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Russia withdraws from Snake Island

https://twitter.com/AndriyYermak/status/1542427080255836160

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El Cerrito

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Lived there for awhile, interesting transition from the Albany/North Berkeley eurocentric vibe, through El Cerrito to the mixed industrial vibe of Richmond. No complaints, I'd go back.

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Home of John and Tom Fogerty

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Tom and John played in different bands, Tom being the older brother. My step-father played in a summer band with Tom when they were teenagers.

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John still out touring.

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The Little Hill

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Do you have $90k, want to put down roots in the Hudson Valley, and hate building codes?

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/39-Overland-Dr-Plattekill-NY-12589/32859458_zpid

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It's equal parts fascinating and horrifying to look at that roof and wonder where the water goes when it rains

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6267 sq. ft with ONLY 2 bd and 2 ba? Unless there are restrictive rules about demolishing an existing structure, this is obviously a total tear down and rebuild. 0.62 acres is more land than I have now.

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Trying to win a Darwin Award for the 'Gram. He lived.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CfZNJ9KPoWr/

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That has to be an earthquake triggered landslide, no? By the looks of it, maybe somewhere in the Easter Sierra?

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Great song choice.

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No thank you.

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Flotsam and jetsam

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heh...I just saw the image. Wonder what that was a reply to.

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With the current Pac chaos, will Cal be flotsam or jetsam?

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poor unfortunate souls ...

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Elsewhere in college

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[WSOC] Former USC HC gets 6 months home confinement due to his participation in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal.

https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/34169173/ex-usc-trojans-women-soccer-coach-ali-khosroshahin-sentenced-6-months-home-confinement-college-admissions-scandal

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Good

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I guess this means I shouldn't buy airfare for Auburn in 2024 or Florida in the late 2020s.

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Better buy some scarves and gloves and knit hats

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I mean, If Cal were to go we'd have tons of future roadies to go to to check out all these new college towns

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we can become the B1G's west coast Rutgers

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UCLA takes a step back...those Westwood kids are gonna get routed playing in the snow in West Lafayette...good luck with all that.

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aTm says the quiet part out loud

https://twitter.com/caddy_1484/status/1542485479102324740

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rumors that TAMU isn't delivering on the promised bag cash to their All Timer class. Result...no one is committing and several of their big names are already eyeing the transfer portal. Lulz

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Are those salty Longhorn tears rumors? Any actual truth to those rumors.

Seems like Texas has increased their bag size with all the recruit success they have had lately.

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There have been different rumors of trouble in paradise (i.e. College Station TX) for a while. Some of these guys signing "NIL" deals that acted as loans, others restricting their ability to transfer, etc. The latest have come from multiple sources but are listed as "we're hearing this but we want to wait and see a bit." What is true is that TAMU's recruiting has fallen off a cliff this season and they are losing out on everybody. Texas took a longer approach to NIL. Rather than promise bags of cash to everyone, they set up structure. All Tight Ends get $10K a year from a website. All Oline get $50K if they participate in the charitable foundation and visit sick kids, etc. They are building the collective that ultimately will be paying out $100K per player (and smaller amounts to all Texas athletes). In addition, Texas businesses are signing guys left and right. Bijan Robinson is likely to pull $1M in endorsements plus he gets to drive a Lambo... the money is flowing big time but Texas is doing it properly (to the best of my knowledge). TAMU... yeah, no.

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Man, College football... what a thing.

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[SJMerc] Kliavkoff will announce revamped Pac-12 football intra-conference scheduling format next month

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/06/28/pac-12-football-new-conference-schedule-models-under-evaluation-with-decision-expected-soon/

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Kliavkoff busy re-arranging the deck chairs.

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Is it the Cal band that's still playing though?

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Always and forever!

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Kliavkoff's job just got a lot harder, thanks to SC and UCLA

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Yeah, the Pac-12 will not survive them leaving.

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Agreed.

The collapse (disintegration?) of the conference will be a startling thing to behold. Seeing as how the BigTen is now 16 schools with USC and UCLA coming aboard, it may mean that the Big Ten has reached its likely maximum size. I could see the Big Ten taking Cal and Stanfurd in part because of the eyeballs that follow with the Bay Area market, but they would probably have to jettison two current members to do it - like Rutgers and Maryland, two very weak sisters in football.

Colorado and Utah will be consigned to the Mountain West; possibly Arizona, Wazzu, and Oregon State.

