Cal @ Oregon … a Duck Deluge …


… after a bye week last Saturday, the Cal Bears were back in action tonight in Eugene against the Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks Logo

… unlike the metaphorical  thunder and  lightning  of the Ohio State game, most of tonight’s game was played in a literal driving rain storm

… unfortunately for the Bears, though, the result was very similar to the previous game …

… as Cal fumbled the ball away on each of its first four possessions (2 by QB Jared Goff and 1 each by HBs Brendan Bigelow & Khalfani Muhammad), while running just 12 plays …

… and the Ducks capitalized on three of the fumbles for touchdowns to lead 20-0 halfway through the first quarter …

… after which the points continued raining  down almost as heavily as the precipitation …

… a Cal punt and a turnover on downs each led to another Oregon touchdown and a 34-0 deficit for the Bears

… and then some of that lightning  struck again, as Oregon punt returner Bralon Addison splished & splashed 75 yards for another touchdown and a 41-0 Ducks lead …

… before the Bears managed a 46 yard field goal by K Vince D’Amato on the final play of the first half to make the score 41-3 as the teams took refuge in their locker rooms.

In the second half, Oregon’s punt returner Addison had a second PR TD … 67 yards this time …

… and a 25 yard touchdown run made the score 55-3 just five minutes into the third quarter …

… after which the Ducks took pity, playing reserves most of the rest of the game …

… while Cal scored a couple of times on a 1 yard run by HB Jeffrey Coprich

… and a 7 yard pass from QB Zach Kline to WR James Grisom

… to make the final score 55-16.


The stats make the game sound closer than it really was …

… as the Ducks had 381 yards in total offense and 21 first downs to 325 and 20 for the Bears

… though most of Cal’s yardage was gained against Oregon reserves.

Kline, brought in early because Goff could not handle the ball in the rain, saw his first action of the season.

Because the Pac-12 and DirecTV have still not reached an agreement for broadcasting the Pac-12 Network, I was not able to watch most of this game …

… caught the first 20 minutes while having dinner at Phyllis’ Giant Hamburgers

… and listened to the rest of the game on the radio …

… very frustrating, to say the least …

… let’s get a TV deal done, guys!

Obviously, since I was not at the game, I have no photos to include this week …

… but some game photos, as well as a game report, stats and video, are available on the ESPN Cal Bears page:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/team/_/id/25/california-golden-bears

… and while a game report, stats and post-game quotes are on the official Cal Bears website:

http://www.calbears.com/SportSelect.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&SPID=126513&SPSID=749425

… there are, for unknown reasons, no photos there this week.

Next week, the now Bears (1-3) return to Memorial Stadium

Cal Memorial Stadium panoramic view

… at 1:00 pm Saturday to host the Washington State Cougars (3-2).

Washington State Cougars Logo

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The World’s Top 10 Best Images of Cats Playing Chess


Russell Deasley has done it again with his Caturday “Worlds Top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!” A great collection of photos of cats playing chess … with humorous captions and interesting & educational commentary. Thanks again, Russell!

USS Frank E. Evans Reunion …


This weekend, the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) reunion was held in Virginia Beach.  I was not able to attend, but my Dad — one of the survivors of the 1969 sinking of the ship — was there.

The Virginian-Pilot ran a front page story about  the reunion, which included a photo of my Dad.

USS Frank E. Evans Reunion Virginian-Pilot Front Page 130928 cropped

The online version of the article and several photos from the reunion can be seen here:

http://hamptonroads.com/2013/09/navy-ship-survivors-families-want-dead-be-honored

They are also linked in a post on my Facebook page here:

https://www.facebook.com/jamest.reilly.3

Freelance writer and author Louise Esola, who is writing a book about the Evans and who is a strong supporter of efforts to have the names of the lost sailors added to the Vietnam Wall, also attended the reunion and posted several comments on her Facebook page:

Louise Esola

Louise Esola

https://www.facebook.com/WriterLouiseEsola

For more information about the Evans, see the USS Frank E. Evans Association website:

USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)

USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754)

http://www.ussfrankeevansassociationdd754.org/

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Other websites with information of interest about the Evans:

Lost at Sea Memorials article about the Evans:

http://lost-at-sea-memorials.com/?p=443

Article re Sage family from the Lincoln Journal Star:

Sage Brothers Memorial, Niobrara, Nebraska

Sage Brothers Memorial, Niobrara, Nebraska

http://www.schueths.com/doug/genealogy/publicvers/gleanedwithnotes/pafn1739.htm

Information about names on the Vietnam Wall and the requirements for inclusion:

http://thewall-usa.com/information.asp

Talking about how we talk …


… and where we came from …

… I ran across this intriguing website today …

… the North Carolina State University Dialect Survey Maps

http://spark.rstudio.com/jkatz/SurveyMaps/

… the self-description of which says, “Dialect maps by Joshua Katz based on data from the Harvard Dialect Survey conducted by Bert Vaux, Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge.

The site contains a quiz which you can take to see what how you talk … your dialect … says about where you live … or came from …

… the quiz is here …

http://spark.rstudio.com/jkatz/DialectQuiz/ …

… and can be taken in about ten minutes.

I took it today … and found that how I talk really does say a lot about where I came from …

… as shown in the correlation map produced by my responses to the test questions:

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Apparently, at least in my case, where I grew up had a much greater impact on how I talk than where I have lived for the 46 years since I graduated from college …

… and moved away from New York.

As you can see in the map, my “most similar” range of dialect locations is a very narrow band of locations in New York and New Jersey

… and the four “most similar cities” are within a relatively short distance of where I spent most of my childhood …

… in Lindenhurst, New York, on Long Island.

Slide3

And, somewhat oddly, my “less similar” range of dialect locations covers all of California

Slide4

… where I have lived since 1969!

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For the website of Joshua Katz, which contains a lot of information about regional dialects and his “Beyond ‘Soda, Pop or Coke'”, see:

http://www4.ncsu.edu/~jakatz2/project-dialect.html

The Science-Fiction Book Club …


… as a youngster in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, I was a big science fiction fan … both books and movies …

… and was a member of the Science-Fiction (yes, they hyphenated it in those days) Book Club

… which provided me with the visions of such Sci-Fi luminaries as the “Big 3” of science fiction … Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke & Robert Heinlein

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

Robert Heinlein

Robert Heinlein

Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, John Christopher, Theodore Sturgeon, A. E. van Vogt

… and many others …

… all of whom fired my imagination regarding outer space, space (and time) travel and interstellar adventure.

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One bonus of membership in the S-F Book Club was being provided with a MOON TOUR RESERVATION card that “certified” that I was “among the first to apply for a reservation on a trip to the moon” …

… a card which (like the S-F Book Club books) I still have nearly 60 years after receiving it …

Science-Fiction Book Club Moon Tour Reservation Card

Moon Tour Reservation Card

… though it is somewhat the worse for wear after having been carried for many years in my wallet!

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One other result of this early exposure to science fiction is my firm belief that we are not alone …

… and that there is other intelligent life somewhere in the universe …

Space

… if only we could find it.

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Which, in turn, resulted in my advising my wife and kids that if I ever just disappeared …

… it was because intelligent aliens had arrived and I had gone with them in their spaceship for travel to some distance planet!

Spaceship

I am also convinced that the day will come when, assuming we don’t exterminate ourselves first, humans will build their own interstellar spaceships …

… and will travel to distant stars and planets …

… what an adventure that will be …

… though sadly I will not live to see it.

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This rumination was motivated today by a post on Facebook by my West Point classmate and friend Rich Estes

… about the Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Telescope

… and its 1996 study of what is called “the ultra deep field” …

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/important-image-captured-by-hubble

… and about which Rich commented, “Watch this then try to calculate the probability that we’re the only life, intelligent or otherwise, in the entire Universe.”

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I don’t even know how to begin making such a calculation …

… but remain confident that the day will come when humans make contact with or are contacted by intelligent beings …

… from another planet.

