Cal Defense – Saying Goodbye to Buck Shaw Stadium – and Fantasy Football Update
University of California Golden Bears – and What They do When the Other Team Has the Ball
As an Old Blue (UC Berkeley Alumni) – there have been precious few times in a football season when my alma mater is 4-1 and their one loss came on a Hail Mary pass as the last play of the game. However I can say that, while I am happy about our record, I cannot believe that there is a FBS team at 4-1 that has chosen to rest all of their players when their defense would normally be on the field. You have to go way back to --- well … I guess only last year actually … -- to see a defense that looks similar in that their mission is to get off the field quickly after yielding a touchdown as quickly as possible. It is disheartening – but (cynically) it may show what you have to do if you want to increase graduation rates. I love my Bears --- but I think we should on-side kick after every score and just go for fourth down every single time.
Goodbye Santa Clara University – Buck Shaw Stadium – Home of the San Jose Earthquakes
I am not a fan of Buck Shaw Stadium – although to be fair I have said many times that it is a great place to actually watch a game because it is kind of like it is being played in your back yard. If you have ever been to Stubbs BBQ for a concert in Austin, Texas ... You'll agree that Buck Shaw is to soccer what Stubbs BBQ is to concerts. But it is not a professional stadium and when they stop fans from entering or exiting because the guy carrying the cones from the visiting team is walking by … that is beyond rinky-dink.
In just a couple of weeks the Earthquakes will play their final game at Buck Shaw Stadium as they prepare to move to their own new stadium by the San Jose Airport. And … despite the fact that I have never been a fan of Buck Shaw Stadium … looking back I am a fan of Buck Shaw Stadium. Because it has given me special Dad moments there.
- First MLS goal that I saw Chris score in person
- Goal that Chris scored to set an Earthquakes all-time scoring record
- Goal that Chris scored and then came over and kissed A Pequena Chefona
- Being able to be so close and enjoy the Ultras (Chefona dances to their songs)
- Having an intimate soccer experience that most dads will never have
o (I still don’t like the place … but wow has it given me great memories)
Fantasy Football Update
The Fighting Basset Hounds are now 4 wins 1 loss in the Wondo Family Fantasy Football League. Of the 8 teams in the league … the Fighting Basset Hounds find themselves at the “top of the table” as soccer people like to say. In addition – through the first 5 weeks – no team has ever scored more points in one week than the FBH did in Week One. We have had to deal with adversity – injuries, suspensions, bad attitudes, poor performers and egos … but our management philosophy has helped guide us to the lofty place that we sit today - JUST WIN BABY.
Our position in the standings? Far above my sons Chris and Stephen – in fact, you would probably need a telescopic rear view mirror to even see Chris or Stephen from our place in the standings. I have even started rooting for both of them … because (1) they are my sons and I care for them and (2) they are embarrassing the crap out of me right now.