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IT TAKES A LEAF

Home Invasion — UCLA knocks off the #1 Wildcats IN Kentucky 97-92, breaking UK’s 42-game home winning streak, scoring the most points a Calipari Kentucky team has EVER given up, and going to 9-0 for the first time in a decade, behind T.J Leaf’s 17 Points, 13 Rebounds, 5 Assists, Block and Steal

The Bruins are back, and right now, they are the best team in the Country.  Kentucky hadn’t lost at home in almost THREE YEARS, until the Bruins came in today and knocked the #1 team in the Country off their Kentucky Bluegrass Thoroughbred High Horse.  UCLA started well, but then went on a tear of Turnovers, allowing Kentucky to take a 9-point lead.  But UCLA Freshman phenom Lonzo Ball settled down, and settled down his troops, bringing them right back into the game.  Aaron Holiday came off the bench and dominated the first half, scoring 13 and carrying the Bruins into the lead, and a Ball 3-pointer right before the break gave the Bruins a 4-point lead at Halftime, 49-45.

In the second half, Freshman big man T.J. Leaf continued his stellar play, outrebounding the Cats, and getting scores inside.  Leaf did it all, scoring 17, with 13 Caroms, 5 Assists, a Blocked Shot, and a Steal.  Lonzo was instrumental as well, with 14 Points, 7 Assists, 6 Boards, a Steal, and a Block.  Plus, he set up the Offense beautifully, and broke the soft full court pressure effortlessly.  The third Freshman, front court player Ike Anigbogu was also indispensable.  He had a put-back slam dunk that was Sportscenter Highlight material, plus he had 6 Rebounds and 2 Blocks to go with his 6 Points.  He also was a strong Defensive force in the key, keeping Kentucky from exploiting the paint, before he fouled out late in the game.

Isaac Hamilton led all scorers with 19, including 3 three’s, and Thomas Welsh added 14 Points and 8 Rebounds before he too fouled out late.  Bryce Alford did NOT have one of his better games, shooting only 4-for-10, committing 3 bad Turnovers to only 1 Assist, and missing two Free Throws in crunchtime, but he did score 14 Points, and he did hit the final 2 Free Throws that clinched the game.  The only player I didn’t mention yet was Gyorgy Goloman, who didn’t fill up the box score, but he DID contribute valuable minutes due to the foul trouble of the other big men.  The Bruins would have been in trouble without him.

So once again, it was a TEAM effort, Continue Reading »

BENCH WARRANTED

Full Nelson, Half Nelson, NO Nelson – Many ex-trojans have bench warrants issued for their arrests, but for former u$c Wide Receiver and current NFL Bust Nelson Agholor, his benching was warranted, because he has sucked so hard lately

Can you say “over-rated?”  Ex-trojan Wide Receiver Nelson Agholor was selected by Philadelphia in the First Round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  He was the 20th pick overall… and now, is probably one of the least-productive draftees of the year, compared to expectations.

His Rookie year was thoroughly forgettable.  In 13 games, he caught only ONE Touchdown.  He caught less than 2 passes a game, for less than 22 yards a game.  That’s practically the definition of an NFL BUST.  But the Eagles had a lot of money vested in him, so they kept him, touting him to have a breakout Sophomore campaign.  The Eagles won their first five games this season, as new QB Carson Wentz was becoming a huge star.  But now, after 11 games, Agholor is still a complete non-factor.  He has caught only ONE Touchdown again this season.  In Week 10, he had a total of 2 Receptions for a measly total of 7 yards.  Then in Week 11, he got ZERO Catches, for ZERO yards, in a loss to the Seahawks.  Agholor has been so pathetic, that he saw a Sports Psychologist to try to figure out why he is choking this year.

After their Week 11 loss to Seattle, the Philly Coach was thinking about pulling the plug on Agholor, but said that if Nelson had a good week of practice, he would still play on Monday Night against the Packers.  But then Monday Night rolled around, and Agholor was declared inactive.  Apparently, Nelson didn’t light it up in practice.  So the Coach decided to sit Nelson’s ass on the pine, to see Continue Reading »

KENNEDY SHOT DOWN (L.A. 1PM)

That didn’t take long — Less than 24 hours after the season dies, UCLA Offensive Coordinator (and ex-trojan) Kennedy Polamalu gets the ax (thank god)

I guess I don’t have to boycott.  Ding dong, the witch is dead.  The worst Offensive Coordinator in UCLA history, who happens to be a former u$c trojan football player, has been fired, just one day after another “offensive” performance.  After scoring only 10 points against a pathetic Cal defense, Kennedy Polamalu is rightfully toast.

