Measuring Success

The Victory Lap

An underdog story can never be told too many times. Someone getting an opportunity that seemed improbable is the oft-told tale that never gets old. Athletes seem to be the perfect examples for these stories to be told. We’ve all heard about the “Cinderella-like” student-athletes being “saved” or given a
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Now I’m a believer

Maybe I’m too easily swayed. If at any point during Cal football’s 5-7 slog of a season you told me that I’d be arguing in favor of Davis Webb’s NFL potential, I would have told you it’s unbecoming for an athlete’s parent to contact writers. Should some cocky quotes from
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March madness or March sadness?

We knew this was coming, but hearing the news still stings and serves as an undesirable reminder of the program’s uncertain future. As March Madness continues, it is apparent that bracket busts are not the only heartaches fans will be experiencing in the coming weeks. The reason for this is
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Get off the bench

The Victory Lap

If you haven’t watched the video of Geno Auriemma talking about the importance of body language, you should change that. Share it with someone who has decided they hate sports, or someone who loves sports but claims that women’s basketball is pointless. It’s an important message bolstered by the fact
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Respect the driver

It’s that time of year. In six days, the world’s greatest drivers will again be lining up on the grid to compete in 20 Grand Prix’s to vie for the Formula 1 World Championship. The roar of turbocharged V6s thundering across the racetrack, maneuvering around some of the toughest corners
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Real disrespect

Sports teams that succeed have the ability to unite a community — but an upset loss, like Cal’s NIT home defeat Tuesday to No. 8 CSU Bakersfield, can likewise hurt a whole community. Upset? Blasphemy. This was no upset, with all signs pointing to this being a deliberate tank, and
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A Necessary Evil

The Victory Lap

Nobody likes getting asked what their post-graduation plans are. Coming up with an answer to this panic-inducing question is not appealing, yet it is ultimately an inevitable part of being a senior in college. Similarly, Cal Athletics Director Mike Williams doesn’t want to answer a question about which sports are
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Toy with my emotions, March

I’m heated. Not because Cal didn’t make the NCAA tournament ─ its late-season collapse spelled more than enough doom for the Bears ─ but because numbers have failed me. Numbers never lie, but clearly the metrics for giving a bid to the Big Dance stand far beyond what’s apparent to
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