Archive for Archive for March, 2008

“A Turn For The Awesome” (Ben Braun Memories)

Because I only caught the tail end of Cal basketball under Braun (the NBA consumes too much of my life to follow college in earnest), I can really add nothing to personal memories of Ben Braun. I just watched what I saw on TV, and it was kind of like watching paint dry, then repainting […]

Posted by: Avinash on Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Site Upgrades Expected Today

Technical difficulties expected this afternoon, so just hang in there while you keep on clicking that Allison Stokke post through the roof.

Posted by: Avinash on Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Turf Wars: How Much Does the Surface Affect Cal?

I conclude this week by talking about grass. No, I’m not talking about the bums on Telegraph, although that would make for great interviewing. Is there something in the grass fields of college football stadiums that slows our players down and eventually knocks our team out? I bring this up because Cal football is a […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, March 28th, 2008

BREAKING: Ben Braun Out

In sad developments in Cal sports, Ben Braun could not capture his second coveted “national championship”. So close to being 66th. So damn close! Unfortunately, that was the cutoff-line for Sandy Barbour. Cal fired men’s basketball coach Ben Braun Wednesday after 12 seasons, citing lack of NCAA tournament appearances over the last five years. Braun […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Tha1 Plays Decoy (Robert Jordan TD versus TN)

This weekend I went about twelve rounds with Hydrotech from the California Golden Blogs over my playcalling posts (Part I & Part II of his ripostes are here). We both had errors in our logic (I think I said USC was in a 5-2 when it was clearly a 4-2 on the Forsett TD, he […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Which Conference Proved They Were the Strongest?

Who’s the best conference? This seems to be part of a minimal but growing debate–and by debate I mean chest-thumping–about the Pac-10 (usually USC fans angry at how indifferent southern college football fans are to recent Trojan dominance) and the SEC (indifferent to West Coast bluster, every year). The heat has been rising summer after […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, March 24th, 2008

Cal Sports Weekend Links

As March Madness rages, in between commercial breaks and CBS lunges, I thought you might be interested in some other Cal material. Remember when I created those primitive Pac-10 recruiting maps (here they are again)? Well, someone much better than me created something far more visually pleasing. Below are the 2008 HS and JUCO and […]

Posted by: Avinash on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

It’s Okay to Be Selfish

Montgomery explains his reasons for leaving Cal: Coming to Cal in the first place wasn’t a slam dunk for Montgomery. He’s said it before and he told me again on the phone that his choice to attend Cal was more of a family decision. Even when he was being recruited, Montgomery wasn’t sure Cal was […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Repetition Is Bad (3rd and Goal vs USC)

(It wasn’t planned for me to diagram gamefilm about Montgomery the day after he decided to transfer. So consider this summary an unintentional coincidence.) Now, some of you might think that I was too complimentary toward Tedford in this week’s earlier gamefilm summary. Well, for every good call, there is a bad call, and there […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Goodbye Monty

James Montgomery is transferring, reports Okanes. Cal coach Jeff Tedford confirmed this morning that running back James Montgomery is leaving Cal. “James Montgomery asked for his release and I granted it. He felt like there would be a better situation for him somewhere else. Fortunately for us, running back is a position with a lot […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, March 18th, 2008