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THE STARLET GETTER

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“A” is for Awesome — On All-Star night, it’s time to celebrate stars and starlets, and as your friendly neighborhood starlet-getter, I went and got you 45 more never-before-seen shots of some of the starlets from the UCLA Spirit Squad

On Tuesday night in Minnesota, the 85th Annual Major League Baseball Game was played, bringing out our National Pasttime’s Best in the World.  And when you’re talking “World’s Best” anything, that usually means more Bruins than trojans.  This event was no exception to that rule.  There were more than ten times more Bruins than trojans, because 10 x 0 = 0 and 1 > 0.  That’s right, not a single trojan was voted by fans onto either All-Star Team starting line-up, nor was any trojan selected by the Managers as a Reserve.  But the Bruins had 1 participant:  Future Hall of Famer Chase Utley of Philadelphia.  The former Bruin Star was voted in as the National League’s Starting 2nd Baseman.  This was Utley’s SIXTH trip to play in the All-Star Game.  Utley has also won a World Championship (in 2008), and he won the Silver Slugger Award 4 times in a row, including in 2007, when he hit a remarkable .332.  And of course, unlike trojan Mark McGwire, Utley never took steroids!

The National League fans were NOT disappointed in their selection for Starting 2nd Baseman, as Utley delivered with an RBI Double in the 2nd Inning, and then got on base again in the 4th before being pulled for a pinch runner.  Unfortunately for Utley and the NL, his production was not enough to overcome Mike Trout and the American League, who ultimately prevailed 5-3, earning home field advantage for the American League team in the World Series  The L.A. Angels’ Trout was named MVP, after hitting an RBI Triple, and later an RBI Double that broke a tie, giving the AL the lead for good.  Trout also made a nice catch in Left Field.

Meanwhile, Trout’s local counterpart — the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, stunk the place up.  After totally choking in the Home Run Derby the night before, not hitting a single Tater, Puig continued his pathetic streak on Tuesday night.  He batted three times, and STRUCK OUT ALL THREE TIMES.  Not only that, but he Continue Reading »

THEY CHOSE… WISELY

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LaVine, Adams, and Anderson reach the Holy Grail, as THREE Bruins get drafted in the FIRST ROUND of the NBA Draft, for the first time since 1979

They aren’t ready for the Pro’s.  They could have come back, and worked on their bodies and their games.  They could have had an epic, unforgettable, life-altering year challenging for a National Championship at UCLA this upcoming season.  They could have left a legacy, bringing UCLA back to Nationally Elite status.  Despite all of that, Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams, and Kyle Anderson decided to quit on UCLA and bail prematurely for the NBA… and it looks like that mutual decision was NOT as insane as I’d like to think.  All three of them did indeed get selected in the first round, somewhat validating their decisions.

Of course I have mixed emotions about them leaving.  I am angry, and wished they stayed.  However, it is best for UCLA if these Bruins are successful in The League, so I have no choice but to wish them well.  I have very little trouble rooting for Anderson, as he actually played for UCLA a year longer than anticipated. He could have left after last year if he wanted, but he came back and played with heart, coming closer to averaging a triple-double than anyone else in the entire nation.  And it looks like he earned some good karma, because he got picked with the last pick of the first round, by the World Champion San Antonio Spurs, who return the nucleus of their Title-Winning Team.  Only Boris Diaw is departing, and that opens up a perfect slot for Anderson to fill.  We may just be watching Kyle in next year’s Finals.

I’m a little less happy about Continue Reading »

YOUR DUTY IS CRYSTAL CLEAR

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That’s Crystal on the left!

It’s time to support your fellow Bruin and former UCLA Spirit Squad member Crystal, whose revolutionary new clothing line is ready to take the Fashion World by storm — And you can be a part of the success by helping her on Kickstarter

I’m all about justice.  The whole point of this site is to urge you to help the bad guys (aka “trojans”) get their just desserts, and to help the good guys achieve success.  Bruin superstar UCLA Cheerleader Crystal Ung is one of the good guys.  Not only is she gorgeous and sweet as sugar, but she is also super-smart, creative, innovative, and a superior representative of UCLA.  After earning her MBA, she went on to achieve great success in the business world, but she’s not close to being done.  She has recently partnered up with another phenom — Kristin Paquette — to found a fashion/design company that is revolutionizing women’s work fashion.

