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Oski at College Mascot Faceoff

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Oski at the Cal Student Store

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Oski on the way to Alcatraz

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Oski at PierceBears.com

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ESPN names Big Bad Cal #7

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Hail to CaliforniaESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel has given Cal football some love this spring. In his Spring Top 25, he ranked Cal #7. Maybe this Stanford man and Elway fan is trying to set us up for a fall this autumn?

Should any of these school’s alumni reserve Miami hotel rooms for the so-called national championship game? Here are Maisel’s rankings and my snide remarks about the Top 11.

1. Ohio State – Columbus Cadillac dealers reported record Escalade sales last quarter, and Ohio State is ranked #1. Coincidence? We should not underestimate the loss of A.J. Hawk to another legendary professional Midwest team, Green Bay. He makes the most of his limited athletic ability. He’s like a coach on the field out there. He’s… never mind. I can’t stop making fun of announcers when listening to the World Soccer Daily hosts rearrange ESPN’s Dave O’Brien’s anatomy.

2. Oklahoma -- Where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain, their team will more likely play in the Dust Bowl than the Orange Bowl. So-called experts overrate Adrian Peterson, who cannot carry this team on his back to the title, and underrate Cal’s Marshawn Lynch, who carries opponents on his back routinely. NFL GM’s will take Lynch over Peterson faster than women in bars pick Brad Pitt instead of me.

3. West Virginia – John Denver might belong there, but their football team doesn’t belong this high. In last season’s Sugar Bowl, they jumped out to a 28-0 lead against Georgia and held on for a 38-35 victory. Their defense was softer than Hugh Hefner on his yacht when he forgets his Viagra.
 
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Oski Card Stunts at Cal v UCLA 2002

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Oski Decal at The Cal Student Store

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Suzi Babos Wins NCAA Women's Singles Tennis Championship

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On Monday Suzi Babos played her way into the record books as the first Cal woman to win the NCAA Singles Championship. The sophomore from Sopron, Hungary, won a tightly contested and controversial semifinal match against Stanford player Theresa Logar, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 (the same player who beat her in straight sets in last year's NCAA tournament), and went on to soundly beat USC's Lindsey Nelson, 6-4, 6-1 in the finals.

With only one senior and one junior on the roster this year, it bodes well for the next few years as long as Coach Brogan can keep the team together. There have been some defections in recent years, and there have been a rash of transfers in Division I women's tennis. Zsuzsanna Fodor, who played #1 for Cal most of this season, was a transfer from Mississippi State that benefited Cal. Hopefully Cal can keep it together and put an end to Stanford's record winning streak soon.

Conor Niland's run at the Men's NCAA Singles Championship was cut short when he ran into #1 seed Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA in the quarters, 4-6, 2-6. Niland accounted for half of Kohlloeffel's four losses this year, but he wasn't able to get a third victory, and Kohlloeffel went on to take the title. As some consolation, Niland did earn Pac-10 Player of the Year honors over Kohlloeffel.

Congratulations to both Suzi and Conor on great seasons, and good luck to Conor on the pro tour.
 
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The Claremont Resort Gone Wild

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Hail to California As my Cal graduation anniversary flew by last week, I could not help but reminisce. One of my warmest memories is of my graduation dinner with family and friends as the majestic Claremont Resort in the Berkeley Hills. Ah, the magnificence of it all: the spectacular view, the classic room decor, the palm trees, the… female entertainers?

An anonymous source directed me to this column by
Matier and Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle. It seems that the stately Claremont has been the scene for some unseemly behavior. A “Dear Friend” letter has been making the rounds in the Claremont, courtesy of
Femme de Maison, “the Bay Area's premier
social club for gentlemen.''
 
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Oski at Holiday Bowl Battle of the Bands

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