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Saying Goodbye–Thomas DeCoud

Solid. That’s what you can say about Thomas DeCoud. He found receiver. He saw receiver made catch. He tackled said receiver. And the pattern repeated itself. Even when Cal slid, he didn’t slide along with them. DeCoud hit double digits in tackles in four of Cal’s losses, although some of that could be accounted for […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Saying Goodbye–Mike Gibson

This one’s always tough. Not because I don’t have anything to say…well, okay, I guess I don’t really have anything to say. So I’m going to wax philosophical here. Mike Gibson was a solid part of our offensive line, but the damned thing about O-lines is that all the players exist together in a unit. […]

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

Saying Goodbye–Craig Stevens

It’s weird–I went to almost all the Cal home games the past two years, and Craig Stevens never seemed to hit a blip on my radar. Probably my fault. I didn’t know any better and was too focused on the meltdowns and big players that I miss the unsung tight end. Perhaps if the Bears […]

Posted by: Avinash on Saturday, January 19th, 2008

That Damned Ankle–Nate’s Travails, Part I

Most fans are in agreement: When Nate Longshore’s ankle bucked up in Eugene, so did Cal’s 2007 season. It led to Riley running for his life against the Beavers. It led to Longshore coming back too early to replace Riley, and sinking at the end of close, crucial games. It led to the endless Longshore-Riley […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Saying Goodbye–Robert Jordan

Obviously one very prominent junior player is on his way to fulfilling his destiny as “the next Devin Hester”, and I’ll get to him later, but first we have to send off every big senior who deserves his due. I don’t get too misty-eyed sending off our seniors–they’re football players, they do their job, and […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

A Merry Christmas for Cal Football!

Don’t feel too bad for the players. Take a look at the lovely gift package the Armed Forces Bowl extracted for Air Force and Cal players: Slingbox SOLO, Timely Watch Co. watch, Armor Gear rolling duffle bag, and (haha) ball. I guess my question about the ball is what type of ball? Plastic? Rubber? Football? […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Tha1 Be Gone?

I don’t think many of us expected otherwise. Cal also was right there. Logistically, it made perfect sense. Close to home, close to his mother, who raised him and daughter Jessica alone. Though committed to Florida, Moore still took a recruiting visit to the Berkeley campus over the weekend. Friday’s festivities included dinner at Tedford’s […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

On Quitting

I don’t really want to talk too much about the collapse yet–it’s too soon. Breaking it all down right now will force me into alcoholism. Let me dwell on it after our bowl game. But there are a few things I want to touch on, some of them involving the status of our head coach. […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, December 4th, 2007