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WESTBROOK IN “BEST” BOOK

Russell Shouts — Pro Superstar and Bruin-for-Life Russell Westbrook rewrites the NBA Record Book by setting the All-Time High for Triple-Doubles in a Season with 42, breaking Oscar Robertson’s 55-year old mark

Mark Cuban may be rich, and may be smart when it comes to money and investing, but he sure is clueless when it comes to Russell Westbrook.  Recently, Cuban spouted off about the former Bruin Basketball star, saying that Russ was not a Superstar.  Cuban has been eating those words all season long, but he should really be gagging on them today, after Westbrook last night set the ALL-TIME NBA RECORD for Triple-Doubles in a Season, with 42.  This new mark breaks Oscar Robertson’s record, which had stood for a remarkable FIFTY-FIVE YEARS!

As if setting that record isn’t enough to make Cuban choke on his own idiotic words, Westbrook didn’t stop wowing everyone upon achieving that goal;  In fact, with his Thunder down by 10 late in the game against the Nuggets, Russell scored 15 consecutive points to end the game, including a THIRTY-SIX foot three-pointer AT THE BUZZER to give Oklahoma City a 106-105 victory.

It wasn’t like Denver was lying down;  This game was a must-win for the Nuggets.  The loss eliminated them from the Playoffs.  And they have Westbrook to NOT thank.  Westbrook scored FIFTY-ONE points, had 16 rebounds, and 10 Assists in addition to winning the game at the final horn.

Westbrook is a leading candidate for League MVP, and considering the fact that he is AVERAGING a Triple-Double for the Season, and leading the League in Scoring, it would be a travesty if they gave the award to anyone else.  Russell is the first person Continue Reading »

(cardinal and) GOLD McDONALD HAD A PHARM–

8-game suspension?  E-I-E-Oh-no! — Former trojan T.J. McDonald is suspended by the NFL for the first half of the 2017 season, due to his driving while wasted on drugs and crashing into another car

It’s been a while since a former trojan has made headlines with criminal behavior — quite a rare cold spell.  But that drought was ended today, when the NFL announced the 8-game suspension without pay of ex-u$c Defensive Back T.J. McDonald.  The suspension is the League’s reaction to a May 2016 incident when McDonald got all hopped up on prescription meds, and careened his car into a parked vehicle in Woodland Hills.

McDonald pleaded no contest to a “wet reckless” charge, which is a form of DUI.  He was sentenced to 36 months of probation, 200 hours of community service,  18 Narcotics Anonymous meetings, a one-month live-in residential drug program, and he had to pay $1,900 to the owner of the car he smashed into.  Apparently, the NFL felt the need to pile on, with a half-season suspension without pay.  As it was, McDonald wasn’t getting paid anyway, since the Rams had already cut him last year.  McDonald is a free agent, but his value just went WAY down, now that he can’t play until Week 9.

In cases like this one, where a young man falls prey to the perils of ADDICTION, it is common to look at the parents, who might share the blame.  Maybe it was his upbringing that led to his lack of morals and self-control.  Well, in this instance, maybe the acorn didn’t fall far from the tree:  T.J.’s Dad Tim, just like T.J., is a former trojan football player. Continue Reading »

De’Aaron and de errin’

To err is human, and so is Lonzo:  With Kentucky Freshman Point Guard De’Aaron Fox having the game of his life while his UCLA counterpart Lonzo Ball was not, the Wildcats eliminate the Bruins, who committed too many errors — mental and physical — in an 86-75 loss

Lonzo Ball is one of the best players to ever wear those four letters across his chest.  But his final game for UCLA was not up to his lofty standards.  It was so far below his bar, that rumors of a groin pull gained traction in cyberspace.  But Coach Steve Alford denied any injury, and took away a pretty damn good excuse for the Bruins’ 86-75 season-ending loss to Kentucky.

