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CONTENTIOUS TROJANS KNOCK THEMSELVES OUT OF CONTENTION

Marshall Illin’ — u$c chokes away a 14-0 second half lead, losing to Cal for the first time in 15 years, thanks to Iman Marshall’s penalty for jawing at the Bear sidelines, costing troy the ball with 3:28 left in a 15-14 game

Trojans just don’t know when to keep their mouths shut.  Or maybe they are just so USED to NOT being disciplined when they act like thugs, that they have no idea that it’s wrong.  Well, on Saturday night, a trojan was all the way over on the Cal sidelines, screaming at his opponents, and he got flagged for an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty that basically cost sc the game, in their 15-14 loss to California, which ELIMINATES u$c from the Rose Bowl.

How did it come down to that?  It’s hard to believe, since u$c took a 14-0 lead in the first half and was about to make it 21 until they fumbled right in front of the Bear goalline right before Continue Reading »

KRIS AND MO STEAL THE SHOW

Kris saves, Moses invests — Kris Wilkes dominates early, then Moses Brown takes over, as UCLA’s Genesis is a Commanding 96-71 conquering of Purdue Fort Wayne

You would think that losing stud playmaker Aaron Holiday and consistent Big Man Thomas Welsh would create some major problems for UCLA Basketball 2018-19.  Those problems were not apparent on opening night, as Kris Wilkes, Jaylen Hands, and newcomer Moses Brown MORE than picked up the slack in the Bruins’ impressive 96-71 victory over overmatched Purdue Fort Wayne.  Don’t laugh at that seemingly low level of competition — This Mastodon team beat Indiana each of the last two years, including a 20-point beatdown last season!

But there was no way they could stay with the new and improved Bruins.  UCLA’s best returning player, Kris Wilkes, came out on fire, scoring 13 of the Bruins’ first 22 Points.  He finished the half with 19, and ended the game with a career-high 27.  Wilkes was a known commodity coming in.  He was EXPECTED to be the Offensive leader.  No one expected him to average 27 Points, but everyone knew he could be relied on.  The big question marks were:  Could Jaylen Hands fill in at the Point for Aaron Holiday, and could Freshman Center Moses Brown fill the void left by Thomas Welsh?

Hands answered the first question IN PART, with a good game, scoring 18, with 7 Assists against only 2 Turnovers, plus 2 Steals, 2 Blocks, and 3 Boards.  That being said, he did NOT “run the offense” like Holiday or Lonzo Ball did for the last couple of years.  He was not really a floor general out there, directing the Offensive gameplan/attack.  But this team doesn’t really require that to score in bunches.  There is just a lot of motion, and ball movement, where everyone is just looking for an open man.  Totally different than Lonzo controlling the ball, finding a cutter with eagle-eye vision, and hitting him with a laser-focused needle-threading dime.  Totally different, but tonight, still very effective.  Maybe a true pass-first, solid ballhandling Point Guard will be needed later in the season, but it wasn’t a problem against a Purdue Fort Wayne team.

As for the hole at the Center position, there is NO QUESTION about that any more.  Moses looks like he may just lead the Blues to the Promised Land.  The 7′ 1″ Frosh Brown scored 19 on 9-for-10 shooting, dished out 2 Assists, stole 1 ball, blocked a shot, and ALTERED a dozen more.  But the stat that jumps out of the box score and into your face?  Brown pulled down SEVENTEEN Rebounds.  This guy is a game-changing presence on Defense, Continue Reading »

MUFF ‘N DROPS

Thanks for dropping by — UCLA gives away another game, thanks to a muffed punt, several dropped passes, a pass intercepted in the end zone, a sack-fumble, a punt-return TD, countless missed tackles, and 11 times more penalties than Oregon, in a 42-21 loss to the Ducks

Welcome to the Drop Zone.

How can an Elite Coach have a team that looks so poorly-coached, in WEEK NINE?  I know they are young, I know they are inexperienced, I know they are learning a new system, and I know they are overmatched in a hostile environment.  But none of that excuses the repeated dropped passes, stupid penalties, muffs, and shoddy tackling, that is all becoming a trademark of this 2018 UCLA Football Team.  The only question is, who is the Poster Boy for this den of inexplicable incompetence?

