WE “DON’T NEED A F*CKING FIRE” TO GET FIRED UP TO BEAT SC

November 21st, 2014

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The gloom is off the rows — Selfish-bastard protesters block the bonfire, potentially creating gloom for hundreds of rows of Bruins, but Mora won’t hear of it — He makes the no-fire announcement with flair, forbidding fans from booing, saying we don’t need a f*cking fire, and having his players dance to entertain the crowd more than any fire ever could

Leave it to Jim Mora to take a bunch of lemons and make Lemon Meringue Pie.  A small group of a-holes — oops, I mean “protesters” — tried to ruin a long-standing and cherished UCLA tradition, and they almost succeeded.  I refuse to mention here what their cause was, because they don’t deserve the publicity.  Let’s just say they are trying to help students, but their idiotic plan did nothing but HURT students — THOUSANDS of students.

The annual BeatSC Bonfire is a STUDENT-organized and executed event, FOR thousands of students and former students who still support UCLA.  And these idiots tried to disrupt the enjoyment of these students and alumni.  Morons.  Why don’t they take their battle to the people they are fighting AGAINST, instead of pissing off the very people they are trying to help?  Even if I was FOR their cause, there is NOW no way I would ever try to help their efforts.  F*ck them, and the trojan-horse they rode in on,  for what they did last night.

Because they would not vacate the immediate area around the intended bonfire site, the Fire Marshall deemed the area unsafe for a fire, and the UCLA Student Alumni Association was not allowed to ignite the flames.  Security was told they couldn’t forcibly remove them, because the protesters were non-violent and had a 1st Amendment right to protest.  Ridiculous.  They couldn’t “express their views” from the other side of the quad?  I can’t begin to tell you how mad Read the rest of this entry »

29 PICTURES ARE WORTH 3 WORDS, AND THOSE 3 “WORDS” ARE “BEAT SC”

November 19th, 2014

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It’s BeatSC week, the Bruins are up to #9 in the Playoff Rankings and are favored by 3 over the #19 trojans, so u$c re-instates Josh Shaw (the lying fraud “hero” who said he saved a child from drowning to cover up his fleeing from Police), apparently reneging on their promise to investigate the incident first

U$C has no integrity or class.  This proclamation should not come as news to you, but if you were looking for more evidence to prove it, here you go.

On Monday, Police announced that they are not pursuing charges against trojan Josh Shaw for Domestic Violence, due to a lack of evidence.  They know that he was in a heated argument with his girlfriend, and they know that he bolted to EVADE them, by jumping off a second-story balcony and injuring both ankles.  But they don’t know if he actually battered his girlfriend or not, so once again, another trojan suspected of violence against women gets off the hook.  Maybe the u$c Legal Machine had something to do with this, because the timing couldn’t be better:  SC has rivals UCLA and Notre Dame next up on the schedule and could really use another Defensive Back to shore up their piss-poor Pass Defense.

But the Police failing to indict Shaw SHOULD not have been the only hurdle to Shaw’s re-instatement.  In fact, u$c said that once the Police make their decision, then u$c would conduct ITS OWN internal investigation of the entire incident (when Shaw lied right to his Coach’s face, and to the trojan staff, insisting that he  hurt his ankles while trying to save his 7-year old nephew from drowning in a swimming pool.  He even coerced his sister into lying to the authorities, to corroborate his lies).  But less than 24 hours after the Police made their announcement, sc reinstated Shaw and said he would play this Saturday.

What happened to sc’s promised investigation??  Did they do it in less than 24 hours?  Yeah, right.  Obviously, Pat Haden told the investigation committee to Read the rest of this entry »

BERTH CONTROL THRILL

November 16th, 2014

Destiny’s Wild — Thanks to the Beavers upsetting the Sun Devils on Saturday night, the Bruins are back in control of their own destiny:  If UCLA can BeatSC and Stanford, they automatically win the South Division and earn a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Oregon

Not many people thought it would happen this fast, but after Utah lost 2 games and Arizona State lost last night, UCLA is back in the driver’s seat for Pac-12 South supremacy… and that’s not all:  It looks like if the Bruins knock off the trojans and the Cardinal — with both games being at Home in the Rose Bowl — they would get to face Oregon, who will probably be #1 in the Country.  A victory over #1 could easily vault the Bruins into a Top 4 Ranking, and therefore, the Bruins could qualify for the first-ever NCAA College Football Playoff.

