ARELI BIG SHOW — 11 days before their Vegas trip, UCLA Spirit hits the jackpot with a lavish party emceed by Areli, that strikes gold for the squad… and for me, as I win a raffle for a Basketball autographed by Steve Alford and the 2015 Basketball team, plus 4 Bruin shirts
I’ve heard of “losing your shirt” in Vegas, but how about winning 4 shirts? What a night in Westwood! On this night, the dress is Blue and Gold, but if you look hard, you’ll see green (not gold & white or black & blue).
The annual UCLA Spirit Squad All-Access Reception fundraiser was held in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday evening, and as always when Mollie is involved, it was a complete success. Not only was it fun for all, but most importantly, it was lucrative for the Squad. Funds raised at this event will go to travel, uniforms, and staff salaries, all necessities in the effort to remain the World’s Elite Cheerleaders.
The reception featured a Silent Auction and an Opportunity Drawing, with prizes that included a Football autographed by Coach Jim Mora, to tickets to a Bruin Basketball game, to a Hello Kitty Prize Package, to ride-alongs with Firemen or Sheriffs, to a Basketball signed by the 2015 Bruins (which I won!), to Babysitting by the Cheerleaders. I would have put ALL my raffle tickets in the babysitting jar, if only I had a baby.
Even if attendees weren’t interested in winning prizes (?!), there were lots of other things to do — like enjoying the free and free-flowing alcohol, which included Vodka Lemonade and Vodka Cranberry. I had one of each and Continue Reading »
Come meet the UCLA Cheerleaders in person and win exciting, big-ticket prizes this Saturday (2/28) from 4p to 7p in Pauley Pavilion; Bruin stars (of the past, present, and future) Tyus Edney, Myles Jack, Paul Perkins, Jerry Neuheisel, Norman Powell, Tony Parker, Josh Rosen, and Baseball Coach John Savage are all scheduled to be there too, for you to talk to one-on-one
Wanna personally thank Tyus Edney for his unforgettably legendary play that led UCLA to the 1995 Basketball National Championship? Wanna personally thank Coach Savage for delivering a Baseball National Championship to Westwood? Wanna personally thank Jerry Neuheisel for his clutch performance in beating Texas IN Texas last year? Wanna give your sage, expert advice to current Bruin stars that will lead them to their own National Championships? Or do you just wanna meet the hottest (yet smartest) girls in the world, in a casual, fun environment?
Then this Saturday (tomorrow) is the day for you. The Annual UCLA Spirit Squad All-Access Reception is being held in Pauley Pavilion from 4p to 7p, and is open to the public. It is a fundraiser, so there is an Continue Reading »
The Bruins’ morphin’ releases endorphins — Led by superhero Norman Powell and his sidekicks Tony Parker and Isaac Hamilton, UCLA morphs into a dominant team, and eradicates the supervillian Huskies 88-66, inhibiting the transmission of pain signals from the 2-game losing streak
Ever heard of “Scrubbing Bubbles?” Well, on Wednesday night, UCLA — who is on the bubble for inclusion in the NCAA Tournament, polished up their bubble résumé a tiny bit, by pounding the Dawgs, 88-66. This game was NEVER in doubt, as the Bruins exploded out of the gate with a 19-5 blitz, then led by as many as 31 before cruising home with a 22-point victory.
At the start, it was Tony Parker on fire, as he came back from one of his worst weeks in recent memory, to thoroughly dominate the paint against the Huskies. It seemed like UCLA went inside to him almost every time down the floor, and with the excellent position he was getting, he was able to power his way to the hoop for several early buckets. Parker finished with 20 points, but on this night, that was not enough to garner high-scorer honors. That title belonged to Norman Powell, who was also able to exploit the Huskies’ suspect interior defense, to get to the hoop for repeated inside scores. Powell finished with 24 points, including one power dunk and an even better dunk off an alley-ooo pass from Bryce Alford. Bryce scored only 7 points on 2-for-6 shooting, but he did have 7 Assists, and once again, the Bruins look like a more effective team when Bryce passes more than he shoots.
