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Feb 12Liked by Avinash Kunnath, Piotr Le

Wonderful article!

Oh! The euphoric ups & the devastating downs!

The heart pounding suspense of almost every game could be the actual demise of many of we gray haired fans.

But, seeing every member of the team so passionately trying, and witnessing Madsen so earnestly willing the team to victories….. it reincarnates our love of the game, of making the efforts to come, of the cal Bear kids, of life itself. We go home emotionally & cathartically cleansed of any inner-garbage and ready to take the day with newly inspired courage, outrageous optimism and zeal.

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D*mn right we care! Thank you for articulating what we care about. Give us solid coaching, decent players willing to put it all on the line and we will show up and scream and shout our lungs out. Even though he is the spark that lit the fuse, Mad Dog doesn’t need the focus on him.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of worrying about what the future holds but I believe this year was/is about righting the ship and plotting the course. Stay tuned!

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Well done article. Summarizes key issues/factors leading to the good place we are in now….quality basketball, exciting basketball and role model players and coaches. The one key factor I’d add is to give props to Jim Knowlton for thinking of and smartly pursuing Madsen….convincing him to take over a failed program. My educated guess is that Knowlton took the time to reach out to inspirational alums such as Jason Kidd to get their input and help. He has also supported Madsen in his fan/community outreach efforts, and gave the green light to the Cal band doing its thing at games, and inviting a full contingent of Cal’s cheerleader and songleader squads to set up shop court side. He has also turned Madsen loose to do his thing with all fans…..students, alums etc. Knowlton has taken a lot of heat for his decisions. Madsen was a great one…one that will hopefully last well into the future. Go Bears!!

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Feb 12Liked by Avinash Kunnath

This post is exactly how I feel. I trust Madsen to keep rebuilding the program and, hopefully, fix some festering issues within our talent-deficient administration through the power of hope.

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Feb 12Liked by Avinash Kunnath

Uplifting story on this Monday morning. Thanks. Fyi. It's Devin Askew not Devin Curtis.

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Go Bears!

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Nicely articulated. Thank you.

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100% ! It is so nice to be competitive in basketball again. GO BEARS!

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Just imagine the possibilities if we end up with a more plugged in and supportive chancellor and a higher functioning athletic department.

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another good article and not just a game rehash

I was one of those people who suffered through the 7 lost years in Haas. At least I could stretch my legs!

but besides my wing man, I rarely would ask others to attend games with me because it really wasn't a good show for anyone besides a cal basketball diehard as it was uninspiring play, and almost always a loss

this season, besides the Arizona games, it's been pure energy and nail bitting

Cal hoops is back!

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(Banned)Feb 12

Gobears49

Has anyone suggested that it would be interesting to see if there is any relationship between the average money spent on average NIL payments per player (separately for football and basketball to results on the field and court, perhaps adjusted by past years playing in college? Would that indicate a relationship between NIL money spent to college sports results?

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Go Bears! now. Go Bears! forever.

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Must be validating to the kids, to experience that transition from empty home games to what they're seeing now.

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(Banned)Feb 12

Gobears49

Any indication from Madsen as to how he is going to replace Aimaq, Cone, and likely, Tyson next season?

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Does this mean we have Aimaq, Cone and Kennedy for next season?

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Thanks Avi!

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