Thursday, November 20, 2008

Slap Hitter: Big Game still a Big Deal

Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 8:57 PM

It's oh-so popular to sneer at the annual Cal-Stanford football game; neither team is great, the fans don't hate each other enough, um, we don't live in the Confederacy. But here's a surprise, if you google "Big Game" you'll see that the very first entry is our own li'l backyard brawl.

Cal's going to a second tier bowl, and with a win over the Cardinal, can keep the Stanford folk from getting to go to a third rate one. But check out all of the booster type activities that we miss out on thanks to newspapers cutting their rivalry coverage to the bone: Monday morning had a Cable Car Rally in the City, Tuesday, the Big Sail (I'm guessing the big mid-week yachting traffic was fierce). Wednesday was the Battle of the Bands which preceded a Tree Chopping Rally (?!) Friday's a Bonfire Rally which I remember starring an old lady leading a cheer that must have had whiskers when the Truman administration was in office.

Then Saturday is the 111th Big Game, and that's worth something. Think of how many times the commerce, transportation and communications in Berkeley have turned over in that time, so a century old tradition is worth one Oski-wee-wee is it not? We've got it Cal 23 Stanford 14. And one Axe on the way back.— Kibby Kleiman

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