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Well I've always wanted to see a game at the Big House. I guess this would give us a chance if we are allowed to tag along.

And now that there aren't any conferences, would there be a maximum limit to the number of teams in the conference? No reason it couldn't be 18. Would just take longer to play each team.

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Has a major conference kicked out a member in good standing?

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Jun 30, 2022·edited Jun 30, 2022

I can't recall any such instance. Every instance of a change in conference membership (in whatever conference) has been brought about by a school or schools leaving a conference or a school or schools joining a conference. I can't recall any instance in history in which a conference kicked out a member, although the dissolution of the PCC in 1959 came the closest to kicking out a member (Idaho).

In that instance, the California schools and UDub left the PCC because their bottom lines were hurt by playing at Idaho and getting very little or nothing in gate receipts as visitors. While the Oregon schools and Wazzu were willing to still play Idaho on a annual basis, they were left with a rump version of the PCC, Cal, Standf*rd, USC, UCLA, and Washington formed the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU). Eventually, Wazzu, Oregon, and Oregon State joined those schools, forming the Pac-8. (1965 or 1966?).

Idaho was basically forced to go independent in 1959.

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Holy Cow. Hello Pac-12/Mountain West Parity.

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Good news! Cal finally makes it to the Rose Bowl

Bad new, they lose to USC

https://twitter.com/lukezim/status/1542563396884758528?s=20&t=k4PmZSLN8DZ_271Zg4UrlA

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Say what?!?!

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HE SAID CAL MAKES IT TO THE ROSE BOWL BUT ONLY TO LOSE TO USC

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Wilner reporting USC and Ucla to the B1G as early as 2024

https://twitter.com/wilnerhotline/status/1542559346453729281?s=20&t=k4PmZSLN8DZ_271Zg4UrlA

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Chaos is supposed to be our schtick. Welcome Georgia Tech, West Virginia, and Iowa State to the Pac-13

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Lol apparently our "alliance" with the Big Ten included an agreement "not to poach each other's members"

https://twitter.com/RossDellenger/status/1542587659868061697

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FOX is driving this bus...make no mistake.

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Jesus, well that sucks.

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If true, then the Pac-12 is dead man walking. At best, the Pac-12 (10?) drops to mid-major status.

Not sure I should care, though. The handwriting has been on the wall during Larry Scott's tenure as Pac-12 commissioner. The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors have been way too slow to react or take action.

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... and NCAA President Mark Emmert going full Libertarian at the end of his term.

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Jun 30, 2022·edited Jun 30, 2022

Exactly...this is the direct result of Larry Scott's incompetence.

Like Judgment Day in Terminator, perhaps it was inevitable. But Scott was an unmitigated disaster and missed multiple opportunities to move the Conference forward. His whiff on luring Texas and Oklahoma was massive.

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The Pac 10/12 had two incompetent commissioners back to back. Larry Scott started out with so much promise but he ultimately failed.

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You could argue Scott started out with so much promise simply because Tom Hansen was such a disaster.

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Oh that is true, 16 would have been a win.

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Jun 30, 2022·edited Jun 30, 2022

He still probably would've blown it - not getting P12N on DirecTV was a death sentence for the Conference.

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Take any Wilner "scoop" with a big grain of salt.

That said, if this happened I might just give up on college sports altogether.

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Yup, looks like a done deal at this point.

And it really does kill my interest in college football. I don't want a sport that's just NFL Junior. I can already watch the NFL. The traditions and regional rivalries are what set college sports apart. A coast-to-coast "conference" with no common regional ties at all blows that up completely.

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I was pretty much already there and this would be the death knell.

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So now there's scuttlebutt that the B1G isn't done and wants to expand further. The logical thing is for them to pull in other Pac-12 programs. USC and UCLA probably want to maintain their rivalries with Cal and Furd. Oregon and Washington are probably ready to come along too. We might see the old Pac-8 recreated as a division within the Big Ten . . . something that almost happened in the Pac when Larry Scott was trying to expand and get Texas/Oklahoma.

It would still be a ridiculous "conference," of course.

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The only thing that's odd to me is Ucla's weakness playing at the Rose Bowl with about a 1/3 of the stadium full at best - seams weird to me.

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Ohio State and other Big 10 fans will fill it up for them. UCLA is basically going to become the LA Chargers of this new conference.

