One of our newest features BearTerritory.net is proud to present this football season is Crawford's Commentary. Each week, staff writer Ken Crawford will give his take on the comings and goings on the field for the Cal football team.
As the year rolls along, the Podcast will also feature various Bears players, coaches and other guest writers surrounding the Blue & Gold.
In Episode 13, Crawford reports from the annual Big Game Luncheon held in San Francisco, which featured representatives from both the Cal and Stanford football programs. For the first time in the Jeff Tedford era (outside of his initial season), the Bears go into the matchup with the Cardinal without The Axe in hand. Seniors Worrell Williams and Noris Malele talked about the significance of what this rivalry means as they gear up for their final go-around against Stanford.
Crawford also includes an interview with head coach Jeff Tedford and gives his final thoughts on what happened up in Corvallis last week. Crawford also talks a little bit about Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh and what he had to say during the luncheon.
Crawford's Commentary: Episode 13 – (The Big Game)
List of quotes in order:
Tedford's opening comments
Tedford on losing the Axe
Tedford on lessons from Oregon State game
Tedford on season ticket situation
Tedford on not having Sunday run-through practice
Tedford on special teams emphasis
Tedford on disappointment of last two games
Tedford on importance of finishing strong
Tedford on channeling frustration into positive energy
Tedford on difference in Big Game week
Tedford on senior linebacking core legacy
Williams on trap of overlooking Stanford in past
Williams on not overlooking teams
Williams on Stanford's home field advantage
Williams on low point of last season
Williams on difference between desire and execution
Williams on contribution of senior linebacker core
Melele on feeling of having lost the Ax
Melele on Stanford's home field advantage of last year
Malele on having home field advantage this year
Malele on leaving Cal with the Axe
Malele on patchwork offensive line
Malele on senior leadership on O-line
Malele on 2-game losing streak
Malele on improving protection of QB
Malele on Stanford's defense
Malele on his health
Malele on his conditioning
Malele on differences between 6-4 last year and this year
And if Cal fans haven't done so already, check out Crawford's past episodes.
Ken Crawford is a staff writer for BearTerritory. A lifelong Cal football observer, Crawford covered the Bears during the 2007 season, which included the memorable 31-24 victory over Oregon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Crawford will continue to handle Cal football assignments during the 2008 season.