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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

Nine Reasons Why Cal Might Beat U$C

In a week where the political sphere saw a decisive underdog perform exactly like an underdog, allow me to caution that these are reasons why Cal might beat U$C, not a declaration that Cal will beat U$C.  In truth I only restrain myself for fear of jinxing the team.  Since way back in 1996, I’ve consistently believed Cal would beat […]

Posted by: Tony on Thursday, November 6th, 2008

California-Oregon Report Card

More postgame thoughts: Hydrotech at the Golden Blogs, The Bear Will Not Quit, Bears With Fangs, Oski Talk, Ken’s podcast from Excuse Me For My Voice. Quarterback: To his credit, Riley was looking good out of the blocks after that “whaaa?” interception. Kevin converted all of his remaining third down opportunities into first down, first down, […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Watch Cal-Oregon Online

Online stream is available here. This is an open thread for the game, you can talk here or at CGB. Enjoy!

Posted by: Avinash on Saturday, November 1st, 2008

California-UCLA Report Card

Thanks to Tony for saving me for this weekend. It’s going to be a sporadic run to the finish. Um, yeah, I went to the game. I was actually standing next to the CGB guys, which was as surreal as it sounds. It was made even better by the fact that I could barely speak. […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

UCLA Observations

The Bad Drops and pass protection.  The former may improve, but so far it isn’t trending that way.  I was particularly disappointed to see Morrah continue to drop catchable balls.  We know from experience that he has great hands– may they reappear during the rest of the season.  Pass protection is less likely to improve.  We’ve been plagued by injuries on the line all season, […]

Posted by: Tony on Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Remember, Our Window Has Not Yet Closed

  A couple days ago, Avinash wrote about the slowly-diminishing probability that the Tedford era will deliever on its promise.  In the face of yet another very disappointing loss, Avinash quite reasonably wondered whether the window of opportunity was closing on Cal’s potential to reach the Rose Bowl and/or genuinely contend for national relevance.  The Arizona loss […]

Posted by: Tony on Friday, October 24th, 2008