Other excuses could be the foul trouble that Thomas Welsh was in, or the unusually hot outside shooting by the Wildcats, but the Bruins basically just got outplayed by what was tonight, a superior team.  DeAaron Fox was unstoppable, driving around UCLA’s perimeter defenders like they were stuck in quicksand, Continue Reading »

BALL SAYS NO CINCHY NATTY FOR CINCINNATI

Ball is MVP of Sac. — At halftime in Sacramento, up by 3 over trendy Final Four pick UCLA, Cincinnati might have been having visions of an easy “Natty” (National Championship); Then came Lonzo Ball-bearing down on the Bearcats, as the Bruins rolled a ‘nati on a roll to a Natty of their own, 79-67

What a day, what a day, what a day, what a day, what a day!  First, slimy Rick Pitino and 2-seed Louisville gets knocked out of the NCAA Tournament, by Michigan (a team UCLA already beat this year).  Then slimy Southern Cal got eliminated by Baylor, when trojan thug Chimeze Metu choked away their chance by goaltending a late Bear lay-up.  So sad for Metu, but KARMA.  He had a monster game, scoring 28, but will forever be known around here for slapping/punching one opponent in the back, and trying to trip another one along the sidelines during a game, and now, for costing sc a shot at the Sweet 16, where they haven’t been since Metu was only 4 feet tall.

So Louisville and SUC were gone.  What else could I ask for on this day?  How about 2-seed DUKE getting bounced in the Round of 32, by the REAL USC?  Duke choked away a double-digit lead, and fell down by double-digits before losing by 7.  Also today, 3 other teams I hate (North Carolina, Kentucky, and Oregon) all showed major vulnerability, barely eeking out tough victories as all their opponents blatantly choked in the final minutes).  UK and maybe UNC, could be UCLA’s next foes, so it’s a confidence-builder for the Bruins to see that both of those mighty powers were not so mighty today.

So this is a whole lot of good news (and bad, but encouraging news), and I haven’t even gotten to the Bruin game yet.  But before I do, I have even more fun facts:  Ex-trojan player and current Laker thug Nick Young (aka “Swaggy P”) just got fined $25,000 by the NBA for Thuggery on the court.  After he got fouled, he took exception, got up and shoved the player, causing a bench-clearing brawl.  The foul was nothing out of the ordinary — just a hard foul that you see all the time.  But being such a pUSCy, Thuggy P had to make something out of it.  I would say he lost his composure, but he never had any to begin with.

So “what a day,” indeed.  But if UCLA didn’t survive the Round of 32, the day would still live in infamy.  And for a while, Continue Reading »

KENT KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN

I Kent, I Kent, I Kent Stand Losing — With Anigbogu a no-go and Bryce a no-show (fo’ fo’ in a row), it’s up to Lo to survive a low bridge and lead the Bruins past a valiant 13th-seeded Kent St. with a late-but-perfect 12-for-12 12-minute run to finally pull away from the Golden Flashes, 97-80; Leaf, Holiday, and Welsh take turns helping Ball take out the Flash

Finally, March Madness has arrived for UCLA.  If you are a typical sports fan, you understand why The Big Dance is included when I think about “a few of MY FAVORITE THINGS…”

Boys in white jerseys with blue Golden Flashes
Ball aches but stays on the court when he crashes
Holiday, Leaf and Welsh playing like kings
These are a few of my favorite things

When the Bryce bites
When Ball’s hip stings
When we’re playing bad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so sad

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The Hills (of Westwood) are alive, with the sound of advancing.  It wasn’t as easy as expected, but 3-seed UCLA finally climbed every mountain, and escaped to the alps and said So Long, Farewell, with a 97-80 victory over the Golden Flashes.  It was truly out of the Kent-a-bury Fails, as the Bruins couldn’t bury Kent St. early, despite charging out to a 20-5 lead.  Kent St. was obviously intimidated by their Tournament invitation, and by the four letters on the front of the Bruins’ jerseys.  That fear was manifested by early-game jitters and an inability to find the hoop.  Led by Lonzo Ball’s 10 early Points and T.J. Leaf’s dominance (he got 16 of his game-high 23 points in the first half), UCLA looked like they were going to cruise.  Even without Freshman big man Ike Anigbogu, who was ruled out with a Sprained Foot, the Bruins were a stratosphere above this opponent… or so it seemed.

