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Our season really will hinge on OL performance, especially with a new QB. A 3-star with lots of experience in conference is a pretty good get to fill an immediate need.

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This is indeed great news and we've all agreed that our Oline will determine a great deal of our success, as it does for most any team. But especially given our likelihood of having a great defense, a great group of RB and WR's and a new QB. The Big Nasties will pave the way for the run game and pass game and if so, we can keep up with any other talented team we play. Now I'm very curious to hear how the fall camp goes. We will know after the first game or two whether we are going to Notre Dame to get a paycheck, or to show them how the Golden Bears are not only better than them academically, but on the gridiron.

Go Bears!

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"better than them academically" ... sigh... fortunately you are using your sarcastic voice...

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Not a hint of sarcasm...I lived in CO for one year and learned that people in the Midwest have their own biases about Universities, as folks do all over the world. To hear them speak, CU was the best university in the Pac12! Football schools like Notre Dame, especially religious schools like Notre Dame, have held a special place for many folks. In my view, outsized to the actual value of the institution. It's a fools errand to compare, but I never back down from Fiat Lux and lauding the secular public school credentials of Cal that are second to no one in the land.

Anyway, the point being, if we beat them in football we have stated that we are not only a stronger institution of higher learning, but able to field a top level team of scholar athletes.

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Seriously? You make a well reasoned and well phrased (IMO) defense of your position without seeing the irony of making a basic grammatical error while claiming to have better academics? ... or perhaps I'm off base on this (room numbers in Dwinelle are bizarre so maybe I was in the wrong class) but isn't the proper phrasing "better than they"? Sure, it's awkward, but I don't think that should be the primary consideration when comparing academics...

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Oh gosh, I didn't get that you were referring to my grammar. No defense there. Though I don't think "better than they academically" is correct. I'll own up to being an Anthropology/Zoology double major, and not English!

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FYI - I believe the rule falls under the umbrella of 'agreement'. "Golden Bears are" requires a comparable (one that has the same grammar and type = agrees) construct on the other side of the comparison. In this case, since there is an antecedent (Notre Dame) that makes the pronoun clear, the construct should be 'they are', though it is preferred to drop the 'are' and just say 'they'. English, however, is a living language. I finished at CAL in the late 1970's and find that some of my most beloved rules are now relegated to the scrap heap of linguistic history...

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Great news!!!

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He’s played both guard and tackle so could be a great flexible pick up for the line . If he has played tackle, that is where Cal is the thinnest, so right on the money. Plus anyone who can play tackle can play guard, but not everyone who can play guard can play tackle.

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A couple of new, good players who can plug in and contribute is wonderful. I recall, though, some comment that the overall numbers in the OL room are unusually low. Given the wear and tear that always happens in the trenches, can anyone provide insight into how the current body count measures against normal? Thanks for keeping us up to date!

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Excellent news!

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Great to hear!

Shall I guess from the picture that he is one of the ironborn from house Greyjoy?

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May come to Cal I guess, though it sounds like he had a great visit at Tennessee. Why a young man would want to pick that school over Cal is a mystery to me but who knows the thought processes of 17 and 18 year olds. Seems like a Christopher Brown (Brooks) type runner at a similar size and weight.

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Playing in front of 100K rabid, screaming fans vs 30k indifferent ones?

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Ok

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My faith in Wilcox was pretty shaky for a while but it really does feel like he has some decent traction on some previously intractable issues. Hope springs eternal.

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