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SHOULDA NEVER GIVEN THE KEYS TO SARKISIAN

Don’t take the car, you’ll kill yourself! — Alabama Offensive Coordinator, Play-caller, and former alcoholic u$c Head Coach Steve Sarkisian blows Alabama’s 14-point lead by failing to convert the Crimson Tide’s LAST TWELVE 3rd Down attempts, as Clemson overcomes a late double-digit deficit to win the National Championship on a Touchdown with 1 second left, 35-31

The boozer is a loser.  The rummy is crummy.  The Sheriff is a swigger.  Alabama’s Alcoholic’s not Anonymous.

Someone call his sponsor:  Alabama’s (recovering?) alcoholic O.C. Steve Sarkisian might go on another bender tonight, to drown his sorrows, and who could blame him?  His Crimson Tide Offense couldn’t keep Clemson’s Offense off the field in the second half, as Tiger QB Deshaun Watson erased a 10-point margin, and did just enough to put Clemson over the top in a 35-31 nailbiter.

The key stat of the game?  Alabama failed to convert 12 straight 3rd Down tries in the second half.  Their LAST 12, as a matter of fact.  With all that talent, which was able to put 31 points up on one of the Country’s best Defenses, how do you possibly blow 12 consecutive 3rd Downs??  That’s all about bad play-calling, and getting blatantly OUT-COACHED.

Put a Tiger(-enabler) in your (drunk) Tank!

Now to be fair, let’s give Sark some credit:  His offense did indeed Continue Reading »

BALL THREE’S MAUL TREES

“Hey you kids:  Get offa my Lonzo!”  — The sound of people criticizing Lonzo Ball’s unconventional shooting mechanics continues to fade, as he goes 4-for-5 from downtown and scores a team-high 21 points in UCLA’s 89-75 rout of Stanford

Once again, UCLA blows out a Pac-12 opponent in the first half behind Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf, and Bryce Alford, and then coasts to victory in cruise control.  On Sunday night against Stanford, the Bruins shot out to an 18-point lead at halftime, built it up to 23 in the second half, then, as usual, eased up a bit.  The Cardinal cut the lead to 11 before the Bruins put it out of reach, ending up with an 89-75 victory.  That’s an improvement over the previous game, when UCLA allowed Cal to within 5 before clamping down.

And for the second game in a row, there were clearly 3 Bruin stars outplaying the rest of the team.  The Bruins are 16-1,  and Lonzo Ball has had about 16 great games of those 17, including Sunday night.  Lonzo hit some early Three’s on his way to 21 points.  He also had 8 Assists, 6 Rebounds, 3 Steals, and 2 Blocks.  T.J. Leaf also continued his own consistent play with 15 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Blocks and a Steal.  Rounding out the three stars was Bryce Alford, who, like Lonzo, went 4-for-5 from behind the arc.  Alford finished with 17 Points.  Those three carried the Bruins, who had to endure a 3-for-11 shooting night from Thomas Welsh.  Isaac Hamilton appeared like he might be emerging from his month-long slump when he hit an early Three, and he did manage to score 15 Points.  HOWEVER, he was still a troubling 1-for-7 from Three-point Land, so it looks like he needs to keep hitting the practice court for more work on his perimeter shot.

The Bruins had plenty to overcome a weak Stanford team, but they will need to be firing on more than 3 cylinders to win a Conference Title and to go deep into the Big Dance.  Hamilton and Aaron Holiday will have to find their respective grooves for this team to live up to their #4 Ranking.  Right after UCLA wrapped up the victory, their previous victim, the Cal Bears, tipped off with u$c in the Galen Center.  It was a close, exciting game that went down to the wire.  In the final seconds,
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“…CLOSING THE GODDAMN DOOR”

Panic in the Pavilion — Disco may have died, but the Golden Bears refused to, after a Bruin barrage led by Lonzo, Leaf, and Lil-ford had Cal down 24 points, as they cut the lead to 5 before #4 UCLA finally slams the door in the 81-71 victory

Wanted:  Killer Instinct.  Will pay top dollar.  Please contact Steve Alford asap.

The #4 UCLA Bruins outlasted and survived the unranked Cal Berkeley Bears 81-71 last night, but there is a big problem:  The Bruins almost failed to hold onto a game that they led by 24 points with less than 14 minutes left.  This is not the first time they have squandered a lead late in a game.  Kentucky closed the gap, and Oregon overcame a late deficit, just to name two besides Cal.

The Bruins are just too good to let this happen repeatedly.  Earlier in the season, they made a habit of wearing opponents down with their fast pace, often pulling away in the second halves.  They will need that trend to return if they want to continue their quest for a Pac-12 Title and top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

On Thursday night, Bryce Alford got it going early, hitting 4 straight three’s on his way to a team-high 24 points.  Then Lonzo Ball took over, dominating the floor as he often does, stuffing the box score with 14 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and a blocked shot.  Fellow Freshman phenom T.J. Leaf did the rest, scoring 18 points inside, and adding 11 boards, 3 assists, a steal, and a block.  Leaf also provided the highlight of the game:  a drive from the free throw line that culminated with a monster slam dunk in a Bear’s face.

