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December 28, 2012
Earlier in the week I angrily wrote in about the Daily Trojan (a.k.a. L.A. Times) and the above-the-fold article with a huge picture of Matt Barkley and a below-the-fold, tiny article and picture on UCLA and Johnathan Franklin. Matt Barkley didn't even participate in the article on himself. On Christmas Day, I disgustedly wrote in again about the huge article and picture on Marqise Lee/USC and the tiny article on UCLA. Another nice gift to the Trojans. Well, after driving to San Diego to watch the Holiday Bowl, I profusely apologize for my previous missteps.
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April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas -- UCLA Bruin fans should be fidgety, nervous and maybe a little nauseous.  Another Kentucky basketball championship would be its ninth, leaving the school only two behind UCLA's record of 11. Kentucky has the UCLA dynasty on the run as it is already the NCAA tournament leader in appearances (53) and wins (116). Kentucky vs. UCLA, in historical annals, is always a zero-sum game. Kentucky will probably never match UCLA's record of 38 straight tournament victories, still one of the most amazing feats in sports, but the Wildcats have won 11 straight dating to their 2012 run to the title.
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September 10, 2010
The Times headline last Saturday for UCLA Gameday was "Manhattan Project. " Well, the bomb exploded in our faces —and it was not totally unexpected. No, we did not expect a football John Wooden with Rick Neuheisel, but we expected better. Andrew Sacks Fontana :: Bulletin to Rick Neuheisel: Despite what Norm Chow tells you, you cannot win with Kevin Prince at quarterback. He has never done anything to suggest otherwise, and starting him when rusty was ridiculous.
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March 28, 2014
Not sure which game Bill Plaschke was watching when he wrote such glowing compliments of UCLA's Sweet 16 performance against Florida. Defense wins games in the tournament, and the Bruins' defense, absent for much of the season, was AWOL as Florida nailed jump shot after jump shot. But at least Steve Alford made great halftime adjustments .... oh, wait. UCLA lost to a less-talented, better-prepared, better-coached team. But they did beat the 12th and 13th seeds to get there. Another Steve-16 for UCLA ... just with a different Steve.
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September 18, 2010 | T.J. Simers
The press box in the Rose Bowl sits two floors up, the same area that's home to the UCLA chancellor and the school's big donors, this year the muckety-mucks walking to their seats after passing a table loaded with booze. From left to right, it's Seagram's gin, Smirnoff vodka, Bacardi rum, Ketel One vodka, Grey Goose vodka, Blanco tequila, Tanqueray gin, Bombay Sapphire gin, Jose Cuervo tequila, Jim Beam bourbon, Maker's Mark bourbon, Black Label Scotch, Hennessy cognac, Jack Daniels, Crown Royal whiskey, Amstel Light beer, Heineken, Corona, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Chardonnay wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Reality check for UCLA. Bruins' basketball fans do have a coach shopping list. But it's going to take more than Athletic Director Dan Guerrero saying, “The UCLA basketball job is open.” Consider … The three high-end names that make UCLA fans salivate: Florida's Billy Donovan, Louisville's Rick Pitino and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Donovan makes $3.5 million per season; Pitino $4.5 million (including a $600,000 annual retention bonus); Izzo makes $3.49 million and gets use of a private jet for 25 hours per year.
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November 16, 1991
I was unable to take my wife and two sons to the UCLA homecoming game last week because of a conflict caused by the last-minute postponement of the kickoff from 12:30 to 3:30. UCLA subsequently refused to refund our money or substitute tickets to a future game. Through this scheme, UCLA got to keep the price of our tickets in addition to reaping the benefits of a TV appearance. The UCLA athletic department obviously feels that a lucrative television appearance is more desirable than keeping a scheduled commitment to thousands of dedicated fans.
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January 11, 2007 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Will the first capacity crowd in the history of the Galen Center go down as a sellout for USC or UCLA? While the cross-town rivalry game Saturday is officially sold out, there has been speculation that Bruins fans have gobbled up sizable chunks of tickets considering the Trojans' spotty attendance record in their new building. USC has averaged only 4,026 spectators for home games in the 10,258-seat facility.
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October 9, 2010 | T.J. Simers
Just unbelievable. It has to be the first time every computer owned by a UCLA fan malfunctioned at the same time. I hope everyone is all right. I can't imagine any other reason why so many people haven't taken the time to e-mail an apology. Page 2 went out of its way early in the week to tell everyone UCLA is no good, but so far not a single "thank you. " The electricity go out back at home? I'd hate to think it's something worse ? like everyone dressed in blue giving up. Listen, I don't care what others say, you are not stupid.
