Thursday, August 28, 2008

ESPNGameDay is coming for Men's Basketball!


ESPN GameDay Coming to Haas Pavilion
National Show to Visit Campus for Feb. 28 Cal-UCLA Men's Basketball Game
Aug. 27, 2008

BERKELEY - ESPN's College GameDay and Saturday Primetime will make its Berkeley debut when the television road show comes to Haas Pavilion for the Feb. 28 Cal-UCLA men's basketball game.

The college basketball version of the popular College GameDay football series - featuring two one-hour shows at 8 a.m. and approximately 5 p.m. PT - will originate from Newell Court on campus before and after the Bears' final home game of the 2008-09 campaign.

Sponsored by State Farm, GameDay and Saturday Primetime return for a fifth season Jan. 17 and will run for eight consecutive weeks. The year will tip off in Chapel Hill, N.C., site of the ACC showdown between Miami and North Carolina. The program will make first-time stops at Cal, Notre Dame, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Scheduled sites for College GameDay and Saturday Primetime:

Jan. 17 Chapel Hill, N.C. Miami at North Carolina
Jan. 24 South Bend, Ind. Connecticut at Notre Dame
Jan. 31 Knoxville, Tenn. Florida at Tennessee
Feb. 7 Spokane, Wash. Memphis at Gonzaga
Feb. 14 Madison, Wis. Ohio State at Wisconsin
Feb. 21 Austin, Texas Oklahoma at Texas
Feb. 28 Berkeley, Calif. UCLA at California
March 7 Morgantown, W.V. Louisville at West Virginia

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cal Band vs. MSU info!

Here's the scoop on the Cal Band for Saturday:

As always, the Cal Band will perform it's Sproul Steps concert on Sproul Steps (duh) at around 3:30pm (1 1/2 hours before game time). Check it out!

The Cal Band has about 160 returning members with about 70 newmen. No one has gotten cut (yet?) as the newmen class is really strong and pre-game is charted for 221. :)


* Because of the ABC coverage, the Star Spangled Banner will probably be played after Big 'C' in the "C" formation.

* Pre-game is charted for 221 members. (Half-time is less, I forget the number.)

* The third song of pre-game is "Golden Bear."

* All season, instead of marching show-high to "America the Beautiful", the band will march show-high to "Hail to California". Apparently it works without the fermatas.


* Show: The Who Show -- Who Are You, I Can't Explain, My Generation, Baba O'Reily, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again.

* The Michigan State Band will not be performing at half-time (and I don't believe they are coming at all). There will be parachuters after the Cal Band performance.

Cal Band Great!

Memorial Stadium Game Day Access

If you are going to the game on Saturday, like me, you are probably wondering how the heck to get in. Here's the skinny:

Go Bears! Beat Michigan State!

Michigan State! (Steve Harris)

Hello and Go Bears! Welcome to Michigan State Week!

Game 1: Cal (Pac-10) v. Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten)
Date/Time: Saturday, August 30, 5:00 pm
Location: Memorial Stadium (67,537 capacity (with tarps), Momentum Turf)
TV/Radio: ABC (regional coverage)/KGO 810 AM/XM Satellite Radio (Ch. 193-195)
History: MSU leads, 2-1; Cal won at MSU 46-22 in ’02 (first meeting since ’58)
Rankings: Unranked, though Cal received votes in ESPN/USA Today and AP Polls
Point Spread: Cal by 4-1/2
Opposing Team Colors: Green and White

Sagarin computer ratings on Cal and various opponents:
National rank Team
1 $C
12 Oregon
14 Cal
51 Michigan State
73 stanfurd (enjoy the Axe while you can!)

SOUND-BITE SEASON PREVIEW: 3 keys: 1) quarterback, 2) defensive line, 3) injuries.
We need good QB play, defensive line pressure on their quarterback, and fewer injuries!

PREVIEW OF MICHIGAN STATE (7-6, 3-5 in the Big-10, 2-1 against Cal)

Cal’s overall concerns: Defend our domicile! (er, um, not a bad slogan for a T-Shirt!) Alternatively: prove yourselves! The team and the public wanted Kevin Riley to be the quarterback… here he is. Coaches say the defense will bring more pressure… here’s the chance!