Usually, 7 Assists would lead the team, but again, this was not a typical Bruin game. Since they played more TEAM ball, the Assists were plentiful, and it was Isaac Hamilton who dished out TEN dimes! I-Ham also added 16 points, for a rare double-double. When Hamilton plays up to his potential like this, Continue Reading »
Bruins are best of the best — Russell Westbrook’s record-setting performance in the NBA All-Star Game nets him the MVP Award, after rookie Zach Lavine stuffs all the competition on his way to claiming the Slam Dunk Championship
Two NBA Trophies, two UCLA recipients. This weekend, besides being Valentine’s Day Weekend, President’s Day Weekend, SNL 40th Anniversary Weekend, and 50 Shades of Grey Premiere Weekend, it was also NBA All-Star Weekend. And with the greatest stars of the NBA all gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York, it was two Bruins rising — literally — above all the rest.
In the prestigious annual Slam Dunk Contest, it was Bruin Zach Lavine wowing the crowd and all his fellow all-stars, with mind-boggling displays of athleticism and dexterity, including a behind-the-back ball move while in mid-air culminating with a wicked slam. Lavine’s near-perfect overall score gave him the easy victory over the also-impressive Victor Oladipo and all other contestants.
On Sunday, it was time for the main event, and UCLA’s Russell Westbrook dominated. Despite not starting, Westy scored an all-time record for a half 27 points in the first half, on his way to 41 for the game, in only 26 minutes of playing time! Continue Reading »
Buried Treasure — Three years ago I had the honor of taking photos of the UCLA Dance Team’s beautiful Jane at the Miss Teen CaliforniaUSA Pageant, but I didn’t know it was her until just now
I always knew that the UCLA Spirit Squad is made up of the most beautiful girls in California (and in the World), and now I have some more proof. In 2012, the UCLA Dance Team’s Jane made the Finals of the Miss Teen CaliforniaUSA pageant, and just by total coincidence, I was there to photograph it. Even as an Official Judge on the UCLA Spirit Squad Selection Committee that twice voted Jane onto the Dance Team, I had no idea that I had seen her before, let alone snapped 30 lovely photographs of her.
In early 2012, I traveled all the way to Palm Desert, to support former UCLA Dance Teamer Katie (Wee) Keefe, who during that weekend made the Finals of the Miss CaliforniaUSA Pageant. Little did I know that when the gorgeous Miss Teen La Habra took the stage, I was seeing a future Bruin Dance Team member!
How did I just find out? Well, the UCLA Spirit Squad — whom you should be following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram — has decided to start sharing with the public some slices of their members’ lives OUTSIDE of the squad. Today they featured Jane, competing in this prestigious 2012 event, and honoring her for making the Finals — The Top 20 of the more than 200 contestants.
The photos they posted looked hauntingly familiar, and then it hit me like a ton of pompons — I had taken practically the exact same photos! So I searched my vast photo archives, and found 30 shots that included Jane. In some she is just in the background, but in many she is fully featured. I have included all 30 in this article for Continue Reading »
All the Pete Carroll memes fit to print — It’s just the memes to an end: The end of all this ass-kissing and adulation of Pete the Cheat Carroll, who was once again exposed on the biggest stage, at the most crucial time
The whole world is jumping all over Pete Carroll, for approving the worst play call in the history of Sports (topping his own call against Texas in a BCS Championship game), and here are just a few of the top memes calling him out…
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Beastly arrogant Pete Carroll idiotically calls a pass on the one-yard line while Marshawn Lynch watches, and the Patriots intercept it to clinch the Super Bowl!!!!
Seattle had it won. Even after choking away a 10-point lead in the 4th quarter, they got a miracle catch in the final minute, and all they had to do is hand the ball off to Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch for an easy one-yard TD, but Pete Carroll’s Seahawks inexplicably decided to throw a pass. And as the ball was picked off at the goal line, Carroll’s smug smirk was wiped off his face, and the Patriots had the win 28-24.