Now, maybe next year, the Bruins won’t finish 126th out of 127 in rushing, and, if Josh Rosen recuperates, he can have a shot at the Heisman, as his ability indicates.  But… will Jim Mora make a decent hire this time?  You simply cannot trust a guy who handed over the reins to a completely inexperienced and in-over-his-head Polamalu.  But this will be Mora’s last chance.  If he Continue Reading »

PHONING IT IN, WITH A GALAXY 7

Flaming Out, with the worst O.C. in the galaxy — UCLA’s Football season comes to a merciful end, as they avoid a possible Bowl invite with a pathetic 36-10 choke job against lowly Cal, rife with about 20 Bruin penalties, pass drops, and Interception drops

POLAMALU ES MUY MALO.  And if Jim Mora disagrees, he should take Polamalu, and go coach somewhere else.  ANYWHERE else.  The Cal Golden Bears have one of the worst Defenses in the Country, recently allowing an average of 27 points in just the FIRST HALF of games.  Bruin Offensive Coordinator (and ex-trojan) Kennedy Polamalu’s scheme netted exactly ZERO points in this first half.  Even with a mediocre QB and all the dropped passes, there is absolutely no excuse for a game plan that gets shut out for a whole half by a horribly porous Defense like Cal’s, and manages only 10 points for the game.

UCLA sucked in almost every facet of this 36-10 loss, except Red Zone Defense.  The Bruins forced Cal to kick FIVE Field Goals.  But the Defense was pretty bad on the other 80 yards of the field, due not in small part to multiple penalties that gifted first downs to the Bears, and at least 4 dropped Interceptions.  Of course, Cal has a very prolific Offense, so the Bruin Defense has an excuse for giving up 36 points.  But the Bruin Offense doesn’t have a valid excuse for scoring only 10.

If the ex-trojan is still the Bruin O.C. at the start of next year, I just might Continue Reading »

SIX. SIX. SIX. THE NUMBER OF THE BEST

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I’d sell my soul for 30 mo’ — UCLA moves to 6-0 on the season with a helluva hard-fought 82-71 victory over formerly-undefeated Nebraska, making the Bruins look like the best team in the not-so-hellish Pac-12 so far

The Basketball Bruins advanced to the Championship Game of the Wooden Legacy Tournament, with a 82-71 triumph over the Cornhuskers late Friday night.  Nebraska held UCLA to more than 20 Points UNDER the Bruins’ average, by slowing down the pace, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the Huskers’ first loss of the season, against 5 wins.

In the first half, Nebraska settled for jump shots, and shot them horribly.  Nonetheless, it was close for most of the half, but the Bruins spurted out to a 13-point lead at the break.  They were up 40-25 in the second half, when the Cornhuskers put their strategy-adjustment into effect.  They stopped settling for outside shots, and started driving into the paint.  They were extremely successful, as UCLA’s defense could not stop them.  Nebraska cut the lead all the way down to 2 Points, but the Bruins showed poise, and surged ahead again.  The game wasn’t clinched until the final minutes, when desperation fouls allowed the Bruins to make the final margin double-digits.

As usual for this Bruin TEAM, there wasn’t just one star, as 5 guys scored in double-figures.  Sure, Lonzo Ball Continue Reading »

THIS THANKSGIVING IS A DAY TO CELEBRATE LOVE… AND KEVIN LOVE

1 & Done Kevin Love... and Loving it... all the way to the bank

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The White Meat wasn’t cold:  Bruin Star Kevin Love deep fries an All-Time NBA Record by heating up and stuffing in THIRTY-FOUR Points in the FIRST QUARTER — the rest was just gravy — as his Cavs carve up the Blazers, 137-125

So delicious, I could just GOBBLE it up:  Another record-setting performance by an all-time Bruin Great.  As Bruin Freshman Lonzo Ball is taking the Country by storm, and Bruin Russell Westbrook is dominating the NBA with Triple-Double intensity on his way to a potential MVP Award, Russell’s former Bruin Teammate Kevin Love stole all the headlines in the Thanksgiving Day newspaper Sports Pages.  On Wednesday, Kevin broke the All-Time League Record for Points in a First Quarter, pouring in 34.  Kevin personally outscored the entire Portland team 34-31 in the quarter, as he led Cleveland to a 46-31 lead going into the 2nd quarter.  The Cavaliers went on to win 137-125.

