Big Game loss still encouraging

STANFORD, Calif. — Cal fans really couldn’t have asked for more. Is that an acceptable thing to say? There are no such things as moral victories, and the Cal football team admitted as much after its 31-28 defeat. The Bears sniffed blood, but fell short of the actual ‘W.’ The Axe did not return to Berkeley. But Saturday night was Stanford defending its home stadium — a place known as “The Library” just a few years ago — before a sellout crowd of over 50,000. And it was Cal putting up a more relentless fight than it had all season.…

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Cal comeback falls short in Big Game

Zach Maynard completed 20 of 30 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears' 31-28 Big Game loss on Saturday night.

STANFORD, Calif. — As the remains of the Stanford student section emptied onto the field to rejoice with the team and paw at the victory axe, the Cal football team slogged out of a soaked Stanford Stadium just thinking about the little things. Though it may have been the Bears’ strongest performance of the season, the notorious rivalry game boiled down to one fumble, two failed red zone trips and an ineffective third quarter to derail the dream of recovering the axe. Despite an outstanding performance from quarterback Zach Maynard, a valiant defensive effort and the type of gritty team…

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Live Blog: Cal vs. Stanford

WHAT: Football: Cal vs. UtahWHERE: AT&T ParkWHEN: 10/22/11, 4-7pm

Follow along as the Daily Cal football beat writers give play-by-play and analysis of the Cal-Stanford Big Game live from Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif.  

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Barrel of laughs

Freshman defensive lineman Viliami Moala’s nickname may be Tiny, but the impact of his joking and laughter isn’t.

Tony Zhou

There’s something about a nickname that is inherently ironic yet totally fits the subject. Viliami Moala is not Tiny, but his nickname is. The freshman defensive lineman is 6-foot-2 and 350 pounds. His calves are wider than some babies. The width of his upper arms seem to stretch for miles. He is a force, a freight train. When he was a little kid, he would play around with his two younger brothers; not realizing just how big he was compared to them, he would play a little too rough sometimes. “It’s like a truck and a bike in an accident,”…

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Boom goes the dynamite

The cannon blast is a heralded tradition of Cal home games. With games at AT&T Park this year, cannoneers Katie Miller and Jackson Jewett shoot confetti out of the iconic cannon.

Michael Gethers

Armed with a gas mask, a .45 caliber revolver and a treaty drafted by an Alameda County judge, Cal student Mike Lee stepped out of his car in the Castle Lanes Bowling Alley parking lot ready to resolve the damn thing. It was the eve of the 1964 Big Game, the hijinks had turned hazardous and Lee was assuming nothing but the worst from the conniving Cardinal. As it stood, Stanford possessed the Cal victory cannon after duping a janitor in the Martin Luther King building while Cal held all of Stanford’s card stunts and a bell stolen from Hoover…

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The other side

Ryan McKinley and Matt Wiegand have big-time coaching dreams. To get there, they’re working 19-hour days for almost no pay.

Evan Walbridge

It is 1 a.m., and Matt Wiegand is still stuck in the trailers by Witter Rugby Field. His office measures roughly 12 square feet of shared space, stuffed with two desks and bracketed by a pair of X-and-O-covered whiteboards. In about an hour, he’ll be free to drive the four miles home north to Kensington, see his wife and sneak in about four hours of shut-eye. Or he could pull out a mattress, blankets and pillows, and flop down inches from the floor. Often, he chooses the latter. Wiegand is one of the Cal football team’s two graduate assistants. The…

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Scouting report on Stanford

The Daily Cal sports staff shares its thoughts on the past, present and future of Stanford University.

Danielle Alojado

The origins of the university The death of Leland Stanford’s only son presented the tycoon with an opportunity. All the other robber barons in the League of Rich Ass Gentlemen had grand memorials, and J.P. Morgan’s smack-talking was getting annoying. Stanford’s horse farm, where he used to trip out on peyote with his college buddies, smelled like manure all the time, so the tycoon decided to make a university on the land. He had no idea what a university was, so he scribbled down what he thought Harvard looked like. Stanford had one main stipulation for his junior college: The…

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Cal won’t need luck to topple Cardinal, reclaim axe

11/5 Cal vs. Washington Football

Sean Cattouse admits he has seen it. It’s not something he necessarily chooses to watch, but he’s seen the replay a few times. Here’s the scenario: It’s the first quarter of Big Game 2010, and Stanford has the ball on its own 21-yard line, up 3-0. On third-and-five, quarterback Andrew Luck avoids the blitz and scrambles up the middle. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder sprints past four Cal defenders for 34 yards before he runs into Cattouse — literally. Cattouse bounces right off of Luck and falls over. Luck slows for a second, and then keeps on running for another 24 yards.…

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No need to fear, Underdog Bears are here


In one soon-to-be iconic photo, our very own Sean Goebel captured the essence of Berkeley in one of its finest moments. With heralded professor Robert Reich on the microphone before thousands of listeners, Reich addressed an attentive crowd about the importance of strength, solidarity and the role of public education. All opinions aside, the sight was breathtaking: Thousands gathered in front of an inspiring orator clamoring for the survival of public education. Right now, Berkeley’s foundation is an underdog in the face of rising tuition and a flailing domestic economy. But what gives us school pride? How is it that…

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