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MARVEL AT THESE SUPERHEROES

spr15fb - 77bbWith “Antman” still #1 at the box office (barely beating “Pixels,” which appears to be a ripoff of a “Futurama” episode), I thought it would be a good time to release some more photos of the UCLA Spirit Squad — heroines whom you wouldn’t mind if they invaded your space at a picnic

Adam Sandler went on a late night talk show last week to promote his “brand new” movie “Pixels,” which is about Earth being attacked by 1980’s video game characters like Donkey Kong.  Sandler was raving about what a great idea for a movie this was, and that he was stunned that it had never been done before.  What the man behind hilarious SNL characters like Cajun Man and Opera Man, and lowbrow comedies like The Waterboy, Happy Gilmore, Grown Ups, Little Nicky and dozens more might or might not know, the concept behind Pixels HAS been done before, complete with Donkey Kong attacking the planet.  Not only is there THAT striking similarity, but also, in this classic episode of Matt Groening’s Futurama, the fate of the World is placed in the hands of a nerd who happens to be a video game junkie.  Sound familiar?

The blatant lack of originality is not the only reason this $88 million dollar pic made only about $26 million on its opening weekend.  The low take can also be explained by Sandler’s waning popularity, and on the critics trashing the film, and on a backlash due to the film’s purported poor treatment of the female gender.  I will say one thing in Sandler’s defense — He is reputed to be a super nice, and GENEROUS producer and human being, often giving extravagant gifts Continue Reading »

TROUT IT OUT LOUD

Home Run Trout — Mike Trout becomes first-ever to be All-Star MVP twice in a row, as his lead-off Home Run (the first in 38 years) and scoring of the go-ahead run in the 5th inning lead the AL to their third straight victory, 6-3

KISS it Goodbye.  It must be in the Genes…  Now Mike Trout can Rock and Roll All Night, and Party Every Day.

The reigning 2014 AL MVP and reigning 2014 All-Star MVP is now the reigning 2015 All-Star MVP, as the Angels’ Mike Trout has once again proven himself to be the best Baseball Player in the World.  It was a pretty successful night for the Los Angeles Angels, ALL at the expense of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Avenging the results of the Home Run Derby semifinals the night before (when Dodger Joc Pederson eliminated Angel Albert Pujols by just 1 Tater), the first 3 runs of the game for the AL were ALL scored by Angels, and they all came against Dodger Pitchers.

Trout’s lead-off, opposite field Home Run, which barely cleared Cincinnati’s short fence in right field, was an early spoiler for NL Starter Zach Greinke of the Dodgers.  Greinke came in on fire lately, having the 4th-lowest ERA of anyone coming into an All-Star game, but he was rudely awakened on his 4th toss, by Trout’s line drive HR.  The NL tied it up soon thereafter, but in the 5th, against late addition to the roster Dodger Clayton Kershaw, the AL struck two more times.  With Trout on second base (he got on base via a fielder’s choice), and with Pujols on first via a Walk, Kershaw gave up the lead run on a Single, as Trout used his vaunted speed to beat the throw of Dodger Pederson.  Kershaw then gave up another run when Pujols was Doubled in.  Kershaw must have thought it was October instead of July.

It wasn’t just Los Angeles Angels succeeding on Tuesday night — the two players from the University of California Los Angeles also came through… Continue Reading »

‘PHAROAH DOES SOMETHING RARE-O

Another Blue and Gold Champion — American Pharoah becomes the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown, and of course, his jockey was wearing BLUE and GOLD silks!

 

A “Pharoah” even Woody Allen could like.

Thoroughbred race horse American Pharoah has just become the 12th-ever winner of the prestigious Triple Crown, by going wire-to-wire in the Belmont Stakes.  Pharoah (spelled wrong when registered so this is not a typo) made it look easy, justifying his 3-to-5 odds as he pulled away to win easily.

Since Affirmed won the last Triple Crown in 1978, 13 other horses have entered the Belmont having won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, with a chance to wear the Triple Crown, but none of them could complete the brutal task. Continue Reading »

ALL ABOUT THE BASES (AND FACES)

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Diamonds are a Bruin’s Best Friend — With UCLA the #1 Seed in the Baseball Playoffs, and making the Softball World Series as well, it’s time to celebrate some of the remarkable catches that comprise the UCLA Spirit Squad

It’s Postseason time for College Baseball and Softball, and UCLA is alive and well in both.  The men just completed their Pac-12 season with unprecedented success, enough to warrant the #1 overall seed for the Playoffs.  They will be hosting a Super Regional tournament starting on Friday, and I encourage you all to attend and support your team.  Meanwhile, the Softball team just swept away Missouri to qualify for the World Series, and they start play tomorrow in Oklahoma.  You can watch on ESPN2 at 6:30pm.

Now to get in the Bruin spirit, here are 27 more shots of the UCLA Spirit Squad, Continue Reading »

BADASS AMBASSADORS

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Tender Skittles — Dynastic UCLA Dance Team and Cheer Squad return 17 kickass girls, and replace 5 departees with 6 new spirited beauties

Well, it appears that the UCLA Spirit Squad Selection Committee operates just fine without me.  For the last two years, I was honored to be a member of the Judges’ Panel for the prestigious UCLA Cheerleader Auditions, and was thoroughly proud of the results that we brought forth.  Unfortunately, this year I was not part of the process, but that didn’t hinder the Committee from hitting another home run with their selections.