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The Science Fiction (no longer hyphenated) Book Club, by the way, is still around …

Science Fiction Book Club

Science Fiction Book Club

http://www.sfbc.com/

… and has its own Facebook page …

The Science Fiction Book Club on Facebook

The Science Fiction Book Club on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ScienceFictionBookClub

Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers … debunking some myths …


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A viral email about the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers has been making the rounds since at least 2004 and recently showed up again on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=554950681235200&set=a.554382911291977.1073741828.554378554625746&type=1

The guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns are truly inspirational.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

However, based on my own experience as a Navy brat and 8 years in the military (4 at West Point and 4 in the Navy), some of this seemed too extreme to be true, even for an elite military unit. Therefore, I did some research when I first saw this chain email in 2004 and again when it resurfaced in 2011.

Unless otherwise noted, my responses below to the inaccuracies in this piece come from the FAQ page website for the Society of the Honor Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

http://tombguard.org/society/faq/

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

Accurate.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why? 21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1.

Inaccurate. The Guard site response: “He does not execute an about face. He stops on the 21st step, then turns and faces the Tomb for 21 seconds. Then he turns to face back down the mat, changes his weapon to the outside shoulder, counts 21 seconds, then steps off for another 21 step walk down the mat. He faces the Tomb at each end of the 21 step walk for 21 seconds. The Sentinel then repeats this over and over until he is relieved at the Guard Change.”

21 Steps

21 Steps

3. Why are his gloves wet? His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

Accurate.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not? No, he carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face, and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

Mostly correct; see response to #2 above.

5. How often are the guards changed? Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

Inaccurate. The Guard site response: “The Guard is changed every thirty minutes during the summer (April 1 to Nov 1) and every hour during the winter. During the hours the cemetery is closed, the guard is changed every 2 hours. The Tomb is guarded, and has been guarded, every minute of every day since 1937.”

24/7 Honor Guard

24/7 Honor Guard

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to? For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5’10” and 6’2″ tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30″.

Possibly inaccurate. The Guard site does not contain the physical requirements. The “Home of Heroes” site for the Guard at …

http://www.homeofheroes.com/gravesites/unknowns/0_unknowns_sentinels.html

… gives the requirements as: “Each soldier among them is physically fit for the demanding responsibility and between 5’10” and 6’4″ tall with a proportionate weight and build.”

6. (cont) Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.

Complete nonsense (the patent silliness of this and some of the following “requirements” prompted me to check on this to begin with).

The Guard site response: “False. The average tour at the Tomb is about a year. There is NO set time for service there. The Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts, but when they are off, they are off. And if they are of legal age, they may drink anything they like, except while on duty.”

6. (cont) They cannot swear in public FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES …

More nonsense, to which the Guard site responds: “False, how could that be enforced?”

6. (cont)… and cannot disgrace the uniform (fighting) or the tomb in any way.

Inaccurate. See response to following item re the guard badge.

6. (cont) After TWO YEARS, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

Inaccurate. The Guard site response: “The Tomb Guard Identification Badge is awarded after the Sentinel passes a special test. The Badge is permanently awarded after a Sentinel has served 9 months. Currently there are 525 awarded. And while the Badge can be revoked, the offense must be very severe, such as a felony conviction. But you can drink a beer and even swear and still keep the Badge. And the Badge is a full size award, worn on the right pocket of the uniform jacket, not a lapel pin.”

Note:  I checked today and determined that the current number of badges is 610. See:

http://tombguard.org/tomb-guards/

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

6. (cont) The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

Partially accurate. The Guard site response:

“The shoes are standard issue military dress shoes. They are built up so the sole and heel are equal in height. This allows the Sentinel to stand so that his back is straight and perpendicular to the ground. A side effect of this is that the Sentinel can “roll” on the outside of the build up as he walks down the mat. This allows him to move in a fluid fashion. If he does this correctly, his hat and bayonet will appear to not “bob” up and down with each step. It gives him a more formal and smooth look to his walk, rather than a “marching” appearance.

“The soles have a steel tip on the toe and a “horseshoe” steel plate on the heel. This prevents wear on the sole and allows the Sentinel to move smoothly during his movements when he turns to face the Tomb and then back down the mat.

