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My NCAA Football Garbage List

After watching over five hours of NCAA Football yesterday with my dad and friends, I’d like to share a few pearls of wisdom that no one cares about but me.

I don’t like USC, mostly because I am a Bruin. Nothing more needs to be said about that.

I hate Notre Dame. If they are playing, I want them to lose even if they’re playing USC. Notre Dame has an unfair advantage of a television contract with NBC. While that money can’t be spent directly on the players, their program can hire better coaching staff, have more state of the art training equipment, and give non monetary perks to the players like nicer dorms and textbooks. Until NBC stops its contact with Notre Dame, they will always be the team I want to lose. Fortunately their head coach sucks balls and hasn’t done shit with their program despite their monetary advantage.

Another thing that needs to be done is an academic standard needs to be set for student athletes or they need to stop being called students. I think it’s pathetic that any university would allow an individual onto the campus for a primary reason other than academics. Universities like Stanford and UCLA are at the top of the list of schools with high academic standards for their athletes. If you can’t keep the grades up, maybe you should keep your nose in the textbooks a little more and less in the playbook.

I can speak specifically for UCLA, because I stay on top of their recruiting. Take a look across the country and you’ll find kids who wanted to be Bruins, but UCLA turned them down for academic reasons. Just this season Tennessee’s interim president said, “When we lost to UCLA, we lost to a better academic institution, too.” Academics should never be an issue for athletes. Universities should be striving to give kids the best possible education. I guarantee you schools like Alabama, Florida, and Texas don’t turn down good athletes for academic reasons, which is absolutely a shame. They’re not doing any favors for the majority of the athletes who won’t make careers out of football.

The standard wouldn’t even have to be stringent. I understand that alumni don’t necessarily care about the genetic research being done on campus. They want to see athletic competitions, but would a minimum of two classes with a passing term average be too much to ask? This way each university could set it’s standards as to what is passing, but the athletes would be held to the same standards as any other student. If a university doesn’t care to set academics as its priority then that’s their choice, but they won’t last very long without students wanting to attend.

It’s time we level the playing field, while at the same time raising the bar for academic standards for our student athletes. It might save us from stupidity in the NFL with such gems as Michael Vick, Plaxico Buress, and Ray Lewis.

Flashback: 2002 and Before

Since I cleaned out a lot of my old pictures to clear up some room, I decided it might be fun to post some old pictures. Here is 2002 and before. Really it’s probably only as far back as 2001, because that’s when I got my first digital camera.

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I worked for the UCLA Department of Economics as a programmer/designer.

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I lived in the loft of an apartment. I owned a lot of computer gear back then.

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We decorated the place like bachelors. Those items hanging from the staircase are Nerf guns.

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When the roommate left for a weekend, we filled his shower with packing peanuts.

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We added some more peanuts and filled a friend’s car.

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I used to play guitar.

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I took a few deep sea fishing trips. “Nice circumcision. Where’d you get that done?”

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On a whim, I convinced my coworker to skip work with me to get my brow pierced.

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Guy made an unprotected left turn in front of me. They called it totaled, because of how old the car was, despite being in good shape still.

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At least I got the other guy as good.

NCAA Tournament: Still Interesting

I suppose I have to say something about my team, who got worked over in the second around of the tournament. I’ve said something about them the past couple of years when they’ve performed well. It would make me a band wagon fan to not speak up for the Bruins.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say the loss wasn’t disappointing. If you’re a true fan every loss is disappointing. It wasn’t surprising though. UCLA is not the team it has been for the previous two years. With Aboya being the only real active big man for them and having to playing in the Eastern Division, they were sitting ducks.

The tournament is still absolutely exciting even with my team already eliminated. This year North Carolina has shown itself to be the favorite but not by much. Nobody is so absolutely dominant and I’m expecting more upsets.

Even beyond the tournament I am looking forward to UCLA’s basketball future. I am hoping Holiday will stay for at least another year. We have some good power forwards committed to our program. If our guards can be aggressive and shoot well from the outside, we have an exciting future ahead of us even we can’t snag a big man.

