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Week 3

As you all know, the trees around Memorial Stadium started coming down while the Bears were doing their thing up in Pullman. Here’s the latest, as of this morning.

Cal will make the tough cross-country trip to Maryland this week. I’m not sure how tough the competition will be, however. I don’t expect the Terps to be quite as bad as Washington State, but they certainly are having their struggles.

So far, Maryland has a seven-point home win over Delaware and a 24-14 road loss at Middle Tennessee State. Considering this uninspired play comes against teams from non-BCS conferences, the 23rd-ranked Bears, coming off a 66-point outburst, should feel pretty good about themselves.

Maryland has been a pretty good program this decade. They’ve had a couple of double-digit win seasons and have been to bowl games in four of the past six years. But times are evidently lean right now.

Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen is mulling over making some changes for Saturday’s game.

You heard the beginnings of Heisman talk about Jahvid Best over the weekend. For the record, right now he ranks seventh nationally in rushing (155.5 ypg) and sixth in all-purpose yards (239.5 ypg).

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.

  • Jan K Oski

    Hey JO, thanks for Terps article. It indicated Riley could have a lot of time to pass with Cal’s experienced O-line. That might be just what the WRs need to get on track. Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Aaron Rodgers = dink and dunk era has begun

    Rob Johnson (USC QB) had the highest rated first game for a QB in NFL history.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Aaron Rodgers = 100% winning percentage as a starter

  • Jan K Oski

    GB QB Aaron Rodgers 18-22, 178 yds, 1 TD, 0 Ints, 1 rush TD, 0 sacks, 115 QB Rating

    AC QB Matt Leinart (bench warmer)

    CB QB Carson Palmer 10-25, 99 yds, 0 TD, 1 Int, 2 Sacks, 35 QB Rating (whoa, NFL defenses should be afraid)

    Who is the better QB?

    House – please notice how to treat a troll. (1) never address them (2) humble them with their own stupidity. Take notes, Steve! Go BEARS!

  • Les Miles More Tedford

    Hey Trojan,

    Remind me, but wasn’t it Rodger’s dink-and-dunk that ruined your ’03-’04 nation championship run and a year later that same style that nearly set an NCAA record, one that would actually impress rather than “the highest passer rating for a rookie in NFL history”?

    But seriously, let’s talk about O.J. Simpson, Todd Marinovich, O.J. Mayo, Reggie Bush, etc. There’s scandal written all over your football and basketball programs and you have something to boast about? When $C becomes a credible program and not a quasi-professional minor league then I’ll be willing to talk wins and losses and all the meaningless stats you want. But until then, anything you say is completely insignificant to me and anyone else concerned with the blog.

  • Gregg

    Such a sweet picture of Rodgers in the arms of the Lambeau faithful. He looks like a baby returned to the womb. GB now know what we’ve known all along: Rodgers is the man!

  • Kensington

    We should not criticize our “troll”, but be grateful. It is actually a sign of respect, proof that we are relevant. Teams that truly suck don’t even have trolls. Nobody even cares enough to bother. But the most successful programs have legions of “haters” that await them at every false step.

    The fact that we have such a dedicated hater (not the only one, but perhaps the most persistent on this site) is proof that we’re making some people nervous, that someone does not like the emergence of a good football program at Cal. Just remind yourself that every post, though annoying, is further proof that the success of our program is making someone so uncomfortable that they feel the need to lash out, to try to belittle us. Obviously it won’t work.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Kensington Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 6:54 am
    Just remind yourself that every post, though annoying, is further proof that the success of our program is making someone so uncomfortable that they feel the need to lash out, to try to belittle us. Obviously it won’t work.>>>>>>>>>>> Dear Dr Laura. When a program like yours has sucked so badly and done so poorly for so long you should celebrate the fact that even one poster would give you any attention at all. No Heisman, No BCS, No outright Pac 10 championships in 50 years, no Rose Bowl wins in 70 years…Get it now?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Les Miles More Tedford Says:
    September 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm
    Hey Trojan,

    But seriously, let’s talk about O.J. Simpson, Todd Marinovich, O.J. Mayo, Reggie Bush, etc. There’s scandal written all over your football and basketball programs and you have something to boast about? >>>>> Sure we can talk but before we do first tell me about Marshawn Lynch, Marriet Ford, Robert Rozier, Todd Boseman, Jason “I haven’t gone to one class” Kidd, Jason “I only slapped my wife” Kidd. You go first.

  • Robert

    Hey J.O. any pleasant surprises from the reserves playing last game? Anyone move themselves up with their play? I realize the mismatch, but did the coaches raise an eyebrow to anyone?

  • http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/feature?section=news&id=6372996 Jan K Oski

    If you all haven’t heard, the tree-huggers are receiving a first-rate removal. Check out ABC news live webcam for highlights! Go Bears!

  • Gerson_Bakar

    I say:

    go usc! another National Championship makes moreNcs a better person.

    go ex-usc players! their success makes moreNCs a more successful person.

    go current usc players! their performance relfects on moreNCs own abilities.

    …oh wait….
    anyone truly associtated with USC laughs at losers like moreNCs that have no other way to feel good about themselves.

    the difference between the USC program and MoreNCs is…

    USC are winners.
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    MoreNCs is a loser. get a life.

  • HOUSE

    AND THATS THAT!!!!! No more tree sitters ladies and gents, lets move forward with the athletic center and the high success that will come with it.
    GO BEARS!

  • Shaka

    You would think Coach Tedford would be smiling a little more these days. Can’t figure out what blew his fuse during the game, but he was noticeably agitated, as in major PO, with his coaches. Any insight?

  • falseintellect

    The biggest laugh about trolls like MoreNCs, is that these types are fat losers in their parents basement who have no connection to, no influence on, and absolutely nothing to do with USCs obvious success.

    I could declare myself a USC fan right now and suddenly be as much a part of their dynastic greatness as this person is.

    These types arent the people in a position to criticize any football team. I’m not, I don’t. The people who are in such positions get there by possessing the dignity and class not to.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    falseintellect Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I could declare myself a USC fan right now and suddenly be as much a part of their dynastic greatness as this person is.

    These types arent the people in a position to criticize any football team. I’m not, I don’t. The people who are in such positions get there by possessing the dignity and class not to.>>>>>>>>>>> Wow – that’s inspiring. Do you feel better? If not try this one.

    Berkley vs Maryland = yawner
    USC vs OSU = preparation for National Championship

  • toparchitect

    The sitters are down and the HPSAC is going up. It will be sweet if Cal goes to the Rose too on the new year day.

    Hey, Who say we can not dream of that. All the keys are there. The Defense is better than last year, the running game is there, the QB is secured, just need a fine tune on the receivers.

    All they have to do that Rodger almost did Four years ago is to upset $C at LA. The rest they have to take care of them in house at Berkeley.

    Go Bears! Beat Maryland. 58-10

  • Larry

    Moron states, “Jason “I only slapped my wife” Kidd. You go first”.

    OJ slit his ex-wife and her boyfriend’s neck and they bled out, which is murder. OJ was found guilty in a civil case and hasn’t paid a dime yet. Comparing that to Kidd “slapping his wife”? You really are @#!#$% up, moron.

    By the way, how many TD’s have you thrown or ran for at U$C?

  • toparchitect

    by the way, no more free football games for the tree sitters.

    Buy ticket, if you want to watch, sucker.

  • covinared

    As an opponent of the sitters since the inception of the controversy, I now find myself somewhat saddened by the swift action of the university in eradicating the grove. I was in Berkeley for the fan appreciation weekend, and was impressed by the beauty of the grove and dedication of those who wished to save it. Now its gone in order for us to compete athletically with USC and the others. On another note, why are so many regulars here obsessed with USC bashing to the point of absurd petty comparisons of alumni jock criminalty and one days worth of NFL stats? Clearly we cannot claim to be on the same level with USC in football now or in the last 60 years? Who cares? It looks like we have a good team this year. Let’s enjoy it. Go Bears!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    toparchitect Says:
    September 9th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    All they have to do that Rodger almost did Four years ago is to upset $C at LA. >>>>>> And “almost” is good enough only to a fan from UCB. The next thing you will be mentioning is that in the 2004 game you won the statistical battle. Man have I heard that one ad infinitum ad nauseum.

  • RollOnUBears

    MoreNCs,

    Wow. It’s truly sad how much time you waste here. Seriously don’t you have anything better to do?

  • Larry

    Moron,

    You never answered my question, how many TD’s have you thrown or ran for at U$C?

  • Jan K Oski

    Larry, give it up… your question should be: how many days have you spent on $C’s campus? but, you need to read between the lines and see that trolls hate being talked to in the third person. that’s why amy pretends to be me on other blogs. i don’t give her the time of day, and neither should any Cal fan.

    Cov, relax! When Rodgers wins a Super Bowl with the Pack, he’ll prove all of the naysayers about Tedford wrong. That’s very good for Cal football no matter how you dice it…

    Go BEARS!

  • toparchitect

    Maybe he was sideline the whole time when he was there.
    Or, maybe he was just bluffing you.

  • Kensington

    Dear Dr Laura. When a program like yours has sucked so badly and done so poorly for so long you should celebrate the fact that even one poster would give you any attention at all. No Heisman, No BCS, No outright Pac 10 championships in 50 years, no Rose Bowl wins in 70 years…Get it now?

    Thanks for proving my point, 4 or 5 times over. You make me smile.

  • MORONncs

    FOLKS, don’t feed the troll.

    Remember, Moronncsarecoming posts on the MSU board on how great they are and how they can beat us, meanwhile he calls them cupcakes on this board. Did the same with Tenn and UCLA.

    troll.

  • Gerson_Bakar

    re: post #27 above.

    really?

    that is crazy wild that someone would the time and choose to use their time that way.

    a person must be incredibly lonely, bored and disturbed to spend that much effort. at least it keeps him off the streets.

  • http://Calmacs.com Adubble

    I’m just curious. Is the MoreNCs here the same one who posts on cyberbears? What kind of loser are you that you come to post negative comments about Cal all over cyberspace..Go out and find a girlfriend, or something constructive for a change. You’ve been doing the same S#$t for years. Idiot!

  • Teff EdFord (also from Concord)

    The last time I was at USC in 2004, I saw a lot of USC fans wearing #32…that’s just plain creepy.

    >>>>was impressed by the beauty of the grove>>>

    Don’t worry, there will be another grove, and twenty years from now, the People’s Park protests will still outrank this one in people’s memories because someone got shot dead over what would become a hangout for drug pushers.

    Steel costs have risen over 35% since 2007, not to mention Union labor costs,fuel costs, vendor costs, ect., so the total delay costs may be even more – I think the university gave the tree sitters quite enough time to make their point.

  • Larry

    …”What kind of loser are you that you come to post negative comments about Cal all over cyberspace..Go out and find a girlfriend, or something constructive for a change”.

    I hear Dumpster Muff is available. I think Moron and the Muff would get along really well. Both waste their time trying to piss off people and live for the moot point.

  • Gerson_Bakar

    Now we know who MoreNCs is….its Erik “Ayr” Eisenberg! He’s already dating dumster chick, and just sits (on the ground) all day, whcih gives him plenty of time to trash Cal.

  • PasadenaBear

    Anyone else notice that if you read any article about Cal in the Washington Post, morons comments. This kid needs to find a hobby.

  • MORONncs

    Moron started his obsession with Cal when he got rejected at Boalt Law and had to go to UC Davis Law. His daddy is a rich UC donor, and even Dad’s connections couldn’t get him into Boalt. The laughable thing is that Boalt was right in rejecting him since he flunked out of Davis. The reason he has so much time and can post all day — he’s unemployed and is home all day.

    Pity him, but don’t feed the troll.

  • Gerson_Bakar

    hey poster #34. any idea when this guy started posting on cal forums? i have a theory.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Gerson_Bakar Says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 1:15 pm
    hey poster #34. any idea when this guy started posting on cal forums? i have a theory.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I started 4 years ago when Jay Heater was still here. Jay and I fast became friends and he would answer all of my questions. He liked me because I brought a lot of traffic here. He just asked me to be respectful. JO is a good reporter too. I wish he would answer more of my questions. For instance I would like to know why UCB won’t play Fresno State, Tedford’s alma mater.

  • Jay Heater

    Amy-

    I’ve never liked you.

    Jay

  • Gerson_Bakar

    ahhh…i see.

    then you got angry with how people on the forum treated you years ago and decided to just act out constantly for a completely new group of strangers.

    kind of like a dog that has been beaten in the past and is conditioned to bark at strangers.

    I just got here, but you spend a heck of a lot of time saying the same thing and antagonizing strangers….so from what I’ve seen, you’re a sad little doggie.

    I do hope things turn around for you, but in the meantime “GO TROJANS”. No biggie, its just one game a year to me, but its a year-long obsession for you. peace out brother.

  • MORONncs

    Jay Heater gave morencs the nickname: MORON. He threatened to ban him several times.

    Yeah, he was your friend Amy. In your world, that’s probably true. So,Amy hanging out with any fellow grads from law school…oh that’s right. You flunked out. Guess Cal was right to reject you.

  • Jan K Oski

    Welcome back, Jay!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Gerson_Bakar Says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 3:41 pm
    ahhh…i see.

    then you got angry with how people on the forum treated you years ago and decided to just act out constantly for a completely new group of strangers.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Not quite Dr Phil. I was actually fine just posting on different sites and blogs just minding my own business and posting great football material. It was the fans here and elsewhere that acted childish and turned it into a name calling event. Remember my 2004 Holiday Bowl prediction? That was about football? How about my 2006 Tennesee prediction? The posters that make me laugh the loudest are the ones who try their hand at amateur psycho babel. Heal thyself! Here is some therapy for you. Watch the USC-Ohio State game this Saturday so you can see how teams with history, winning tradition and great talent play. Then come back on here and post your observations. UCB fans will learn a lot about how the game is played.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    MORONncs Says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 11:39 am
    Moron started his obsession with Cal – NOPE!
    when he got rejected at Boalt Law – NOPE! and had to go to UC Davis Law – YUP!. His daddy is a rich UC donor, – YUP! and even Dad’s connections couldn’t get him into Boalt – NOPE! The laughable thing is that Boalt was right in rejecting him since he flunked out of Davis – NOPE! The reason he has so much time and can post all day — he’s unemployed and is home all day. – NOPE!

    Pity him – NOPE…PITY YOU FOR STALKING ME ALL OVER THE INTERNET!, but don’t feed the troll – I PROMISE I WON’T!

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Further Predictions:
    I also predicted USC would beat Stanford and Oregon in 2007, I predicted Cal would lose to Washington State and MSU in 2008, and I predicted I’d have a girlfriend by the age of 25. I guess I’m batting .000 on these predictions.

  • Jan K Oski

    DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS!

  • Gerson_Bakar

    MoreNCs:

    Its all good. You live in your mind 24/7, and we only have to see your obsessiveness for 5 minutes a day.

    I am impressed with your fortitude in your struggle as the Don Quixote of the Cal forums.

    Enjoy USC’s win on saturday.

  • Teff EdFord (also from Concord)

    Cal play Fresno Sate? Perhaps it won’t be scheduled ’cause it’s a waste of a marketing opportunity for the UC, and the Bulldoggies are usually pretty good – we want an A-B-C format, and they’d be an A team, but too close…there’s already a UC there (almost – Fresno pissed off the regents, and they put one close enough to smell but not actually in Fresno).

  • bigd

    In maryland;humuid.wet.go bears!

  • Jan K Oski

    Teff, FSU isn’t scheduled, because Cal fans won’t travel down there, again. FSU fans make $C fans look like pansies which amazes me that $C and Bruin fans made the top 10 Nationwide list for worst fan base. This exact topic has been brought up at least 3 times in the past month, and that’s the reason. End of story.

    I am glad that SC is playing the buckwheats this year, so that we won’t have to watch another boring Championship game. However, I bet everyone will be changing the channel at half-time or going to bed. Amazingly, Amy and I agree on this occasion. This game will be a sleeper, the worst hyped game of the decade. But, it will be great for the PAC-10′s chances of 2 BCS games, if the Bruins knockoff the Mormons.

    On the otherhand, Maryland and Cal will be entertaining till half time, but our Bears will be too much for the turtles in the end. 48-17 GO BEARS!

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Robert, I don’t think so. There is no way to really evaluate accurately in a situation like that.
    Shaka, I believe it was because of some poor kickoff coverage near the end of the game. But you’re right, he didn’t look like a coach winning by 63 points.