Lots to get to, so we’ll get right to it…
- We begin with a story of love and love lost, a story of fidelity and birth, and…well, ok. It’s about Matt Leinart and how he’s pretty much a deadbeat dad. But seriously, who among us didn’t see this coming? (Edit: previous link changed to the original post on Bruins Nation - original link to Deadspin here)
- Staying in LA, they’ve got some problems in general. Maybe UCLA needs to raise the budget they allocate to their coaching staff.
- Ivan Maisel responds in a mailbag about his top 100 plays to a writer who said that not having The Play at number one was a sign he’s a dumbass. I think it should have been number one too, but Maisel takes the high road in his response.
- Peter King calls Marshawn Lynch the rookie under the most pressure in the NFL this season because he has to be a 1,400 yard back in order for the Bills to have a shot at contending this year. That seems about right.
- And speaking of Marshawn, he officially signed with the Bills late last night. $10.285 million guaranteed with a total value of $18.935 million over five years will get him enough grills to last a lifetime. Maybe.
- The official site of our Cal Bears has been spruced up and looks much better in general, so give it a look if you haven’t been there before. Or haven’t been there in a while.
- And yet another Mark Schlabach chat where he talks about how great Justin Forsett is. This has crossed the line from being cool to creepy recurring coincidence. Maybe he’s actually stalking him.
- Notes from Pac-10 Media Day…USC #1, Cal #2…Stanford #10. No big surprise there. As Ragnarok notes, however, perhaps the biggest surprise there is that Stanford wasn’t the unanimous pick for last. I didn’t think there would be any question about that. And here are a bunch of quotes from assorted luminaries in the Pac-10 from Media Day, Coach Tedford and THA1 among them. Of course, they didn’t actually say anything interesting, but it might be worth your while to take a look anyway.
- ESPN.com has also been running a ranking of every program in Division I-A football over the past decade. Our Bears clock in at #35. Given that the first five of those ten years were under Coach Holmoe (pronounced "Homo"…never forget this), that seems more than fair. Since if you were to rank every program by just those five years, we would be somewhere in the 105-115 range. Accompanying article here by Mark Schlabach citing our Bears as one of the programs in the 26-50 grouping that have just begun to reach their potential, as Tedford has positioned our Bears as the second most consistent program in the Pac-10 behind USC.