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Cal-MSU Quick Reactions

Our contributor Tony has spent the entire summer enjoying the New York art scene and enjoying many purchased fruity margaritas at tapas restaurants. Neither of these reports have been confirmed, only assumed. He’s back for the season, and he filed this early report of the game. Perhaps I should say quick “slightly impared” reactions.  Needless to […]

Posted by: Tony on Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Pac-10 Quarterback Analysis, Part III: The Situation Room

(Read Part I on Longshore and Part II on Pac-10 QBs here) Seems people demand it, but it looks like it’s time to figure out what Nate Longshore and his Pac-10 bretheren are truly capable of situationally. You’ve probably read about the situational practices Tedford is placing his quarterbacks through and how each of them […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, August 11th, 2008

Give Me Bad Numbers: Pac-10 Quarterback Analysis, Part II

The college quarterback rating formula is absurdly reductionist. It overvalues completions rather than completion percentage, it overvalues touchdowns rather than drives, it overvalues interceptions by placing them all at the same value, and it really really really overvalues yardage without analyzing yards after catch. Almost all of the things plugged into the formula represent outcomes […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Them Shores Be Long: Pac-10 Quarterback Analysis, Part I

Part-time BN contributor Danzig wrote a killer post on CGB discussing the merits and demerits of Nate Longshore. There are a few parts I want to analyze and some other issues I’d like to expand upon, as I look across the state of Pac-10 QBs this week going into 2008. Passing efficiency: Also notice that […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, July 28th, 2008

Walk the Line: What Vegas Thinks About Cal and the Pac-10

I have a gambling problem. Not a gambling addiction (other than one bad incident that I deserved, I’ve been fairly frugal with my betting habits). No, my problem is that I’m no good at gambling. I.e. I lose a lot of money. I seem to have terrible patterns at predicting who will win and even […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

My Cal Preview for Michigan State Fans

Enlightened Spartan indulged me with my insipid Q&A, so I provided him with some thoughtless noninsight on his site. Note though: The site seems to have been made in 1997, because I can’t find a way to directly link to this. So you’ll have to go directly to enlightenedspartan dot com and look around in […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The OC (Examining Frank Cignetti, Part I)

We’re inching towards kickoff–and by inching, I mean baseball season sucks. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be eyeing several key points of Cal’s 2008 season, culminating with the crucial quarterback battle. I’ll start by discussing our new offensive coordinator and what his playcalling and personality at Fresno State was like. Frank Cignetti’s […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, July 7th, 2008

Dining in Hell: Cal-Michigan State Preview

Eight weeks to kickoff. A tantilizingly short eight weeks. Thankfully while we have a long and warm summer to bask in before we get there…oh wait, you mean this damned city is currently undergoing frigid fifty degree weather? That students are wearing sweaters instead of sundresses? That everyone is cold and implacable to one another […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Can He Still Ghost Ride?

In the grand tradition of smooth public relations, Marshawn Lynch’s vehicular saga concludes on a Friday afternoon. Marshawn has issued a public statement, pleaded guilty to “failing to use due care towards a pedestrian,” and received a whopping $150 fine. The only punishment of any consequence is that Marshawn has to surrender his brand new […]

Posted by: Tony on Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Faster Than Your Average Bear

With all signs still pointing towards Jahvid Best being fully recovered for next year, and it looking like the Bears will have at least one RB with gametime experience, I found myself asking “hey, how good is Jahvid Best anyway?” My general impression is “quite good.” But with only one truncated season to judge, its […]

Posted by: Tony on Thursday, June 12th, 2008