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CHIP FOR THE OLD BLOCK?

Mora Tyranny — The Reign of Jim Mora is over, after an auspicious start and subsequent collapse, and his mid-November firing indicates the Bruins may be going after Chip Kelly, who may or may not meet the standards of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

In a shocking move in the aftermath of a tough loss to u$c, UCLA has fired Head Football Coach Jim Mora.  Mora started out great in Westwood, but his last two teams have not lived up to the promise shown early in the Mora Era.  Lots of injuries caused much of the problem, but that shined a light on a lack of depth, which was Mora’s responsibility.  Mora’s hiring of the TROJAN Kennedy Polamalu as Offensive Coordinator was one of the stupidest Coaching decisions in the history of Sports, and ultimately led to the end of Mora’s tenure at UCLA.  Mora’s hiring of Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley, who may have been complicit in the Penn State scandal, was also questionable, and Bradley’s Defense was historically bad against the Run this year, so those two hires, plus all the injuries and lack of depth, added up to a regime change.

I was NOT rooting for Mora to be terminated.  I like him in general, and do not have faith that Dan Guerrero will upgrade the position with the subsequent hire.  I would have been okay with 2018 being Mora with a new Defensive Coordinator.  But if the Bruins are able to land an elite Coach for next year, then I will have no issue with the change.  At the top of the list is Chip Kelly, who turned Oregon into a National powerhouse a few years back, even reaching the National Title game.

Kelly’s hurry-up Spread Offense revolutionized the Sport.  If he can bring that speed to UCLA, the Bruins would likely be a Playoff contender within 3 years.  But there are a couple of hurdles: Continue Reading »

INJUSTICE LEAGUE

Holy Bat, man — Led by the Dynamic Duo of Rosen and Lasley (204 yards and 3 TD’s), UCLA out-plays, out-gains, and out-converts u$c, but gets a fumble recovery overturned, and a Touchdown and crucial 3rd down stop nullified, plus several passes BAT-ted down, so they end up caving 28-23

UCLA finally played a decent game on the road, but it was not enough to overcome the trojans and their refs, as the Bruins lose 28-23, and fall to an (im)perfect 0-6 on the road.  When was the last time a UCLA team failed to win a single game outside of Pasadena?

This game was only about 10 miles away from home, but the result was the same.  Even though the Bruins finally stopped an opponent’s running game, and stifled them on 3rd Downs, they couldn’t get that elusive Road victory.

UCLA outgained the trojans 501 to 417, including Josh Rosen’s 421 yards passing.  204 of those throwing yards went to Jordan Lasley, who scored all 3 of the Bruins’ TD’s.  Lasley could have gone down in history as the new J.J. Stokes, had the Bruins been able to pull this one out.

And pull it out they almost did.  Not only did they tally more Total Offense, they also won Continue Reading »

LASLEY COME HOME

Keep it Lasley, Bruins — UCLA’s much-maligned Defense gives up 584 yards, but gets a Pick Six and holds the ASU Offense without a TD after Halftime, while Josh Rosen hooks up with Jordan Lasley for 162 yards and the game-winning Touchdown in an entertaining 44-37 barn-burner that keeps the Bruins perfect AT HOME

It’s been a tough season, which may get worse in a week, but in the confines of the Rose Bowl, the Bruins are now a perfect 5-0 after Saturday night’s thrilling 44-37 come-from-behind victory over Arizona State.  The Bruins fell behind 14-0 early, before a Nate Meadors Pick Six got the Bruins off the mat.  UCLA was still down at Halftime 21-20, and the game was tied in the 4th quarter at 34, before a 22-yard TD strike from Josh Rosen to Jordan Lasley gave the Bruins a lead they would never relinquish.

Rosen threw for 381 yards and that TD, and also ran for a TD.  The Bruins ran for 2 other TD’s, and converted 3 Field Goals.  As usual, the Offense was not the problem.  Meanwhile, the Bruin DEFENSE got shredded again, giving up 294 Rushing Yards and 290 Passing Yards.  But the Defense put 7 points on the board, and got stronger later, keeping the Sun Devils out of the end zone in the Second Half.  The only ASU TD of the Second Half came on a blocked punt, which tied the game at 34 late in the 3rd.