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The Pac 12 is a mid-major according to Dinich.

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no lies detected

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More salt: it's a dumb idea for everything except football

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Conference would fold.

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College Football 2.0: Leadership void must be filled to address sport's uncertain, unregulated future

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-2-0-leadership-void-must-be-filled-to-address-sports-uncertain-unregulated-future/

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OUR CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY

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Welcome Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

https://twitter.com/stevenmazie/status/1542176281017679873

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SCOTUS guts the EPA's power to regulate power generation. Sen. Manchin is probably in a very good mood.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-06-30/supreme-court-rules-for-coal-producing-states-limits-epas-power-to-fight-climate-change

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What's the point of the EPA if it can't regulate? Stupid.

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After refusing to voluntarily appear, Trump lawyer Pat Cipollone gets subpeened.

https://january6th.house.gov/news/press-releases/select-committee-subpoenas-pat-cipollone

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[Ginni Thomas, last week]: I look forward to clearing up this big misunderstanding with J6 Committee, lol.

[Ginni Thomas, through lawyer this week]: No.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/28/ginni-thomas-house-testimony-00043025

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After paying $110k in fines, Trump Organization complies with NY AG subpeen for documents

https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/29/politics/trump-contempt-of-court-new-york/index.html

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Supreme Court rules in favor of Dr. Doom 6-3. Citing historical precedent.

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PRO

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[The Athletic] Kevin Durant has requested a trade

https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/1542580983739858944

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You see, this is why I can't stand pro sports and pro players and love college...shit never mind.

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LOfuckingL

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I know! LeGM's the Nets and then bails after his nutty buddy re-ups?!?

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I saw a very interesting trade scenario post by ESPN where he either ends up at Suns, Miami or New Orleans. My vote is for Miami so the Dubs don't have to deal with him. Although KD and Paul trying one last time for a championship would be pretty entertaining, they basically give up everyone except Paul and Booker to get KD for what would look like a one year push for a chip

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A's show some signs of life despite being swept

https://www.athleticsnation.com/2022/6/29/23188299/game-77-as-drop-finale-swept-yankees-irvin

The A’s dropped their third straight game this afternoon, losing 5-3 to the New York Yankees and getting swept along the way.

Oakland jumped out and took an early lead in the first, but again they couldn’t add on later in the game and that’s pretty crucial to beating these guys. A couple home runs by their big boppers doomed the A’s as New York smoked 2-run and 3-run shots to account for all their scoring.

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OBJ Commissions this painting about himself.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CfUmFNyPobV/

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You saw Sunday's Angels/Mariners brawl. But you've never seen a brawl this close.

https://twitter.com/JomboyMedia/status/1541515183360704512

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[Wojo] Spurs Dejounte Murray to Hawks for a huge haul

https://twitter.com/espn/status/1542257154521964544

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Atlanta will have a formidable backcourt with Trae Young and Dejounte Murray. Gallinari and the '23, '25, and '27 first-round picks aren't a bad price to pay for a near-term boost to the team.

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The next step in the evolution of Trae Young to be the next Steph would be for him to learn to move without the ball. Hawks' success next two years depend on Trae and Dejounte Murray both being able to be as good without the ball.

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More about the Pirates' weird one-out, runner-at-second-and-third play talked about yesterday.

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/nationals-burned-by-quirky-fourth-out-rule-as-pirates-score-despite-lining-into-inning-ending-double-play/

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I still wonder if the run would still have counted had the third baseman tagged third before tagging the runner.

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Jun 30, 2022Liked by BentPawn

What's left unsaid, and this is important, is that when the runner *at* third (Park) is tagged as the 3rd out in the inning, whether or not the run scores is a matter of timing.

Consider:

(A) The run does *not* score if the runner *from* third (Suwinski) does not touch home plate *before* the runner *on* third (Park) is tagged. (this did not happen)

(B) The run does score if the runner *from* third (Suwinski) touches home plate *before* the runner *on* third (Park) is tagged. (this did happen)

(C) The run does *not* score if the runner *from* third (Suwinski) touches home plate if the defensive team (the Nats) successfully appeal that Suwinski left too early *before* leaving the field. (this did not happen)

Instance C is the operative principle in this case because, by definition, the half inning is over after the third out is registered *and* the defensive team leaves the field. That's because an appeal can be made if the defensive team is still on the field *even if* three outs have been recorded.