Love hit his first 7 shots of the game, and made 11 field goals in the period, including EIGHT three-pointers.  His 34 Points in the quarter set a Franchise Record for Cleveland, for ANY quarter.  That means even LeBron never scored that many in a quarter for the Cavs, and he’s had a lot more opportunities.  Love has been with the organization for only Continue Reading »

THAT SMARTS!

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Don’t be stupid, be a Smarty, don’t you join the alt-right party — The loss on Saturday still smarts, and so does the sting of some other things in my life, so it’s time to immerse myself (and anyone else who cares to join me) in the UCLA Spirit Squad, who has the beauty, grace and SMARTS to make the pain stop smarting

As you know, this has been a really tough month for me (for “heart-breaking” personal reasons), and for so many others (for “heart-stopping” political reasons).  The pain lingers for me, and getting killed by sc doesn’t help.  Now we are being bombarded by Breitbart-related news, and constant reminders and warnings about Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists on the rise, even within the incoming administration.  I don’t care about current events nearly as much as many other people, but I really, really do hate Nazis.

I have said here repeatedly that I don’t want to offend any of my readers.  I know I have some Conservative Bruin fans reading what I write, and I have no problem with that.  But if any of them support the Nazi Party or believe in White Power, I don’t need to retain them as readers.  Maybe they wouldn’t be here, since the Spirit Squad embraces diversity, and includes more than a half-dozen members who don’t click the “White” box on job applications.  Hopefully, that fact weeds out the extreme racists.  I do have several friends who are happy about the election results, and I am ok with that… unless they are applauding the alt-right rise to power as well.  Let’s just hope that the panic is overblown, and that Continue Reading »

VIKES ADD A BRUIN, BEAT A TROJAN

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‘Sota jerks Palmer off high horse — Vikings pick up Kicker Kai Forbath, who becomes the fifth Bruin on their active roster (sixth overall), and promptly break their losing streak, by exploiting the weakness of ex-trojan Carson Palmer in 30-24 victory over Arizona

This weekend wasn’t ALL bad for Bruin Football Fans, or all good for sc Football fans, IF they care about their former players now in the Pro’s.  On Sunday in Minnesota, the Vikings finally got back on the winning track by holding on in a 30-24 triumph over the Cardinals.  The Vikings, after winning their first 5 games of the season, had dropped 4 in a row, in part due to subpar performances by their Kicker, Blair Walsh.  Needing a change and a spark, the Vikings cut Walsh, and replaced him with Bruin Star Kai Forbath.

Not that Forbath was the Game MVP on Sunday, but he did make his only Field Goal attempt, as Minnesota won a one-possession game.  Forbath did have Continue Reading »

LONZO: FLOOR FUNKY; LEINART: CHORE MONKEY

sc16fb-9aMe: Poor Junkie — I’m addicted to the Bruins and the Simpsons, so tonight I had split-screen simultaneous smiles, as Lonzo Ball led UCLA to a rout of Long Beach State while Matt Leinart appeared on The Simpsons as a “Chore Monkey,” poking fun at his own failure and at u$c “academics”

It’s simply amazing how one gifted athlete can lift up and change an entire Basketball Team, and Program.  Freshman Phenom Lonzo Ball is just getting started, but already he has changed the culture of UCLA Basketball.  With Ball running the Offense instead of the out-of-position Bryce Alford, the 2016-17 Bruins are night-and-day from last year’s loooosing team.

Lonzo has energized the whole team, with his unselfish play, quick pace, high energy, and highlight-reel dunks.  Lonzo’s Basketball IQ is off the charts.  He gets the Offense in gear right from the Rebound, creating transition opportunities galore.  And in the halfcourt, he gets the whole team moving and passing around, even making the extra pass, and the extra, extra pass, until a wide-open shot presents itself.

Lonzo’s attitude has been overwhelmingly contagious, as all 7 rotation players have bought in to the new way of playing.  Everyone is passing more, breaking down court, and looking for — and making — the unselfish assists.  The team obliterated Long Beach State 114-77, marking the 3rd time in 4 games that they have scored in triple digits.  Ball had 20 and 11 Assists, only 1 away from Pooh Richardson’s Freshman Assist Record.  That record will probably fall within the month.

