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THESE ARE A FEW OF MY SAVOR-IT THINGS

We beat the favorite, so savor it — Savor the long-time-coming victory, and savor these photos, and look forward to a lot more coming soon

Ok, take it easy — I don’t think the students of the Spirit Squad are “things.”  They are people.  Human beings.  Wonderful, intelligent, graceful human beings.  I care about them quite a bit, as people.  The word Continue Reading »

A ‘BOWL FULL OF KELLEY

Ho, ho, ho — Chip Kelly unwraps Joshua Kelley against the trojans at the Rose Bowl, gifting him 40 carries, and Kelley tears into it like a kid on Christmas, gaining a career-high 289 yards including a career-best 61-yard run, and scoring 2 TD’s including the game-winning 55-yarder, as UCLA celebrates an upset over u$c 34-27

Bruin Running Back Joshua Kelley just did something no other Bruin has ever done before — The jovial transfer from UC Davis(!) rushed for 289 yards against UCLA’s crosstown rival u$c.  Maurice Jones-Drew, Skip Hicks, Gaston Green, DeShaun Foster — None of them ever gained close to that many yards against the trojans.

In fact, the 289 yard mark is a record for any player of EITHER team in the Rivalry Game.  Not Reggie Bush, Marcus Allen, Charles White, Anthony Davis, Ricky Bell, or even O.J. Simpson ever hit 289.  Of course O.J. still holds the record for most murders, but that’s another story.

Kelley’s career night also saw him break 1000 yards for the season, and tally at least 1 TD in 7 straight games.  I don’t know how a guy with Kelley’s immense ability ever landed at UC Davis.  As he has shown all season, his INSTINCT for finding holes, WAITING for gaps to open, and knowing exactly which way to cut, is uncanny.

Kelley was the MVP of this game far and away, but he did not win the game single-handedly.  It was a real team effort, and Continue Reading »

BEAT SC RALLY AND NON-FIRE

Where there’s smok(in’ hot girls), there’s no fire — Out of respect for the victims of the recent wildfires, the annual Beat SC Bonfire was not lit, but the rally was “lit,” thanks mostly to the UCLA Spirit Squad

[NOTE:  In this post you will find 68 photos of the UCLA Spirit Squad (mostly Dance Team).  See the PREVIOUS post for other Rally photos, including Chip Kelly and the Football Team, plus the Basketball and Gymnastics teams, as well as the student dance groups and the SAA group photos.]

Ok, ok, it’s an understandable gesture:  Don’t play with fire to celebrate a sports rivalry, when people nearby just lost their homes, and other people lost their lives, to that same element.  I get it, and I am not complaining.  But since there was no wind in evidence, and no danger, I would have lit the fire, and staged a tribute to the firefighters who would have been there supervising the event.  It would have elicited the biggest cheers of the night, and those guys certainly deserve it.  They fought through the night last Friday, holding the line so I didn’t have to evacuate myself.  The fireline was just a couple of blocks away.  I was packed and ready to go, but those heroes allowed me to avoid the ordeal of traumatizing my pets and moving out.

So, no fire at the 2018 Beat SC Bonfire.  Just a Rally.  But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t HOT, HOT, HOT.  The UCLA Dance Team was on fire!  From my vantage point (right in front of the stage), I never saw anyone from the Cheer Squad, so I apologize to them and to you for not getting/sharing any photos of them.  That should be remedied on Saturday, Continue Reading »

CAN BRUINS’ HOARSE COACH OUT-COACH TROJAN HORSE COACH?

Right from the hoarse’s mouth — UCLA Coach Chip Kelly has lost his voice — Let’s hope that’s the only thing he loses this week

So Chip Kelly addressed the throng of Bruin students and fans at the Beat SC Rally Thursday night, and it was painful to listen to him talk.  His raspy voice and sore throat indicates he is either fighting a cold, or, he’s been yelling at his players in practice, getting ready for the one game that could salvage his season.  I hope it’s the latter, and I hope it works.

Kelly is a great motivator, and Rivalry Games often turn on emotion instead of just skill/talent.  Kelly showed the crowd a piece of his motivational arsenal — Continue Reading »

CONTENTIOUS TROJANS KNOCK THEMSELVES OUT OF CONTENTION

Marshall Illin’ — u$c chokes away a 14-0 second half lead, losing to Cal for the first time in 15 years, thanks to Iman Marshall’s penalty for jawing at the Bear sidelines, costing troy the ball with 3:28 left in a 15-14 game

Trojans just don’t know when to keep their mouths shut.  Or maybe they are just so USED to NOT being disciplined when they act like thugs, that they have no idea that it’s wrong.  Well, on Saturday night, a trojan was all the way over on the Cal sidelines, screaming at his opponents, and he got flagged for an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty that basically cost sc the game, in their 15-14 loss to California, which ELIMINATES u$c from the Rose Bowl.