The company is called “Seyrue,” and they are changing the landscape of the industry by combining chic designer aesthetics with high-performance technology fabrics.  Versatile features like multi-dimensional stretch, odor-absorbing, machine-washable, wrinkle-free fabric, along with streamlined, direct-to-consumer online shopping that allows women to customize the fit of the clothes, makes Crystal and Kristin’s venture a surefire financial success whose time has come.  Please help empower them to empower millions of women around the world, by going to their website and to Kickstarter, to support this worthwhile endeavor.

All the photos of the clothing, and all the info about the company, can be found here:

www.seyrue.com

And here’s the page where you can pledge your support:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/461236106/seyrue

Please check out the above links, and consider supporting a loyal Bruin as she skyrockets to the top!

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THE REAL ROYALTY OF L.A.

Killer QueensThe L.A. Kings make the Stanley Cup Finals as local Hockey fans go nuts, but the actual Southland Regality resides in Westwood, where the Bruin Princesses RULE

I don’t care a lot about Hockey, because UCLA doesn’t play it, and because there are no Bruin Alumni competing in the NHL to root for, or any ex-trojans to root against (afaik).  But my Facebook page exploded tonight, and not just because of the 3.8 Earthquake that rocked Westwood tonight.  My FB news feed went berzerk because the Los Angeles Kings won their third straight Game 7 on the Road — an unprecedented feat — to reach the Stanley Cup Finals, where they will face the New York Rangers.  I am happy for my friends, but… I also have several “frenemies” who are raging King fans.  I have been rooting for the Kings since long before they switched colors from Purple and Gold, but now I abhor seeing some of these personal rivals — many of whom are die-hard trojan fans — get to celebrate.

So in spite of decades of rooting for the Kings, I suddenly find myself rooting against them.  That being said, I really don’t care all that much about Hockey any more, and I’m just using this occurrence as an excuse to post some more photos of the UCLA Spirit Squad, which I haven’t done in WAY too long. The Bruin Cheerleaders have been on my mind today, as it appears that they had their annual photo shoot today for their website for the upcoming year.  So I decided to share some photos of my own.  Below you will find 39 never-seen-before photos, Continue Reading »

AWESOME UCLA CHEERLEADER AUDITIONS? I’LL BE THE JUDGE OF THAT!

asu13fb (19)bThe 2014 UCLA Cheerleader Auditions were indeed an awesome success, if I do say so myself, as I was an Official Judge for both the Cheer Squad and Dance Team, and the two units will see a combined ELEVEN of your favorites return for another year of glory

One of my favorite days of the year — besides the annual beatdown of u$c on the gridiron –  is the annual UCLA Spirit Squad Auditions.  This year’s tryouts occurred yesterday — Sunday May 4th.  And May the Fourth be with you!  It was Star Wars Day, and it was definitely a War of Stars, as dozens of gorgeous, talented co-eds (and soon-to-be co-eds) competed for coveted spots on the prestigious UCLA Cheer Squad and Dance Team.

Last year I Judged the Dance Team Auditions;  This year I was a Judge for both Cheer Squad and Dance Team, and I had an amazingly fun time.  There were so many worthy candidates for both units, and the Selection Committee analyzed the participants in various categories, and based their final decisions on very specific criteria.

Once again, Continue Reading »

JUST GIVE ME THE DAMN BALL-PEEN HAMMER!

Wifebeater U — Yet another ex-trojan gets busted for violence against women, as Keyshawn Johnson gets arrested for domestic battery

Somewhere in a Nevada jail cell, O.J. Simpson is thinking:  “You should have finished the job!”  After all, it’s harder to get convicted if the complaining witness is too dead to testify.  Ex-U$C Wide Receiver and ESPN Analyst (maybe not for long) Keyshawn Johnson was thrown in jail last night for Domestic Battery.

Police were called to Johnson’s residence on a potential spousal abuse offense, and found that Johnson — the author of “Just Give Me the Damn Ball (The Fast Times and Hard Knocks of an NFL Rookie)” — and his ex-girlfriend had gotten into a physical fight.  Apparently, he gave her some hard knocks over the subject of MARRIAGE.  Keyshawn may be a trojan for life, but wasn’t interested in becoming a trojan for wife.

