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If Only There Were Trees To Cut: The Big Game Experience

So I attended my first Big Game on Saturday, and it was quite pleasant. Figures that I’d go four years of undergrad without attending one Big Game. I even passed on the 2004 one when we all thought we were chomping on roses–probably for the best, since I’d probably have been in a coma after […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

California Soul

(For information on watching The Big Game countrywide or locations of the ten thousand national meetups, click here) It hasn’t been your typical Tedford season. Expectations have been low from the get-go, infused with a brief sense of hope for several games, only to be dashed by our team’s shortcomings and inexperience. No one really […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, November 21st, 2008

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

Games Games Games (Opening Night Liveblog) 8.28.08

No more BS. No more previews. No more talk and philosophical meanderings and quarterback debates and high school recruiting and practice and depth charts and everything that we can only ponder and snark at. Get ready; it’s gametime son. Sack up. I’ll start up the liveblog around 8:05 EST/5:05 PST for the NC State-South Carolina […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Jinx Removing

In my everyday life I’m a cold, secular rationalist.  But I am superstitious about exactly one thing:  sports.  In my mind, part of what makes being a fan fun is suspending your disbelief and allowing the conceit that what you do, as a spectator, might have a small impact on outcomes.  Of course, since football […]

Posted by: Tony on Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The Noodles at Cal (Wonderlic Scores)

(This is 90% Danzig, with some great data; my small contribution is the Analysis section after the scores and before the sources) I was catching up on my RSS feed yesterday and I came across a report that Mario Manningham of Michigan scored a ‘6’ on his Wonderlic IQ test. A fricking ‘6’?? I thought […]

Posted by: Danzig on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Can Cal Win State?

Does anyone else suspect that the Coach Taylor character on Friday Night Lights (awesome show, great job) is at least partially based on our beloved Coach Jeff Tedford? Consider the evidence: He’s a handsome, 40-something offensive mastermind, known as a quarterbacks guru, runs a pro-style offense with west coast elements, achieves early success as a […]

Posted by: Tony on Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Map of The Play

Have you ever been thinking, man, I really want a dorky map of The Play, even though I have the video saved on YouTube, can watch it on any classic sports highlights reel, can see reenactments at almost any Golden Bear event? Of course you haven’t. That’s exactly why I decided to make one. You […]

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

Seven Years Ago…the ‘Furd Forfeit

Seven years ago (well, on April 7th, but information travels slow), the Stanford rugby team decided to renounce all claims to their manhood. They forfeited a game against Cal because, as the Cardinal coach so eloquently put it, “they feared for their safety”. I do not jest. These emails are for real. The letter also […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Retrospection Evaluation–Stanford

They beat USC. They didn’t accomplish anything else. They lost to Notre Dame. The only other three wins came against Arizona, San Jose State and… You know what, we’re done here. I can’t rationally discuss this team without making me angry. YOU HEAR ME? (And now that we’re done with the unsuccessful teams, we’ll move […]

Posted by: Avinash on Friday, February 15th, 2008