Cal’s Offense: Attack!
Ø Michigan State lost three starters on the defensive line to graduation… sophomore running back Jahvid Best (4) finds good running lanes behind Cal’s offensive line.
Ø MSU will blitz an inexperienced quarterback with inexperienced receivers. Riley completes screen passes to Best and finds wide receivers on the run to defeat the strategy.
Ø The Spartans’ starting free safety was asked to leave the team last week for undisclosed "personal reasons." Open season on Jenrette’s replacement!

Ø MSU lost 4 of 5 offensive linemen to graduation… the weakest part of the team now.
Ø The Spartans’ top player is senior running back Javon Ringer, one of the best backs in the country. Cal’s new defense (featuring three defensive linemen and four linebackers), must exploit the weak offensive line and stop Ringer. Stop the run, stop the Spartans.

What on earth are we wearing? New togs for Cal football for 2008 (after last year’s mess, not a bad idea). The uniform incorporates aspects of the previous uniforms with new stream-lined patterns. They’re an acquired taste, unlike those highlighter uniforms…

Yeah, so, what about those awful highlighter uniforms? We haven't been to The Bowl That Shan't Be Named in 48 years. We're 5-0 in those uniforms. I hate them too, but until Cal actually loses whilst wearing them, they're the next best thing to hearing chainsaws on Gayley.

1/2-baked T-shirt? No, I'm not talking about those tye-died Cal Football shirts that Coach Tedford really didn't like back in the day. This year's official Game Day shirt is underwhelming. Every Game Counts is the motto for this year's team, but the home schedule is printed on the back. Guess that potential showdown in LA against $c is just for giggles?

stanfurd football “guarantee”: this is so stupid you can’t make it up. If you buy stanfurd season tickets and you don’t feel like you received the entertainment value of the ticket after the fourth home game (i.e., before you find out how much stanfurd really sucks at the $c game), return your $c ticket and ask for your money back. Let me help you out, losers. We don’t need four stanfurd home games to know that you suck!

So what’s going to happen Saturday? Why Cal could lose the game: Defensive line gets no pass rush, Cal gives up several turnovers, and Michigan State runs all over Cal’s supposedly improved defense. Why Cal could win the game: Riley manages a good game and doesn’t turn the ball over. Defensive pressure rattles a Spartans quarterback who threw four interceptions and fumbled the ball away during Michigan State’s bowl game. Michigan State is an average team in a weak conference with a second year coach, and is 14-26 on the road the past eight years. Cal hasn’t lost a home game to a non-$c or Oregon State opponent in the five years since the 2003 $c game (23-5 record). Riley engineers a long drive late in the fourth quarter to seal not only the win, but also the QB job for good. Cal 28, Michigan State 24.

COURT UPDATE: Judge Miller issued a tentative ruling on Thursday that she is inclined to grant Cal’s request to dissolve the injunction without a 7-day delay to allow the Oaks Folks to appeal. Cal stipulated to wait 48 hours for an appeal to be filed, and if one is, then to wait until the Court of Appeal decides the merits of a stay. Bottom line: if Cal wins at Monday’s Order to Show Cause hearing, the 7 day window + automatic 20-day stay is eliminated, judgment is entered on 8/25, the appeal is probably filed on 8/26, and then (I would think), the Court of Appeals decides on the stay within 20 calendar days (by 9/15), if not before. We’ll see!

Steven Harris ’93 just got back from his 20th High School Reunion… he feels older and more successful than he thought. He appreciates his family even more now and appreciates the Cal family that welcomed him with open arms so long ago! Speaking (writing?) about appreciation, please take a moment and appreciate and thank Sandy Barbour and the Athletic Department staff for all their hard work to support Cal’s traditions! She could have left a long time ago after the tree-sitters mess quagmired and tree sitter management wasn’t in her job description, so thanks very much Sandy! Soon to be 3-year-old Jeremy Harris says: My name is Jeremy and I am 2… Michigan State doesn’t have a clue! GO BEARS!

Jeff Tedford Blog

Check out Tedford's Blog!