I was in attendance for both the Cheer and Dance sessions, and I can assure you that the process has yielded the finest, smartest, prettiest, most talented groups of student-cheerleaders as you will find anywhere in the Nation.  All 17 veterans who tried out deservedly survived the day, and the 6 new additions definitely passed the eye test as well.  There were plenty of excellent performers who didn’t quite make the cut — hopefully they will come back next year for another chance.

With 6 new girls, of course I fell in love 6 times — because they are now part of the iconic Bruin Spirit Squad — including 1 with whom it was love at first site, and I am SO glad she made it onto the team.  Don’t ask me which one, because I will never tell.  You’ll just have to wonder as you view the pics.  But they are all super-hot, so it really could have been any of them.  I’m sure each one of you will have a different new favorite.

Speaking of favorites, my all-time favorite Cheerleader Katie Continue Reading »

ROSEN TUNDRA

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Whole Lotta Rosen — Everything’s coming up Rosen at UCLA, as True Freshman Phenom QB Josh Rosen makes a successful Rose(n) Bowl debut in UCLA’s Spring Showcase

Saturday morning marked the first day of the Post-Hundley Era for UCLA Football, and it just may be a smooth transition to another era marked by a Superstar signal caller.  True Freshman Quarterback Josh Rosen impressed Coaches and fans alike, with his talent, and poise uncommon for a newbie.

Rosen was actually the third Quarterback to take the reins of the Bruin Offense on Saturday, AFTER Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard, but Rosen is the one getting all the buzz.  Neuheisel looked just fine in his time, and Woulard looked sharp as well, much improved from earlier reports.  But when Rosen took over, the Offense seemed to be more crisp, with Rosen showing uncanny composure and knowledge of the Offense.  His calm confidence bodes well for his potential leadership role on this team.

It seemed like Woulard has grasped the Offensive schemes as well, Continue Reading »

REAPING WITH THE ENEMY

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Don’t Fear the Reapers — It’s not too late to make a donation to Swim With Mike — Tragically-injured young athletes deserve to be REAPING the benefits of Bruins and Trojans (and everyone else) coming together for a good cause

The big event was last Saturday, but the great need continues, so please go to swimwithmike.org and consider donating to help supply scholarships for deserving victims of severe accidents and other catastrophic situations.  In order to inspire you, here are 40 more photos of the USC Song Girls in action, all to Continue Reading »

DIVE-URGENT

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Submergin’, not Insurgent — It may seem like a sign of a post-apocalyptic dystopia when I applaud a group of Trojans, but when the USC Song Girls dive in to such an urgent cause, they get my respect

As my temporary moratorium on anti-trojan rhetoric continues, here are 59 more photos of Trojan cheerleaders in and around the pool, raising about a million dollars for the Swim With Mike Charity, which provides scholarships for college athletes who suffer catastrophic injuries like limb amputation, or spinal cord damage that leaves them paralyzed.  Please enjoy these photos, and consider donating to this worthy cause, at swimwithmike.org. Continue Reading »

THE SPLASHED AND THE SERIOUS (HEAVEN)

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Reckless Diving, to Drive Up Rev-enue — The USC Song Girls join the race to help catastrophically-injured young athletes, by jumping into the pool for the innertube relay, at the 35th Annual Swim With Mike Fundraiser

I have a ton of new “followers” for this web site this year, thanks to its Facebook page, so a little explanation is in order, before I go any further with this article —

Every year at this time (for the last approximately 9 years), I bury the Rivalry Hatchet, and pay due respect to USC and especially to their Song Girls, for having the class — and willingness — to consent to don bikinis and participate in a relay race in the swimming pool, to raise money for the worthy cause known as “Swim with Mike.”

I only post flattering photos, and will not publish or tolerate any negative comments that would dissuade these girls from continuing their admirable efforts to contribute to this fundraising endeavor.  As you will see from the photos that I am posting now and the many more that I will continue to post throughout this week, the Song Girls, Dance Force, and other Trojan Cheerleaders consist of many beautiful girls… who are beautiful in spirit too, and that’s why they agree to take part in this event.

I highly recommend that you take a moment to visit swimwithmike.org, and look into donating some funds.  This organization’s mission is to provide scholarships for college athletes who are struck by major injuries like paralysis and amputation, but who somehow maintain their desire and drive to get their undergraduate and graduate degrees, and continue to make a positive difference for society.  By the way, the scholarships are NOT all for USC — They help send kids to many different schools, including UCLA.