The question now, is how will that Defense fare against Continue Reading »

‘DAME’S DOUBLE-DIGIT DRUBBING DROPS DARNOLD’S DAMSELS IN DISTRESS DOUBLE DIGITS IN POLLS

Catholic shame — The trojans gets knocked out of the Top 20, and out of relevancy, by a 49-14 spanking at the hands of the Fighting Irish

Turnover-machine Sam Darnold — a FORMER Heisman frontrunner — choked again this week, failing miserably to live up to the hype, in a 49-14 annihilation by Notre Dame.  The embarrassing “Catholic Catheter” loss plummeted the trojans 11 spots in the polls, out of the Top 20, and permanently out of the Playoff conversation.

Sc was down 28-0 before halftime, and it didn’t get any better. Continue Reading »

MOUNT A TROJAN (HORSE) FOR HURRICANE RELIEF

Again, I apologize for being so busy.  It looks like I will miss the next two home games.  Travesty of justice, but it’s for a good cause:  My actual career.

Speaking of good causes, someone (not me) has designed a UCLA/sc T-shirt, and is donating the profits to the Red Cross for hurricane relief, etc.

https://www.collegegamedaytshirts.com/

Go Bruins.

THEY ALWAYS DIE IN THREES

Third time not the charm — #3 Josh Rosen throws 3 Interceptions leading to UCLA’s 3rd loss of the season

UCLA traveled to Arizona this weekend, and as a 2-point favorite, against a team that usually beat, they couldn’t get it done, losing 47-30, falling to 3-3 on the season.  Usually consistent Josh Rosen, who always throws for over 300 yards, managed only 219, and zero TD’s.  And it was his 3 INT’s that really killed him — 2 in the Red Zone, plus another one that resulted in a Pick 6.  He also got sacked 5 times.

The Bruin Defense was equally to blame, giving up 457 rushing yards, including 234 to the Quarterback.  About the only bright spot for UCLA was a rare 100-yard rushing effort:  Bolu Olorunfunmi gained 102 yards on only 10 carries including 2 TD’s.

Sorry for this truncated summary, and for no photos.  I am currently Continue Reading »

REARRANGING KECK CHAIRS ON THE TITANIC

(Tro-) Jan overboard! — New Dean (or Chairman, if you will) of u$c’s Keck Medical School, who replaced METH HEAD Dean Carmen Puliafito, resigns in shame after it is revealed that he has a history of sexual harassment (for which sc REWARDED him?)

They sure can pick ’em, can’t they?  The institution with no integrity has proved it once again, as another one bites the dust.  Eight months ago, u$c had to replace the former Dean of Medicine, Carmen Puliafito, who was exposed as a meth user and prostitute-enjoying scumbag.  So you would figure that they would pick someone above reproach, in order to save face.

But what did they do?  They hired Rohit Varma, whom they had already sanctioned for sexually harassing a female researcher.  Apparently, he forced her to share a room with him, back when he was a junior professor.  He threatened to have her visa revoked if she refused.  But here’s the really pathetic part: Continue Reading »

TOO HOT TO HANDSLE

All Hands on Deck — Bruin Freshman Jaylen Hands impresses the crowd at Venice Beach, as do the rest of his teammates, the Bruin Women’s Team, and the UCLA Spirit Squad, but it’s Hands’ dunk jumping over Coach Steve Alford that Hands him the Dunk Contest Title

What a slamming day in sun-slammed Venice Beach!  On Saturday, UCLA and Under Armour staged a fun event where fans got to see a 3-on-3 street ball tournament, and then got their first look at the new UCLA Basketball Teams, spiced up nicely with appearances by members of the UCLA Spirit Squad.

The prelim tourney was made up of coed trios playing halfcourt ball.  After that, 8 members of the UCLA Dance Team plus some members of the Cheer Squad and Yell Crew and Joe & Josie performed several routines, backlit by the infernal October Sun.  Then the UCLA Women’s Team executed drills, and then the Men’s team did the same.  Finally, the fun and COED games ensued, including fans, with a skills contest, a group super-shot game, a three-point shooting contest, and a dunk contest.  We also got another bonus performance by the Spirit Squad!