How did it come down to that?  It’s hard to believe, since u$c took a 14-0 lead in the first half and was about to make it 21 until they fumbled right in front of the Bear goalline right before Continue Reading »

KRIS AND MO STEAL THE SHOW

Kris saves, Moses invests — Kris Wilkes dominates early, then Moses Brown takes over, as UCLA’s Genesis is a Commanding 96-71 conquering of Purdue Fort Wayne

You would think that losing stud playmaker Aaron Holiday and consistent Big Man Thomas Welsh would create some major problems for UCLA Basketball 2018-19.  Those problems were not apparent on opening night, as Kris Wilkes, Jaylen Hands, and newcomer Moses Brown MORE than picked up the slack in the Bruins’ impressive 96-71 victory over overmatched Purdue Fort Wayne.  Don’t laugh at that seemingly low level of competition — This Mastodon team beat Indiana each of the last two years, including a 20-point beatdown last season!

But there was no way they could stay with the new and improved Bruins.  UCLA’s best returning player, Kris Wilkes, came out on fire, scoring 13 of the Bruins’ first 22 Points.  He finished the half with 19, and ended the game with a career-high 27.  Wilkes was a known commodity coming in.  He was EXPECTED to be the Offensive leader.  No one expected him to average 27 Points, but everyone knew he could be relied on.  The big question marks were:  Could Jaylen Hands fill in at the Point for Aaron Holiday, and could Freshman Center Moses Brown fill the void left by Thomas Welsh?

Hands answered the first question IN PART, with a good game, scoring 18, with 7 Assists against only 2 Turnovers, plus 2 Steals, 2 Blocks, and 3 Boards.  That being said, he did NOT “run the offense” like Holiday or Lonzo Ball did for the last couple of years.  He was not really a floor general out there, directing the Offensive gameplan/attack.  But this team doesn’t really require that to score in bunches.  There is just a lot of motion, and ball movement, where everyone is just looking for an open man.  Totally different than Lonzo controlling the ball, finding a cutter with eagle-eye vision, and hitting him with a laser-focused needle-threading dime.  Totally different, but tonight, still very effective.  Maybe a true pass-first, solid ballhandling Point Guard will be needed later in the season, but it wasn’t a problem against a Purdue Fort Wayne team.

As for the hole at the Center position, there is NO QUESTION about that any more.  Moses looks like he may just lead the Blues to the Promised Land.  The 7′ 1″ Frosh Brown scored 19 on 9-for-10 shooting, dished out 2 Assists, stole 1 ball, blocked a shot, and ALTERED a dozen more.  But the stat that jumps out of the box score and into your face?  Brown pulled down SEVENTEEN Rebounds.  This guy is a game-changing presence on Defense, Continue Reading »

MUFF ‘N DROPS

Thanks for dropping by — UCLA gives away another game, thanks to a muffed punt, several dropped passes, a pass intercepted in the end zone, a sack-fumble, a punt-return TD, countless missed tackles, and 11 times more penalties than Oregon, in a 42-21 loss to the Ducks

Welcome to the Drop Zone.

How can an Elite Coach have a team that looks so poorly-coached, in WEEK NINE?  I know they are young, I know they are inexperienced, I know they are learning a new system, and I know they are overmatched in a hostile environment.  But none of that excuses the repeated dropped passes, stupid penalties, muffs, and shoddy tackling, that is all becoming a trademark of this 2018 UCLA Football Team.  The only question is, who is the Poster Boy for this den of inexplicable incompetence?

Is it Adarius Pickett, who proved last year what a great player he can be, tallying multiple INT’s, and who even in THIS game, made a fantastic, drive-stopping hit on a Duck?  Well, it is Pickett that has MUFFED a punt in consecutive games, losing both of them for Turnovers.  Or, is is Demetric Felton, who has shown flashes of brilliance, and who consistently uses his impressive foot-speed to get wide open on passing routes, only to DROP a crucial ball almost every week?  I’d hate to say that it’s Tight End Caleb Wilson, who has been one of the most productive Offensive players on the team, and who scored on a 63-yard pass play tonight, but Caleb has also dropped several catchable balls this month that have cost the Bruins enormously.

Maybe the Poster Boy should be the whole Special Teams, who gave up a Punt Return right up the middle for a 56-yard TD, gave up a near-TD on a Fake FG (because of a BAD missed tackle), missed a Field Goal after a False Start put them just a hair out of range, kept fair-catching Kickoffs when there was room to run, and of course, the muffed punt.  They did convert a First Down on a Fake Punt, but that was not enough to make up for all their mistakes.

You could even cast a vote for QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is the reputed FUTURE of the Bruins.  Talk about flashes of brilliance — this young Freshman Quarterback has done some amazing things in Blue and Gold, tonight turning a sure sack into a beautiful long gainer, not to mention finding Wilson on that 63-yard TD strike.  But DTR also Continue Reading »

ROSEN MAKES NINERS FLATLINERS

Bruin QB Josh Rosen leads Arizona back from a 12-point 4th Quarter deficit against San Francisco, with 2 TD passes, including the game-winner with 34 seconds left, to lift the Cardinals to an 18-15 victory

Usually, on a weekend when u$c loses a football game, THAT would be the news I publicize.  But this year, the trojans’ injury-decimated squad has lost FOUR games, so when Arizona State beat them 38-35, it was not earth-shattering news.  Of course it did end troy’s 19-game HOME winning streak, but that was bound to happen next month anyway, when Notre Dame comes to the Coliseum.

