November 17, 2001 |
Chapter 71 in the unfinished tome, "Antagonism in the City of Angels" will be written today at the Coliseum. Working title: "Defense Rules the Day." Not defense as provided by David Kestenbaum, the Van Nuys attorney representing UCLA quarterback Cory Paus in his drunken-driving case. Or as furnished by Robert C. Berry, the Boston College sports law expert representing Bruin tailback DeShaun Foster in his fight for eligibility. Experts for the defense in the matter of UCLA vs.
October 29, 2001 |
Painful as it might be, UCLA should not forget Stanford too soon. The game itself shouldn't be dwelled upon. Once film of the 38-28 defeat has been inspected and dissected, it can forever be neglected. But the battered Bruins can gain a measure of hope from the Cardinal, which survived a brutal three-game stretch against the cream of the Pacific 10 Conference, a stretch much like the one UCLA began in ignominious fashion Saturday.
September 1, 2001 |
A red elephant with thick tusks and a menacing scowl took up residence in the UCLA locker room weeks ago. Hard to ignore, but the Bruins did their best. Everybody saw it. Everybody thought about it. Nobody talked about it. "We needed to get ourselves ready to play," tailback DeShaun Foster said. "Focusing on Alabama doesn't do any good." Looking inward, it turns out, was good preparation for Alabama. Set aside the elephantine Crimson Tide tradition and the teams are very similar.
April 27, 2002 |
Scott McEwan isn't sure he'll be able to watch his former UCLA teammates in the fall. A Bruin reserve quarterback the last five years, he is close to signing a contract with the British Columbia Lions and doesn't know whether he'll have the necessary cable channels in Vancouver. So he's getting his fill by attending UCLA spring practices. And he considers himself filled in. "It is real interesting watching the scrimmages," McEwan said.
December 12, 2002 |
While Mike Riley is mulling over a coaching offer from Alabama and wondering if UCLA will counter, Bruin Athletic Director Dan Guerrero has widened his search to include another NFL assistant with substantial support among boosters. Guerrero on Wednesday scheduled an interview with Denver Bronco receivers coach Karl Dorrell, a former UCLA player and offensive coordinator at Colorado and Washington, perhaps as soon as today.
September 7, 2002 |
Avoiding mistakes that derailed UCLA last season was the mantra during fall camp. Duplicating the absence of mistakes in last season's opener is the message today. In a remarkable display of maturity and preparation, the Bruins last year had zero turnovers and zero penalties in a 20-17 victory at Alabama, triggering a six-game winning streak. Those Bruins had 23 seniors, however. These have only 12 seniors expected to play against No. 19 Colorado State.
January 30, 2006 |
Do they watch the Super Bowl in Congo? Kathy Holmgren will find out. She's the wife of Seattle Seahawk Coach Mike Holmgren, and instead of attending Sunday's game, she'll be a nurse on an aid mission to Africa with her daughter, Calla, a doctor. They're leaving Thursday for a 17-day trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. "We didn't know when she signed up for this thing four months ago that we'd be in the Super Bowl," the coach said Sunday.
October 19, 2002 |
BERKELEY -- It's the SoCal vs. NoCal matchup nobody is talking about. Instead of rally monkeys, there will be caricatures of bears. Instead of a sea of red, there will be empty seats in Strawberry Canyon. Instead of newfangled noise sticks, there will be the traditional racket: Marching bands. Chanting cheerleaders. Colliding helmets. And echoes. Plenty of those.
November 21, 2002 |
USC quarterback Carson Palmer has thrown 380 passes, a number that no doubt will have UCLA defenders peering skyward Saturday. But like bumpkin tourists in New York gazing at skyscrapers, their pockets will be picked unless they are aware of street traffic. The Trojans have run the ball 387 times, making their offense a study in balance. Palmer's arm is the most dangerous weapon, to be sure. But the legs of Justin Fargas and Sultan McCullough cause damage as well.
October 26, 2001 |
It's about being healthy. It's about being happy. It's about being wise. That's the best explanation Ryan Nece and Robert Thomas can come up with. That's the best way Nece and Thomas, two UCLA linebackers, can describe how the Bruin defense has come to be feared and revered instead of poked at and joked about.