Bend it like Berkeley

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Less than a minute into the USA-Ghana match, and a small earthquake had already hit Pappy’s Grill. As Clint Dempsey dribbled past John Boye and shot into the far corner to give the USA a 1-0 lead, a hundred people began to scream, throwing half-empty cups toward the ceiling. I Read More…

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A win for 2

From the drawer, my dad and I unleash the arsenal of pingpong balls and paddles galore. The table in the arena of our garage holds our raging pingpong battles that have molded our relationship. The dim lights that illuminate the dust-caked room serve as spotlights for epic battles. When my Read More…

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Not your average Joe

With summer in full swing, that leaves more time for one thing: pickup basketball. Cal students go to the RSF at all hours of the day, but we all meet the same types of players every time. Without fail, you’ll always meet that one player who spends way too much Read More…

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Winning by losing

One of my earliest memories as a Laker fan is the closeout game of the 2009 NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant drove middle right at the defensive behemoth that was Dwight Howard, only for Kobe to hang and alter his shot midair for a perfect circus shot off the glass. The Read More…

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A new red and gold standard

It’s been about two weeks since I drove by Levi’s Stadium for the first time. My vision was impaired by a blurry car window and concrete fences petulantly guarding the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, but I could see the massive white logo crawling into the corner of my eye. Read More…

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The appeal of ambiguity

I leaped up off the living room floor, wide-eyed in joyous disbelief at the sight of over 20,000 stunned BYU basketball fans plastered on the TV screen before me. It was Jan. 16, 2013, and former Saint Mary’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova had just nailed a double-clutch 40-foot basket to Read More…

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Lakers deserved top-3 pick

As Mark Tatum continued to open the envelopes that would determine the 2014 draft order, my heart raced faster and faster as the pool of available teams got smaller. The Lakers were slotted for the No. 6 pick, but thanks to a screwed-up lottery system to prevent tanking (tell that Read More…

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How baseball keeps me close to home

Instead of Mother Goose and Cinderella, my bedtime stories mostly consisted of Randy Johnson and Will Clark. I love baseball because the strategy is fascinating and because failing seven times out of ten is bizarrely acceptable — but mostly because it’s the foundation of my relationship with my dad. Going Read More…