Of course, I expect the comments to be respectful and not creepy... (I say as if I’m not heart-eye emoji’ing all over the place)

Beat Stanford! I’ll be at Sunday’s game. (unfortunately won’t be able to make the USWNT match in Santa Clara, maybe another time...)