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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Why I’m on Team Tebow

Aside from being a time to reunite with teammates and soak in beautiful weather, Spring Training is an opportunity for MLB players to warm up for an arduous 162-game season. Reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello is no exception, and the right-handed ace for the Boston Red Sox made
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Role Models

The Victory Lap

There is a very good chance you won’t make it to the end of this column. Our attention spans are too short, too limited. Writers are taught to hook people immediately with engaging openings, because that’s what will most likely keep someone interested and leave an impression. What people see
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Student comes first

The Victory Lap

It’s officially March. While for a select few this means that we are that much closer to National Frozen Food Day or Manatee Appreciation Day, for most it’s all about March Madness. It’s almost time to give those couple dollars to your acquaintance Andrew, fill your bracket with Cinderella upsets
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What’s so boring about tennis?

WHACK. There is nothing more beautiful than the sound of a tennis racket colliding perfectly with a ball in the right position at the right time. There are only a few things that come close to the sight of a beautiful serve or groundstroke. Many constantly profess how boring tennis
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Is 100 enough?

This past Monday night, there was a college basketball game. A historic game that represented the epitome of what the best games are all about. Could a historic program continue its dominance to notch its 100th consecutive victory in front of its home crowd and against a ranked opponent? The
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Brett Lawrie: enigma

“We’re not selling jeans here.” Five fateful words in Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball” have encapsulated Billy Beane’s managerial philosophy of the Oakland Athletics for over a decade. No matter how fat you were, old you were, funny you threw or how many strip clubs you were spotted at, if you could
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