The Thurmanator, Robert Thurman, Dunks on UNLV

To all the folks who picked UNLV to beat Cal (ahem, Mr. President), let me be the first to share this news, Cal advanced in the NCAA tournament with a 64-61 victory:

Allen Crabbe, UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones
Allen Crabbe and Bryce Dejean-Jones

Allen Crabbe clapped his hands toward the roaring crowd. Richard Solomon shook his hips and danced. Senior reserve Robert Thurman pumped his fist lightly, just thankful for a chance to play again.

About the only difference between Haas Pavilion and HP Pavilion turned out to be 50 miles, two letters and one monumental stage in the NCAA tournament.

Buoyed by the support of a strong contingent so close to the Berkeley campus, Crabbe had 19 points and nine rebounds, Thurman scored all 12 of his points on dunks and 12th-seeded California held off fifth-seeded UNLV 64-61 in the second round Thursday.

You gotta appreciate that the Thurmanator, Robert Thurman, had twelve points, all dunks as noted above. He can thank his Marine Corps Mom, Shelley Thurman, for his strength:

Stefan Nastic, Robert Thurman
Stefan Nastic meet Robert Thurman

Born at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, Thurman learned from a young age how to adjust in any given situation. He moved eight or nine times growing up — he lost track — as a military brat and became accustomed to the difficulties of saying goodbye to close friends along the way. His mom often faced long deployments, so Thurman and his younger sister spent much of their time with dad.

“We always had that one, solid parent around,” Shelley Thurman said. “When we moved, we tried to make that transition as smooth as possible. They’d help us pack, they’d help us tour the community.”

These days, Shelley Thurman has slightly more flexibility in her schedule and can see her son play. Retired from the Marine Corps in 2008, she lives outside Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California and currently works at the same desk she did while in the military — serving as a government contractor supervising civilian helicopter mechanics.

Thurman respected his mother’s input and insistence that he pursue his goals, never daring not to listen to her because his father “was just so big and scary.”

“She would definitely get on my case,” Thurman recalled.

He appreciates her for giving him that extra push along the way.

Robert Thurman is not related to the other Robert Thurman, father of Uma.
Syracuse, you are next!

Harvard Tops Berkeley in Hoops?

We just let Harvard, Ha-vaard, beat us in hoops? Those Ivies run a defense and offense last seen in the 1950s. This is not sitting well:

Laurent Rivard scored 19 points, and Wesley Saunders added 18, leading Harvard to a 67-62 victory Saturday night over California.

Harvard (7-4) won its third straight game and beat Cal (8-4) for the first time after dropping the first two meetings in the series

Allen Crabbe, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, scored a game-high 27 points for the Bears, while Justin Cobbs had 15 points and David Kravish 12. Richard Solomon had a career-high five blocked shots.

Golden Bears, you guys are playing more like Goldilocks. Get your act together, please.

Crabbe, Kamp Beat Trees

I could not resist the title after today’s earlier post on golf and cricket. Alan Crabbe and Harper Kamp helped the Cal Bears whup the Stanford trees:

Allen Crabbe had 18 points and seven rebounds and Harper Kamp scored 15 points to lead California past rival Stanford 69-59 on Sunday in front of its first home sellout in almost two years.

Jorge Gutierrez added 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to propel the Golden Bears (17-5, 7-2 Pac-12) to their fifth win in the last six meetings against Stanford. The announced crowd of 11,877 at rowdy Haas Pavilion cheered Cal to a perfect 14-0 start at home this season.

Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins & Cal coach Mike Montgomery

I forgot old Johnny Dawkins was coaching Stanford B-ball. I remember him as a 76er, but wikipedia promises me he played for the Spurs and the Detroit Pistons too. A class act.

Little Richard Plays Hoops for the UCLA Bruins?

Cal Foosball got trounced by the University of Texas in our bowl game, but us Bear fans are a resilient bunch. After all, we have been taught by only the very best trainers.

Imagine how spoiled and entitled we would be if we rattled off ten-win seasons year in and year out? Thank you, Cal, for the great life lesson. And thank goodness that the pigskin’s been put away, to be replaced by the rock:

Little Richard (Tyler Lamb) drives on Justin Cobbs, UCLA vs. Cal, 31st of December

Wait, is that Little Richard filling the lane with a crossover dribble?

Tyler Lamb or Little Richard, UCLA Basketball Star or Rock Legend?

Who knows, I’ll take the W:

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and California beat UCLA 85-69 on Saturday to pull off its first home sweep of the Los Angeles schools in eight years and stay undefeated at home.

Jorge Gutierrez had 16 points and eight assists, freshman David Kravish scored a career-best 13 points and Justin Cobbs added 13 points and a career-high eight assists as Cal shot a season-high 65 percent from the field. Crabbe, who added six assists and five rebounds, had five points during a decisive run to start the second half as the Golden Bears (12-3, 2-0 Pac-12) pulled away.

As for Little “a wham bam a loom bam a wham bam boom” Richard, apparently I was not the only one thinking Fifties crooner. Some Big Blue Michigan fans guessed Otis “Shama lama Ding DongDay:

Otis Day, Animal House

Yeah, that works. Otis Day was the character’s name. Otis Day and the Knights was the band. The actor DeWayne Jessie played the part and singer Lloyd Williams sang the goldOoooh mau mau!

PS We live in funny times, so maybe I should disclaim with this disclaimer: this post is in good fun and Mr. Lamb’s race has nothing to do with anything. If given the chance, I would joke with Tyler personally, as I am sure half the team does. I hope this disclaiming was unnecessary, but you never know.