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Underdog Utes are Brutes to Bruins — #19 Utah takes it to 7-point favorite UCLA 52-45, as Ute Running Back Joe Williams churns out 332 yards on the ground (compared to the Bruins’ 46), while UCLA’s back-up QB Mike Fafaul commits 5 Turnovers, spoiling his record-breaking 40-for-70 (464 yard) game

And I wonder, still I wonder — Who’ll Stop the Run.  Not UCLA, not in this game.

The Bruins have had many problems this year, but stopping the Run was not expected to be the big one against Utah on Saturday.   The bigger problem was supposed to be UCLA’s inability to run the ball themselves.  Well, that WAS a big problem.  The Bruins gained only 46 yards on the ground.  But on this day, they realized they couldn’t run, so they stopped trying, and had back-up QB Mike Fafaul throw the ball… 70 times (a new UCLA All-Time Record).

Fafaul completed 40 of them (also a new UCLA All-Time Record) for 464 yards and FIVE TD’s, but it still wasn’t enough to overcome his 4 Interceptions and Lost Fumble.  It MIGHT have been enough, if the Bruin Defense showed up.  The breakdown in defending Utah actually started with Special Teams, as the Utes returned the Opening Kickoff 99 yards for a Touchdown.  Then after the Bruins went 3-and-out with two useless runs and a pass short of the line needed for a first down, Utah struck on a deep pass and then scored on a short run to make it 14-0 while most fans were still tailgating.

But there is no quit in the Bruins, who turned it around quickly with 21 straight points, all still in the first quarter.  Fafaul threw two of his TD passes in the 1st quarter, one to Bolu Olorunfunmi, who also ran for a score, and one to Nate Iese, who caught another TD later in Continue Reading »



Check out the previous article to support your UCLA Spirit Squad and/or  Keep perusing THIS article to see the last 60 photos from the last home game, Continue Reading »



I pledge allegiance, to the Squad — The UCLA Spirit Squad is launching a crowdfunding effort today.  Please go to  — OR, if you want to donate to this site as well as the squad, click on the DONATE tab above, and your donation will be split evenly between the Trojan-Haters Club and the UCLA Spirit Squad.  Guaranteed.   OR:

We are less than one month away from the big Rivalry game.  UCLA vs. u$c at the Rose Bowl, on November 19th.  So for this big month, I am announcing the First Annual Pledge Drive Month.  Coincidentally, the Spirit Squad chose today to start their own crowdfunding effort, through the UCLA-based website called Spark UCLA.  That site has many UCLA-related causes that require donations to carry out their various admirable missions and reach their worthy goals.

I hope you appreciate what the Bruin Spirit Squad does, and I hope that you dig deep into your hearts and wallets and help support them.  And if you like seeing all the photos here, maybe you can also make a donation to the Trojan-Haters Club, to help Continue Reading »



Blinded from the blight — Despite UCLA’s 3-4 record and recent weak play, the unranked Bruins are still listed as 7-point favorites over 6-1 Utah, who is #19 in the Nation and beat sc earlier this year

As I have stressed multiple times here, a pointspread does NOT indicate what the experts think will transpire on the field.  Rather, all it means is that the Oddsmakers think that UCLA minus 7 will evenly split the incoming wagers, 50-50.  So I don’t think the Oddsmakers are foolish and ignoring recent results on the field — I blame the wagering public.

I’m not saying the Bruins won’t win by 7 or more, what with Home Field Advantage and Josh Rosen probably returning to action healthy.  But ON PAPER, Utah looks like the stronger, better team, and the odds should reflect that.  On paper, the Bruins will not be able to run the ball, and Utah will be able to pin their ears back and attack Rosen in the pocket.  That set of factors does not scream “UCLA by 7!”