“Then there is the “clicker”. It is a shank of steel attached to the inside of the face of the build-up on each shoe. It allows the Sentinel to click his heels during certain movements. If a guard change is really hot, it is called a “smoker” because all the heel clicks fall together and sound like one click. In fact, the guard change is occasionally done in the “silent” mode (as a sign of devotion to the Unknowns”). No voice commands – everything is done in relation to the heel clicks and on specific counts.”

6. (cont) There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

Could not find any information on this, though it seems reasonable to expect that the uniform pants would be creased front and rear.

6. (cont) The first SIX MONTHS of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

More nonsense. See response above re living under the tomb and drinking alcohol.

6. (cont) A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.

This much appears to be accurate, if somewhat understated. “From the Home of Heroes” site: “In addition to extensive training in the manual of arms, the guard change ceremony, and the intricacies of military ritual, the new-soldier is required to memorize additional information on Arlington, including the grave locations of nearly 300 veterans.”

6. (cont) Every guard spends FIVE HOURS A DAY getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

Inaccurate. The Guard site states: “Currently, the Tomb Guards work on a three Relief (team) rotation – 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 96 hours off. However, over the years it has been different. The time off isn’t exactly free time. It takes the average Sentinel 8 hours to prep his/her uniform for the next work day. Additionally, they have Physical Training, Tomb Guard training, and haircuts to complete before the next work day.”

Thus, they are on duty three days on out of each nine day cycle. Eight hours of uniform prep for each work day equals 24 hours every nine days, or an average of 2 hours and forty minutes a day.

The widely reported refusal of the Tomb Guard to stand down during Hurricane Isabel IS a great, inspirational, and true story.

Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine

However, the final reference to the Tomb being guarded 24/7 continuously since 1930 is erroneous. As noted above, the 24/7 guard was instituted in 1937.  By the way, to date there have been 3 female tomb guards.

Cal v. Ohio State … thunder … and lightning …


… unfortunately for the Bears, all of the thunder and most of the lightning were produced by the Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

… the LIGHTNING

… came first on Ohio State‘s second play from scrimmage …

… after a Bears punt and illegal block penalty during the return pinned the Buckeyes at their own 6 yard line …

… a 4 yard gain gave OSU a 2nd & 6 at their own 10 …

… from which QB Kenny Guiton found WR Chris Fields streaking behind the Bears secondary and hit him in stride for a 90 yard touchdown (the longest TD pass in Buckeyes history) …

… after another Cal punt, Ohio State had the ball at its own 27, from which HB Dontre Wilson thundered 26 yards to the Cal 47 …

… and then lightning struck again, Guiton hitting WR Devin Smith for a 47 yard touchdown and a 14-0 Buckeyes lead …

… the entire possession lasted just 26 seconds …

… and then just a minute later, Ohio State‘s Ryan Shazier sacked Cal QB Jared Goff, forcing a fumble at the Bears‘ 23 yard line, recovered by OSU

. … and then lightning struck a third time, Guiton driving his team to yet another score on a 1 yard pass to Fields

… making the score 21-0 exactly 6:00 into the game …

Cal Defending Against Pass

Cal Defending Against Pass

… & the Thunder …

… the Buckeyes ran for 332 yards to just 132 for the Bears

… with OSU‘s Jordan Hall gashing the defense 30 times for 168 yards, 36 long and 3 TD’s …

… and after Cal closed that disastrous 21-0 start to 24-14 at the end of the first quarter and was hanging tough down 31-20 at halftime …

… the Buckeyes thundered to three straight 3rd quarter TDs on drives of 75, 80 and 41 yards …

… two of the scores coming on runs of 1 and 2 yards by Hall

… while the Bears managed just one score and fell behind 52-27

… before scoring one rather meaningless 4th quarter touchdown on a 1 yard run by HB Daniel Lasco to make the final score 52-34

Cal Defending Against Run

Cal Defending Against Run

… a Few Bright Spots …

… another strong game by QB Jared Goff, who was 31 of 53 passing for 371 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception…