Go Bruins!

Just Like Poker

You have to live life like you play poker. Sometimes the chips are up, and sometimes the chips are down.

Chips for winners. That middle bag looks like a regular bag of tortilla chips.

Chips for losers. Come on, UCLA. Win and then I’ll buy these.

I’m in Your Hospital Reading Your Rec0rdz

Internet geeks will understand the title meme. I’m a little ashamed of myself for using it, but let’s not dwell on the past (2 second ago). Let’s move on from here.

For those of you that don’t keep up with the news, UCLA Medical Center is under fire for a scandal in which employees looked at private medical records belonging to celebrities.  UCLA Medical Center is an outstanding facility, which is why a lot of celebrities choose to go there for their medical needs, but there is definitely a problem when prying eyes are looking into your personal medical history. I am under the personal belief that if you are a celebrity, you forfeit a certain about of privacy, but not when it comes to this.

Still, I am not totally surprised that people are interested in this kind of stuff. The list of celebrities looks like a veritable “Who’s Who” of sexually transmitted diseases. Yummy.

Where Did the Fatties Go?

UCLA had its annual Undie Run (Semi NSFW) last month. How is is that there isn’t a fat person in these pictures? I’m not complaining, but with group shots I don’t think I saw one fat person. UCLA must be raising the bar for admission, or rather narrowing the doors.

Just Like College, But Less Booze

I have a deadline to finish up this report for an energy assessment survey that we did for a customer, and I’m up late and just ready to give up for the night. Fortunately I have the ability to skip out on work in the morning to finish up this report. It’s like just skipping out on my 8:00 AM classes, so you can finish up the project for the 1:00 PM class, not realizing you are digging yourself into a hole for the early class as well. I thought the days of having this feeling of adrenaline mixed in with despair were long gone with college.

It seems like just yesterday I was awake in the dorms, delirious and struggling to finish my C++ program and noticing that everyone else online was also trying to finish the same project. Those were good times. Now I must sleep, because in the real world there is no AP (academic probation) or STD (subject to dismissal). There is only fired.

PS. Yes, I did tell people I got an STD notice more than once while in school.

UCLA is China Man Friendly

Well, we have Norm Chow working as our offensive coordinator. This might be a slap in the face for USC, but it’s not for Pete Carroll. The two never got along really. So how did UCLA pick up Norm Chow?

He was recently fired from his job with the NFL team, the Tennessee Titans. He wasn’t NFL material, but he has a proven track record for college football. That makes him a good candidate for UCLA’s restructured football program. On top of that, Norm Chow still has a 2-year contract, worth more than 1 million dollars a season. Whatever the difference is between what Chow is owed on the contract and  UCLA pays, the Titan franchise still has to pay. UCLA can pay Chow next to nothing for two years and have him on board. Thanks, Titans!

Good Time for College Sports, Indifferent on Professional

It’s not over yet, but if Major League Baseball heads into a World Series with Colorado and Cleveland, no one is going to care. No one from the west coast is going to root for Colorado, and no one from the east coast is going to root for Cleveland.

In the NBA, the eastern conference has teams coming up as potential powerhouses, and Kobe is still complaining. No one cares.

College football is becoming as exciting as March Madness. There is no telling what team will come out on top. As soon as one team ends up in first place, it signifies their upcoming loss. It’s a roller coaster of excitement. Unfortunately, UCLA is not a part of this excitement. We haven’t been able to improve.

College basketball, on the other hand, is where I am excited for UCLA. Do you remember how we got beaten the past two years by Florida? They were able to dominate the paint, because they never had to guard Mbah a Moute. The prince of Cameroon  had no jump shot. That has changed. This summer, they worked on that, so watch out. Afflalo is gone, but Kevin Love is coming into the mix. Combined with Mata’s ugly mug, The Bruins should do a pretty good job of controlling the boards. With Collison, Shipp, Roll, and Mbah a Moute on the perimeter and with the ability to penetrate, UCLA should have plenty of options this year.