There are three reasons that would explain this seemingly inaccurate spread:  #1:  Bettors almost always bet more on the Favored team, thus increasing the point spread (to tempt more people to bet on the Underdog); #2: Bettors tend to bet more on the more famous team with the better long-term reputation, so despite the fact the Utes are better right now than the Bruins, UCLA’s “NAME” is much more famous and recognizable to gamblers (especially in Vegas), which is why Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State are often favored by more than reality would indicate; and finally, #3:  Bettors often lean towards HOME teams, and this game does happen to be at the Rose Bowl.

So based on all of that, I could see the Bruins Continue Reading »



Bruexit — UCLA Star Pitcher Trevor Bauer is now one win away from the World Series, after his courageous start with a mangled pinky inspires his fellow Indians, who go on to beat the Blue Jays 4-2, and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 ALCS

Cleveland Starter Trevor Bauer may have faced only four batters in his start against Toronto on Monday night, but the fact that he was out there at all, and tried to gut it out even after his injured finger started gushing blood, was all the inspiration his teammates needed to rise up and beat the Blue Jays for the third straight time.  Bauer injured himself on Friday while trying to do routine maintenance on a drone.  MLB rules disallow a bandage, so despite 10 stitches, Bauer attempted to make a go of it with his purple pinky unprotected.

Bauer struck out the first batter he faced. He walked the second, and got the third on a line out.  Then his finger started spouting blood.  Instead of just giving up and coming out, he tried to hide it, pressing the wound against his dark jersey.  But blood was gushing everywhere, so they stopped the game and said he must be removed.  The Cleveland bullpen came through, slamming the door on Toronto in that 1st inning, and allowing only 2 runs the rest of the way, really picking it up for their fallen hero teammate.  Cleveland managed 4 runs, taking Game 3 4-2, and taking a dominant 3-0 lead in the series.

A 3-0 series lead in NOT a guarantee any longer, since the Boston Red Sox lifted that curse Continue Reading »




Fay Pride — With Josh Rosen injured and unavailable, former Walk-On QB Mike Fafaul (pronounced “FAY-ful”) gets his first start, and valiantly rallies UCLA with THREE Second Half TD passes, but it’s not enough to overcome all the penalties, dropped passes, missed blocking assignments, missed tackles, and Jordan Lasley’s crucial fumble with 2:37 left in 27-21 loss at Washington State

It was a lot to ask of the 5th-year back-up QB — Take on Washington State on the road in the rain.  WSU had already throttled Stanford, a team that UCLA couldn’t beat, WITH Josh Rosen, IN the Rose Bowl.  Also, the Cougars have won three straight while the Bruins were coming off a loss, so the season momentum, and the pointspread, were both in favor of WSU.

Naturally, Mike Fafaul struggled at first in his first start.  Some missed reads, missed targets, and a bad Interception, as the Bruins failed to score in the First Half.  The Defense kept them in the game, holding the Cougs to just 10 points, thanks especially to an Interception by Jayon Brown in the End Zone.  It was only 3-0 for most of the half, but a Second Quarter 91-yard TD drive as the D got tired made it 10-0 at Halftime.

The Offensive sucking was NOT to be blamed on the inexperienced QB, though.  More at fault was Continue Reading »



Speechless — Hard to believe, but without Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings and their 4 Bruins are 5-and-0 — the ONLY undefeated team in the NFL

The Minnesota Vikings, or “Minnie” as my gambling friends always call them (as in “I have Minnie minus seven”), now find themselves alone at the top of the NFL, after losses last week by Denver and Philly.  The Vikings are 5-0, with a bye this week, so after 6 weeks of the 2016 season, they will still be the League’s only unbeaten team.  Not bad for a team that lost their starting Quarterback and Hall of Fame Running Back at the start of the year.

Minnesota has defied the odds, winning without Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson.  Those two headliners have been replaced by guys who weren’t even blips on the radar of Fantasy Football Draft Experts.  Sam Bradford is the new QB, and the duties of Peterson have been split by Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.  All three of them have filled in as well as possibly could have been expected.  Add to that the stellar play of Receivers Stefon Diggs, Cordarrelle Patterson, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph, and the Offense is doing plenty to keep on winning.