The Fighting Irish will be big favorites, even on SC’s turf, and Clay Helton is 1-and-11 as an underdog in his career as sc’s Head Coach.  So when sc lost to the Sun Devils, Continue Reading »

Qualities That Every Aspiring Cheer Leader Needs to Have

The National Football League roared into life some few weeks back and we have already witnessed some great action. However, we have decided to move away a bit from the playing action on the pitch to the entertainment action that we all see before each NFL game but somehow tend to ignore in our post-match debates with our friends. This entertainment action relates to cheerleaders and this article is going to look at the qualities that every aspiring cheerleader who wants to get involved at the highest stage needs to have. Note that you can always follow the NFL playing action over here netbet.co.uk.

Super Healthy Body
Well, it’s no secret that you cannot be a cheerleader if you are not fit and athletic enough. Cheerleaders do a lot of jumping and dancing and if you are not fit, then you will definitely have problems performing these tasks. In order to give yourself the super healthy body that you need, Continue Reading »

A ROLLING ZONE TACKLES NO MOSS

Zack Moss es mas macho — Utah’s Zack Moss runs for 211 yards and 3 Touchdowns as the Utes convincingly end UCLA’s 2-game winning streak, 41-10

All the problems that UCLA overcame to eke out a victory over Arizona last week returned this week against Utah, and the Utes made the Bruins pay.  Number One on that list of deficiencies was missed tackles.  There were 18 of them against the Wildcats, and that number didn’t seem to decrease on Friday night, as Utah ran wild .

After UCLA got up 7-3 on a 25-yard TD run by Joshua Kelley, Utah went on a 38-3 surge to close out the 41-10 drubbing.  And they did it mostly on the ground, behind Running Back Zack Moss, Continue Reading »

TWO WINS FOR THE BRUINS

Bruins and Wilton don’t wilt under pressure — UCLA comes back from two Second Half deficits behind backup QB Wilton Speight and RB Joshua Kelly to edge Arizona 31-30, giving the Bruins a 2-game winning streak

It wasn’t pretty.  It wasn’t easy.  But it’s a win, and it makes the Bruins 2-2 in the Conference, after an exciting see-saw 31-30 victory over Arizona.  The Wildcats came in without their star QB Khalil Tate, and therefore were 10-point Underdogs playing on the Bruins’ turf.  UCLA actually got out to an early 10-0 lead to equal that spread.  Soon thereafter, UCLA lost THEIR starting QB to an injury, and that could be seen as an equalizer.  UCLA had a 17-7 lead at the Half, but Arizona came on strong in the 3rd Quarter, taking the lead 20-17.

UCLA then had to rely on Back-up Quarterback Wilton Speight.  The 5th-year Senior graduate transfer from Michigan showed some rust, missing his targets on several easy throws, and losing a fumble in his own territory, but Speight came through when it mattered.  He ended up 17-27 for 204 yards with 2 TD tosses, and he made some solid plays in the topsy-turvy Second Half that moved the chains and kept the Bruins alive.  Of course, Speight was the beneficiary of the third straight 100-yard rushing game by Joshua Kelly, who gained 136 yards on the ground, including a game-winning 28-yard scamper in the 4th.

The Bruin Defense was tough in the First Half, giving up only 1 score, thanks to 2 Forced Turnovers deep in Bruin territory.  Quentin Lake Intercepted a ball in the end zone, and Darnay Holmes forced a fumble (and recovered it himself in the end zone) on a long Arizona run that would have been a Touchdown if not for Homes’ heroic play.  Continue Reading »

KELL’ RUNNINGS

Kelly/Kelley-Kelley-Kelley Blue Look – Chip Kelly gets his first win for UCLA, as his Run First Offense featuring Joshua Kelley (157 yards, 3 TD’s) capitalizes on 5 Cal Turnovers to break the Bruin Bagel with a long-time-coming 37-7 victory

The Bruins had lost all 5 games this year, and had lost 12 straight Road games, but on Saturday, they finally put all that behind them, with a convincing 37-7 triumph over the Cal Golden Bears.  The road to respectability was long and hard, but the signs were there.  Starting Running Back Joshua Kelley had run for over 100 yards in each of the last two games, and last week, that led to a tight contest against Nationally-Ranked Washington.

The improvement finally got the Bruins a W, as the UCLA Offensive Line opened many running lanes for Kelley on Saturday, allowing him to amass career-highs of 157 Yards and 3 Touchdowns.  The Bruins took a 7-0 lead, Continue Reading »

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