After the Bruins lost consecutive Home games against Utah and Oregon, it seemed like their Playoff Dreams were completely dead.  But with all the upsets that followed, and with the Bruins winning 4 in a row since then, the sky is once again the limit for the Blue and Gold.  To be in this position, UCLA needed help:  They needed ASU to lose a game against either Oregon State, Washington State, or Arizona.  Only Arizona was expected to have a chance, because  the lowly Beavers and Cougars could only beat the Devils if Hell Froze Over.  Well, Corvallis may not be Hell, but on Saturday night, it was A Cold Day in Corvallis, and ASU couldn’t handle it.  The frigid Devils scored only 3 points in the second half, as Read the rest of this entry »

STAIRWAY TO ‘LEVEN

November 12th, 2014

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All that glitters is blue and gold — The Bruins get a Whole Lotta Love from the College Football Playoff Committee, and Ramble On up to be Plant-ed at #11 in the Rankings, a 7-rung jump that is the biggest in the Nation.  Dazed and Confused trojans remain missing from the whole Page

In a week where oft-maligned UCLA Placekicker Ka’imi Fairbairn won the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week Award, despite not kicking a game-winning or 50+ yard Field Goal, and despite a Husky returning one of Fairbairn’s Kickoffs 100 yards for a Touchdown, you can expect the unexpected.  And that unexpected expectation was delivered on Tuesday, when the College Football Playoff Committee declared UCLA the 11th best team in the Country, raising them 7 spots from #18 a week ago.

This rise is due to the strength of the Pac-12.  UCLA has now won 4 games in a row in the Conference.  They had another 4-game winning streak earlier in the year, and it included a blowout win over Arizona State.  That win has become a signature win, since ASU has only lost that once, and just killed Notre Dame.  ASU is #6 now, and Oregon, who delivered UCLA’s only loss that wasn’t up for grabs at the final gun, is now #2.

It is still a surprise that UCLA is #11, despite having 2 losses.  Only 1 of these last 4 wins has been over a highly-ranked team, and 2 of them were nail-biters against unranked teams.  But the last 2 were convincing wins over decent teams, so perhaps the committee thinks that UCLA is finally gelling, just at the right time, ranking them over 9 other 2-loss teams (including Michigan State, Notre Dame, Georgia, & Wisconsin) , 2 1-loss teams (Nebraska & Duke), not to mention, way over Marshall, who is undefeated, but still unranked.

The 11 spot means that UCLA still has a shot at the Playoffs.  It would take a minor miracle, but if UCLA Read the rest of this entry »

THE DESOLATION OF DAWG

November 8th, 2014

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Return of the Kings of the Road?  It’s Force of Hobbit — The Bruins’ Unexpected Journey has them Baggin their 9th straight Road Victory (6-0 this season), 44-30 over the Huskies, behind 4 TD’s from Brett Hundley and 1 spectacular TD run by Myles Jack, as UCLA explodes out to a 25-point lead and hangs on for a Precious 14-point win, which should vault them up from a Middle Earth-like #18 ranking, since many above them suffer losses, dragon them down.

Could the Bruins be peaking at just the right time?

UCLA cleaned up their act on Saturday, cutting down dramatically on penalties, eliminating Turnovers, and playing solidly if not superbly on Offense AND Defense, manhandling Washington 44-30 to go 8-2 for the season.  The usually penalty-prone Bruins went flag-less in the first half as they built a 31-10 lead.  They picked up only 3 penalties in the second half, and 1 of those was intentional (delay of game before a punt, purposely burning clock), as a suddenly efficient squad sustained drives and repeatedly stopped the Huskies’ Offense on 3rd downs to get the ball back.