"Our staff and players have all analyzed last year over and over, and I know everybody has searched to put their arms around the disappointment of 2007. But it's time to focus on 2008 so this is the last time I'm going to touch on last year's experience; our focus is this year's team. There is no definitive answer for what happened. Football is a team game and everybody that is part of this program, coaches and players, has shouldered responsibility. There are so many variables involved, they can be statistical, mental, emotional or physical, but the fact is, lessons are learned from each one of those factors. We are very excited to use these lessons to move forward and we feel great about our progress, our vision and the new season which is upon us. "

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Maryland Athletics Email Newsletter

Back in February, I subscribed to the Maryland Athletics E-Newsletter. Finally, this is the first email I have gotten!

Dear Erin,

Fans are invited to join Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen as we kickoff the 2008 edition of the Ralph Friedgen radio show, hosted by Johnny Holliday, live from the Outback Steakhouse in Aspen Hill on Wednesday, August 27th at 8pm! Coach Friedgen will discuss training camp, the season opener against Delaware as well as answer questions from the fans.

Students, Alumni, and all Terrapin fans are invited to join Coach Friedgen to ask questions on-location or by calling in toll free (888) 372-9535.

Visit and click on the "Ask Ralph" button to submit your questions for the coach. One question will be answered live on the show each week. is also the place to find additional scheduling information.

The live call-in show airs each Wednesday throughout the season on the Terrapin Sports Radio network and can also be heard through internet on,, &

Go Bears! :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Cal vs. Michigan State


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Jeff Tedford Names Riley as starting quarterback: (The word on the street is that Longstore will play a bunch as well)

Cal vs. Michigan State Facts

Some of those facts:
Michigan State mascot: Sparty the Spartan. (How original!)

In Cal's football history, the Golden Bears have posted a 69-39-4 record in season-openers. Jeff Tedford has recorded a 4-2 mark in lid-lifters. Leonard "Stub" Allison, who was far-and-away the most successful Cal coach in season-opening contests. During his 10-year tenure in Berkeley, Allison posted a 9-1 mark in contests that christened the season. Currently Cal is on a stretch of winning nine of its last 12 opening games.

Cal-Michigan State Series
Michigan State holds a 2-1 season series advantage over the Golden Bears:
9/14/02 - Cal 46, at Michigan State 22
9/27/58 - at Michigan State 32, Cal 12
10/5/57 - Michigan State 19, at Cal 0

Talent Is Never Enough
Despite having six players selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Golden Bears slipped to 7-6 during the 2007 campaign. In the midst of a thorough review of the program, Jeff Tedford picked up a book that Athletic Director Sandy Barbour had distributed to all of Cal's head coaches and senior staff members - "Talent Is Never Enough" by John C. Maxwell.
"I started reading it and I found myself highlighting half of pages, or full pages. It was so relevant to what our situation was," Tedford told the Contra Costa Times. "I felt like we needed to spend time on a lot of the things in the book and go back and redefine who we are."

The book focuses on 13 things which affect talent and allow a team to go beyond its talent: Belief, Passion, Initiative, Focus, Preparation, Practice, Perseverance, Courage, Teachability, Character, Relationships, Responsibility and Teamwork.

We're Men, We Won 40
The Bears have won 43 games over the past five seasons. It is the most victories by California over a five-year period since the 1948-1949-1950-1951-1952 teams combined to win 44 games.
Uniform Changes
The California football team will have a new look for the 2008 season. Head coach Jeff Tedford, the players and the staff worked with Nike to develop an overall new look, which incorporates aspects of the previous uniforms with new stream-lined patterns.

2008 Cal Band Half-Time Shows

From the Cal Band Drum Major:

Hello Alumni! My name is Frankie Garland and I play the mellophone. I'm the Cal Band's Drum Major for this upcoming season and wanted to give you all an update on our planned halftime performances. We have a full, diverse schedule of shows and we look forward to performing them on the field. We hope you're around to see them this Fall!

Our 2008 Schedule is:

- August 30th, Michigan St:
The Who Show -- Finally a tribute to the true rock greats! including Who Are You, I Can't Explain, My Generation, Baba O'Reily, Pinball Wizard, Won't Get Fooled Again

- September 27th, Colorado State/High School Band Day:
The Hip Hop Show -- Something we figure the high school kids will enjoy. Its never too early to start recruiting! including Take You There (Sean Kingston), Deja Vu (Beyonce), Umbrella (Rhianna), Stronger (Kanye West), The Way I Are (Timbaland), 4 Minutes (Madonna and Justin Timberlake).

