Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Ben Enos here, filling in for JO for one more day.
Today’s practice was a holiday edition, and it seemed just a tad warmer than yesterday in Memorial Stadium. It was still cold, but the Bears took advantage of the nice, clear day and had what coach Jeff Tedford called a “spirited” practice.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Here are a couple links to peruse when you are recovering from all that turkey. Note we didn’t have any Cal stories in the paper today or yesterday, but that will change tomorrow. Also be on the lookout for two Cal-related stories over the weekend in the front section of the paper (not sports), not including game coverage.
Should be a revealing weekend for the Golden Bears, who will play three games over four days at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.
Cal opens Thursday night against No. 21 Temple, then will play either Notre Dame or Georgia on Friday, with Boston College, Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Manhattan sitting in the opposite bracket, awaiting a Sunday matchup.
Here are five things we could learn this weekend:
1) How will their four freshmen fare in their first college road experience? Haas Pavilion was a comfortable setting for the rookies in their first two games. They practice there every day, and there’s a comfort zone. These will be neutral-site games, without loud home crowds, but they still involve travel, sleeping in a new bed, different locker rooms, floor, rims — and entirely new routine.
2) How will the Bears match up against size? Temple starts 6-9 and 6-11 up front — bigger than either Cal State Northridge or New Mexico. Harper Kamp and Markhuri Sanders-Frison both are playing well, but they will be giving up a couple inches or more each, and their backups have no experience. MSF was limited by fouls to 17 minutes against New New Mexico, and still managed to grab nine rebounds. In the Pac-10, Washington, UCLA and Stanford will challenge the Bears with tall post players.
Hey everyone. Ben Enos filling in for JO today.
Now introducing… the Cal ice hockey team! Well, no, not really. But, it was nice and chilly in Strawberry Canyon for today’s practice and coach Jeff Tedford said there was even some ice on the Memorial Stadium field turf when the Bears showed up this morning.
Cal’s practice today included some rain and some sun. A little while after it was over, it was time for the last weekly press conference of the season (which included lunch for the first time this season. …better late than never…thanks to whomever was responsible for that).
There will be no live chat this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be back next Thursday, either to wrap up the season or discuss Cal’s bowl berth.
Jeff Tedford admitted today that his “24-hour rule” is more like a 48-hour rule when the Bears lose.
Tedford says his players are allowed 24 hours to enjoy a win and 24 hours to think about a loss. After that, it’s time to move on. But the last two weeks — the heartbreaking loss to Oregon and the crushing defeat in the Big Game — probably required some extra time to recover.
Punter Bryan Anger didn’t make the final cut for the Ray Guy Award. The three finalists are Georgia’s Drew Butler, Iowa’s Ryan Donahue and Florida’s Chris Henry. Anger currently ranks fourth nationally in punting (45.96 yards per punt)