Letters to Sports: Rushing the Field - With Class

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I just wanted to say what an awesome sight it was from the cannon platform Saturday when the students rushed the field. Not only was it colorful, it was good to see the students didn't started tearing down goal posts. I hope the event staff noticed this as well and learned that students on the field after a game doesn't spell the end of the free world.

Sean Byrne

Cal student

Playing Without Support

Over the past few weeks, I have been reading The Daily Californian, watching the mood in the sports section change from hopeful to despondent, and now to jaded. Too many, it seems, are already looking toward the basketball season to spare the pain of what the rest of this football season is predicted to bring.

Before the Arizona State game, Matt Odette wrote an article concerning a test of character ("Character Test Coming for Holmoe and Co.," Oct. 5). No doubt, that game would foretell whether or not our team would be able to pull together against all of the odds, annoyed fans, angry alumni, and the failed expectations of all of those around them. And, as I'm sure many predicted, the Bears were not victorious in the desert that weekend.

The next Monday, Odette wrote yet another article, this one centering not a test of character, but rather a demonstration of one ("Pride Comes Before the Promise of Better Days," Oct. 9). Reading about Andre Carter's performance, I knew that even though I was not able to watch or listen to the game that weekend, that one of our players had not given up. How did the rest of the team take that defeat? That I cannot say for certain, but I can only hope that losing still has that sting, that they have not become numb to its effect. They feel, however, the animosity that is currently rising out of the most faithful student section in the country. As always, it's hard to keep going with little support, yet they do.

I've read letter after letter criticizing the coach, the players, the organization, the university. It's a sobering realization when people begin to refer to making mistakes as a "Kyle Boller" and students say, "Besides the game, I had a great weekend."

We may not make it to a bowl game this year. Our schedule from this point on has football pundits predicting doom and gloom for all associated with Cal football. Nonetheless, I believe that this team has the ability to salvage this season, to prove everyone who has doubted them wrong, and the determination to make a statement.

Chris Lin

Cal student


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