Spoils of victory

VikramMuller

But if I’ve learned anything from the Kobe heartache, it’s to enjoy being at the top while it lasts, appreciate the run once it’s all over and then stay on the wagon when everybody jumps off.
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A hater’s plea

All in all, it’s a major improvement for sports fans, but being unable to criticize players without being perceived as anti-player, anti-labor and anti-fun is an overcorrection I remain baffled by.
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Heading for greener pastures

I think I share the feeling of most Cal football followers that we don’t really know what to make of this season. The Bears’ latest campaign seems to be a jumbled mess of highs and lows, one that, despite the losing record and the abysmal Pac-12 record of 2-7, seems
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It’s not pretty

When it comes to evaluating a team’s potential trajectory over the course of a season, I prefer to reserve any type of serious assessment until, at minimum, we’re a quarter through. While it’s easy to jump on an early-season narrative and ride with it until the very end, such a
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Tough questions

Of course, a loss in the Rose Bowl to end the season wouldn’t all of a sudden make 2017 a failure. But, if the season does come to a close amid the palm trees, reflecting upon the year and thinking about how next season looks may become a lot less fun.
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It could happen

To be clear, it’s not really possible to envision a scenario where the Bears win their next two games and make the playoffs at 7-6, save for the dream FBI sting that hits 60 schools. No, Cal’s opportunity is far more petty than that. After this weekend’s pandemonium, Stanford fans are chirping about a surprise chance at a Pac-12 championship and a lottery ticket for a playoff appearance. What better time to snap a seven-game losing streak and play the ultimate spoiler just as the Cardinal faithful are getting their hopes up?
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No going back

November 2016 had all the makings of a great month. The Cubs had started it off with a history-making World Series win, which would have carried me happily through the next 28 days — until it was quickly overshadowed by the election of Donald Trump. For me, that World Series
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Tests to come

What came first? Oregon State’s incompetent defensive line or Cal football’s impressive offensive line? Patrick Laird’s explosion into a true featured running back or a Beavers team that just can’t travel on the road? A resurgent effort from the Bears’ defense or a flustered Oregon State quarterback forced into action
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