Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Pac-10 lunch links: Cal LB promises win at UCLA
By Ted Miller
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Have you ever really thought about Santa Claus? The guy's in a big red suit flying around on reindeer because he craves the spotlight. He's a fame junkie. Guy's a clown! He's a megalomaniac. It's all a big show. He presents himself like, "Hey, I live to give gifts, look at me I'm so nice." He's getting paid. He's got a whole thing happening on the backside. Do you know they sell more of those little Santa statues and those Christmas trinkets than they do of the Buddha? Don't be a cheerleader for Santa Claus. Think about it. Watch the angles. Don't drink the Kool-Aid. You're better than that.
- Arizona quarterback Nick Foles said the Wildcats won't be broken by their heartbreaking loss at Washington.
- Arizona State's Kyle Williams has the numbers but he's more into wins.
- California linebacker Mychal Kendricks hasn't lost his confidence as his Bears prepare for UCLA: "We can't lose again, and I don't think we will, either. Actually, I know we're not. ... We're going to win this week." The Bears are busing it to UCLA.
- Looking backward and forward for Oregon.
- An Oregon State freshman receiver got hurt at practice, and apparently our story about senior quarterback Lyle Moevao's long shot possibility to get another year of eligibility due to injury hardship provoked an unnecessary commotion. Sorry.
- This Stanford quarterback is hoping to give Arizona more bad Luck. Or is that good Luck? The Cardinal may make some lineup changes before playing the Wildcats.
- UCLA prepares to face Cal's Jahvid Best, but will linebacker Reggie Carter be ready to help?
- USC has a new backup quarterback behind Matt Barkley and Aaron Corp isn't happy about being No. 3.
- Washington is grinning at midseason, which is a big change. Interesting numbers from Bob Condotta: "Few really expected UW to be even [3-3] now and, frankly, the stats don't really support it. Washington ranks 106th in the nation in total defense, 74th in total offense and has been outgained in the past five games an average of 437 to 334 yards."
- Keeping track of the injuries during Washington State's bye week.
- Two respected columnists aren't happy with Pac-10 officiating -- first Bud Withers and then Jon Wilner.