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October 11, 2010 | T.J. Simers
I've been pulling legs for more than 10 years beginning with paragraph one, column one. I've been doing the same at home for 38 years, which probably explains why the wife walks so funny. I call my granddaughter "Mary. " Her name is Mackenzie . She got very upset initially, insisting her name was Mackenzie and so I would tell her, "Whatever, Mary. " She now answers to Mary without complaint, my dream to live long enough to hire a plane to fly over her graduation pulling a "Congrats Mary" banner.
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February 5, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Scott Altenberg won't be winning any UCLA alumni awards any time soon. Altenberg, a UCLA graduate who is the football coach at Gardena Serra High, wins a lot of football games but can't seem to deliver to Bruins fans what they want - his star players in powder blue and gold. Altenberg's father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But what has Scott Altenberg done for us lately, Bruins fans want to know. Their complaining hit a fever pitch Wednesday when yet another blue-chip prospect, wide receiver and defensive back Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA.
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February 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 OK, Gardena Serra Coach Scott Altenberg probably isn't going to receive an award from the UCLA alumni association. They know he's a UCLA grad. They know his father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But they can't understand why another top Serra player, Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA on Wednesday. “As a fan, I'm disappointed,” Altenberg said, “but my job as a coach is to help them make the best decision for them.” Altenberg told Jackson not to tell him where he was going before his announcement, and for good reason.
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January 9, 2014 | By Chris Foster
  There were moments Thursday in which UCLA seemed to find its basketball program. For once, Pauley Pavilion wasn't better suited as a student study hall. Arizona, the top-ranked team in the nation, was teetering. UCLA was in an eight-clap frenzy and closing fast. Yet all the Bruins had in the end was stiff-upper-lip coach-speak after a 79-75 Pac-12 loss. "Those are strides," UCLA Coach Steve Alford said. "I would like those strides to be made in wins, but we have seen strides.
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March 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
The symmetry has to feel right for UCLA fans … and make Butler fans cringe. John Wooden, as a young coach, came to UCLA from Indiana. Brad Stevens, as a young coach, would be coming to UCLA from Indiana. Make room in Pauley Pavilion for 10 more national championship banners. But that's a UCLA fan's fairy tale, one in which everyone lives happily ever after … except USC fans. It's not so simple. Butler's Stevens is on the minds of UCLA officials, according to people close to the program who are not authorized to speak on the matter.
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March 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
Ben Howland officially bid farewell to UCLA during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion on Monday, the day after he was fired as coach of the Bruins. Howland, showing grace, character and some emotion, thanked many people, including UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, and his wife and family. It was the closing act on his 10 seasons in Westwood, a tenure he called "a dream come true. " "I'm excited about the next chapter and excited about coaching again," Howland said.
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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Reality check for UCLA. Bruins' basketball fans do have a coach shopping list. But it's going to take more than Athletic Director Dan Guerrero saying, “The UCLA basketball job is open.” Consider … The three high-end names that make UCLA fans salivate: Florida's Billy Donovan, Louisville's Rick Pitino and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Donovan makes $3.5 million per season; Pitino $4.5 million (including a $600,000 annual retention bonus); Izzo makes $3.49 million and gets use of a private jet for 25 hours per year.
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March 11, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
On his face were broken goggles. In his heart was a broken promise. But it was OK, because back home in Modesto, Reeves Nelson's grandmother was breaking eardrums. ‘'Oh, my God!" shouted Marilyn Sieferer, her cheers echoing off a giant television a few feet away. Three weeks after suffering a torn retina in his left eye, UCLA's Nelson returned to the court Thursday to lead the Bruins to a 75-69 win over Arizona in the first round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 basketball tournament.
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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA reality check Part (Tier) Two. There are basketball coaches who will please Bruins fans and there are ones Athletic Director Dan Guerrero is actually interested in: Butler's Brad Stevens and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart. Stevens reportedly makes a little more than $1 million per year. That's Indiana dollars. Multiply it by about three for California inflation. Stevens is also described as an intensely private man who is turned off by public scrutiny. Good thing intense scrutiny doesn't come with the UCLA job. On to Smart, who turned down $2.5 million per year from Illinois a year ago. Smart currently gets $1.36 million per year in salary, but the perks do add up. Smart receives $25,000 for a radio deal.
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March 22, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Dennis Latta, the editor of Loboland.com, took 10 th -ranked New Mexico's loss to Harvard hard. He announced he will quit after 33 years covering the team. Latta made his announcement on Loboland.com , beginning a long rant with, “I really thought that the University of New Mexico finally had a men's basketball team that earned the loyalty of their fans. I was wrong.” Good thing Latta wasn't on the beat 35 years ago. The fourth-ranked Lobos, led by Michael Cooper, were poised for an easy run to the 1978 Final Four, with the West Regional held in Albuquerque.
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