Archive for Quarterbacks

A Very Longshore Engagement

It’s weird to think three of my formative Cal football years have been spent agonizing over the play of Nate Longshore. And the agony was perpetual; he never seemed bad enough to be benched, but never good enough to be lauded. He was the perfect polarizer, someone who eternally frustrated you, yet never seemed entirely […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, December 29th, 2008

Is Nate Longshore A Better Quarterback Than A Machine?

(Started a thread about cardinal sins for Cal fans last night over at CGB. Come take a gander.) Lowell Cohn provides his bizarro logic as to why he rides the Nate Hate Train. I am not a Nate Longshore fan. I admit that. It’s nothing personal because he seems like a nice young man, polite, […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Change, Change, Change Some More

After Rob Calonge gave this site massive props in putting us in the “Best Blogs” category with other worthy contenders and adding us to his Oski’s Favorites linkroll, it was time to return the favor. I wrote up an article in the SF Examiner discussing the divisive nature of Cal fans and the quarterback debate […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

What I Learned From The Bear Insider

There are so many things I learn from reading message boards. I get these deep, penetrating insights that I could never get from being in the locker room and can thus virtually coach the game based on what anonymous posters have discovered through the game. You just get the feeling that they should be watching […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, October 10th, 2008

The Longshore-Riley-Mansion Debates: Decision Making

After four weeks of action by our football team, we continue the California Golden Bears quarterback debates of 2008. MODERATOR: After a spirited first round, it’s time for a new topic. Mr. Longshore, for two years you were the starter under Jeff Tedford and ran his West Coast offense with great proficiency. Yet after you […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, September 29th, 2008

Significant Terps: Cal – Maryland Preview

(Just a programming note: Cal-Maryland liveblog starts at 11:30-11:45 AM EST, 8:30-8:45 AM PST. Mmm, bleary-eyed.) Offense-We’re not so different after all: In a hotly debated quarterback controversy, both Jordan Steffy and Chris Turner had their roles to play in the 2007 season. After Steffy epitomized the low-risk offense (67.3 completion percentage with 98 yards […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, September 12th, 2008

Who Had The Better Week 1, Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre?

You are likely to hear these two names mentioned in the same sentence a lot this season: Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. There is really no way around it for Rodgers, the unproven new Packer starter, who is going to be under the public microscope for the entire season as his stat-lines are compared to […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Tearing It Down, Building It Up (Treesitters, Cal-Wazzu Previews)

With their days numbered, the hippies can now be seen live. ABC7 has put up a feed of the Oak Grove for Cal fans everywhere to view the carnage. Well, mostly of those two hippies freestyling and yapping at cops, but whatever. If we can’t get the game online, hopefully you’ll be able to watch […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, September 5th, 2008

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

Present is Past is Future

Regardless of all the games on the field, I sense that the big battle this year is about something more than just mere games. The battle most of our fans will have is internal, one about grappling identities between what they think is possible and what they believe is possible. Fans that haven’t tasted ultimate […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, August 22nd, 2008