November 21st, 2006


huh, that day again?

Good morning!

Today is World Hello Day.
Today is also World Television Day.
If you happen to be in Bangladesh, today is Armed Forces Day

On this day:

In 164 BC, Judas Maccabaeus restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This is the event Hanukkah celebrates.
In 1620, the Mayflower Compact is signed.
In 1643, explorer René-Robert Cavelier de La Salle was born.
In 1694, Voltaire was born.
In 1784, the province of New Brunswick was founded.
In 1789, North Carolina became the twelfth state to ratify the Constitution.
In 1794, the harbor at Honolulu is discovered by Captain James Cook.
In 1877, the phonograph was invented.
In 1893, educator Angus McDonald was born. (Haligonians! He's the one your bridge is named after!)
In 1898, French surrealist Rene Magritte was born.
In 1905, Einstein's paper that revealed the relationship between mass and energy (e=mc2, fool!) was published.
In 1916, Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria died.
In 1920, Cardinals first baseman Stan Musial, one of the greatest players ever in professional baseball, was born.
In 1922, Rebecca Latimer Felton of Georgia takes the oath of office and becomes the first woman US Senator.
In 1940, musician Dr. John was born.
In 1944, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was born.
In 1945, Goldie Hawn was born.
In 1952, the first US postage stamp in two colors was issued.
In 1953, the Piltdown Man was found to be a hoax.
In 1958, Giants outfielder Mel Ott dies.
In 1962, musician Steven Curtis Chapman was born.
In 1964, the Verrazano Narrows bridge opened.
In 1965, Bjork was born.
In 1966, football quarterback Troy Aikman was born.
In 1969, the first ARPANET link was established. (Hey, today is the Internet's birthday! How cool!)
In 1969, Mariners and Reds outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. was born.
In 1970, Nobel Prize winner Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman died.
In 1974, the Freedom of Information Act was passed over President Ford's veto.
In 1977, the Concorde made its first flight (London to NYC).
In 1980, a deadly fire breaks out at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas -- the worst disaster in Nevada history.
In 1980, the "Who Shot JR?" episode of Dallas was aired.
In 1986, Ollie North started shredding Iran-Contra documents.
In 1988, Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell died.
In 1993, actor Bill Bixby died.
In 1995, the Dayton Peace Agreement ends three and a half years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 1995, Toy Story becomes the first feature-length film created completely with computer-generated imagery.
In 2000, the Supreme Court of Florida granted Al Gore's request to keep the presidential election recount going.
In 2002, NATO invites several former Warsaw Pact members to join.
In 2004, the second round of the Ukrainian presidential election was held.
In 2005, Alfred Anderson, the last Scottish WWI vet died.

and yeah, on this day in 1978, a certain person whom I'm sure you're all familiar with was born. It was a Tuesday, at 4:44 AM, back in '78. While it's not 4:44 AM yet today, it's still a Tuesday. Isn't Tuesday's child supposed to be full of grace or something? (I guess technically I am, my middle name means 'graceful'.)

oski, calbear, berkeley

Looking at Cal football a few days beyond the loss.

You know?

I was upset on Saturday and bitterly disappointed with the results of Cal football. It was oh so close for three quarters, and then they just kinda blew us away at the last. Sure, there's several places where it could have gone better, but we kept the USC offense out of the endzone for a large chunk of the game, and that's got to count for something.

Besides, there's a couple of things I've been thinking about. Between 1959 and 2001, Cal was really in contention for the Rose Bowl during two of those seasons (1975 and 1991). Since Tedford came along, we've been in contention twice in five years. So in some ways, Tedford is the victim of his own success. We whine about not winning the big ones when just five years ago, we couldn't beat Stanford once in seven tries. Forget about *being* in big games, we didn't have much success in the Big Game.

I was reading back in my journal in 2001, and found several comments of "well, another loss." About November, jokes were starting to be made about the "perfect" season. And then finally, the season ended on this note: perfect season  

But we WON a GAME. Yeah! No more losing streak!

California ends the season 1-10, with their lone win over Rutgers. We beat 'em 20-10.

Now...would things have been different if we'd played this game September 15th as scheduled? A confidence booster going into the brutal Pac-10 schedule...who knows. But at least we avoided losing to Rutgers... :)

To go from that, to five years later feeling punched in the gut because we lost to USC with the Rose Bowl on the line? Holee crap, y'know? A bit of perspective, that's all I needed. And yeah. We were *UP AT THE HALF* against USC. We'd scored a touchdown and they hadn't.

We'll break through.

In the meantime, though...GO BEARS! BEAT THE TREE! My ticket's sitting right on top of my drawer thingy, and I ain't missing this for the world.

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