The Clog loves USA Swimming and wonderful renditions of “Call Me Maybe.”  Combine the two together, and you get a Caitlin Leverenz-produced, Natalie Coughlin-choreographed and Nathan Adrian-starring cute-ass video. So this is what happens when Calympians taper. Call them, maybe?


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Danny Boyle, an Academy Award-winning director known for such hits as Slumdog Millionaire, has been placed in charge of the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics. We were expecting something edgy and exciting … until we heard that the ceremonies will open with a replication of a rural idyll (shown above). read more »


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Jason Kidd is one of Cal basketball’s biggest stars. He’s also one of four Cal basketball players to have a jersey up in the Haas Pavilion rafters, as well as the only Cal player to hold two Olympic gold medals from bouncing the leather pumpkin.

The former Golden Bear was arrested for a DWI on Sunday in Southampton after being involved in a single-car accident. The only casualty sustained was a telephone pole standing innocently by the side of the road. We hope Kidd’s drive will be better during his time with the NY Knicks. Or, seeing as how we’re CA fans, maybe not.

Image source: geomedianic under Creative Commons


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The Clog is an avid fan of Cal Quidditch, and any Quidditch in general (although we’d much prefer to see the Muggle version in the air). Apparently, as the Olympic torch passed through Oxford, England the other day, the first major international Quidditch tournament was staged to the jubilant cheers of Harry Potter fans across the world.

Athletes at the international exhibition, which included teams from the USA, Canada, France, Britain and Australia, said they thought the sport deserved a spot in the Games. But one of the sepctators, Emma Bound, said “I don’t think it’s for the Olympics. It’s probably better when the broomsticks actually fly.” We completely agree. And we’re pretty sure the majority of the world shares our same sentiment.

Get crackin’, physicists. Who cares about Higgs-Boson when you have Quidditch at stake?

Image source: Harry Potter Wiki, Courtesy


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Professional rally driver Ken Block took to the streets of San Francisco and showed us the definition of someone who is a “master of his craft.” Seriously, this guy drifts through the streets of SF and touches nothing. So this is why traffic is terrible. Check out the full video here for the badassness that took place in the city.

Image source: Gerard Reyes under Creative Commons


nathan adrian

Nathan Adrian, Cal Bear and Olympic gold medalist, is headed to London this summer for (hopefully) another few medals. We recently found him gracing the cover of Muscle and Body magazine, smiling like a big doofus and looking adorable as hell. Hot damn. This is why the Clog loves Olympics season.

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Image source: from the top

1. Wikipedia, Courtesy

2. Muscle and Body, Courtesy


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It comes as no surprise that Cal qualified 37 Bears to the London 2012 Olympics this year. After all, we do have the best-looking students.

We would provide a gripping analysis of the qualifiers, but that’s what the Sports Department is for. The Clog, Cal’s heartiest cheerleaders, will admire at a distance, feel great pride and avidly eat crepes instead.

The full list, for your viewing pleasure, is down below. Roll on you Bears! read more »


2431037499_cda3e6935cOn a rainy, windy, terribly distressing weekend of midterms in March, we tuned in to the live stream of the Western Cup III Quidditch Tournament (Read “Quidditch tournament flying over to the west coast”). Even through the bad-quality, grainy, stream we could see that the sun was shining at UCLA. It was a beautiful day for some Quidditch. The grass seemed much greener on the other side of the television screen, as we sat in our dark dorm room, a torrential down pour keeping us from going outside. During this rainy day we could either study or watch Quidditch, we decided on the latter.  As promised we have the results for you. read more »


4834833062_b1bf8a7717_bLooking for an alternative way to celebrate Easter? After churching it up, and fighting Sunday school children over Easter eggs, after brunching it up, and letting your honey-baked ham filled belly hang over the loosened waistband of your jeans, head over to Pappy’s! Although hanging at a bar during Easter may be a bit unorthodox, it’s a way to spend this holy Sunday resting, and combining two things that go together better than bunnies and Jesus (wait, that makes no sense).

The Berkeley CSL club is hosting a “Barcraft” at Pappy’s. What is a “Barcraft” you ask? Well it combines two very manly activities, going to a bar and Starcraft. On the big screens of Pappy’s Bar and Grill on Telegraph, you can watch some of the best professional Starcraft players in the world play in the finals of the IPL 4 tournament. It is a great learning opportunity for those new to the “craft,” and a great space to meet new Bresties (Bro/besties), or just enjoy the game while sipping on an ice-cold brew.

Now, we know that

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They’re loud, they’re fast and they’re not afraid. The ground during practice time at Underhill quakes under their collective movement, and you can barely hear your own thoughts amongst the intense direction of coaches and captains. After months of practicing 3 nights a week, plus film sessions and weight lifting, they’re on their way to national recognition. And it’s time for you to know what they’re all about.

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