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Is it Basketball Season Yet?

One of my good buddies complimented me this week by saying that the blog had made it into his rotation of reading when he’s slacking off from his law school studies. Naturally, that made me quite pleased. One criticism he had: “I would expect more coverage of UCLA from a former Bruin broadcaster.” Well Mikey, ye ask, ye shall receive.

This is the exact type of loss that leaves me with zero confidence in the UCLA football team. While several publications and prognosticators said the Bruins could be undefeated heading into a matchup with USC, I hedged my bets. I was favorable, yet realistic. I said 9-3. Why? Because you don’t look at the schedule and think traveling to the powerhouse that is Utah Utes football will be an automatic loss, but somewhere deep down, you’re not too certain.

Sure, the win against USC was nice, and more than anything else, sweet, because it eliminated the Trojans from national title hopes. But the Bowl Game blowout by Florida State was more indicative of where the program was headed than the fluke win over USC. About the only time I felt the Bruins had a chance today (you probably had no clue since the game was televised on Versus), was at 17-6 when Marcus Everett had the ball poked away from him down by the goalline after catching a fly pattern left in the 3rd.

So there most of Bruins Nation lies disappointed, hopes of an undefeated season crushed. And here I lie underwhelmed, wholly convinced that a legitimate program does not get beat 44-6 by the Utah Utes. That, quite frankly, is unacceptable.

So, I am left with nothing else, but to ask, is it basketball season yet?



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  • SpinMax

    Every prognosticator on tv and the radio seemed to pick my Buckeyes as the ranked team that would get beat this week. Guess not eh? Hey how about Wisconsin, Texas, Ucla, Louisville, Arkansas, GTech…

  • http://obscuresportsquarterly.wordpress.com Gilbert

    Horrible, horrible game. I’ve never been more frustrated after a UCLA game. And I’ve seen some bad ones.

    Horrible.

  • http://larrybrown.com SAhn

    WTF…ITS TIME TO FIRE DORRELL…HIS HIRING WAS MORE OF A POLITICALLY CORRECT MOVE RATHER THAN HIRING THE BEST PERSON….ITS TIME TO HIRE MARIUCCI!!!! MAYBE EVEN CHOW TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT…

  • Bareket

    The silver lining is that I now have my saturday’s free until november and the commencement of the Curch of Howland, I mean, basketball season.

  • http://pointguardu.com NICK

    Yo Larry it really needs to be basketball season already. My Wildcats lost to a New Mexico team that before last night hadn’t beaten a Pac-10 team since 1979 and hadn’t beaten Arizona since 1976…

  • http://pointguardu.com nick

    Yo Bareket.. come talk like that after your coach leads you 20 straight season of 20 wins and 23 plus straight years of playing in the NCAA Tournament!!!! i know UCLA basketball is good and is a rather storied program but i know that UCLA hasnt done the above mentioned like Lute Olson and his Wildcat teams have!!!!

  • http://www.larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    9-3, 8-4?  Thoughts anyone?

  • http://pointguardu.com nick

    UCLA is a better team than that if you ask me

  • Gene

    Nick,

    Wake up and smell the coffee. All the man said was that he is ready for basketball season and Ben Howland. He said nothing disparaging about the ‘Cats.

    If you are trying to live in the past with your comments about 20 seasons of 20 wins, etc., then Bareket can do nothing but point to eleven NCAA championships.

    You should be proud of your program, as should UCLA, and both schools should be looking forward to hoops season, since both football teams seem to be mediocre.

    SAhn, right on with your comment. Dorrell must go. It’s time for UCLA to step up and get a real football coach.

  • http://obscuresportsquarterly.wordpress.com Gilbert

    More like 7-5 or 6-6.

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  • http://myspace.com/alanbshepard gpjohn

    dude
    hire rich brooks