Carroll’s f*ck-up will live on in Super Bowl Infamy as the stupidest call in Super Bowl History, just like his screw up the BCS Title game against Texas will be equally remembered as monumentally DUMB.
Pete Carroll — The only Coach to personally throw away a Super Bowl and A BCS Title game via arrogance and sheer stupidity. What a legacy
P. S. Of course the thug mentality that Carroll proudly cultivates led to a classless poor-loser sour grapes ugly brawl at the end of the game. What else would you expect from this group of Pete’s disciples?
Ute is wasted by the young — #11 Utah comes into to Pauley overconfident (after having beaten UCLA by 32 three weeks ago), and gets out-played, out-hustled, out-muscled, and outscored 69-59 by the youthful Bruins, who came in 0-4 against Ranked teams, having lost those by about 20 a game
UCLA is a different team at home, especially when they are at full strength. Last weekend in Oregon, playing without an injured Tony Parker, the Bruins got swept pretty easily by the Beavers and Ducks. After that lackluster showing, very few people thought that the Bruins could compete with the #11 team in the Country, especially considering that that team beat UCLA 71-39 25 days ago.
But right from the outset on Thursday night in Westwood, the Bruins showed that they have come a long way in 3 weeks. With Tony Parker back at Starting Center, the Bruins were tough inside, forcing Utah out of their comfort zone. And even when Parker went to the bench, a continually-improving Thomas Welsh came in and took it to the Utes. Welsh has been accused of being too soft, but he is responding. He had two monster dunks, Continue Reading »
UN-UNBROKEN — Bruins smack down the clowns for the 4th straight time in Basketball 83-66; Add that to the 3 straight beatings in Football, and that’s SEVEN straight UCLA torchings of u$c in the two biggest college sports
Rivalry? What Rivalry? With UCLA’s latest annihilation of the u$c Clown College on Wednesday in South Central, there is no doubt whatsoever who owns this town, in BOTH major sports.
Do you like seeing trojans tortured? Did you like Angelina Jolie’s movie “Unbroken,” where trojan Louis Zamaparini gets stranded at sea in a life raft for 6 weeks, then tortured in a Japanese POW camp? Well, then you must be enjoying these last couple of years, watching trojan fans suffer endlessly, as their beloved Athletic Program has been getting humiliated by their clearly-superior crosstown rivals, to the tune of seven straight.
On Wednesday night, IN THE TROJANS’ HOME ARENA, the Bruins blew out the home team 83-66. A UCLA team that had recently lost 5 straight games and started the Conference season 0-2 came into the Galen Center and spanked troy by 17. Even after losing 5 guys to the Pro’s and enduring one of their worst early seasons in recent memory, the Bruins were barely threatened by the struggling-even-worse trojans.
The Bruins exploited their huge front court advantage to build an early 8-point lead, as Tony Parker started 5-for-5 and Kevon Looney — the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week — helped UCLA grab 24 of the first 34 Rebounds. But Continue Reading »
Yet another selfish trojan football player puts public lives in danger, as u$c Linebacker Don Hill gets busted for a DUI
Considering u$c’s ever-growing list of criminals that is longer than a chimpanzee’s arm, you have to wonder: Do they RECRUIT all these idiots and a-holes, or do they just train them up to be that way? Apparently, trojan Football coach Steve Sarkisian failed to show his players the infamous “Red Asphalt” videos. For you kids too young to know, the Red Asphalt films were a series of videos produced by the CHP, intended to scare the hell out of teens. They showed the gory wreckage and bloody carnage of car accident aftermaths, in a “Scared Straight”-type effort to keep kids from driving negligently. And of course, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE, is the most negligent a driver can be.
