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cbertsch
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Bearing Across
In the time since I moved to Tucson, the men's basketball team for Cal has been humiliated in blowouts and frustrated in nail-biters. But they have almost never won. Tonight was different. Thanks to good defense, an improved passing game, fine three-point shooting and Arizona's lack of depth the Bears prevailed with ease. Mike Montgomery even emptied the bench for the conclusion. And I am blissed out despite a fierce headache and even fiercer headaches. Go Bears!!!

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From: catfishvegas Date: January 3rd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Boo Bears! But they sure outplayed the 'Cats tonight. I can't wait 'til the season is over and the discussion starts about who Arizona's most disappointing player ever is: Mustafa Shakur or Chase Budinger. Our current no-defense, no-aggression, disappearing wing will have nothing to show for three years at Arizona than worse professional prospects than when he came out of high school.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 3rd, 2009 06:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I think Shakur was worse. I actually think Budinger has played some good man defense. He's just not very good in a zone. And he passes well, as I noticed when I was in McKale for the Kansas game with Justin. That said, he isn't the sort of player who is going to carry a team with his intensity. Remember, though, that people complained about Richard Jefferson for disappearing and he sure turned out alright.
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: January 7th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Help me think of some analagous moves to Montgomery's transfer from Stanford to Cal. How often does a coach move to his/her team's rival, even if there are several years in between? Is it generally acceptable or considered somehow less classy than going some place else? Would Spurrier's or Saban's moves be considered as directly perfidious as Montgomery's?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 9th, 2009 06:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry for the delayed response. LJ has been slow. And I have been slower.

My sense, spoken as someone who lived in the Bay Area for many years and who watches games with a native San Franciscan, my father-in-law who didn't get a college degree -- he left community college to become an ironworker -- but who follows Cal with me, is that the rivalry is ultimately subsumed under regional loyalty. The Big Game in football has a history of hijinks. And the current student bodies get riled up. But the alumni are so intertwined professionally and personally that it feels more like a collaborative event than a live-or-die affair. Mind you, most true Cal fans would pretend to want to crucify me for writing this. They take the rivalry more seriously, feeling looked-down-upon by the post private school. Deep down, though, I think that the folks who have deep Bay Area ties are kind of happy that Montgomery is back as a college coach. If you think about it, the 49ers and Raiders passed players back and forth at times, as did the Giants and As. Bill Walsh coached the Niners, but also Stanford. But he went to San Jose State. Having said all this, though, the fact that Cal is winning this season trumps anything else. If they start to suck, Montgomery's reception might change.
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