November 6th, 2007

Hope Wafts Up From the Bay and Gives the Campanile a Diaphanous Cloak of Fog

Football season isn't over yet and there's still a possibility that the huge disappointment of Cal's three-game losing streak -- after beating Oregon in Eugene, no less -- will be tempered by some good news. Since a fired-up USC defense will be our adversary this Saturday, however, that possibility is unlikely to be realized. But what do you know? College basketball season is approaching rapidly. That's my favorite sport to watch anyway. And the Pac-10 figures to be as strong on the hardwood as it was on the gridiron this fall. This means that the Bears' chances of making the NCAA Tournament are slim from the outset. Still, there's much to look forward to. If the players who will start the season manage to stay healthy and the players who will join them, either for eligibility or injury reasons, later on do so as well, Cal will at least be competitive in conference play. The biggest shortcoming on paper is outside shooting from the guard position, which isn't much of a surprise because that has been the team's biggest shortcoming for a long time. Inside, though, things look more promising. I'm excited to see what Ryan Anderson can do when he can play forward instead of center. In addition, I'm excitedly contemplating the walk from the fog-shrouded Campanile of my subject header over to Telegraph and on up Durant to Top Dog for a bock or two, a reverie that can be blamed on television coverage of Saturday's Washington State game, when e_compass_rosa and I were confronted by a bevy of "local color" shots during breaks in the action. I don't miss Berkeley the way I miss my childhood home in Pennsylvania, but I miss it fiercely all the same. You know, I just realized that this fall marks the twentieth anniversary of my first semester on the UC campus. I should dip into the archive to commemorate the experience, but I didn't do such a good job of collecting artifacts that first year. Still, there must be something, right? Anyway, this is all by way of saying, "Go Bears!!!"