- October 4th, Arizona State/Alumni Band Day:
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons -- Frankie Valli got his start around 1958. Brussels Tour? Eh Eh? including Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You, Oh What a Night

- October 25th, UCLA/Hall of Fame Day:
The Sports Show -- I like this show cause it breaks the mold of just choosing an artist and playing 5 of their songs. We're playing all the TV sports theme and hoping to incorporate some Cal Athletes and the Jumbo-Tron to show classic Cal Sports Moments.including Monday Night Football Theme, MLB on Fox Theme, NBA on NBC Theme, NFL on CBS Theme, NFL on Fox Theme

- November 1st, Oregon:
Arena Rock -- A Show dedicated to Hard Rock of the 1980s. We're hoping to chart the show such that each song faces a different direction and thus the 4 parts of the crowd. This would make it truly an "Arena" show. including Enter Sandman (Metallica), Panama (Van Halen), Dream On (Aerosmith), Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses), You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC).

- November 8th, @U$C:
Arena Rock

- November 22nd, Big Game:
90s Pop Show -- A show dedicated to the pop hits of our youth. including Backstreet Boys, Hanson, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and NSync.- December 6th, Washington: Disney Show -- A tribute to classic Disney Films including Circle of Life (Lion King), A Whole New World (Aladdin), Under the Sea (Little Mermaid), Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast), Be A Man (Mulan)

- Potential Bowl Game Show:
Bruce Springsteen -- We're trying to plan ahead for a bowl game show so that we don't end up scrapping a sloppy show together at the last minute.including Born in the U.S.A, Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days, Born to Run

So there you have it folks! We hope you enjoy our musical selections and I'm sure the Stunt committee will unveil some amazing charting. We already have Pregame and the Who Show nearly finished and I'm excited to perform them both for you in just a few weeks. Thanks for your time!

Go Bears!
Frankie Garland '05 Mellophone, DM '08

Cal gear including 2008 Game Day Shirt

Cal Athletics has a new merchandise provider:

2008 Game Day shirt:

There is also great stuff at the Cal Student Store:

Ex-Cal Kicker Tom Schneider

From ex-CAL kicker Tom Schneider (Tom is kicking well in practice for North Alabama and opens his first game as a kicker with them on Aug. 28):

"The website is up and running. [Here is the] website We just had an article run in the contra costa times on the project"

The link is and here are a few key excerpts, "Former Cal football players Smits, Schneider team up on book...Cory Smits and Tom Schneider figured they'd make themselves useful. The former Cal quarterback and kicker missed all last season with injuries. While their teammates were taking reps at practice, Smits and Schneider were taking pictures. Smits had shoulder surgery before the season, and Schneider suggested that he spend the year chronicling the 2007 version of Cal football. Schneider then joined him on the sidelines after suffering a season-ending leg injury while warming up for the season-opener against Tennessee. The duo thought snapping photos would be a fun way to pass the time at practice while giving players some memories of the season. But after taking what Smits estimates was about 5,000 pictures, it turns out there were some pretty good ones.

The result: A coffee table book that just went on sale called "Inside the Huddle: A photographic journal of Cal football."

Schneider is still playing. Schneider used up all of his Division I-A eligibility but transferred to Division II North Alabama for this season....The book is currently only available at, but Smits said he will have booths set up at the "FunZone" outside Memorial Stadium and on Bancroft Avenue during the day of home games. He's also hoping to get in on the shelves at some independent bookstores and at concession stands inside the stadium. The book features an inside look at different aspects of the Cal football program — practices, facilities, meetings, recruiting and, of course, games."

California Golden Blogs

For great Cal Football posts and hilarity:

Go Bears!

Steve Harris August 21, 2008

From: Steven Harris
-- Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2008
-- Subject: And the QB is... Kevin Riley!

I can't believe it either! There's hope for Cal football after all! Per the Oakland Tribune's Jonathan Okanes about 90minutes ago, Coach Tedford said that Kevin Riley will start... but Nate Longshore will probably see action as well. This is a big, big opportunity.

