Okay, so we thought that the Cal football team was going to just romp all over Washington on Saturday. But that didn’t happen.

After an ugly first half which ended in the Huskies going up 10-0 at halftime, “the Bears needed overtime to beat U-Dub 31-24 on Saturday.”:http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=21924

It may have been an exciting second-half, with an exciting finish that ended with “Marshawn Lynch ghost-ridin’ the whip”:http://youtube.com/watch?v=UqMsT_2teus, but Cal definitely looked like a team that needed a bye next weekend.

Longshore was less than impressive even though he had 291 passing yards. And though the Bears intercepted five passes on the day, Huskies backup quarterback Carl Bonnell looked decent in only his third start at the collegiate level.

Of course, Lynch was impressive with another 150-yard, two touchdown performance that carried Cal to victory. “Did we mention he was trippin’ his whip?”:http://youtube.com/watch?v=iChgCGa0ikg

But the win does tell us this: the Bears can still steal a victory with their backs up against the wall, and that’s something that may be beneficial to them when they go down to the Coliseum in a couple of weeks.

And then maybe “Marshawn can ghost-ride”:http://youtube.com/watch?v=Eyh67zTNFqg over Traveler.

Now we really expected today’s game against Washington to be one of the better games at Memorial Stadium this year.

The Huskies loss to only then-No. 10 Oklahoma by 17 points and were just 10 seconds away from upsetting ‘SC in the Coliseum. This could have been a team that could have give Cal fits.

However, U-Dub’s emotional leader, who is also its field general, is out. Isaiah Stanback, one of the better Pac-10 gunslingers before he went down, sprained his foot in the squad’s loss to Oregon State. On Tuesday, “Stanback had a season-ending surgery”:http://www.dailycal.org/sharticle.php?id=21868 to try to repair the foot (we would too if we just lost to the Beavers).

So, without their leader, the Huskies are just another fly in the Bears’ run to the Rose Bowl.

*Cal throttles U-U-U-Uuu-Dub 45-14.*

Leading Off… Ayala-Hil’s Golden Touch

The Cal men’s soccer team is finally rolling. The Bears have won four straight since their debacle against SDSU two weeks ago after Javier Ayala-Hil’s golden goal to beat Washington on Sunday. The streak has them soaring in the latest coaches poll, up to No. 7!

We don’t think Kevin Grimes is that great of a coach, but what he’s done with this young team is amazing.

Southern California Kind of Ownage

It’s great that the Cal men’s polo team got to the final of the SoCal Open on Sunday. But of course, the Bears had to play ‘SC in the final. Uh-Oh…that meant an automatic 6-5 loss for Cal.

We said it before, if the Bears want a title, they’ll have to burst the Trojans at some point…in the next millennia.

SoCal Ownage Part Deux

Speaking of ownage, the Cal volleyball team had the same amount of success in Los Angeles that the water polo team did – none. The Bears have lost three straight, including dropping both games at UCLA and at ‘SC.

Cal has never defeated the Southern Branch (UCLA) in Westwood and the team just couldn’t close out the Trojans. You can’t win NCAA titles unless you beat teams in your conference, and the Bears can’t do that yet.

On Your Marks…GO!

Both the men’s and women’s swimming teams got off to a great start. The Cal men downed Pacific in Stockton while the women got their groove on in the Midwest, downing both N’Western and Minnesota. Yay for swimming!

Gripe of the Weekend

We guess being preseason ranked in the top 10 doesn’t matter, at least for the Cal women’s soccer team.

The Bears finished one point – ONE POINT – away from the conference title last year, but they’re stumbling this year in Pac-10 play. Cal hasn’t won a conference game yet, and with only three weeks before the playoffs, this team doesn’t look like it’s gelled either. That’s a huge problem.

Golden Bears

1) Javier Ayala-Hil – men’s soccer
Two goals against U-Dub and the game-winner. Yeah, they’re rolling.

2) Marshawn Lynch – football
Finally, Marshawn gets hyphy! Season-high 152 yards on the ground and two scores as the Bears rolled onto their sixth straight win.

3) Daron Moore and Nina Henkel – women’s tennis
The lone bright spot for Cal at the St. Mary’s Invite over the weekend. The pair won the doubles title.