Is it Adarius Pickett, who proved last year what a great player he can be, tallying multiple INT’s, and who even in THIS game, made a fantastic, drive-stopping hit on a Duck?  Well, it is Pickett that has MUFFED a punt in consecutive games, losing both of them for Turnovers.  Or, is is Demetric Felton, who has shown flashes of brilliance, and who consistently uses his impressive foot-speed to get wide open on passing routes, only to DROP a crucial ball almost every week?  I’d hate to say that it’s Tight End Caleb Wilson, who has been one of the most productive Offensive players on the team, and who scored on a 63-yard pass play tonight, but Caleb has also dropped several catchable balls this month that have cost the Bruins enormously.

Maybe the Poster Boy should be the whole Special Teams, who gave up a Punt Return right up the middle for a 56-yard TD, gave up a near-TD on a Fake FG (because of a BAD missed tackle), missed a Field Goal after a False Start put them just a hair out of range, kept fair-catching Kickoffs when there was room to run, and of course, the muffed punt.  They did convert a First Down on a Fake Punt, but that was not enough to make up for all their mistakes.

You could even cast a vote for QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is the reputed FUTURE of the Bruins.  Talk about flashes of brilliance — this young Freshman Quarterback has done some amazing things in Blue and Gold, tonight turning a sure sack into a beautiful long gainer, not to mention finding Wilson on that 63-yard TD strike.  But DTR also Continue Reading »

ROSEN MAKES NINERS FLATLINERS

Bruin QB Josh Rosen leads Arizona back from a 12-point 4th Quarter deficit against San Francisco, with 2 TD passes, including the game-winner with 34 seconds left, to lift the Cardinals to an 18-15 victory

Usually, on a weekend when u$c loses a football game, THAT would be the news I publicize.  But this year, the trojans’ injury-decimated squad has lost FOUR games, so when Arizona State beat them 38-35, it was not earth-shattering news.  Of course it did end troy’s 19-game HOME winning streak, but that was bound to happen next month anyway, when Notre Dame comes to the Coliseum.

The Fighting Irish will be big favorites, even on SC’s turf, and Clay Helton is 1-and-11 as an underdog in his career as sc’s Head Coach.  So when sc lost to the Sun Devils, Continue Reading »

Qualities That Every Aspiring Cheer Leader Needs to Have

The National Football League roared into life some few weeks back and we have already witnessed some great action. However, we have decided to move away a bit from the playing action on the pitch to the entertainment action that we all see before each NFL game but somehow tend to ignore in our post-match debates with our friends. This entertainment action relates to cheerleaders and this article is going to look at the qualities that every aspiring cheerleader who wants to get involved at the highest stage needs to have. Note that you can always follow the NFL playing action over here netbet.co.uk.

Super Healthy Body
Well, it’s no secret that you cannot be a cheerleader if you are not fit and athletic enough. Cheerleaders do a lot of jumping and dancing and if you are not fit, then you will definitely have problems performing these tasks. In order to give yourself the super healthy body that you need, Continue Reading »

A ROLLING ZONE TACKLES NO MOSS

Zack Moss es mas macho — Utah’s Zack Moss runs for 211 yards and 3 Touchdowns as the Utes convincingly end UCLA’s 2-game winning streak, 41-10

All the problems that UCLA overcame to eke out a victory over Arizona last week returned this week against Utah, and the Utes made the Bruins pay.  Number One on that list of deficiencies was missed tackles.  There were 18 of them against the Wildcats, and that number didn’t seem to decrease on Friday night, as Utah ran wild .

After UCLA got up 7-3 on a 25-yard TD run by Joshua Kelley, Utah went on a 38-3 surge to close out the 41-10 drubbing.  And they did it mostly on the ground, behind Running Back Zack Moss, Continue Reading »

TWO WINS FOR THE BRUINS

Bruins and Wilton don’t wilt under pressure — UCLA comes back from two Second Half deficits behind backup QB Wilton Speight and RB Joshua Kelly to edge Arizona 31-30, giving the Bruins a 2-game winning streak

It wasn’t pretty.  It wasn’t easy.  But it’s a win, and it makes the Bruins 2-2 in the Conference, after an exciting see-saw 31-30 victory over Arizona.  The Wildcats came in without their star QB Khalil Tate, and therefore were 10-point Underdogs playing on the Bruins’ turf.  UCLA actually got out to an early 10-0 lead to equal that spread.  Soon thereafter, UCLA lost THEIR starting QB to an injury, and that could be seen as an equalizer.  UCLA had a 17-7 lead at the Half, but Arizona came on strong in the 3rd Quarter, taking the lead 20-17.