So he reportedly grabbed the woman’s cell phone, causing a gash to her head.  Johnson ADMITS smashing the phone, but like all indicted trojans, DENIES that he ever hit her.  How she got that gash in her head will evidently remain a mystery.

Johnson immediately posted bail and was quickly released, and this morning was seen at an AT&T Store — WITH HIS EX — supposedly buying her a new phone.  Some women never learn.  Or maybe some women never learn… how to live without NFL-contract bling.  It’s hard to have sympathy for someone who dates an arrogant prick ACCUSED OF HIRING A HITMAN TO MURDER HIS EX-WIFE — in the first place, let alone one who keeps dating him AFTER he goes to jail for an incident that leaves her with a gashed face.  But who knows — maybe she just wanted to get her phone replaced before she got the hell out of Dodge.

Based on the long history of violent trojans skating on their charges, I will assume that  Continue Reading »

THE SOAKER AND THE BEEF

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One last appealing appeal for you to open your hearts and wallets to the unfortunate victims of catastrophic injury who still have the courage to go to college and make a difference

Here is one final batch of USC Song Girl photos from the Swim With Mike fundraiser.  I hope they inspire you to Continue Reading »

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Another Year Away From The Title

The UCLA Bruins are the team that has won the men’s college basketball championship more than anyone else, however, they have spent more than 19 years without being able to do so.  It is too early to think about next season, but the Arizona Wildcats go in the odds as the favorites to take the title with 6 /1, while the Bruins are 50/1, according to MyTopSportsbook.com. 

The last time UCLA won the national title was in 1995, Continue Reading »

HUSKIES RAISE BRUIN SPIRITS, NON-HUSKIES RAISE EVERYTHING ELSE

Oh, buoyant!The UConn Huskies beat Kentucky to keep UCLA 3 ahead of the Wildcats in the battle for most NCAA Basketball Championships ever (11-8), 2 days after the not-husky-at-all USC Song Girls raise a million dollars for physically-challenged student-athletes, thereby raising the Spirits of everyone with a heart

UConn beat the Con Man, all to the benefit of UCLA.  The Bruins are the all-time leaders in NCAA Basketball Titles with 11 Banners, but the University of Kentucky has 8, and was in the Finals against the University of Connecticut on Monday night, as a 3-point favorite.  The Wildcats boast a starting 5 that is comprised of all Freshman Phenoms, and are coached by the sleazy John Calipari, who has been caught cheating at both of his previous coaching stops.

Calipari embodies what is wrong with today’s College Basketball scene — embracing the one-and-done mentality, at the expense of the “student-athlete.”  Despite being seeded 8th, Kentucky progressed to the Title Game.  It wasn’t easy, as big comebacks and last-second shots were required for them to survive in most of their games.  And it didn’t get any easier on Monday night, as the Cats fell behind 30-15 in the 1st Half.

Calipari’s young superstars didn’t quit, battling back to within one point of the Huskies.  But they never got over the hump, as UConn Continue Reading »

DEEP-POCKET POOL PARTY

Diving in, For The WinThe point is it's not a waist to spend your bottom dollar on this causeFloating funds to those in need The Color of Money, right on Cue — At the 2014 “Swim With Mike” Charity Event, Trojans and friends (and frenemies) Rack Up over one million dollars to fund scholarships for physically challenged athletes, as the 34-year total Breaks FIFTEEN million

Minnesota has Minnesota Fats.  Southern Cal has California Sveltes.  On Saturday, the fit and trim USC Song Girls led the 34th Annual Swim With Mike Fundraiser to new heights, by donning sexy pink bikinis, and inspiring attendees to plunk down over $1,000,000 to put physical disabilities behind the 8-ball.

That 7-figure take increases the overall total raised by this worthwhile charity to over $15,000,000.  All this money helps athletes who have endured devastating injuries like paralysis, to go to college and continue to live happy, normal, productive lives.  Many of these students matriculate at USC, but lots go to other schools as well, like Texas and UCLA.  So it’s not just Trojans raising this money and participating in the ongoing education of these admirable, courageous recipients — Bruins, Longhorns, and several other schools’ fans and alumni make this cause a thriving success.

So once again, in the name of a truly worthy cause, I observe a Rivalry TRUCE this week, as I HONOR the USC cheerleaders, for their willingness to Continue Reading »

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