Jared Goff Passing

Jared Goff Passing

… the return of HB Daniel Lasco, who led the Bears in rushing with 65 yards on 10 carries …

… a big game for WR Chris Harper, who had 6 receptions for 115 yards and a TD …

… some gutsy calls by the coaching staff, including a fake punt on which Goff took the punter’s position and passed for a first down to DB Stefan McClure

… and the fact that, despite the early adversity, the team never gave up

Next Up

… a bye next week …

… followed by Cal‘s first road game of the year, as the Bears travel to Eugene, OR, on September 28th to take on their second straight top 3 team, meeting the #2 ranked Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks Logo

… the Bears lead the all-time series with the Ducks 39-34-2

… but the Quackers have won the last four meetings, three of them by lopsided scores …

… and the Bears have recorded only 1 win in Eugene in the last 25 years (31-24 in 2007), while losing 9 times …

… Predictions … 

… the Bears‘ defense is plagued by injuries, with several key starters missing, a converted wide receiver playing at cornerback and a true freshman at safety …

… which could prove to be a real problem against the high-powered Oregon offense, which rolled to a 59-14 against the previously unbeaten Tennessee Volunteers

… the 3-0 Ducks won their first two games by even bigger margins, stomping Nicholls State 66-3 and Virginia 59-10

… and are early 34 point favorites over the Bears

… which, sadly, is probably about right …

… even though Jared Goff will have another strong game leading the Cal offense and passing for 300+ yards for the 4th game in a row …

… barring an Oregon letdown or several Ducks turnovers, it seems unlikely that the Bears‘ defense can hold the Ducks under 50 points …

… so the Bears and their fans appear to be in for a long afternoon.

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Cal Bears 2013 LogoFor the Cal game report, stats, photos and interviews, see:

http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209260525

… and for the ESPN College Football recap, photos & game video, see:

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=332570025

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More Photos:

Cal Band Leading Team Onto Field

Cal Band Leading Team Onto Field

Cal Band Drum Major

Cal Band Drum Major

Go Bears!

Go Bears!

Cal Flag

Jared Goff Calling Signals

Jared Goff Calling Signals

Brendan Bigelow Run

Brendan Bigelow Run

Bears on Defense

Bears on Defense

Cal Cheerleaders Exhort Fans

Cal Cheerleaders Exhort Fans

Final Score:  Ohio State 52 -- Cal 34

Final Score: Ohio State 52 — Cal 34

All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly

Friday the 13th …


… the day most feared by those suffering from “triskaidekaphobia” … fear of the number 13

… which is manifested, in part, in those buildings (most often hotels) which have no thirteenth floor …

… well, at least no floor numbered “13” …

… and today I learned a new word … one even more specific than triskaidekaphobia:

…  paraskevidekatriaphobia, which means fear of Friday the 13th …

… and which Wikipedia describes as a “concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”) attached to phobía (φοβία, from phóbos, φόβος, meaning “fear”)” …

… see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th

… and the source material cited there, which is:

 http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Triskaidekaphobia.html

… Interestingly, the latter article says that …

“… Friday turns out to be the most common weekday on which the 13th of a month can occur in the Gregorian calendar.”

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Remembering 9-11 …


9-11-01 was one of those days … everyone remembers where he or she was when first hearing the news … I was enroute from Mission Viejo to Los Angeles International Airport with Glenda Blake, as we were planning to fly to San Francisco Airport for a visit to Marin County …

… at first I thought it was an incident like the 1945 crash of an Army B-25 into the Empire State Building … an accident … likely to cause damage, but after which the building could be repaired …

… then we heard about the second plane hitting the South Tower of the World Trade Center and it became obvious that these were not accidents …

9-11-01 World Trade Center

9-11-01 World Trade Center


… with the airports closed, we turned around and went back to Glenda’s home … then drove to Marin a couple of days later …

9-11 Memorials

9-11 Memorials


… on March 3, 2012, I visited the World Trade Center Memorial with #1 son Doug and daughter Risa … one of the names engraved on the wall around the Memorial Pool is Brent James Woodall … Brent was a Cal football player and one of Doug’s friends when he was a manager for the 1991 team …