With Ike unavailable, Continue Reading »

THE CHOKERS AND THE LEAF

It’s NOT Cardinal Sin City — The Cardinal & Gold choke away several chances to catch the Blue & Gold at the end, as Hamilton shoots down the trojans with his 22, with Leaf’s 10 in the second half helping the Bruins win the duel in Las Vegas, 76-74

 The UCLA Bruins came THIS close to Leaving Las Vegas empty-handed wearing nothing more than a barrel.  UCLA almost blew a 14-point lead against lowly u$c, but never gave up the lead, going wire-to-wire to knock troy out of the Pac-12 Tournament, 76-74.  Sc had a few chances to tie the game in the final minute, but Bennie Boatwright bricked up his EIGHTH missed shot of the game (with only 3 makes), and Elijah Stewart missed the uncontested 2-foot putback, allowing Lonzo Ball to grab the rebound and flick the ball to Bryce Alford, who, with 12 seconds left, sank two Free Throws to give the Bruins a 5-point lead.

SC still had a chance to come back, but they took FOREVER to get off another shot — Boatwright MADE the one that was too little, too late, with only 4 seconds left!  Then, with sc out of time outs and down by 2, Lonzo inbounded to Bryce, who, before sc could foul him, threw the ball downcourt to Isaac Hamilton, and the clock ran out with UCLA on top.

So it was Bryce Alford who made the game-winning free throws, and the game-saving smart pass.  But Continue Reading »

I GOT YOUR “BEST PICTURES” RIGHT HERE

No mistake — “In a world…” where the inept accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers cause the wrong movie to be announced as Best Picture at the Oscars, it was a great night to be at Pauley instead, where the real stars were.  Give me the Blue Carpet over the Red Carpet any day!

In an unprecedented twist of fate, two of my all-time favorite annual events fell on the same night.  Since I am a long-time member of the Directors Guild of America, I never miss the live broadcast of the Academy Awards.  I receive free copies of almost every nominated film, because I vote for the coveted DGA Awards.  And as a dedicated 24-year veteran of the Entertainment Industry, I take the Oscars seriously.

Only one organization (besides the DGA) takes priority for me over the Academy, and that’s the UCLA Spirit Squad, who held their annual All-Access Reception Fundraiser on Sunday afternoon, overlapping slightly with the Oscars.  There was never any doubt in my mind which event was more important to me.  Naturally, I attended the Spirit Reception, and recorded the Oscars, to watch afterwards.

I actually got home in the middle of the televised ceremony, and watched the rest live.  And boy, I’m glad I did… because it was historically pathetic, and people will be shaking their heads about it for decades to come.  The accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers who are in charge of the voting and the winner envelopes screwed up dramatically, allowing Warren Beatty to open the wrong envelope, leading to Faye Dunaway announcing “La La Land” as the winner of Best Picture.  But as the Producers were up on stage saying their thank you’s, the stage managers informed them that there had been the mother of all faux pax’s, and that “Moonlight” was the actual winner.

The “La La Land” Producers were gracious in turning over the trophy and the moment to the “Moonlight” people, but it was the most awkward and uncomfortable moment in not just Oscar history, but in Continue Reading »

BALL & TEAM’S EXCELLENT AVENGER

Threequel — #5 (and rising) UCLA has now avenged all three of its losses, after going into hostile Tucson and playing like Wyld Stallyns, riding Lonzo Ball and a 19-4 Second Chance Points advantage to a 77-72 second-chance revenge

Just like Keanu Reeves in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the 2017 Bruins are traveling back in time, or at least it seems like it to long-time UCLA fans.  After beating #4 Arizona in McKale Center, where the Wildcats had won their last 21 games and 68 of their last 69, The Boys from Westwood have now won 7 straight games to move to 26-3, and have won 4 straight over Top 5 teams, which they haven’t done since the Wooden Era!

The Bruins came into this game at #5 in the Country, so obviously they will leapfrog the #4 Wildcats.  They may also jump #2 Villanova, and even possibly #1 Gonzaga, as both Top 2 teams lost this week.  Gonzaga was undefeated at 29-0 until they choked away a huge lead AT HOME, against UNRANKED Brigham Young, who has now won 3 straight on the Zags’ home court.

