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

  • 707 Bear

    A few observations:

    1. Plenty of tickets available for Cal in SF 2011. Remember when people said it would be a tough ticket.

    2. Went to the ESP site and saw lots of seats available; especially the super expensive. We’re 18 months from returning to Memorial. Weren’t those seats supposed to pay for much of the new Memorial? Do we have an Oakland Raider PSL situation?

  • milo

    I think a lot of people don’t want to go to ATT as thought. It’s not a good place to watch football while Memorial is exceptional is many way, esp for alumni. I didn’t renew season tickets…it just didn’t seem worth it along with 1 Thursday night game…and another day of commuting into SF.

    Let me know when/if single game tix go on sale.

  • Calduke

    I travel 500 miles for the home games.
    I’m not thrilled about ATT, SF, and the Thursday night game; but
    I felt like I wanted to support this team, the sports program and make my donation to the new facilities.
    I’m a Cal Bears fan.

  • ScottyBear

    Agree with Milo. This is the alternate odd year when USC is the only marguis home game. Oregon State has definitely had our number recently at home and we don’t U of A this year, so it’s a weak package if you buy season tickets. Walking along the water on The Embarcadero is nice in SF, but I will miss my morning pit stop at Barclay’s on College Avenue this year.

  • noduck

    i didn’t re-up my season tickets. i don’t go to the theater to support a company that is putting on a bad performance. i don’t go to a restaurant to support a chef that is cooking lousy food. and i don’t go to a game to support a coach that is misguiding his team.

    i’ve been going to games since the 90s to be entertained. i don’t see the point in paying to see a game if it isn’t entertaining. when/if cal gets its shit together, i will reconsider my season tickets. until then, i am not supporting mediocrity.

  • noduck

    i don’t consider myself a cal fan any more than i consider myself a martin scorsese fan. i don’t go to scorsese films that suck; i watch them on tv. i don’t go to good scorsese films because one theater has more amenities than others; i go to be entertained.

    i’m just sharing my experience. so many cal fans seem stupefied at the lower than expected sales. it makes sense to me.

  • ScottyBear


    Back off Buddy! I said I’m not buying season tickets but didn’t say I’m not going to any games. I’ll probably go to USC, OSU, and Utah. There was no negative about AT&T but I do have a life and can’t make them all but will watch or listen to the ones I’m not attending. I too have been going since the 1970’s and played baseball at Cal then also. I love Cal and Cal football but my wife and kids could care less, so it’s a fine line of balance and picking my choice games to attend. Yes, I call myself a Cal fan. Are you married and/or have kids, or do you have no other life?

  • milo

    H8sRed – there are other things on the plate…like the economy and obligations. All things considered, this year seemed like a good time to take a break.

    If the Bears played in Berkeley I would have re-upped because I can always count on selling pretty easily, or leaving the house a 1/2 hr. before game time and making it. Spending 3/4’s of a day in SF might please me but it doesn’t please “everyone”.

    Re: being a Cal fan, I’m a 2nd gen alumni. I’ll be a Cal fan until I die.

  • Thisiscal

    Made my donation and purchased season tickets. Our kids need our support and I’m in!
    GO BEARS!!

  • Calduke

    I’m surprised at the negative support for the Cal Bears at this site. Yes, the Bears are struggling and this year has all the appearances of a train wreck – but – I support my team. Buying tickets only if they are winning is bandwagon-mentality.

    Noduck – I don’t wish to have a p-ssing contest(I always lose), but, trying to use a bad movie analogy to
    supporting a college team is not quite do it.

    It’s going to be an inconvenience to stay in Berkeley, get to ATT, get back to Berkeley; but, I will gut it out.

    H8s , Thisiscal – your positive support is refreshing.

  • Bobby

    The funny thing about NoDuck’s comments is that he says he’s been going to Cal games “since the 90s.” Even if we’re generous and assume he’s talking about 1990, Cal has posted winning seasons in: 1991, 1992, and 2003-2009 (1996 doesn’t even count, 6-6.) So one losing season, when more than half of the last 20 years have ended in sub-.500 records, shows you that “Cal doesn’t have its (stuff) together anymore”? Over-react much? Jeez bud, chill out a little bit.

    Plus, analogizing supporting a collegiate athletic program to restaurants, movies, and theater performances is odd. Cal is bigger than any one coach, and if you support Cal you should continue to do so even if they have a losing record. After all, you supported through Gilbertson, Mooch’s brief tenure, and Holmoe.

  • Thisiscal

    We’ve got a lot of new faces on our team this year. We have a great recruiting class coming in and many of the guys chose Cal over more “traditional” football powerhouses. These kids believe in the Cal Football program. Let’s not turn them into skeptics by not showing up to support them. I don’t care if the Bears were playing at Yankee Stadium, I’d still be there to root them on. So, let’s not b*tch and moan about having to take BART into San Francisco. Time for everyone to man/woman up! Cal Football is right around the corner (sort of). Go Bears!!

    H8s, Calduke, and Bobby – Right on!

  • Jim

    Noduck is clueless. Do everyone a favor and stay away once Memorial re-opens please.

  • Bear Fan

    I bought my tickets, but given the off-campus local, soft home schedule, and only 5 games (why not include the Fresno game?), Sandy should have cut the price in half and ensure a sell out for every game.

  • 707 Bear

    A reason to buy a season ticket for Cal in SF: all of Memorial will be reseated for the 2012 season. If you want to pick a seat in the new Memorial, buy a season ticket for this year.

    I’m looking forward to the season (night game against USC, Candlestick with the loud Fresno crowd, chance to spend the night in the City after a game).

    Saturday in the fall means Cal football!

  • Boaltblue

    Rain or shine, win or lose, until hell freezes over, or until my ashes are spread in Memorial Stadium, I will be there every home game for my beloved Cal Bears Football Team.