QB Brett Hundley was focused and on target, throwing for over 300 yards including TD’s to Kenneth Walker III for 57 yards and to Mossi Johnson for 15.  Hundley also RAN for 2 scores, as UW’s young Defense couldn’t stop anything.  The Bruins gained 174 Rushing, including 98 by Paul Perkins, and 38 by Myles Jack, 28 of those on an eye-popping TD run that included a powerful straight-arm, a devastating spin move, and a tightrope act along the sideline to stay inbounds.

Hundley’s two favorite pass patterns were also effective — bubble screens to Wide Receivers Read the rest of this entry »

FROM 22 TO 18

November 5th, 2014

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Jump 4 Joy — UCLA bumps up from #22 to #18 in the College Football Playoff Poll after the victory over former #12 Arizona, and the 4-spot ascension is the second-biggest in the Nation

The Bruins’ hopes for a historic season are not completely off the table yet.  With a 17-7 victory over #12 Arizona Saturday, 7-2 UCLA was elevated 4 positions in the only poll that matters, up to #18.  The 4-rung rise is second only to the 5 places that now-#9 Arizona State rose.  Of course, UCLA obliterated ASU earlier this year, so if ASU loses to #10 Notre Dame this week, they may plummet all the way below UCLA.  And if UCLA can handle the Huskies up in Washington this week (the Bruins are favored by about 5 points, give or take a half-a-point), they will almost certainly bump up again, seeing as #17 Utah plays at #4 Oregon, and #16 LSU plays Alabama.  So that’s at least #15 for UCLA, if they leapfrog ASU, LSU, and Utah (who barely beat UCLA, but would have 3 losses if they lose in Eugene as the 9-point underdogs are expected to).

The only problem is that for the last thirty years or so, every time the Bruins are on a roll and start to climb the ladder, they stumble down a chute.  Coach Mora will have to keep the players hungry and humble — despite their current three-game winning streak — if they are to prevail in Seattle this Saturday.

Speaking of humble (NOT) —

Despite U$C’s big victory on Saturday over WSU in Pullman, the trojans are still absent from the poll.  Your reaction may be:  “Of course, because they have 3 losses already.”  But that logic would be flawed, considering that 6-3 West Virginia is in the Poll at #23.  I guess u$c’s body of work just doesn’t justify Read the rest of this entry »

D LICKS THE CAT(S)

November 2nd, 2014

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Bruins don’t need a bag o’ tricks to beat these not-so-wonderful-wonderful ‘Cats — UCLA shuts out Arizona for 57 minutes after gifting them 7 early points (on 3 penalties for 35 yards and two drive-extending 1st Downs);  The Bruin Offense puts up two 3rd Quarter TD’s, and then a blocked Field Goal ices it, as UCLA claims a 17-7 victory

 #12 Arizona did not look like a #12 team on Saturday, as the usually high-powered Wildcat Offense was impotent for the whole night.  Did they just have an inexplicable off-night, or was the Bruin Defense that dominant?  Of course, whenever you ask a question like this, the answer is always “a little bit of both.”  The highly-touted Arizona QB Anu Solomon played like the Freshman he is, missing wide open Receiver all night.  However, that may have been caused by the Defense, who controlled the line of scrimmage and continuously pressured Solomon.

Solomon was nifty and elusive, often avoiding tacklers who broke into the backfield, and then scrambling for big chunks of yards.  But he couldn’t keep drives going, as the D-Line stopped the Running Backs and the D-Backs maintained tight coverage most of the time.  The most surprising thing about this Defensive effort is that it was NOT led by the two stars Eric Kendricks and Myles Jack.  Kendrick had only 4 Tackles, and Jack only 1.  This was not a memorable night for Read the rest of this entry »

“TOP OF THE WORLD, CRAW!!”

