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The five stages of grief for a sports fan

At the start of the season, fans have big eyes and even bigger hopes for their team. We’re all so sure that this season is going to be different from the last, that this is the year that our team is going to hoist that championship trophy. What we don’t
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Revisiting the legacy of Jeff Tedford

There are a million talking points about Sonny Dykes standing between now and Saturday’s season debut against Northwestern. But what about Jeff Tedford — remember him? He was the head coach of the Cal football team for 11 years, leading the Bears to an 82-57 record. He ushered the long-decrepit
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Saying bye to the little guy, AI

“Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!” At times, Allen Iverson was superhuman. Of course, Jay Morton didn’t coin those words for Allen Iverson. No, those words were meant for Superman himself. But Allen Iverson was as
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The new era of Cal football is the real deal

A new era in Cal football really has begun. For months, the talk has been about how open new Cal coach Sonny Dykes is. How he’s committed to transparency. How he wants to instill a sense of community in the team. How he wants to revitalize academics. My response? “I’ll
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The death of fair play: when cheating is worth it

College football is broken. That might sound a little sensationalist, as it’s not like football is dying, but allow me to elaborate. College football has major problems that the NCAA is failing to adequately address. If you haven’t heard, Oregon was recently slammed with NCAA sanctions for violating recruiting rules.
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Sports fandom is not rational

After scarfing down my usual breakfast of Reese’s Puffs and an English muffin, I headed to People’s Cafe to write this column. I flew down Milvia Street on my bike toward Downtown Berkeley, weighing different column ideas in my head. I parked my bike and strolled into the Cafe. I
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Bears don’t grunt

Last weekend, I ended my yearlong stint as the men’s tennis beat writer. I was actually pretty sad to see the year go — I had a lot of fun watching those weekend matches at Hellman and analyzing how I could bring the intense back-and-forth action to life on paper.
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