Aaron Holiday won the Three-Point Shooting Contest, with Thomas Welsh also making a good Continue Reading »

NO CURBING THIS ENTHUSIASM

Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty… good — After a 6-year hiatus, Curb Your Enthusiasm finally had its long-awaited premiere tonight, as did the 29th season of The Simpsons, while O.J. Simpson made his long-dreaded return to society (Two steps forward, one step back)

Larry David is a neurotic genius.  His humor may skew older than a lot of you, and you might think he’s just nuts.  But I relate to him.  The things that make him nuts drive me crazy too.  So the return of the popular HBO series was highly anticipated in my house, and it didn’t disappoint.  Meanwhile, the show that never dies started up again tonight, as The Simpsons began season TWENTY-NINE.  Tonight’s episode was just ok, unless you are a big fan of Game of Thrones and that Fantasy genre.  Even though it wasn’t my personal favorite episode, I am glad it is still running, and hope it never does die.

If there is a Simpson who deserves to die, it might be O.J., who was released from prison today.  He plans on living in Florida, so at least Brentwood and L.A. will be safe from his killer instinct.  I am not really wishing that he die — I would prefer it if he found Jesus and CONFESSED all his sins.

In the NFL today, Bruin Myles Jack Continue Reading »

WHITE MEN WIPE OUT THE BUFFALOES

Great White > Buffaloes — On White Out Night at the Rose Bowl, Josh Rosen leads the white-clad Bruins over Colorado 27-23 with 372 yards Passing, while the improved Bruin defense holds the Buffs to 4-for-16 on 3rd Downs to help UCLA to rise to 3-2 on the season (and 3-0 at home)

Josh Rosen may not like Donald Trump or Trump’s all-white White House, but Rosen did just fine in his all-white uniform, on White Out Night at the Rose Bowl.  For the 5th time in a row — that’s every game this year — Rosen has thrown for over 350 yards.  On Saturday night against Colorado, Rosen aired it out for 372 yards and a Touchdown to Austin Roberts, as UCLA outlasted the Buffaloes 27-23.

Rosen had led UCLA to a 21-10 lead early in the 2nd Half, but Colorado came back and made it 21-20.  The pressure was on, and Rosen came through just enough to get the W.  He orchestrated two drives that culminated in Field Goals, making it 24-20, and ultimately, 27-23.  Although he was again victimized by a lack of a running game, and by dropped passes, he DID get a lot of support from Jordan Lasley (7 receptions for 146 yards) and Darren Andrews (8 for 98).  The Bruins also had 2 short TD runs, by Jalen Starks and Soso Jamabo.

The Bruin Defense was missing both of their Freshmen Phenoms, with Jaelan Phillips still out with injury, and Darnay Holmes getting ejected for targeting, but even without those stars, they still held the Buffs to only 10 points in the first half, then only 2 field goals in the final 22 minutes.  And after the Bruins’ final field goal with 26 seconds left, the UCLA Defense sealed it by denying a buzzer-beating hail mary.

The Defense was far from perfect, allowing 434 Total Yards, but was stronger on 3rd Downs, stopping the Buffs on 12 of 16 tries.  They were also stronger with their backs to the wall, forcing 3 33-yard field goals.  The one playcall that kept frustrating the Bruins was Continue Reading »

USC HAS NO-FALK INSURANCE

The Falk Is Our Star — What the Falk happened to the vaunted trojans??  #5 (not for long) u$c gets upset by Washington State 30-27, as Cougar QB Luke Falk totally outshines troy QB Sam Darnold, who fumbles the game away on the final drive

For 3 hours, TV viewers had to listen to two ESPN announcers singing the praises of over-rated trojan Quarterback Sam Darnold.  The clueless broadcasters made misinformed comments all night, and missed calls which they never explained.  But the main theme of their agenda-driven drivel was trumpeting the “clutch-ness” of Darnold.  Darnold is so cool under pressure, he always comes through when the chips are down, he always gets it done, he knows how to win…  And then with less than two minutes to play and the trojans in need of just a field goal to tie the game, Darnold chokes away the game, as the announcers choke on their words of praise.

Darnold, who threw for only a measly 164 yards, with no TD’s and his 8th Interception in 5 games, was trying to avoid the rush, and weakly made an arm motion Continue Reading »

WHITEOUT SUPREMACY

Whiteout Power — This Saturday night the Bruins and their fans will wear white at home and some people don’t like this break from tradition

Blue & Gold lives matter.  UCLA has the best-looking HOME uniforms in the Country.  The medium blue and gold combination is striking.  Samsung uses them in their commercial for their new big screen TV’s to demonstrate how vivid the colors look on it.

But on this Saturday, the Bruins will wear white, which is almost always the VISITING team color.  All the fans are encouraged to wear white as well, to turn the Rose Bowl White.  Sounds like a certain Continue Reading »

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