The Cal Bears are headed toward their second straight losing season, having lost to Washington, Oregon, USC and now UCLA. Their coach is still the highest paid California state worker (thanks to alumni contributions too). For almost two years, I’ve suggested it’s time to replace the coach, Jeff Tedford.
First Cal was passed by Oregon (Tedford’s first test), then Oregon State, then Stanford, and now most all of the league’s teams. Tedford, a supposed whiz QB coach, can’t find a regular starter.
We used to be season ticket holders, then we canceled them. Now we’re not even watching the games much, if at all. Cal hasn’t been to the Rose Bowl since 1959. It’s tickets are being offered on Travelzoo at deep discounts.
Others are starting to listen up, though. Here’s a humorous blog post from this morning:
“The California Golden Bears have struggled through a rough season, but their leader has figured out how to put the team in the right direction. CGB has learned through unofficial sources that Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has decided to seal off the final two games at AT&T Park to the sturdy golden fans in order to maintain the proper competitive advantage for his 2011 Golden Bears,” according to California Golden Blog, a humor blog.
‘It was the right thing to do.’ Tedford said. ‘Our players just don’t get up for games in front of real crowds, no question about it.. We’ve played our best in front of half-empty stadiums comprises of curious and disinterested individuals, as well as the Colorado Buffaloes. If we’re going to make that final push to bowl eligibility, we’ll need to have the stadium at the right setting of silence to get the players playing at the level they’re capable of playing at.’
“We hope that we’ll soon be ready to play in front of a real football crowd in time for 2012, when we’ll be playing our games in a bunker underneath Lawrence Berkeley Labs.”
The rest of the article is here.
Here’s the last highlight of a Cal game that excited me – a triple overtime win against #3 ranked USC. It blocked the Trojans from making the BCS title game. But that was back in September of 2003.