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Set fire to the rain

Bonfire as we know it won’t happen this year. Even backstage at the Greek Theatre, the heat from the Bonfire cracks toward you like a whip and makes your eyes water. Even in the midst of a torrential downpour — as has been the case for the past two years, at least — the dying embers can still steam dry your clothes if you stand close enough in the pit.
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Potential without prior precedent

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how football has replaced baseball as America’s sport. Football dominates television ratings as baseball’s pace lumbers in today’s overstimulated society and a younger audience of fans dies off. In spite of all of the backlash, baseball may have found its saviors.
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The triumph of history

The dust grows thicker as you dig deeper into the past, as the dates on the thick blue volumes tread slowly back from the start of the 21st century and into the decades of the century preceding it. Two dank flourescent bulbs shed just enough light on the pages to
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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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