National 9/11 Memorial Visit -- 3-3-12

National 9/11 Memorial Visit — 3-3-12

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The National 9/11 Memorial Website is here:

http://www.911memorial.org/

Cal v. Portland State … Waxing … & Waning …


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Waxing

QB Jared Goff had another excellent outing against the Portland State Vikings

… passing for 485 yards (exceeded in Cal history only by Pat Barnes 503 yards in a 1996 4 overtime game against Arizona) and 2 touchdowns …

Jared Goff Passing

Jared Goff Passing

… and running for another …

… ten different Bears had receptions, with WR Bryce Treggs leading the way with 8 catches for 121 yards …

Bryce Treggs Reception

Bryce Treggs Reception

WR Maurice Harris had just one catch for 10 yards … but …

… it was a leaping, one-handed grab for a touchdown that earned Harris the #1 “Play of the Day” on tonight’s ESPN SportsCenter

… see it here:  http://gif.mocksession.com/2013/09/harris-one-hand-td-catch/

WR Richard Rodgers had 4 receptions for 100 yards, including a 75 yard touchdown catch …

… and another true freshman, HB Khalfani Muhammad, led the Bears in total yardage, rushing for 73 yards on 13 carries and grabbing 4 passes for 85, to give him 158 yards in total offense …

Khalfani Muhammad

Khalfani Muhammad

… the Bears ran 95 plays, racking up 616 yards in total offense and 31 first downs, while scoring 37 points …

… the Cal offense, which will only improve over the next three years — Goff & Muhammad are true freshmen … Treggs, Harris, WR Chris Harper & HB Daniel Lasco are all sophomores … and Rodgers & HB Brendan Bigelow are juniors …

Jared Goff & Brendan Bigelow

Jared Goff & Brendan Bigelow

… all of which is enough to make Cal fans salivate …

… and …

Waning

… the entire defense, which gave up 30 points, 553 yards in total offense and 21 first downs …

Portland State had 434 yards and 17 first downs in the first half …

First Half Stats

First Half Stats

… the secondary, which was hampered by the loss of S Avery Sebastian, who had achilles tendon surgery this week and is out for the year …

… on the second play after the opening kickoff, Portland State burned the Cal secondary for an 81 yard touchdown pass …

… and the Cal run defense, which was gashed for 245 yards rushing on 39 carries by Portland State

Cal Defense

Cal Defense

… that’s 6.3 yards per carry …

… which won’t cut it against Ohio State next week …

… or Oregon in three weeks.

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Next Up

… the Ohio State Buckeyes

… who come to Berkeley riding a 14 game winning streak and ranked #3 in the country …

… and who finished the 2012 season undefeated at 12-0, including a 35-28 win over the Bears in a game that Cal could (and probably should) have won …

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Predictions:  Reluctantly …

… unless the defense steps it up significantly against the Buckeyes, this year’s game will not be as close …

… so, a win over Ohio State seems unlikely …

… even if Goff can pass for more than 400 yards for a third game in a row, which also seems unlikely.

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For the Cal game report, stats, photos and interviews, see:

http://www.calbears.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=209254798

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For Brendan Bigelow’s great 81 yard touchdown run last year against Ohio State, see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03xc-xf68bc

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More photos:

California Banner

California Banner

California Alumni Band Pregame Performance

California Alumni Band Pregame Performance

Give Me a "C"

Give Me a “C”

Color Guard

Color Guard

"... and the home of the BEARS!"

“… and the home of the BEARS!”

Cal Band Great!

Cal Band Great!

Cal Student Section

Cal Student Section

Jared Goff Launches One Deep

Jared Goff Launches One Deep

Darren Ervin Kickoff Return

Darren Ervin Kickoff Return

Brendan Bigelow Run

Brendan Bigelow Run

Bears Win 37-30

Bears Win 37-30

All Photos in this blog © 2013 Jim Reilly

Happy Birthday Jason (& Heather!)