As I implied, Ball is not doing it alone.  Fellow Freshman stud T.J. Leaf is Continue Reading »

BLUE STATE

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Fabian Moreau comes up with a 2nd Qtr. INT.

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Kelly, Lauren, and Kate, making my day.

Blue and Fold — Like most Blue-Staters, fans in Blue are feeling blue, as UCLA gets up 14-7 on two Fafaul-to-Lasley TD passes, then gives up 29 straight points while Polamalu’s Offense gets shut out for the final 42 minutes in a 36-14 landslide

It looked good for 17 minutes.  The Bruins were up 14-7 over u$c, and it looked that they might be able to compete with the #13 trojans.  Then the bottom fell out, and the Bruins folded like a temp employee at The Gap.  The first 17 minutes included a first-drive-of-the-game 56-yard Touchdown pass from Mike Fafaul to Jordan Lasley, and a Fabian Moreau Interception that set up a 7-yard TD pass to Lasley, which made the score 14-7 UCLA.  But that was it.  UCLA’s Defense was able to muster another Interception, by Jayon Brown in the End Zone, and they also forced sc to settle for three Field Goals.  But they were unable to stop long drives, forcing only ONE PUNT until the last minutes of the (already-decided) game.  SC dominated time of possession, with successful 1st Down runs and successful 3rd Down conversions, often due to Quarterback Sam Darnold eluding the rush to extend plays and then hit open Receivers.  The Bruin Defense was definitely not playing their best game… but it was the Offense that really spelled the doom of UCLA.

Offensive Coordinator Kennedy Polamalu, who was a Fullback for u$c in his playing days, just contributed another win to his beloved trojans.  Hopefully, this will be his one and only season as the O.C. for UCLA.  It has been a giant failure, in every way you can possibly measure it.  Not to overstate it or anything, but some tactless Bruin fans in the stands were saying things like “They assassinated the wrong Kennedy!  Twice.”

And just when it looked like Polamalu had finally turned a corner — Not only did his Offense score with two early TD passes, but they also gained 30 yards on a Wide Receiver Pass, when Lasley threw to Brandon Stephens for a big gain.  But after the second TD, the Offense went right back to the stagnant, unimaginative, predictable unit that it has been for most of the season.  SC adjusted, Polamalu did NOT.  Sure Josh Rosen is out, but Mike Fafaul did not lose this game.  He did not turn the ball over, and Continue Reading »

PURGING PICS TONIGHT, PURGING COACHES TOMORROW NIGHT?

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Like a purgin’? — Here is Part 2 of the 170-pic mega-share, in order to have a clean slate for tomorrow.  And if the game goes even worse than expected, there may be a purge of another kind, that could make an ex-trojan Player an ex-Bruin Coach

No Bruin fan is EXPECTING a victory on Saturday night.  Some are HOPING for an upset, but most are just praying for something less painful than 50-0.  The Bruin Defense has not been too bad lately, so maybe they can keep it close.  But if the Offense — even with Mike Fafaul at the helm — fails to score, then I will be praying for the Offensive Coordinator to be unemployed by Sunday morning.

Anyway, I don’t really want to talk about — or even think about — what is about to transpire.  So… here are 85 more Cheerleader photos Continue Reading »

TIME FOR A BLOWOUT

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Into the valley of… no wait — I don’t mean the game, I mean I’m going to share 150 photos from the Oregon State game and 20 more from the Bonfire, so you have something to do tonight and tomorrow, waiting for, well, you know

Before the game tomorrow, I want to save all my previous pics from this week to flash drives and a cloud, and I want to clear my camera.  Soooooo, I’m going to blow them all out, right now.  170 photos (which didn’t make the previous cuts), tonight, in two parts.  Of course these shots are not the highest quality, because they were taken at night, with a cheap camera, no fancy lenses, and no tripod, many from 40 yards away.  But since the subject matter of the photos is the unparalleled UCLA Spirit Squad, they are still worth sharing.

So here are the first 85, including the one above, of the hug.  The second 85 will follow shortly.  I’m breaking them into two sets, because I don’t think an article with 170 pics will download onto a phone quickly enough.  Anyway, a HUG is precisely what I think I will need, around 11pm on Saturday night.  But you never know.  Maybe it will be a hug of joy, instead of a hug of sympathy Continue Reading »

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