Daily Cal sports writer Jimmy Tran on this photo: "I worked that guy."

Few Cal fans know that the Big Game wasn’t the only trans-bay football contest of epic proportions that occurred this past Saturday. Every year, on the morning of the Big Game, the staff of The Farm’s student paper, The Stanford Daily, battles the staff of our very own Daily Californian for the coveted Exacto knife (Get it? It’s like an axe! Only, smaller. And more paper-related) in a flag football game.

Every year, these two groups come together to perpetuate a rivalry older than time itself. Every year, flags are grabbed, touchdowns are scored and mirth is had by all involved. And every year (since, like, 2003 anyway) the Daily Californian prevails in victories that are as symbolic as they are impressive. Every year, that is, until this year. read more »

480px-gemeinefichte.jpg So, apparently, someone at The Stanford Daily holds the title of “Dirty Cal Student.” He writes a weekly column. About nothing. Badly. We’re confused. If, as one of the articles suggests, Cal students are “so much more into the rivalry between the two schools,” then why on earth would this column exist? You don’t see the Daily Cal publishing a weekly column written by “Narcissistic Stanford Student,” do you? We’ve got better things to write about, like Code Pink.

The big question here is, “Who is this guy, anyway?” A more minor question is, “Why are they letting him write an non-funny, aimless and poorly-written regular column?” Alright, we’ll take the high road and not devote any more time or Clog space to this. We just thought you should know the truth. Go back to your shower heads, Stanford Daily.

We hate to do it, but…Stanford Daily [Website]

The Clog has finally got around to putting up pictures from last Saturday’s Ink Bowl. Enjoy.

And before you start, yes, bob jenkins, we know you don’t care.

We would also like to add that we failed to give credit to Joshua Linville, who scored the first touchdown of the game for the Daily Cal.

Head coach, Gerald Nicdao, gives pointers to the team as they get ready to take the field. Along with his advice, Coach Nicdao passed out cups of “Michael’s Secret Stuff” that he saved for this special occasion.

The team bolts downfield in a spread option formation. The team’s rigorous off-season workouts showed in the offense’s flawless execution.

Editor-in-chief, Stephen Chen, takes the reigns of the offense for a series after coming up with some huge plays on the defensive side of the ball.

The Daily Cal sidelines erupts after one of their five touchdowns on the day. Staff representative Andrew Willis looked particularly fired up about the score. You should see how wild he gets around a Koosh hoop during office basketball.

Coach Steffi Chan raises the prized Exacto knife over her head. After a brief scare at the end from The Stanford Daily, the Daily Cal was overjoyed to retain the knife for yet another year.