How did the Bruins pull off the near-impossible task of winning in Tucson?  Well, I highlighted Lonzo Ball at the top of this article, but there was no clear MVP of this game.  Lonzo played an all-around great game on both ends of the floor, and was the orchestrator of the Bruins’ success, but he did have one lackluster stat, while several other of his teammates were also indispensable.

The Bruin guards Continue Reading »

YEARNING OVER A NEW LEAF

Leaf No Doubt — T.J. Leaf scores 25 as the #5 Bruins dominate the paint and give the Devils a 87-75 haircut, making Bruin fans yearn optimistically for a victory in the upcoming game at #4 Arizona and a deep run in the NCAA Tournament

The UCLA Bruins are #5 in the Country.  They are coming off a revenge-feuled 32-point annihilation of crosstown rival u$c.  They have another imminent revenge showdown coming up on Saturday against the #4 U of A Wildcats.  And on Thursday night, the Bruins had to face 14-point underdog Arizona State, IN Tempe.  Can you say “trap game?”  UCLA’s leader Lonzo Ball scored only 4 points, and Isaac Hamilton scored only 2.  Sounds like the Bruins got caught in this trap, right?  Well, not quite.  Thanks to a massive height (and talent) advantage, UCLA controlled the interior, and outplayed the Sun Devils for an 87-75 victory.

T.J. Leaf led the Bruins with 25 points, mostly inside shots, and Ike Anigbogu added a career-high 12 points, all on inside shots, as UCLA made it 6 wins in a row and continued their undefeated February (the only Pac-12 team without a loss this month).  Ike added 6 Boards, and Leaf had 9.  Topping them were Ball and Thomas Welsh, who pulled down 11 each. as UCLA thoroughly controlled the glass for a 49-30 edge over ASU.  Based on THAT stat alone, you would think that UCLA would have cruised to an easy victory.  Not the case.  ASU was actually within 1 point, at 50-49, early in the second half.  That’s when Continue Reading »

GOING TWICE…

Bid Pro Quo:  Only 4 days left in the UCLA Silent Auction — your chance to make out like a bandit while supporting the greatest Spirit Squad in the World

UCLA Spirit Silent Auction

Wanna trip to Cancun for a low, low price?  Want your kid to be babysat by gorgeous Cheerleaders?  Wanna autographed “Lonzo Ball?”  All this and more can be yours, all for less than market value, just by joining in the fun of the UCLA Spirit Squad Silent Auction.  Bidding closes on Sunday, during the All-Access Reception at Pauley Pavilion.  The Reception is also open to the public, where, in addition to participating in the auction, you also get to eat gourmet food, drink alcohol, enter a raffle (“opportunity drawing”) for dozens of great prizes, see Bruin Sports Celebrities, and most awesomely, you get to meet and mingle with the students of the Spirit Squad.

But even if you can’t attend the Reception, you can still bid in the silent auction, and help the Spirit Squad afford everything they need to maintain their position as the #1 unit in the Nation.

Just in case you are on the fence about participating, here are 50 more Cheer photos Continue Reading »

END OF AUCTION NEARS

Going once — The UCLA Spirit Squad Fundraising Auction has only 5 days left;  You can support the awesome organization and win priceless prizes by bidding now at THIS link:  UCLA Spirit Squad Auction

I’ve shared over 10,000 photos of the UCLA Spirit Squad with you, for free.  Readers of this site have been enjoying the beauty and grace of the Bruin Dance Team and Cheerleaders for over a dozen years, with not even one single pop-up ad getting in the way.  If you would like to show your appreciation, here is the perfect way:  Bid on an incredible offering in the UCLA Spirit Squad Fundraising Auction.

There over a hundred items to choose from including tickets to Bruin, Laker, and Clipper games, dinners, hotel stays, vacation resort stays, and much much more.  You can even have some of the Cheerleaders babysit for you.  You can also win the right to be a Judge for the Spirit Squad Auditions.  I have had that honor before, more than once, and it was a priceless, exhilarating experience that I will remember for the rest of my life.  I was SO proud of the students whom we selected!