Which brings me to trojan Linebacker/D-Lineman Don Hill. This week, in Boise, Idaho of all places, Hill was awarded his first DUI, seemingly a rite of passage for trojan athletes. Hill is a 19 years old, who redshirted last season, but will surely be back on the team next year, ready to wreak havoc on the on the field like he does on the open highway, assuming that the trojans follow their usual modus operandi, which is to fail to discipline their law-breakers and various miscreants. Just ask the Clown College “Hero” Josh Shaw, Continue Reading »
Take a guac on the wild side — UCLA dominates early to lead at the Half 31-6, but have to recover a last-minute onside kick — twice — in order to stave off a valiant Kansas State comeback attempt and take the Alamo Bowl 40-35
Texas may be the Lone Star State, but when the Bruins played in San Antonio on Friday evening, it was all four of their biggest stars who had huge games and carried the team to victory. It started out easy, as #1 Bruin star, Quarterback Brett Hundley, in his final game as a Bruin, led the way with a scramble TD, and then a Read-Option rushing TD — on a FOURTH DOWN — and completed 9 of his first 11 passes, to guide #14 UCLA to an early 17-0 lead over #11 Kansas State. And the reason high-powered K-State had zero was simple: UCLA’s two biggest Defensive stars were stymie-ing the Wildcats’ attack. Butkus Award Winner Eric Kendricks was, as usual, all over the field, gumming up the Offensive works of KSU. And when it wasn’t Kendricks, it was Myles Jack, on pass defense and run support. A Jack Interception and 41-yard return set up UCLA for their third Touchdown. Kendricks finished with 10 tackles, 3 for loss (totaling 21 yards), and Jack had 8 tackles, 2 for loss, plus the huge INT, which set up the fourth star, Running Back Paul Perkins. Three plays after the pick, Perkins scampered 32 yards for the first of his two TD runs. GAME MVP Perkins ended up with 194 yards rushing, including the game-winning 67-yard TD run with 2:20 left in the game, when the Wildcats had cut the lead to 6.
But it wasn’t as simple as the Big 4 doing everything right, by themselves. After going 9 for his first 11, Hundley missed on his next 7 passes. And Perkins lost a fumble in the 3rd quarter that aided the KSU comeback. Then, with 1:21 left in the game and UCLA up by only 5, KSU attempted an onside kick, which Perkins caught, but Continue Reading »
Lowest Lane — Just like the 405 North near UCLA, when Lane Kiffin is coaching in a big game, you can assume that a Lane will be shut down, and that’s what happened in the Sugar Bowl, as Kiffin’s confused Offense chokes in the end, allowing Ohio State to upset Alabama and advance to the Championship game against Oregon
It’s the eve of UCLA’s appearance in the Alamo Bowl against Kansas State, but there was a couple of developments on New Year’s Day that might give Bruin fans a reason to smile. Not only did a Pac-12 team end Florida State’s 29-game winning streak, knocking the Seminoles and their QB of dubious character Jameis Winston out of the Playoffs, but then the not-so-vaunted-anymore SEC got eliminated from the first-ever Playoff Title Game, when the Buckeyes stunned the Crimson Tide, whose Offensive Coordinator is the slimy former trojan coach Lane Kiffin.
Many Bruin fans hate Oregon, due to the Ducks’ cocky fans, and embarrassment of riches brought on by Nike owner Phil Knight, but most of those same UCLA supporters are happy that UCLA’s Conference will be represented in the big game next week, and that the ESPN darling SEC will not. And I’m pretty sure that all UCLA fans — and most u$c fans — are taking pleasure in the failure of Lane Kiffin in the Sugar Bowl.
Kiffin, who got fired ignominiously on the tarmac at LAX by Pat Haden after a humiliating loss to Arizona State, was being lauded this year as one of the best Assistants in the Country, as the Tide was rolling to a #1 ranking. Alabama has the Nation’s best Wide Receiver, and Kiffin rode him all season long, against a watered-down SEC and some OOC cupcakes. But when the chips were down, Kiffin folded like someone facing Jennifer Tilly in a low-cut dress at the World Series of Poker.
The Tide capitalized on OSU turnovers and led 21-6. But Kiffin’s Offense could not keep it going. The Tide committed 3 Turnovers on the night, but that didn’t do them in. The key statistic was 3rd Down Conversions, where the O.C.’s strategy is crucial. In these clutch situations, Kiffin’s Kids went a pathetic 2-13, despite Continue Reading »