But it is the Defense that is #1 in the League, thanks especially to Bruin Linebacker Eric Kendricks.  Bruin Anthony Barr is no slouch either at another Linebacker spot.  Speaking of no slouches, Vikings Defensive Back Xavier Rhodes is stealing all the headlines lately for his shut-down coverage on all the opposing teams’ best Receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., Kelvin Benjamin, and DeAndre Hopkins.

The Vikings are also doing well on special teams, and that’s where the other two Bruins reside.  Jeff Locke is the Punter, and Kevin McDermott is the Long Snapper.  But it’s Defense that wins Championships, so Kendricks and Barr could be leading the way to 4 Bruins getting Super Bowl Rings this Winter.  Rings for the ‘Kings!

Meanwhile, while Minnesota is the only perfect team so far, there is also only one WINLESS team.  And that is the 0-5 Cleveland Browns, who have had ex-trojan Cody Kessler starting at QB for most of those losses.  But the troy Rookie got hurt last Sunday, Continue Reading »



Saving Chase is a Saving Grace, saving face for L.A. — Manager (and Bruin) Dave Roberts trusts fellow Bruin Chase Utley in the ELIMINATION Game 4, and he comes through twice, with the game-winning RBI in the 8th, and the game-saving scoop-and-flip web-gem in the 9th, to force a Game 5

The Dodgers were one loss away from going out in the First Round of the National League Playoffs for the fourth time in five years.  They were down 2 games to 1 against the Washington Nationals in this Best-of-5 Series, so Manager Dave Roberts decided to go with his best, most reliable players.  Clayton Kershaw got the start on the mound, despite only 3 days rest, and veteran Chase Utley, who did NOT start in Game 3, got the call at Second Base.  Looks like Roberts made the right calls.

Kershaw did not have his best game, but it was enough to have the Dodgers up 5-2 in the 7th.  That’s when the Nats got to him, though, knocking him out.  The Relievers couldn’t stop the bleeding quick enough, and Washington tied it up at 5.  It stayed that way until the bottom of the 8th, when Utley, who was not having a great game so far, came up to bat with 2 Outs and runners at 1st and 2nd.  Utley has been in so many crucial Postseason situations that he was not fazed at all, and he proceeded to totally come through in the clutch.  Utley smacked a single to right, easily plating the runner from 2nd base to give L.A. a 6-5 lead.

As if hitting the game-winning single wasn’t enough to make the Bruin Star the Hero, Utley came through again in the top of the ninth.  With two outs, Bryce Harper hit a roller between Utley and the First Baseman, who went for the ball.  It looked like Harper had an infield single.  But Utley charged the ball, gloved it, and while diving to the ground, flipped it from his glove directly to the Pitcher covering First to end the game.  It was a remarkable, near-impossible play, made possible by the remarkable Bruin, whose experience, grit, and confidence extended the Dodgers’ season for at least one more game.

The Dodgers take on the Nats in Washington on Thrusday in Do-or-Die Game 5.  They won’t have Kershaw to rely on, but Continue Reading »



The Fall and Rise and Fall of Rosen — UCLA falls to 3-3 despite 400 passing yards by Josh Rosen, as Arizona State knocks him out of the game twice, including in the final minutes, and holds on for a 23-20 victory

UCLA Quarterback Josh Rosen showed toughness, grit, and talent on Saturday night, coming back into the game in the Third Quarter after getting taken into the locker room in the Second Quarter, and after watching the start of the 3rd on the sidelines with a headset on.

With the Bruins trailing by 10 in the 3rd, Rosen came back in, and overcame a horrible First Half by the Bruin Offense, to put together two scoring drives and tie the game at 13.  Rosen ended up with 400 yards passing and 2 TD’s, but it wasn’t enough as ASU went on to win 23-20.