All that firepower, because of the Bruins’ trademarked unselfish play.  EIGHTEEN of the 27 buckets were ASSISTED, compared to only 7 of 27 for Cal.  But it still wasn’t enough to secure the victory until the final minute. Continue Reading »

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Not 13 below but 13-and-oh —  In chilly, rainy Westwood, 4 days before Christmas, #2 UCLA is ice cold from the exterior but still manages to wrap up Western Michigan 82-68 (and start the season hot with 13 straight Wins), thanks to their (Aaron) Holiday Inn Express

Santa never fails.  Every year, he manages to complete his rounds and deliver all the toys.  Even if Blitzen is blitzed or Dasher dashes off the reservation, there are a half-dozen other reindeer at the ready, to pick up the slack and get the job done.  The fat man’s team always comes through.  But on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins were less like St. Nick and more like St. Brick.  They were never firing on all cylinders, especially from the perimeter.  In a game they were favored to win by THIRTY points, it was still only a two-possession game midway through the second half.  In the first half, besides being cold from the arc, the Bruins were very sloppy, committing about 10 Turnovers, which, along with uninspired Defense, allowed the Broncos to stay within 12 at the break.

In the second half, the Bruins still struggled to pull away.  Despite markedly increased intensity on the Defensive end, UCLA still found themselves in a dogfight.  The lead was 10-and-under for most of the half, until there were less than 3 minutes left in the game and the Bruins finally opened it up to 18.

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2016 BRUINS AND WESTBROOK STILL HEAD OF THE CLASS, CARROLL & KIFFIN STILL NO CLASS

High-Low — #2 UCLA beats Ohio State to improve to 12-0, and Russell Westbrook logs 22 Assists in 13th Triple-Double, while sleazy Pete Carroll calls a bush league fake punt up by 21 with under 6 minutes to go, and Lane Kiffin signs a QB who punched a woman

As the current UCLA Basketball team and Russell Westbrook continue to ascend to celestial heights, former trojan Coaches Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin continue to wallow in pig slop.  The 2016-17 Bruins remained perfect at 12-0, after pulling away late against the Buckeyes to win 86-73.  UCLA triumphed for the third time against a Big 10 team this season, behind 20 points a piece from Aaron Holiday (off the bench) and Bryce Alford, not to mention superhuman Freshman Lonzo Ball, who missed his first Triple-Double by just 1 shot, 1 Assist, and 1 Rebound.

Speaking of Triple-Doubles, Bruin hero Russell Westbrook got his 13th of the season yesterday.  Ho-hum, except for the fact that this latest Triple-Double included an insane TWENTY-TWO Assists, in an OKC victory over Phoenix.

While UCLA is receiving all this POSITIVE publicity, two names some people associate with u$c got the other kind.  Pete Carroll, who is KNOWN for poor sportsmanship and classless-ly running up the score, did it again this week.  With his Seahawks completely destroying the hapless Rams 24-3 with 5:22 left, he called for a FAKE PUNT, Continue Reading »

WOLVERINES’ HUGE JACK-MEN NOT ENOUGH TO X OUT BRUIN MUTANTS

 Bruins Claw to victory — #2 UCLA improves to a perfect 10-0 — by enduring red-hot Michigan jacking up 16 three’s and making 12 in a first half barrage — to save the day with a hard-fought but convincing 102-84 victory, as superhuman Lonzo Ball and his fellow hero underclassmen lead the way

Even without starting Center Thomas Welsh, the #2 Bruins are formidable, on a National level.  Welsh has a bruised knee and sat this game out, but Michigan could not take advantage, as UCLA triumphs, 102-84, over a team that usually allows about half of that!  Welsh’s absence was mitigated by Gyorgy Goloman, who started in his place, and even moreso by Freshman big man Ike Anigbogu, who was a monster in the Defensive key with 4 official blocks, and even more “shot-alters.”  He also got a huge dunk while contributing 6 on the offensive end.  Completing the the front court success was another Freshman T.J. Leaf, who was super-effective throughout the game, scoring 21 with 8 Boards.

So the UCLA front court was awesome, but, as usual, the Bruins’ BACK COURT dominated yet another game.  Lonzo Ball (19 pts) hit 4 3’s in the first half and led the team to 50 points in the half… but that was not enough to have the lead at the break.  Michigan was so hot from outside that they scored 50 also, by going 12-for-16 from the arc.  They actually led by 7 before the Bruins went on a late run to tie it.  UCLA continued their run after the break to go up by 10.  Michigan hung tough, staying in striking distance until under the 5-minute mark, when UCLA finally pulled away, thanks to Continue Reading »

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.

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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 »

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