In what would have otherwise been an anti-climactic meeting of the ASUC Finance Committee, three senators withdrew their co-authorship and sponsorship of SB 51, the bill which would reimburse Oren Gabriel for the legal expenses he incurred this summer.

It looked like nothing was going to happen for this week with the bill when the committee took the recommendation of an ASUC finance officer, who reported different senators were giving him different versions of the facts of the case, and tabled the bill for at least a week until more information could be found out. However, Senator Jane Park entered the meeting after the committee had moved on and motioned an amendment to the bill which removed the co-authorship and sponsorship of three senators: herself, Jeff Mannassaro and Dwight Asuncion. Park and Mannassaro are both members of Student Action; Asuncion is a part of Student Action-affiliated APPLE Engineering. Afterwards, the bill was retabled.

Because it was not sent out of committee, the bill cannot be voted on at Wednesday’s meeting, but it may be discussed. There are still 11 senators (out of 20) whose names are attached to the bill.

Be sure to check out The Daily Californian’s article on the meeting in tomorrow’s paper. Additionally, the opinion section of the paper is running a piece by Oren Gabriel.

Correction: According to Executive Vice President Vishal Gupta, the Senate can move the bill to the floor by majority vote and could potentially vote on it this Wednesday.

The worst invention in the history of sports has unveiled its ugliness once again. The BCS (BS for short) poll’s first round of results are in. And after Cal’s win over Wazzu on Saturday afternoon, the Bears aren’t the ones getting screwed this time around (well at least in this first poll).

We’re sure everyone remembers the major screw job the Cal football team faced back in 2004 when Mack-I’m-a-little-whiner-Brown’s Texas team jumped the Bears in the final BCS poll and into the Rose Bowl, exiling Cal to play in the Holiday Bowl.

This time, the Bears are the one’s befitting from a ridiculous computer formula, edging Tennessee (yes, the same Vols team who gave Cal a nice little kick of Southern hospitality in the season-opener) in the first poll.

What helps the Bears is that the average computer score ranks them as the sixth best team in the nation, when both human polls have them at 11.

Though it pains us that the BCS does matter in the world of college football, it will just be an afterthought for Cal – that’s if it can get past ’SC in a few weeks.

If you have not been keeping up with The Daily Cal’s coverage and commentary of Oren Gabriel’s attempt to get the ASUC legal defense fund to retroactively pay the legal fees he incurred this summer, now would be a good time to start. The ASUC Senate is voting on the bill this Wednesday, and that may be your last chance to make your voice heard.

What must not be overlooked in this is that Gabriel actually lost the suit he brought to the Superior Court of Alameda County, which is what his party is trying to reimburse him for. Contrary to Gabriel’s claim that “The Judicial Council was violating the ASUC bylaws and their own rules of procedure so in order to make sure that the will of the students was followed, it was necessary to hire legal counsel,” (quoted from the first article linked above) the court actually ruled that Gabriel should have exhausted his options with the student Judicial COuncil before taking the case to county court—that is to say, he violated the rules of procedure, and the case (and thereby the legal fees incurred in its pursuit) was completely unnecessary.

Gabriel, by the by, forced the ASUC Judicial Council to hire legal counsel to defend themselves, the money for which was (rightly) taken from the legal defense fund. And all of this for a suit that should never have been filed in the first place.

Here is a contact list for the 14 senators who co-wrote the bill (taken from this Facebook group):

Ali Ansary ([email protected])
Dwight Asuncion ([email protected])
Jennifer Avelino ([email protected])
Samuel Averbach ([email protected])
Brandon Chen ([email protected])
Dmitri Garcia ([email protected])
Vince Law ([email protected])
Curtis Lee ([email protected])
Jeff Manassero ([email protected])
Eunice Moon ([email protected])
Ilana Nankin ([email protected])
Vivienne Nguyen ([email protected])
Jane Park ([email protected])
Donald Rizzo ([email protected])

Oren Gabriel’s email address is [email protected].

In fairness, it should be noted that some of the facts of this case are disputed by at least one ASUC Senator, whose conversation with a member of the above-linked facebook group was posted here on that group’s discussion board.

The ASUC meets Wednesday at 7 on the first floor of Eshleman. Regardless of how you feel about this, we hope you will write your senators or show up at the meeting to let them know how you feel.

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