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Speaking out from beyond Spieker

You can smell the chlorine before you even step on the deck of Spieker Aquatics Center. The potent smell wafts over you well before you walk toward the grandstands by the pool, a captivating mix of sterility, purity and pure, water-muted athleticism. Only a select few people at Cal recognize
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Moving beyond moral outrage

The trial of Jerry Sandusky is about more than Jerry Sandusky. Oh yes, the venom spewed on Sandusky in the wake of his sexual abuse trial is well deserved. The former Penn State assistant coach, who was found guilty of 45 of 48 charges of sexual abuse of young children
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Let the (playoff) games begin

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but the former BCS system sucked. Let me ascribe some more sophisticated vocabulary to this statement. The system was bloated, inefficient and capitalist. The endurance of such excess was a testament to the mindlessness of modern entertainment, something that would make Aldous Huxley nod
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Requiem for a team in a new town

In 2008, the team I had grown up loving and supporting unconditionally was abruptly uprooted and shipped off to the Bible Belt, never to return. Welcome to the life of a fan of the Seattle SuperSonics. Just one year before, the Sonics had drafted Kevin Durant — the most promising college player since Tim Duncan.
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Don’t overhype young athletes

Chris Yoder shares thoughts on the media hype surrounding 14-year-old Andy Zhang and 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who became darlings of the national media — one for his solid performance at the U.S. Open and the other for just being lucky enough to get there. The two have become famous overnight simply for being so young.
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Euro 2012: A lot to be excited for

Over the past four days, my mornings have gone like this: Wake up at 8:30 a.m. Turn on ESPN. Watch the first half of the first Euro match of the day. Prepare breakfast. Watch the second half of the first match. Shower. Watch the second match. Think about the Euros
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False hope of a visiting baseball fan in the Bay

One block from the main entrance to AT&T Park, a red-faced man in an untucked Giants jersey stares me down, ponders my royal blue hat with a red “C” in the middle, and bellows two words I’ve grown accustomed to hearing when I unabashedly wander into enemy territory. “CUBS SUCK!”
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The joy of statistical nostalgia

Now that summer has started, I’ve been spending a large majority of time surfing over old baseball statistics on Baseball-Reference.com, admittedly one of the lamest ways to pass time. When I visit Baseball Reference, I generally surf individual league leaders from years past and spend time researching old Seattle Mariners
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Look past the pigskin and the hardwood court

News flash: People care about football and basketball teams more than other Cal sports! Until Ivan Rackov becomes a household name like Aaron Rodgers, that’s not going to change. Tens of thousands will flock to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoons, Haas Pavilion will host thousands more throughout the winter, and
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Let them eat upsets

Think of the French Revolution, and what comes to mind? Likely, thousands of sans-culottes storming the Bastille in their liberty caps and ending French totalitarian rule once and for all. In 1960, historian Albert Cobban argued au contraire. Cobban’s “Myth of the French Revolution” pointed out that France remained an
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