UCLA then had to rely on Back-up Quarterback Wilton Speight.  The 5th-year Senior graduate transfer from Michigan showed some rust, missing his targets on several easy throws, and losing a fumble in his own territory, but Speight came through when it mattered.  He ended up 17-27 for 204 yards with 2 TD tosses, and he made some solid plays in the topsy-turvy Second Half that moved the chains and kept the Bruins alive.  Of course, Speight was the beneficiary of the third straight 100-yard rushing game by Joshua Kelly, who gained 136 yards on the ground, including a game-winning 28-yard scamper in the 4th.

The Bruin Defense was tough in the First Half, giving up only 1 score, thanks to 2 Forced Turnovers deep in Bruin territory.  Quentin Lake Intercepted a ball in the end zone, and Darnay Holmes forced a fumble (and recovered it himself in the end zone) on a long Arizona run that would have been a Touchdown if not for Homes’ heroic play.  Continue Reading »

KELL’ RUNNINGS

Kelly/Kelley-Kelley-Kelley Blue Look – Chip Kelly gets his first win for UCLA, as his Run First Offense featuring Joshua Kelley (157 yards, 3 TD’s) capitalizes on 5 Cal Turnovers to break the Bruin Bagel with a long-time-coming 37-7 victory

The Bruins had lost all 5 games this year, and had lost 12 straight Road games, but on Saturday, they finally put all that behind them, with a convincing 37-7 triumph over the Cal Golden Bears.  The road to respectability was long and hard, but the signs were there.  Starting Running Back Joshua Kelley had run for over 100 yards in each of the last two games, and last week, that led to a tight contest against Nationally-Ranked Washington.

The improvement finally got the Bruins a W, as the UCLA Offensive Line opened many running lanes for Kelley on Saturday, allowing him to amass career-highs of 157 Yards and 3 Touchdowns.  The Bruins took a 7-0 lead, Continue Reading »

DAWGS LICK BRUINS

Bruins “improve” to 0-5 — When’s the last time UCLA BEAT THE SPREAD by 2 Touchdowns and the fans still left unhappy?  Bruins play better than they have been playing, holding a good Washington team to a 31-24 win, but it still leaves the Blue and Gold shockingly winless after 5 games

Ok, first of all, if you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting lately, I’ve been working 3 jobs, including a movie on which I’m putting in about 90 hours a week.  So no time to edit photos.  But it’s a good year to be too busy, because I don’t ever remember UCLA being so unsuccessful.

Even though the Bruins are definitely getting better, they still never gave me the feeling that they were going to win on Saturday.  Washington Quarterback Jake Browning was just too savvy, and talented.  Whenever he really needed a first down, if he couldn’t find a Receiver, he scrambled just past the first down marker.  And he had a lead to work with, after victimizing Continue Reading »

MOST UPSETTING BYE WEEK EVER

Bad-bye Mr. Chips — Even with Chip Kelly’s 0-3 Bruins getting the week off, it’s still a painful weekend for Bruin fans, as 11 NFL Bruins are on rosters of 6 teams that all get UPSET as Favorites, including the 17-point favorite Vikings, plus Josh Rosen’s Cardinals blow a 14-point lead, with Rosen throwing an Interception to ice it

This might have been the worst weekend ever for Bruins in the Pro’s, as well as for gamblers who like to bet on Favorites.  SIX different NFL Favorites lost today.  I don’t mean that they failed to cover the point spread, I mean they LOST, outright.  And on those 6 teams, there are no less than ELEVEN Bruins on those rosters, who have to suffer the pain of getting upset.

The biggest shocker was in Minnesota, where the undefeated Vikings were installed as 17-point favorites over the winless Buffalo Bills and their green Rookie QB Josh Allen.  The Vikings were so confident that they rested their Star Running Back and Star Defensive End, both of whom had MINOR injuries and would have played if the team thought it necessary (or if it were the Playoffs).  That complacency led to the flattest team I have ever seen.

Buffalo dominated the game from the outset.  Viking QB Kirk Cousins looked like he bet the Bills Money Line, as he lost two fumbles in the first quarter!  Buffalo was up 17-0 before all the fans had taken their seats, and cruised to a 27-6 laugher.  Buffalo’s first drive was sustained by a stupid Minnesota penalty on a 3rd down, and then aided by another one:  a Facemask by Bruin Anthony Barr.  Later, Barr was posterized by Allen, who HURDLED Barr on a QB run for a first down.  I have NEVER seen Barr look this bad.  Barr and his fellow Bruin teammates Eric Kendricks and Kevin McDermott won’t get any sleep tonight, lamenting on the worst team performance of the year.