The First Half was all Defense, as no one could convert Continue Reading »



Viking Trail — Almost every NFL team trails the 4-0 Vikings, the team with 4 Bruins including Linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, while the League’s ONLY winless team is Quarterbacked by ex-trojan Cody Kessler, whose 4th Quarter Interception on Sunday kept the Browns from finally winning a game

The Minnesota Vikings have been ravaged by injuries this year, losing their Starting Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater before the season even began, and losing future Hall of Fame Running Back and last year’s League-Leading Rusher Adrian Peterson for at least a couple of months, if not the whole season.  Some teams might have mailed it in after losing their two most important (by far) players at the start of the season, but not a team with four Bruins on it.

The organization started the re-animation, by trading for Quarterback Sam Bradford.  You wouldn’t think a trade like that would be a game-changer, considering Bradford’s lackluster career.  He didn’t even earn the Vikings’ Starting job for the first week of the season.  But I guess he learned the playbook well enough by Week 2 to attain the starting gig, and he has outperformed all expectations, leading the team to 3 straight wins, without throwing any interceptions.

So big kudos to the Minnesota front office, and to Bradford, for really elevating his game.  HOWEVER, the real reason the Vikings are, along with Denver and Philadelphia, one of only three undefeated teams, is the Vikings Defense.  They have allowed only 12.5 points per game, which is #1 in the League for teams that have played 4 games.  And the heart and soul of that vaunted Defensive attack is their middle:  Linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, former teammates at UCLA.

The Vikings beat the New York Giants on Monday Night Football this week, by two Touchdowns, holding the Giants to just 10 points.  Coincidentally, the one New York TD was set up by a SIXTY-SEVEN yard screen pass to another Bruin, Paul Perkins.  Even more coincidentally, Continue Reading »




Bruins Walk all over Wildcats — Josh Rosen throws three TD passes, including two to Kenneth Walker III, in 45-24 rout of Arizona

u$c may own the LAPD, but UCLA owns Arizona.  Jim Mora’s Bruins have now beaten Rich Rodriguez’ Wildcats FIVE straight times, and once again, it was easy, with a 45-24 thumping.  The Bruin Defense continued its week-by-week improvement, playing stellar D for the third straight game, but this time, the Offense and Special Teams finally joined the party.  And during the Second Quarter, it didn’t look like the Offense was even invited to the party.

The Bruin Offense had its worst quarter of the season, missing on almost every 3rd down, with Quarterback Josh Rosen throwing a dozen incompletions (not ALL of them were drops).  The Bruins led 14-7 at Halftime, as “the unders” looked like a sure-thing bet.  Both Defenses had settled in and were dominating, as there were more punts than First Downs.  I don’t know what Mora said in the locker room during intermission, and I don’t know if he made adjustments, but the UCLA Offense that came out in the 3rd Quarter was the Offense that Bruin fans have been waiting for all year.

Rosen couldn’t miss, and the Receivers were Continue Reading »



Swann Stiffs Boys in Blue — A Los Angeles Police organization is threatening to take action because the on-duty Cops that keep the Coliseum slightly safer than the surrounding South Central environment on trojan game days are NOT GETTING PAID

For years the trojans have been claiming that they own the Police.  As so many of their players have skated on Rape and other serious charges, it was hard to ignore the corrupt influence that the u$c Machine had over the LAPD.  Well, now there is more evidence that suggests that sc really does believe that the Police are simply a tool placed on Earth to SERVICE the trojans.

For several YEARS now, u$c has had the Police Department DIVERT active, on-duty Officers to the Coliseum when the trojans are playing there, to keep the peace as belligerent, arrogant drunken fans wreak havoc all over the premises.  The UNDERMANNED Police Department has complied under duress, and fully staffed that cesspool the trojans call home, trying to quell the Continue Reading »

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