October 30th, 2014

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Blue and Gold White Heat — Bruin Brandon Crawford gets a World Series Ring, topping a series of honors and accomplishments for several individual Bruins, several Bruin teams, and UCLA as a University, in the last two weeks, while u$c gets no love at all

Yeah, I know… James Cagney NEVER said “Top of the World, Ma!” in his classic gangster flick “White Heat.”  The actual quote is “Made it, Ma!  Top of the World!”  And Bogie never said “Play it again, Sam,” and Desi never said “Lucy, you have some esplaining to do!”  But sometimes I have to go with what people THINK is reality, as opposed to actual reality, so just go with it.  And with that said, Brandon CRAWford is on top of the World tonight, as the former Bruin Baseball Star’s San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series 3-2 to become World Champions.  That makes 3 times in the last 5 years for the Giants, a fact that makes fans of their Rival L.A. Dodgers livid.  That’s the essence of a Rivalry — you have to suffer through the successes of your rival, in order to fully enjoy and appreciate their failures.  The subject of Rivalry is near and dear to my heart — and this belief is the entire premise that drives this website, and is a topic to which I will return later in this article.  But first, back to Crawford.

In Frisco’s decisive 3-2 Game 7 victory, Crawford drove in 1 of the 3 Giant runs, giving him a Series total of 4 RBI’s (I refuse to conform by saying RBI instead of RBI’s like all the announcers and reporters do now).  Only 2 Giants had 5 RBI’s in the Series, making Crawford the 3rd-highest run-producer on the team.  In addition, Crawford hit OVER .300 for the Series, collecting 7 hits.  He also got on base 3 more times, via Walks, and scored 2 Runs.  On Defense he helped turn 7 Double Plays.  Of course, SF Pitcher Madison Bumgarner was the big star and unanimous MVP, but don’t forget — without Crawford, the Giants might not have even made it out of the Wild Card Playoff, as his Grand Slam Home Run against Pittsburgh was the main reason they survived and advanced.  And now, they are all getting fitted for new RINGS.  And of course, no rings for u$c, as there are no trojans on the Giants’ roster.

Crawford wasn’t the only Bruin Star that had a good week.  From the Bruin Football Team, Linebacker Eric Kendricks was named Read the rest of this entry »

DOUBLE-CLUTCH, DOUBLE-BARREL, DOUBLE- BYPASS!

October 26th, 2014

Make Mine A Double — Brett Hundley runs for a game-winning TD in Double Overtime to help UCLA avoid the double-indignity of blowing a 17-point 4th quarter lead AND losing to lowly Colorado, then u$c, up 21-17 in Utah with just over 2 minutes to go (thanks to two Ute lost fumbles on the trojan 1-yard line), doubles down and goes for it on 4th & 2, fails, then allows the Utes to march 73 yards and score the game-winning TD on a pass with 6 seconds left for troy’s 2nd last-second defensive choke of the season

The UCLA Bruins overcame a lot on Saturday to keep their slim hopes of a successful season alive, and most of what they overcame was self-inflicted:  The Bruins committed FOURTEEN Penalties for 121 yards including 2 in a row that both negated Bruin Interceptions; Brett Hundley missed several wide open Receivers including some throws to the end zone; Hundley also lost another fumble; Mossi Johnson failed to grab a perfect long pass that went right through his arms; Anthony Jefferson got juked out of his cleats giving an easy TD to the Buffs; the Bruins blew a 4th and 1  by giving the ball to Eddie Vanderdoes instead of Myles Jack; the team got complacent when they got their third 17-point lead, 31-14 in the 4th quarter, and both Offensive and Defensive Linemen for UCLA  stopped controlling the line of scrimmage, allowing Colorado to Rush for big yards and connect on key pass plays, while on Offense the Bruins suddenly couldn’t convert to keep possession of the ball.

All this, mostly after playing well enough to be up by 17 for most of the game.  Paul Perkins started the game with a 92-yard TD run, he added a 24-yard TD run later and finished with 180 yards rushing; Hundley threw a 20-yard TD pass to Jordan Payton; and Jack scored on a tough 3-yard off-tackle run.  On Defense, the game got underway with oft-maligned Cornerback Fabian Moreau making three stellar plays, and with Linebacker Eric Kendricks leveling Buffaloes right and left.  While Moreau Read the rest of this entry »

KICKED OUT!

