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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

The Last Lecture: California

[youtube ji5_MqicxSo] Okay, this was supposed to be posted on EDSBS, but Orson Swindle was too busy being mesmerized by a poster of Rick Neuheisel that declared his monopoly on the college blogosphere over. Keep in mind this was written about three weeks ago before the quarterback situation had been resolved, although I think it […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, August 29th, 2008

Searching for Redemption: Cal’s 2008 Motto

Finding a theme for this upcoming season has been elusive. There are too many departed stars and unfamiliar characters to construct a proper narrative. These new California Golden Bears remain quite a mystery to us. Our experience with them has been too ephemeral to provide any meaningful terms beyond potential and hope; we know the […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, August 25th, 2008

Pathos of Nate Longshore

It seems football, more than any other sport, provides us with an interminable offseason of endless chatter that rinses and repeats the same old storylines. By the time we get to opening day we’re so exhausted of the cycle we’re just happy for the release of the kickoff. “He played admirably through three and a […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, August 14th, 2008

The OC (Frank Cignetti at Fresno State, Part II)

After about a month’s break since publishing Part I of the series, we’re going to dive back into the basic tenets of what we can expect from our new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. You’re getting all the nice political answers from Frank at Ted Miller’s blog, but here we’re going to dive into the trenches […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

The Open Door Policy

I’d like to talk a lot about practice or the overall merit of it; not that I think it’ll have too much correlation with how Cal performs this season. But of course the usual rules are in effect–practice is closed except to a few beat reporters like Okanes from the Contra Costa Times and Andrew […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, August 8th, 2008

What’s It Like Following A College Team?

There is always a deterministic sense of following hometown teams. I would guess that the majority of Cal fans are also Bay Area fans (or SoCal counterparts), and their emotions fall and rise with the As and the Giants, the 49ers and the Raiders, Warriors and Sharks. You associate with these teams earlier, it’ll always […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, July 21st, 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