Myles Jack and Eli Ankou of Jacksonville don’t deserve a peaceful night either, after the Jaguars choked at home against the underdog Titans, 9-6.  Of course the real blame falls on the Offense (Jack and Ankou are Defensive players), but the Jags couldn’t stop a gimpy Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry when it mattered.

Matthew Slater’s Patriots lost their second straight, this time in Detroit to the underdog and previously 0-2 Lions, 26-10.  Kenny Clark and Marcedes Lewis play for Green Bay, who lost as Favorites in Washington, 31-17.  Ka’imi Fairbairn nailed 3 Field Goals, but his favored Texans got beat at home by the lowly Giants, 27-22.  Tak McKinley was inactive, but he and Logan Paulsen and the Falcons lost at home to the underdog Saints, 43-37 in Overtime.

That is SIX teams that were supposed to win, that didn’t.  That is pretty unusual.  Arizona was NOT expected to win, that is, until they took a 14-0 lead against Chicago, behind starting Quarterback Sam Bradford.  But then the Bears came back, capitalizing on 3 Bradford turnovers.  So with just about 4 minutes to go in the game, trailing by 2, the Cardinals finally turned to Josh Rosen to bring them back.

Rosen threw a few good passes, driving the Cards into position for a game-winning Field Goal, until a heavy rush pressured him into an underthrow that got intercepted.  NOT an auspicious first NFL drive for the former Bruin Star.  He got one more chance with 40 seconds left, and after he threw a Pick Six that was negated by a penalty, he ran out of time before they could get into Field Goal range.

Rosen actually threw a few great balls, and hopefully he will be handed the reins from the outset next week, but today, his first game was still part of a brutal loss, making 7 brutal losses, for 12 Bruin Pro’s, in games that at one point they all were expected to win.

Add to this sc’s lucky win over WSU on Friday, on a blocked Field Goal, and this whole weekend was almost as bad as the last three when the current Bruins got whipped.  That’s four straight miserable weekends.  It doesn’t help that I got knocked out of my $10,000 Suicide Pool in its very FIRST week, by relying on Minnesota and Jacksonville to win.  Of the 110 entrants in the pool, about 85 of them got eliminated, by taking the Vikes, Jags, and Pats.  I also got into a car accident this week.  Not my fault, no major injury, but $7,000 damage to my beloved vehicle.  Can things get any worse?

From misery to ecstasy — Here are 32 more photos of the UCLA Dance Team from the Fresno game.

OREGON HAS TWO DUCKS TO GIVE

Duck treason!  Rabid Trees, Son! — Daffy Ducks choke away a 17-point second-half lead at home, thanks to two late lost fumbles in 38-31 Overtime loss to Stanford

The #20 Oregon Ducks — Chip Kelly’s old team — had #7 Stanford on the ropes.  Oregon had a 24-7 lead in the 3rd quarter, AT HOME in Eugene’s raucous Autzen Stadium, when they apparently scored another Touchdown to make it 30-7.  But the Touchdown was reversed, correctly, when replays showed the Oregon ballcarrier kick the pylon, which is out of bounds, before the ball crossed the goalline.

No problem, right?  The ball was placed at the one-yard line, so the Ducks were still about to ice the game.  But a fumble on first down that lost 9 yards led to another fumble on third down, which was recovered by Stanford and returned for an 80-yard Touchdown.

Then with 51 seconds left and a 3-point lead, all Oregon had to do was run a few plays, but they fumbled again, and the Trees recovered.  Stanford kicked a Field Goal as time expired to force Overtime.  In the O.T., Stanford scored on a 23-yard TIPPED TD pass.  Oregon had 4 chances to tie from the 10-yard line, but there was an uncalled pass interference penalty, and then a fourth down Interception to end the remarkable collapse — or “comeback” if you are a Tree fan.  Was this Oregon’s tribute to their old Coach?  Continue Reading »

DIS-GUSTIN

Trojans escape justice — A vicious helmet-to-helmet targeting by Porter Gustin goes uncalled, allowing u$c to block a Field Goal and eke out a 39-36 win over WSU

Trojan Linebacker Porter Gustin is just coming off a suspension for spearing someone last week.  An hour later, he’s at it again, leading with his helmet, right into the helmet of the Washington State Quarterback, who was already being tackled.  TV caught it clearly.  The TV announcers declared that there was no doubt about it.  Everyone saw it, except all the referees.

No one called the blatant penalty, which should have seen Gustin kicked out of the game and suspended for the first half of the next game, again.  Instead of having a first down in the Red Zone, the Cougars had to settle for a potential game-tying Field Goal, which was blocked.

So the once highly-rated trojans Continue Reading »

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