No appeal can be made if the defensive team has recorded three outs and left the field.

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Jun 30, 2022·edited Jun 30, 2022

If the 3rd baseman had touched third *before* tagging the runner at 3rd, the run would not have counted. The order in which the outs occurred made a material difference in whether or not the runner from third scores.

But since the runner was tagged first and then 3rd base was tagged, the run scores unless the defensive team appeals that the runner on 3rd left too soon. And they can't have all gone to the dugout in order to make the appeal.

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My guess is that the result would be the same. I think the pitcher has to have the ball and step off the mound to invoke the appeal of no tag. Maybe some of those on here who have umped know better.

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If the third baseman had tagged third base first, that would have been the third out in the inning against the runner from third. The run does not score in that event.

The Nats could have appealed the runner on 3rd leaving early; it would have required the pitcher and *any* infielder to make the appeal at 3rd base. But it became a moot point when the entire Nats team went into the dugout after recording the third out of the inning.

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Giants carefully review the application of scoring runs, choose to go in another direction

https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2022/6/29/23188641/giants-tigers-recap-score-alex-wood-evan-longoria

Sometimes it seems like Evan Longoria is the only one who knows anything around these parts.

It sure felt that way when he blasted a first-inning home run to give the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers.

My my, what a reasonable thing to do! What a surefire way to secure runs! Why didn’t anyone else think of that?

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Jun 30, 2022·edited Jun 30, 2022

I am so tired of Gabe Kapler pinch hitting for his best bats in the 6th inning because of the lefty/righty BS. He's a buffoon.

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Dodgers offense shows up at Coors Field for a change to beat Rockies

https://www.truebluela.com/2022/6/29/23189135/los-angeles-dodgers-offense-colorado-rockies-game-recap

An 8-4 win for the visiting Dodgers over the Rockies avoided the sweep Wednesday night at Coors Field. A road trip that looked extremely promising after stops at Cincinnati and Atlanta all of a sudden took a wrong turn in Colorado, a daunting place for the Dodgers this season, but a win in the finale salvaged the series, and a 6-3 trip.

The Dodgers have played a few games at Coors Field in 2022. If you didn’t know any better, you’d assume these games were played at a pitcher’s paradise. One of the best offenses in baseball had topped out at five runs in the most hitter-friendly park in baseball. Before Wednesday, at least.

That getaway game at the end of a long road trip in which you often see the offense come out flat wasn’t a possibility for this Dodgers lineup, that came into this one trying not only to avoid a sweep but overcoming scoring only four runs in the first two games of the series at Coors Field.

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CAL

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Go Bears!!!

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4-star Washington cornerback Jasiah Wagoner names final four of Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Cal.

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One of these things is not like the other...

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Sooners need a dry rub when smoked on low heat.

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Oklahoma has no beaches

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Oregon is much farther north than the other 3 states.

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Oklahoma doesn’t have an animal mascot.

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Oregon doesn't have an "A" in the state name.

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only one school has hosted him on an OV

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The question is whether Cal will be the last hat on the table.

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Sonny Barger dies. My dad used to say there was an Angels bar in our neighborhood but I wasn't old enough to really know.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/obituaries/2022/06/30/sonny-barger-hells-angels-dead/

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Part of a long list of "oh, I had no idea he was still alive"

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Worldle

My Worldle today had the same country I had just a couple of days ago.

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Same! I was so confused.

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yeah, and I still didn't get it!

have also have Colombia 2x

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Classof 87 and I are going to the Rose Garden on Saturday and thinking of getting lunch or dinner as well. Do any of you want to join?

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Wilner reporting that USC and UCLA are "planning" to jump to the Big Ten, but not finalized yet

RIP Pac-12?

https://twitter.com/wilnerhotline/status/1542559346453729281

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Yeah, I just read that. I wonder if any other Pac 12 schools go. You have to figure UW, Oregon, Stanford, Utah and hopefully Cal would be invited.

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The Big 16 (0r 18). TV payout would be greater. If not, Pac-12 becomes a slightly fizzy version of the Mountain West, a conference which has gained on the Pac-12 in recent years.

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Jun 30, 2022·edited Jun 30, 2022

I would assume Colorado, Utah, and the Arizona schools get rolled into the Big 12.

Oregon State and Washington State go to the MWC.

This assume Cal, Stanford, Oregon and UW to the Big 10.

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