Image Source: Skyler Reid, Daily Cal
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The Daily Californian held onto the prized Exacto knife for yet another year as it beat The Stanford Daily in the annual Ink Bowl this past Saturday. Coach Gerald Nicdao led the Daily Cal to a 32-28 victory that featured some offensive fireworks.The Ink Bowl is a flag football game between the staffs of the Berkeley and Stanford school newspapers on the morning of the Big Game. An Exacto knife is given to the winner of the game. The Ink Bowl is a tradition dating back to at least 1970. We wish we could tell you when exactly it all started or the all-time wins and losses, but record keeping for the Ink Bowl is a tad shoddy.Prior to the game, Andrew Willis unveiled an impressive outfit featuring a pink headband and matching knee-high pink socks. In a post-game interview he revealed that it was to raise awareness for breast cancer.On the field, Jack Ross quarterbacked the Daily Cal to a quick lead that would never be seriously threatened. Matt Kawahara burned his man deep on two occasions for scores forcing The Stanford Daily’s safety to fall back in double coverage. Steven Dunst also came up big with a score (might have been two scores) and finished with an original victory dance that will from now on simply be known as “The Dunst.”Kevin Leahy and Andrew Kim both added touchdown receptions to make an insurmountable lead for the Daily Cal. Leahy’s touchdown was marked by an ugly incident in which a frustrated Stanfurdite tackled him on his way into the end zone. Being the class act that he is, Leahy marched off the field with a laugh.While on defense, Berkeley students made sure to put forward a strong effort. Editor-in-chief Stephen Chen made a huge play on fourth down: rushing the quarterback and tipping the pass to force a turnover on downs.At halftime with The Daily Cal confidently in the lead, Steffi Chan gave a rousing speech to keep the troops motivated. It started with two claps, then the words “all right,” followed by silence. The underlying message of the speech was clear—Chan was not satisfied with the current output and expected more out of the staff.The second half was highlighted by a key interception at the hands of Allyse Bacharach to put The Stanford Daily in a tough position. On the next Stanford Daily possession Jimmy Tran almost came down with a miraculous interception reminiscent of Antonio Cromartie’s grab but could not hold on. His play did, however, save another touchdown and sealed the win.At the end of the game Peter Byrne came back in as quarterback. Bryne suffered a hamstring injury during the first possession but stayed loose on the sidelines in case he was needed. After completing a long pass, he was carried down the field by Mustafa Shaikh in what was game’s most touching moment.As has become tradition, the Ink Bowl was preceeded by a relay race. The Daily Cal fell behind early in the race but managed to win by a split second with a superb effort (you might call it cheating) by Bryan Thomas. A tiebreaker was held to settle the disputed result with the two editor-in-chiefs going head-to-head. Nick Parker, The Stanford Daily’s editor-in-chief, stunned everyone with an amazing time to salvage some pride for the Stanfurdites.After the race, Steffi Chan was handed the Exacto knife and hoisted the trophy above her head to cheers of “WE’VE GOT THE KNIFE, WE’VE GOT THE KNIFE!” And so once again the Daily Cal brings home the most cherished trophy in the history of all college newspaper flag football rivalries.As a note, we apologize if someone was incorrectly credited with a touchdown. The Cal athletics department forgot to send a stat-keeper, and as such, several memories have been pieced together for this account.

There’s no better way to prepare for an ultimate showdown than by finding out what the opponent is thinking–or, at least, what the (overrated) brains behind their daily publication are thinking. The Stanfurd Daily published a series of Big Game-themed articles that the Clog is happy to share and rip apart with you, in the name of school spirit, and periodical pride!We’ll start with the Stanfurd Daily’s Big Game Guidelines, in which the Cardinal sets out the rules of football in layman’s terms. (If you are a Cal fan going to the Big Game, read these enlightening tips, and do the exact opposite.)

Other worthwhile terminology to remember: Stanford is on offense when we have the ball and are trying to score, defense when Cal has the ball and we are trying to get it back. A first down is a good thing, going “3-and-out” is a bad thing. It’s bad if your quarterback gets sacked, but good if Cal’s does. If all of this is too hard, just use common sense — if a Stanford student runs a long way or catches the ball, that’s impressive, right? And it’s also a good thing in football.

We appreciate the sarcastic tone of the first portion of the article, before it got all Jonathan Poullard on everyone. The blunt admission of the Stanfurd population’s football stupidity is awesome, and the additional snarky-lite jabs at its own hyper-academic brethren kind of remind us … of us! But let’s not get into mushy comparisons. This is a rivalry.From browsing through the Stanfurd Daily’s detailed explication of the history of bears to bear pun appearances in their headlines, it’s obvious that the Stanfurd Daily is, like, so fascinated by us. The strange, Big Game-themed sex column by Roxy Sass is no exception. “Do Stanford Students Outscore Cal?” Sass asks. No, but Christine Borden out-columns Roxy Sass, giving the Daily Cal a winning point on the arbitrary scoreboard–which we did not reveal until now. Hooray!Daily Cal: 4Stanford Daily: 0In related Big Game news, this time on the Cal front–the Clog recently spotted dear Chancellor Birgeneau on Berkeley’s YouTube channel, trying very adorably to get alumni to care about the imminent axe-battle. He’s already fired up a solid 43 spirited viewers, which is perhaps much more people than the current UC Rally Committee can energize, well, all season (not counting the bonfire, of course).On that note: It is about 2:30 a.m. and the Big Game begins in approximately 13.5 hours in the Stanford Stadium.If you are reading this later in the day, that means 4 p.m.Go Bears!Image Source: Ben Miller, Daily CalBig Game Guidelines [Stanford Daily]Bears That Can’t Be Beaten, Unlike Cal [Stanford Daily]Make Finals Week Bear-able [Stanford Daily]Do Stanford Students Outscore Cal? [Stanford Daily]