This is different than just making a donation.  Of course I encourage that as well, but that’s if you are just such a good, generous human being.  This auction, however, allows you to support the squad while actually SAVING money!  As of this posting, there are gift certificates for food, jewelry, car washes, movies, magic shows, hotel rooms, and other things, and on many of them, the cost to bid is LESS than the literal, tangible, verifiable value of the prize!

So what do you have to lose?  Right now, you can truly get your money’s worth and then some, all while helping the Spirit Squad continue to be the elite outfit in the Nation, wearing elite outfits, and affording all the other necessities that are required to operate and excel.

The auction closes this Sunday, so please click the link above and check out all the mind-blowing opportunities!  Sunday is also when the All-Access Reception takes place on campus.  There will be opportunity drawings (raffles), great food and drinks, special guests from the Football and Basketball teams, and best of all, a chance to meet the lovely and personable members of the Spirit Squad.

Just to goose you a little, here are 48 more Cheer photos from the thoroughly satisfying dismantling of u$c on Saturday night. Continue Reading »

ALFORD ONE AND ONE FOR ALL

White Chuck-a-lot — The 8 Bruin Musketeers slice up the Mickey Mousc-keteers 102-70, as ALL the Bruins play well, led by Bryce Alford finding his sweet spot for 26 Points, Thomas Welsh pouring it on with 16 and 16, and T.J. Leaf stirring in 19 and 8; Of course the Willy Wonka of it all was Lonzo Ball, who whips it up good for 15, 8, and 8 to make nougat of troy and get his first win against the crosstown rivals (ONE FOR BALL, WON FOR ALL)

The planets are back in alignment.  The Bruins have finally seized control of the City, with a thorough 102-70 thrashing of “just sc.”  After 4 straight lopsided losses to their crosstown rivals, the Bruins broke the curse.  UCLA played ultimate TEAM ball, with all 8 rotation players having decent-to spectacular games.  In most of their games this year, especially in their three losses, at least one or two key players had OFF nights.  Bryce Alford has had a few really cold shooting nights, Isaac Hamilton had a prolonged shooting slump, Aaron Holiday hit a rough patch, and big men T.J. Leaf and Thomas Welsh have both had a couple of game performances they would like to forget.  Even Frosh phenom Lonzo Ball has been plagued with the Turnover bug a few times.  But on this night, none of them struggled very much.  Add to that a solid few minutes from Gyorgy Goloman which included 4 Points and a big slam dunk, and 6 OFFENSIVE Rebounds from Ike Anigbogu, and there you have it:  A complete TEAM EFFORT.

Ike was a force to be reckoned with underneath, refusing to let the trojans manhandle the Bruins.  Although Ike went 0-5 from the floor, it was his Defense and Rebounding that he contributed to add to this victory.  Everyone else shot pretty well and played a part in the Offensive explosion.  Bryce Alford led all scorers with 26 Points, and he also dished out 6 Assists and grabbed 4 Rebounds.  Thomas Welsh had a monster game, showing more aggressiveness and assertiveness and toughness than ever before.  Welsh went 8-for-10 from the field for 16 Points, and he matched that intensity on the glass, grabbing 16 caroms.  He also had 2 Assists and a Blocked shot in his most complete game ever.  I thought it would be Ike who would have to dominate the Paint in order for the Bruins to triumph over Chimeze “Day Tripper” Metu and athletic sc, but it was actually Welsh who filled that bill.

Also instrumental in the assault was Welsh’s fellow big man T.J. Leaf, who was hot on Offense, going 8-for-13 and 2-for-3 from behind the arc, for 19 Points.  He also grabbed 8 Boards, and on Defense, Blocked THREE trojan shots!  Hamilton added 13 Points on 50% shooting, and Holiday chipped in with 7 Points, 4 Assists, and 2 Steals.  The Bruins out-Assisted sc 23-10.

With all these efficient stats and a final margin of 32, you would think it was a total cakewalk, but you would be wrong.  The Bruins started out slowly, Continue Reading »

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