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Today is Candy’s son Jason’s 43rd birthday.  Jason is a 1994 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Happy Birthday Jason

Happy Birthday Jason

For the Power Point version of this birthday greeting, click here …

Davis Jason Happy 43rd Birthday

… and be sure to “play” the presentation.

And while preparing this today, I realized that I had neglected to do one for the birthday of Jason’s wife, Heather (which was on July 20).  So, on the “better late than never” theory, Happy Birthday, Heather!

Happy Birthday Heather

Happy Birthday Heather

For the Power Point version of this birthday greeting, click here …

Heather Birthday 130720

… and, once again, be sure to “play” the presentation.

Love to you both,

Candy & Jim

Cal v. Northwestern … the Good … the Bad … and the Ugly.


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… the GOOD …

QB Jared Goff, first true freshman ever to start for the Bears on opening day, proved he can play football at the college level …

…38 of 63 for 445 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and 4 sacks …

… 445 yards was Cal’s highest passing total ever in a non-overtime game and second highest period …

… it was also the 38th highest passing total in the entire history of the Pac-12

… and was more yards than was ever thrown for by such Pac-12 QB luminaries as John Elway (‘Furd), Troy Aikman (UCLA) and Andrew Luck (‘Furd)

WR Bryce Treggs had 13 receptions for 145 yards …

… the 3rd highest game reception total in Cal history, behind only Geoff McArthur’s 16 in the 2003 Big Game and Dameane Douglas 15 against Oregon State in 1998 …

WR Chris Harper, who had 11 receptions for 151 yards, 52 yard long & 2 TDs …

… the no huddle, up tempo Bear Raid offense proved effective and was efficiently run by Goff

… the team ran 99 plays, third highest in team history, behind 102 v. San Jose State in 1968 and 101 v. San Jose State in 1990 …

… the Bears ran 30 plays in the third quarter …

P Cole Leininger, 6 punts, 43.5 yard average, 70 long and 3 inside the 20 …

K Vincenzo D’Amato, 3 of 3 in field goal attempts (28, 38 & 37 yards) …

Harper, Leininger & D’Amato were named national honorable mention performers of the week Monday by the College Football Performance Awards …

… new Head Coach Sonny Dykes, who had the balls to run a fake field goal at the end of Cal’s first possession, on which D’Amato threw a touchdown pass to holder WR Jackson Bouza

Pregame Welcome to new Head Coach

Pregame Welcome to new Head Coach


… the BAD …

… obviously, the score, being on the wrong end of 44-30 …

… the defense giving up too many yards rushing (209 on 40 carries for Northwestern, a 5.2 yard average) …

… and too many yards passing (299 on just 19 completions, a 15.7 yard average) …

… and too many third down pass completions for first downs …

K Vincenzo D’Amato kicking two kickoffs out of bounds, giving Northwestern the ball at the 35 each time …

… too many penalties (10 for 79 yards) …


… and the UGLY …

… not one but two tipped passes ending up the hands of Northwestern LB Collin Ellis, each of which he returned for a touchdown (56 yards in the 3rd quarter and 40 yards in the 4th) …

… the 4th Quarter roughing the passer penalty called on LB Chris McCain, which was also called “targeting” and resulted in his disqualification for the rest of this game and the first half next week …

… after watching this play on DVR yesterday, it looked to me like a clean hit, head up and into the chest of the quarterback, with McCain already into the tackle when the ball was thrown …

… the new targeting rule, by the way, prohibits initiating contact with the crown of the helmet …

… and targeting and initiating contact with the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent …

… and McCain’s tackle did not appear to do either …

… on the other hand, McCain’s conduct as he left the field was unacceptable.

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Next Up …

Portland State at 2:00 pm on Satuday at Memorial Stadium …

… which some pessimists predicted would be Cal’s only win this year …

Portland State won its season opener 57-17 over Eastern Oregon …

… but look to be over-matched against the Bears

… Predictions:  Cal wins by 30 points and Zach Kline gets some playing time at QB.

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For Cal game report, stats, photos and interviews, see:

http://www.calbears.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=30100&SPID=126513&SPSID=749425

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Bears Enter Memorial Stadium