Remember that the Pac-10 opener is in the second week, AT Washington State. Sure, WSU is going to be very weak this year, but it's still the Pac-10 opener, and Coach Tedford doesn't want to mess around with that important game, particularly a road matchup.

So what does this mean? I think it means that if Riley has a strong opener against Michigan State, then he's got the job. If Riley struggles, then Nate could easily win the job back. I'm just happy that Coach Tedford was open-minded enough to see past some extreme loyalty and select the QB who has the best potential to win. Longshore, God bless him, plateaued. Well worth the growing pains to see what Riley has for us.

Just so you can see the announcements for yourself...

SF Comical...Riley wins starting QB job at CalThursday, August 21, 2008 -- Berkeley, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Riley will start the season opener at quarterback for California against Michigan State with former starter Nate Longshore expected to play as a reserve. Kevin Riley has won the nod as the starting QB at Cal. Coach Jeff Tedford made the announcement about his quarterbacks after practice on Thursday. The Golden Bears open the season Aug. 30 at home against the Spartans. "We feel like both of them have had great camps, but Kevin's going to take the first snaps and we'll see how it goes from there," Tedford said. "Nate will play in the game. I don't know exactly when, but Kevin will start." Riley saw action in four games last year as a redshirtfreshman, throwing for 563 yards and five touchdowns. In Riley's first career start last season, he tried to run with the ball in the final seconds instead of throwing it away, costing the Bears the chance at a game-tying field goal in a 31-28 loss to Oregon State. Cal would have been in position to move up to No. 1 in the poll with a win, but instead lost six of its final regular season games. Riley did excel in the Armed Forces Bowl for Cal, entering with a 21-0 deficit in the second quarter and leading the Bears to a 42-36 victory over Air Force. Riley was 16-for-19 for 269 yards and three touchdowns to earn MVP honors in the game. "I'm just getting ready for Michigan State," Riley said. "It's an honor to be named the starter, especially after what Nate's done at Cal. We're in good hands having two good quarterbacks here. I just have to prepare, watch film and get ready for this game." Longshore ranks fourth all-time at Cal in passing efficiency (133.1), sixth in passing touchdowns (62)and seventh in passing yardage (5,732). He is also second all-time at Cal with 18 victories as a starting quarterback.

NorCal Band Benefit

From CAA Executive Director Tuck Coop-

Dear Cal Band Family, Friends, and Supporters:

On Friday, September 19, 2008, we hope you will join us for a fun-filled and exciting evening in support of the Cal Band. This year's NorCal Benefit will be held at the fabulous Julia Morgan designed Berkeley City Club with a theme of "Blue Nights, Golden Lights." It promises to be an extraordinarily eventful evening with all proceeds going towards the support of our beloved Cal Band.

The University of California Marching Band 2008 Northern California Benefit: Blue Nights, Golden Lights

Friday, September 19, 2008
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

For more information, please call (510) 643.2662 Event details

As always, this will be the Band's largest fundraising event of the year and it promises to be a wonderful combination of great food, great music (plenty of performances by Cal Band members), great ambiance, and great company. Please RSVP by September 6, 2008.

Thanks so much for your support and Go Bears!

Tuck Coop
Chair, NorCal Benefit 2008
Executive Director
California Alumni Association
1 Alumni House, Berkeley CA 94720-7520 Phone: (888) CAL.ALUM Fax: (510) 642.6252

2008 Cal Football Schedule

August 30: Michigan State, 5pm, ABC
Sept. 6: @ WSU, 3:30pm, CSN West
Sept. 13: @ Maryland, 9am PST, ESPN/ESPN2
Sept. 20: BYE
Sept. 27: Colorado State, 3pm PST, CSN West
Oct. 4: ASU (Homecoming & Alumni Band Day)
Oct. 11: BYE
Oct. 18: @ Arizona, 7pm PST/MST, CSN West
Oct. 25: UCLA
Nov. 1: Oregon
Nov. 8: @ USC, 5pm, ABC
Nov. 15: @ OSU
Nov. 22: Stanfurd, 12:30pm (no TV yet)
Nov. 29: BYE (Thanksgiving)
Dec. 6: Washington

Future Schedules: