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

  • rollonubears

    your bowl scenario and sunbowl links are not linked to anything, just http/

  • Steve W

    Cal and Missouri in the Sun Bowl is just more evidence that Pac 10 teams get hosed in their bowl matchups. Hard to get fired up to play a team that owns no real quality wins and got beat at home by Baylor. Missouri is in third place in the weak Big 12 north and has been beaten soundly by the good teams in the conference this year: Nebraska, Texas and Okalhoma State.

    I am also wondering if any Cal fans are fired up about a trip to El Paso, just across the border from the most violent town in North America.

  • covinared

    Steve: no need to complain so much, esspecially over something yet to happen. Are you worried that a drug war will spill over into the game, and you’ll get caught in a cross fire?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    If the bowl sponsorers thought you could come up with a good game against a strong opponent rather than consistently being beatdown to the likes of 72-6 then they would want you.

  • covinared

    Will ucla continue the streak and roll up 50 on sc?

  • House

    Cmon moron, let’s be real, it’s a different game if Cal played U$C today, my guess is a Cal team whose won 5 of 6 since then would roll the boys of Troy, probley put up 50.

    How a season changes things.

  • Will

    I think the Ponsietta Bowl is a bit worried about their match up. If $C loses to Arizona, they might end up with a team that gave up a combined 102 points to Stanfurd and Oregon. Who on earth would want to watch that??? LOL!

  • rollonubears

    u$c is an afterthought in the minds of college football fans across the nation, this season. maybe they will figure out how to turn things around and become competitive again. right now, they’re just bringing the Pac10 down.

  • H8sRed

    Bowl “sponsorers” — really? Get a grip on the English language and then pop off.

    By the way, I think any sponsor would be interested in a team that ended Rose Bowl hopes for two others on consecutive weekends in November, especially since everyone had written off that team.

  • covinared

    Let’s assume the Holiday bowl must pick between Cal and USC. Wouldn’t Cal have an advantage because more hotel rooms would likely be sold? Jack Murphy stadium is an easy 2 hour drive for most of the usc fan base.

  • robert

    $c does bring the conference down right now. They are a complete joke! They’ll be in a complete dogfight with a terrible fucla team.

  • I would love to attend a bowl game in San Diego, if the Bears can’t beat Washington that’s not going to happen. They have to win one more game to have that chance.
    If Bears don’t go Holiday than Sun Bowl is a great option, never been there. If we do not make the Holiday Bowl the Sun Bowl is a traditional solid bowl I’ve always wanted to see Cal play in. The weather is usually pretty darn good too.
    Go Bears!

  • Dan

    $C has been the most overrated team in the country this year. It is a good thing that there are so many other programs on the upswing right now, and that the conference has so many competitive teams right now. $C has really hurt the conference’s reputation this year. The game this weekend in LA has got to be one of the most disappointing matchups in years. I the baby bruins go easy on the “big bad” trojans this weekend.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    HAHAHAHA…you guys finally get one good win and now all of your focus is back on bashing USC. You just can’t stay away from it. It’s called envy.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    What a crock!,0,5489083.story

    Now I know there is purposeful intent to bring down our program. Taylor Mays was one of the greatest USC players of modern times

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    For you USC haters.

    USC: Marcus Allen, Morris (Red) Badgro, Frank Gifford, Ronnie Lott, Ron Mix, Anthony Munoz, O.J. Simpson, Lynn Swann, Willie Wood, Ron Yary, Bruce Matthews.

    Nine of note

    Nine outstanding players who are not in the Hall of Fame:

    From USC:

    Junior Seau: Prototype for modern linebacker, member of the NFL’s All-Decade team for 1990s.

    Carson Palmer: Heisman Trophy winner is the centerpiece for turnaround of Cincinnati Bengals.

    Willie McGinest: A defensive cornerstone of New England’s three Super Bowl champions.

    Troy Polamalu: Pittsburgh’s mane man is widely regarded among the NFL’s best defenders.

    Tony Boselli: First-ever pick of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars and the expansion Houston Texans.

    Keyshawn Johnson: One of two receivers taken with the No. 1 pick in the NFL’s modern era.

    Don Mosebar: All-Pro anchor of the Raiders offensive line was just the third center in franchise history.

    Jack Del Rio: Spent 11 years as an NFL linebacker for five teams and now is coach at Jacksonville.

    Joey Browner: Minnesota Vikings safety was selected to six Pro Bowls.

  • Will

    Joe Francis: Girls Gone Wild founder. Thanks to the Stanfurd band for that one.

  • Easy Ed

    Oh, there you are Moron. I was wondering when you would climb out from under that rock. I hope you got to see a real team beat Stanford, I was shocked that the Cardinal was held to under 50. Taylor Mays didn’t deserve the Thorpe Award. Perhaps if someone could come up with the “Jack Tatum Cheap Shot Artist Award” then old Taylor would be a shoe in this year.


    “If the bowl sponsorers thought you could come up with a good game against a strong opponent rather than consistently being beatdown to the likes of 72-6 then they would want you.”

    Nitpicking Cal’s early seasons loses instead of praising them for the last two weeks with wings over ranked teams.

    Envy moron, just Envy

  • House

    Oops wins, love me some wings though

  • covinared

    I am ready for the grease monkey. Can someone hook me up?

  • rollonubears

    haven’t really heard anyone talk about the return of matt summers-gavin. i didn’t realize what an essential part of the o-line he was. he made a HUGE difference in the big game, and in each game he’s played. riley and vereen had some serious protection and great holes to run through. keeping the line healthy on both sides makes a big difference for the bears. we’re supposedly stacked with young o-lineman, too. i’m kind of excited about next year. obviously, usc will be a HUGE challenge on the road, but we get most of the real tough ones at home next year, and we have a lot of young talent. receivers are starting to come around nicely. i love the depth at tight end, and riley should be very solid after another year of experience. go bears.

  • covinared

    you’re right MSG makes a big difference when he’s in.

  • rollonubears
  • BlueNGold

    Rumor has it that the turkey pardoned by Pres. Obama in honor of Thanksgiving is a disillusioned fan of the U. of Sleazy Cheaters who has had to make a life for itself trashing Cal football and its fans.

    Hey, I am looking forward to seeing the Bruins drive the final nail into the coffin of the biggest collapse in college football history. How about you guys?

  • Calduke

    Don’t get your jockstrap all twisted over these early bowl projections. They are about as reliable as NFL draft predictions. predicts Cal will play Oklahoma(5th place) in the Sun Bowl.

  • wehofx

    >>> predicts Cal will play Oklahoma(5th place) in the Sun Bowl.>>>

    Now that sounds like a bowl to rival last year’s nut bowl with Miami.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Go Bears!

  • Pug

    I’d like to see Cal in the Sun Bowl. El Paso isn’t exactly the greatest place to visit, but the game itself is one of the traditional old bowls and the Bears haven’t been there before.