October 20th, 2014

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“Aaannnd… Stay Out!” — Ex-trojan LenDale White gets thrown out of the Clown College Coliseum after a fight with Pat Haden, whom he later calls a coward, adding that he is embarrassed to be a trojan

Can you believe it?  Yet ANOTHER shameful incident involving u$c Football and their joke of an Athletic Department.  The SCandals keep emerging from troy just like… you guessed it — a dozen clowns all piling out of a tiny clown car.  This time it’s former trojan Running Back LenDale White, getting into an argument with Pat Haden on the sidelines of the $c-Colorado game on Saturday, and then being escorted out of the venue during the post-game press conference.

Last week, while White was watching u$c’s Defense crumble and choke away a big lead against Arizona, he went on Twitter and criticized the Defensive Coordinator and his staff, and called for their termination, apparently in a profanity-laced rant.  A week later, he’s on the trojan sideline, rooting on those same people he was ripping a week before.  Allegedly, $c Athletic Director Pat Haden got into it with White on the sidelines, telling him he’s not welcome on the field with the team if he’s going to tear them a new one on Twitter during the road games.  They had a heated confrontation, but White was not ejected at that point.

It was AFTER the game, when Head Coach Steve Sarkisian was speaking at the post-game press conference, that White was accosted by security.  Reportedly, he wanted to enter the Presser, but he was not permitted to the Press Room.  When he became agitated over the slight, Security guards escorted White off the premises.

White claims that Haden had him ejected, but Haden Read the rest of this entry »

¡RIOS MIO!

October 18th, 2014

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Marcus Rios’ last-minute Interception saves UCLA from a season-destroying loss, as the Bruins break their 2-game losing streak — and 7-game losing streak AT Cal — by holding off the Bears 36-34

On Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, UCLA showed that they have decidedly more talent than Cal.  But more talent doesn’t always guarantee a win, as the Bruins’ 7-game, 16-year drought at Cal has proven.  UCLA has been cursed up there, with a few of those 7 losses to really bad Bear teams.  And this year, against a slightly better Bear team, the curse looked alive and well.  UCLA turned the ball over 3 times (and also turned the ball over on downs once), leading to 20 Bear points, turning what could have been a Bruin blowout into a nail-biter.

Brett Hundley threw for 330 yards and 2 TD’s (both to Running Back Paul Perkins) and ran 15 yards for another TD, as the UCLA Offense was gaining yards by the mile.  But an Interception and 2 fumbles (1 lost) by Hundley and a lost fumble by Perkins kept the Bears afloat, despite the Bruins’ 567 total yards (200 more than Cal).  A Hundley Screen Pass to Perkins for a 49-yard TD came at the end of the first half to make it 24-14 Bruins.  UCLA came in 20-0 under Jim Mora when they led at the half, and that streak stayed alive… barely.

The Bruins dominated due to their Offensive Line play,  Offensive play calling. Defensive Line play, and Defensive play calling. Read the rest of this entry »

22 CATCHES

October 14th, 2014

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Heaven and Hell(er) — The current UCLA Dance Team and Cheer Squad include 22 female angels, and every one of them is quite a catch

For a (wannabe) Writer, I have not read a lot of books.  In college I read a lot of Monarch Notes (which are like Cliff Notes) instead of reading the books.  The only actual books that I read cover-to-cover while growing up — that I remember reading — can be counted on two hands, and they include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Watership Down, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Caine Mutiny… and Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, which was by far the funniest of the bunch.  It explored the ironies and contradictions of life, especially in the military, and included characters with names like Milo Minderbinder, Mjr. Major Major Major, and the aptly-named Col. Scheisskopf (which translates to Colonel Sh!thead).

As you probably know, a catch-22 is an impossible predicament, where to get something, you need to already have something else, but to get that something else, you have to already have the first something which you were trying to get in the first place.  For instance, to get a job, you need experience, but to get that experience, you need a job.  The book is full of Read the rest of this entry »