Archive for Archive for November, 2008

If Only There Were Trees To Cut: The Big Game Experience

So I attended my first Big Game on Saturday, and it was quite pleasant. Figures that I’d go four years of undergrad without attending one Big Game. I even passed on the 2004 one when we all thought we were chomping on roses–probably for the best, since I’d probably have been in a coma after […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

California Soul

(For information on watching The Big Game countrywide or locations of the ten thousand national meetups, click here) It hasn’t been your typical Tedford season. Expectations have been low from the get-go, infused with a brief sense of hope for several games, only to be dashed by our team’s shortcomings and inexperience. No one really […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, November 21st, 2008

Me And The Tree

So, it seems that we at Bears Necessity have been a little dumbstruck by the loss to OSU.  Now that my five-day hangover has finally subsided, I’m in a mood to skip right ahead to this week’s Big Game.  Earlier this week CGB invited readers to share their fondest Big Game stories.  Mine begins way back in 1996, […]

Posted by: Tony on Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

California-Oregon State Report Card

Quarterback: 11-25 for 117 yards isn’t good. But then again, Riley was getting battered around like a pinball for much of the final three quarters. Getting rushed not only from the edges, but in between the tackles, at the gaps, from the sidelines, whatever. Nevertheless, other than the early Tucker touchdown, Riley only had flashes […]

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

Pac-10 Scoring Trends, 2004-2008

(Scoring offense is points scored by the team, scoring defense refers to points given up, just to avoid any confusion. This is not a competition between how many touchdowns Jahvid Best or Syd’Quan Thompson would score, although that would be sick.) WOOOOOOOOO! Graphs baby graphs! There are some immediate trends you can notice. The powerful […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, November 13th, 2008

CBS Sports Blogpoll Week 12

Rank Team Delta 1 Texas Tech 2 2 Alabama 1 3 Texas 1 4 Florida 2 5 Oklahoma 2 6 Southern Cal 2 7 Utah 4 8 Penn State 6 9 Boise State 1 10 Oklahoma State 5 11 Missouri 1 12 Georgia 1 13 Ohio State 3 14 Ball State — 15 TCU 6 […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

California-USC Report Card

Nate Longshore: Another strange performance. It wasn’t like Nate was bad, even though he had those two interceptions called back on bizarro penalties. Interestingly enough he seemingly replicated his 2006 USC performance with three nice rollouts. But the offense moved like it was playing in a mudstorm (three timeouts had to be called to avoid […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Initial Post-U$C Thoughts

1.  My first thought is SCREW YOU ‘SC.  I’m really tired of this program and its fanbase treating “knocking players out of the game” as its animating principal.  For an example, see Conquest Chronical’s Q&A with CGB the other day.  If you need another example, try having a conversation with a U$C fan without them making some reference to the hit Desean Jackson took against […]

Posted by: Tony on Sunday, November 9th, 2008

It’s All About Desire

For more reasoned analysis concerning USC, check out The Bear Will Not Quit (who also warns you about that damned Havili wheel play ARRRGH). Information on watching Cal-USC online or at meetups is here. (This was originally a response to Hydrotech’s post about cautious optimism) [youtube 6nJLgKvVzY4] To be honest, most Cal fans already won […]

Posted by: Avinash on Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Will Cal’s Offense Finally Break Through Against USC?

Continuing where Tony left off, it’s not hard to envision a scenario where USC goes down, and it starts on the defensive end. For all the complaints about Bob Gregory that have been voiced, there’s no doubt the defense has been the strongest part of the 2008 California Golden Bears. Currently the Bears defense are […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, November 7th, 2008