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A Cal fan’s fantasy

I had a chance to stop by the “Men’s Huddle” on Saturday. Pretty good stuff. There were about 75 fans there, and the coaching staff tried to emulate the program as much as possible. When I got there, the fans were in offensive and defensive meetings with the coaches. They put in plays, watched film, etc.

The highlight was putting the fans through pregame rituals. Linebacker Greg Van Housen gathered the fans together in the Big Game Room, where the team meets just before running through the tunnel prior to kickoff. He got them fired up and jumping up and down before heading to the tunnel in a frenzy. They burst onto the field with the Cal fight song playing, running through the steam machine right at the mouth of the tunnel like the players do.

Before the meetings, fans went through fundamental drills and had lunch. After running through the tunnel, they went through pre-game stretching, with Jeff Tedford administering high-fives to every participant. Then they broke off by position for pre-game drills.

There were several players on hand helping out, including Nate Longshore, Justin Forsett, Lavelle Hawkins, Mike Gibson, Craig Stevens, Rulon Davis, Thomas DeCoud and Syd’Quad Thompson. I’m sure there were others but I wasn’t there the whole time. Also, former players like Nick Harris and Troy Taylor were on hand.

All in all, looked like a pretty good event. The fans seemed pretty into it, and the coaches and players looked as though they were having fun with it as well.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Oski DDS

    I’m a 42-year old Cal fan and alumnus. On Saturday I got to take handoffs from Forsett. I got to catch passes from Longsure. I got personally coached from Tedford on how to throw a better pass. And much, much more.
    Yup, it was pretty awesome.

  • Anonymous

    I was there on Saturday and this was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. It’s Tuesday and I am still walking pretty stiff, but it was well worth it and I understand now why players flock to the Cal program. The ones that don’t go to Cal really miss out on the great people there. I can’t wait to go again next year!

  • Dan

    Me too. I was there and the best part was that the coaching staff and players were enjoying themselves almost as much as the campers. Felt like a family out there (lots of people having fun, not afraid to laugh at eachother). Such a great event – not to be missed if you have a chance to go.

  • Anonymous

    2 questions:

    Can someone describe, in a little more detail, what/where the “Men’s Huddle” is?

    Also, how does one get to go for it? I’m an alumnus not living in the Bay area, but I’d verrrry gladly travel for it! :)