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Fade to Black

Two years isn’t so bad. People might have noticed my writing slow down to a trickle over the past several months, and with good reason. I didn’t really have a handle on how to build a Golden Bears community that could sustain itself, and my interest in writing for Bears Necessity diminished along with it.  [...]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Me And The Tree

So, it seems that we at Bears Necessity have been a little dumbstruck by the loss to OSU.  Now that my five-day hangover has finally subsided, I’m in a mood to skip right ahead to this week’s Big Game.  Earlier this week CGB invited readers to share their fondest Big Game stories.  Mine begins way back in 1996, [...]

Posted by: Tony on Wednesday, November 19th, 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

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

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

My Contribution To the Infinite Regress

At 4-1 with seven fat Pac-10 games to go, Cal is once again ranked, once again in first place in the conference, and once again besot with a doubting fanbase wondering just how good (or bad) the team really is.  Why are we still wondering?  Because college football is epistemologically… well, complicated.  The future is [...]

Posted by: Tony on Friday, October 17th, 2008

Will All of Cal’s Football Games Get Televised?

Thursday’s usually nonsense day here at BN, so it’s not surprising that we’re discussing the boob tube. But there are fun discussions going on with out friends at CGB. For those who want to know what being a Cal fan is like, click here (plus my response to this question, which is looking like my [...]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Thirty-Three and a Third

Wham, bam and whaddyaknow, the season is a third over (not counting the Emerald/Rose Bowl).  We have a newly-opened quarterback competition, uncertainty over the health of our star running back, a promising stable of young (or at least unfamiliar) wide receivers who have yet to assert themselves, and myriad other nagging questions.  In other words, [...]

Posted by: Tony on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

So Much For The Nine Dwarfs

Tonight’s massive upset of U$C by the Beavers was huge not because it was shocking, but rather because it was so predictable.  How predictable?  So predictable that, if not for the demands of my day job, I would have written this post before today’s game even started.  How predictable?  So predictable that my U$C buddy [...]

Posted by: Tony on Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Blogroll Updates, Technical Matters

With commenting lagging over the offseason, you might have noticed this site has switched over to the Disqus commenting system to encourage and foster more discussion. Some of the comments are split between here and the syndication of these posts at Bleacher Report, so I generally get comments either here or there. Hopefully things get [...]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008