I also encourage you to attend a Swim With Mike event some time.  The ones at USC always consist of a high diving show, a belly flop contest (which includes a Song Girl diving into the pool in full iconic uniform), a silent auction, a barbecue, and of course, the innertube relay race, where Trojan football players push Song Girls (and vice versa this year) the length of the pool.  It’s a Continue Reading »

CINDERELLA FROZEN OUT

11th Seed UCLA goes ice cold, missing all 8 of their three-pointers until the final 3 minutes (when they were already down by 17), with Bryce Alford going 1-for-8 from the floor before that final 3 minutes, as a 12-0 second half run gives Gonzaga control, and the 74-62 win, and entrance into the Elite 8

UCLA has made at least one three-pointer in every game since February, 2000, a streak of 521 games.  But for the first 37 minutes of their Sweet Sixteen contest against Gonzaga on Friday night, they didn’t hit any.  Despite their frigid shooting, the Bruins were still within 1 point of 2-seed Gonzaga, early in the second half, after UCLA scored the first 6 points after Intermission.  But then, Zags’ Coach Mark Few called a time out, and the Bulldogs responded with 12 straight points, holding the Bruins scoreless for 5 minutes.

The Bruins never recovered from this drought, and Gonzaga cruised to a 74-62 victory, advancing them to the Elite Eight.  Blame it on the dome environment, Tournament nerves, or even decent defense by Gonzaga, but whatever it was, no Bruin could shoot straight in Houston.  Norman Powell, playing in his final game in Bruin Blue, carried his team early, Continue Reading »

INSIDE THE PARKER

wash15bb225tpTony Parker parks the Bruins in the Sweet 16 — Tony touches ’em all, with a career-high 28 Points, plus 12 Rebounds and 3 Blocks, as UCLA scores 50 Points in the Paint to whip UAB 92-75, and to prove once again the Bruins are better when they go inside

Sure Bryce Alford can stroke it from outside.  And on occasion, so can Norman Powell, Isaac Hamilton, and even Kevon Looney and Gyorgy Goloman. But UCLA is clearly at its best when they pound the ball inside as a first priority, and dominate the paint.  And that’s exactly the strategy Coach Steve Alford dialed up against the UAB Blazers, and it worked perfectly.

Tony Parker was coming off a horrendous game against SMU, so Alford wanted to get him going today, So Bryce Alford and company kept feeding the beast, to the tune of NINETEEN first half points for Parker.  The Bruins slowly worked the margin up, despite a plethora of made three-pointers by the Blazers, which were allowed by slow close-outs by the Bruins on Defense.  But the UCLA Offense was clicking, with Parker on the inside, Alford on the outside, Looney (and Thomas Welsh) on the Offensive Boards, and Hamilton driving to the hoop.

The Bruins built a Continue Reading »

(GOAL)TENDER MERCIES

Bryce’s Brick Burns Brown’s Boys — After carrying the team with a barrage of made three-pointers, Bryce Alford heaves up a near-airball on UCLA’s final possession, when an SMU player touches it for a 3-point Goaltending call giving the Bruins a 1-point lead; Mustang fans and their Coach Larry Brown will complain, but Kevon Looney had the rebound for an easy game-tying putback (if no Goaltending call had been made), plus, SMU missed two open shots in the final seconds to cement the loss

Two things are always certain in March Madness:  Upsets and controversy.  On Thursday, the UCLA/SMU game supplied both.  The 11th  seeded (and 3-point underdog) Bruins upended the 6th-seeded Mustangs 60-59, on a Goaltending call that will be debated for a long time.  Of course, one play — or one call — does not cause a team to lose.  Rather, it is a whole 40-minute game that determines who will come out on top.

The Bruins controlled the contest for most of the game, behind the Offense of Norman Powell and the hot three-point shooting of Bryce Alford.  While Tony Parker struggled inside on Offense, the Bruins had to rely on Alford, who made 9 of 11 three’s on his way to 27 points.  The Bruins led by 4 at the half 34-30, and built the margin up to 10 after the intermission, holding SMU to 1-of-12 shooting to start out the second half.  But then the Bruins went into a serious funk, getting outscored NINETEEN-TO-ZERO, as SMU made 7 straight shots.  The remarkable spurt had the Mustangs up by 9, with 4:30 to go in the game, and things looked bleak for UCLA.  But the Bruins did not quit.  Powell scored on a driving lay-up to break the streak, then Alford hit two more three’s to cut the deficit to 3.  With 1:28 left, after an SMU bucket, with the Bruins down by 5, Powell dribbled the ball off his foot, leading to a breakaway for the Mustangs.  So, the Bruins were down by 7 with 85 seconds left.  Talk about “bleak!!”

But Alford came back with yet another three, Thomas Welsh blocked a shot, and then Powell got fouled.  Norman calmly swished both Free Throws (giving him 19 points for the game), and then, with 26 seconds left, SMU committed an unforced Turnover, setting up the controversial play.  Steve Alford called the Bruins’ “Quick Play,” but the Defense stopped it, so Bryce went around a screen and hurled up a horrible prayer over a double-team and a long, outstretched arm.  The ball had NO CHANCE of going in the hoop.  AT BEST, it had a slight chance of grazing the outside of the right side of the rim.  But before it got a chance to hit or miss the rim, an SMU player tipped the ball, drawing a CORRECT Goaltending call.  The awarded three points put the Bruins in the lead at 60-59, with 13 seconds left.

People are going to go ballistic over this crucial call, because Continue Reading »

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