Football: 30 years later, not just Big Game’s birthday; Ex-Cal player penned `Bear Territory’

Sitting on the stairs in Sproul Plaza as a Cal undergrad, Ahmad Anderson said “it didn’t take but a moment” to pen the three short sentences that become the enduring Cal chant, “Bear Territory.”

Every Cal fan is familiar with the cheer: “You know it. You tell the story. Tell the whole damn world this is Bear Territory.”

Anderson wrote it 30 years ago, meaning it shares a birthday of sorts with The Play, which Cal pulled off a month later in the 1982 Big Game against Stanford.

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Jeff Faraudo

  • daredevilfan

    Awesome tidbit about Anderson’s son, who attended Treeland, but never went to any of their games and instead came to all the CAL games. Classic. Still a poor college decision, but at least his football nards were in the right place.

  • covinared

    Ahmad was a four year starter during my time: not big, but quick and tough as nails and a really nice guy with a great smile.

  • Steve W

    I became a true Cal fan in 1985 when I went to my first game and watched Marc Hicks bust for 100 yards against Washington. That chant was already in the rotation amongst the student body. This is great lore,and there is no reason to believe it won’t be around for the next 100 years.

  • ThisisCal

    As a student in the mid-90s, I used to shout those lines with quite a bit of gusto.