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Northwestern slips by CAL.

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Saturday marked the second meeting between Cal and Northwestern. The last time these teams met was in the 1949 Rose Bowl. Northwestern came out victorious that game and  Cal had revenge on their mind for their home opener.

Collin Ellis returned two interceptions for touchdowns to seal the deal for No. 22 Northwestern to spoil Sonny Dykes debut as Cal’s new head coach with a 44 – 30 victory.  Ellis returned the first interception for 56 yards in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 27-24 lead. He then returned his second interception for 40 yards that gave Northwestern a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Jared Goff Action

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The interceptions, three total, were some of the mistakes made by Jared Goff, who became the first true freshman ever to start the season opener for the Golden Bears. Goff went 38 for 63 for 445 yards and two touchdowns.

The win came at a cost for Northwestern. They lost starting quarterback Kain Colter to a concussion after their second play from scrimmage. A number of other Wildcat players went down with minor injuries. The injuries affected the rhythm of Cal’s offense. Dykes felt that, “Every time we’d make a first down, they had a injury…it was disappointing that I saw that but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Coach DykesInjuries?

Trevor Siemian went 18 for 29 for 276 yards and a touchhdown when Colter went out. Treyvon Green ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Cal linebacker Chris McCain was ejected from the game after officials ruled a helmet-to-helmet contact on Siemian. On the following play, Siemian hit Dan Vitale on a 53-yard pass to set up Jeff Budzien’s third field goal of the game to give Northwestern the lead.

On the next drive, Goff’s short pass went of Darius Powe’s hands and right to Ellis who raced in to make it 37-27.

Cal lead early in the third quarter when  Goff threw two TD passes to Chris Harper in a 47-second span that included a fumbled kickoff return by Stephen Buckley in between the two touchdowns.

Cal took the opening kickoff and drove 82 yards for a touchdown. The drive ended with a fake field goal attempt. Holder Jackson Bouza flipped the ball back to kicker Vincenzo D’Amato, who passed it back to Bouza fo a 10-yard touchdown.

The rest of the first half didn’t go well for the Bears. Northwestern scored 17 unanswered points behind backup QB Trevor Siemian.

Cal was able to cut the lead to 17-10 at the half when Goff executed a 10-play 84-yard drive that led to a field goal by D’Amato.

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Raiders/Lions Recap 8.25.12

The third preseason game for the Oakland Raiders and the first-team offense was a success, somewhat. Carson Palmer and company have been able to drive down the field this preseason, but unable to punch it in the end zone.  All that matters is the victory at the end, which the Raiders got by defeating the Detroit Lions 31-20.

The Raiders drove down to the Lions 12-yard line on the first drive of the game and could not get into the end zone. To cap it off, Sebastian Janikowski missed a 30-yard field goal wide left.

The Lions countered with a 12-play, 57-yard drive led by Matthew Stafford and it was finished by Jason Hanson. Hanson nailed a 41-yard field goal, which gave the Lions a 3-0 lead with 1:51 left in the first quarter.

Once Detroit took the lead, both teams traded punts. It was on the third series that the Raiders finally punched it in.  It was a 12-play, 86-yard drive finished by Darren McFadden with a 1-yard touchdown run. Prior to the touchdown, Lions DT Corey Williams forced McFadden to fumble. The Raiders challenged that McFadden had already broke the plane and the call was reversed.  That gave the Raiders a 7-3 lead with 6:39 left in the half.

Lions QB Shaun Hill entered the game midway through the second quarter as Matthew Stafford suffered an injury to his non-throwing hand.

“It was just scary to look down and see your hand swelling up by the second,” Stafford said. “That kind of freaked me out. The skin kind of just grew by the second. I didn’t know what was going on.” Team trainers wrapped Stafford’s hand in heavy bandages and a brace on the sideline and X-rays were negative.

After back to back field goals by the Lions, the Oakland Raiders ended the half with a 56-yard field goal by Eddy Carmona and a 10-6 lead.

The second half was the Terrelle Pryor show.

The Lions opened the second half with 7 yard touchdown pass from Hill to Brandon Pettigrew.  Pryor replaced Palmer (17/26, 181 yards) to start the Raiders third quarter.  He scrambled for 59 yards and later shook off a sack for a 17-yard touchdown run in his first series in a quick third quarter, which gave the Raiders a 17-13 lead.

The Big Ten product had some chemistry with rookie wideout Juron Criner. The two connected for on two touchdown passes. One was a 39-yard TD pass that Criner had to twist back to haul in the underthrown ball over a defender.  The second score was a 76-yard pass in which Pryor threw across his body to Criner running a post pattern across the middle of the field.

Pryor ended the day rushing for 90 yards and a score. He also threw for 137 yards, on five attempts and two scores.

The victory was the first for Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen – “Any time you get a chance to get a win, you do nothing but grow from that. We talk about creating habits and you’re either creating good habits or bad habits and today we created a good habit. It’s a good habit to get into winning. I talked to guys before about that’s why we play the game and that are what we went out there and tried to do today.”

The Raiders finish the 2012 Preseason next Thursday at Seattle.

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Sleep? Not Really In My Vocabulary.

The best thing about working from 9pm-5am? The co-workers. Times are hard right now for everybody. The States are at a stage in which you have to take whatever  job you can get. You have to have some major discipline to work a graveyard shift. Not just regular discipline, mental discipline. You have to be committed, dedicated to the job. You also need to have a open-mind. It’s one thing to go to your “normal” 9-5 and just go with the motions if somebody is having a bad day. In the graveyard world? You have no idea what you are getting yourself into. People have already had problems during the day AND they still haven’t got to work yet. Dealing with surprises EVERY NIGHT has helped me have a open-mind about people.

Normally, my first paragraph sets up the rest of my entry, not this time. Honestly, I just wanted to show love to my graveyard counterparts. It’s really hard to do that. It’s  really, REALLY difficult when you have two jobs. You are working around the clock, averaging about four hours of sleep per day. As I think about it, if I only had one job, I probably would average four hours of sleep anyway.

My blog, my rules.  My friend told me that I post a lot of alcohol pictures. Forgive me if I enjoy a tasty beverage. Want to know something? I got home a bit early this morning from work and I had a small glass of…

If you really want to get creative, try this with Apple Juice. I tried it before and I couldn’t feel my limbs after a while.

(I may enjoy alcohol a bit too much.)

For the record, that was about 2:30am. It’s called “bar just closed I have booze at my place”on the weekend.

I’m going back a bit, with TWO VIDEOS. Rock The Bells is this weekend and I can’t go unfortunately. My friend is going and I’m jelly (Short for jealous, like it?). The lineup is literally a blast from the past. Should be awesome. Three people I really wanted to see.

Numero one, he (and the special guest)  is still going strong….

Nas performing should be pretty good.

The main person I really wanted to see???

DMX is very talented and it’s unfortunate that he is always getting in trouble. Now that I think about it, I hope he makes it this weekend.

Can’t wait to go home and take a nap. I’m more of a nap person.

Tearful Thursday, Life Must Go On.

You know what happens everyday? Losing people. It happens in a variety of ways: death, moving, break-up, etc. In this case, I’m losing a co-worker. JW, no need for the whole name, has decided it was time to move on to the next chapter in his life. We all have been in that situation, even if we didn’t want to (unfortunately it’s mandatory). I believe we all have at least one person that can help steer us in the right direction (that isn’t a family member). We have a person that we can talk to in the time of need (also not a family member). This is the second time in the past two years, maybe three, that I’ve gotten the short end of the stick. Despite my emotional issues on the subject, I know that they are happy (I know my former boss lady(ESP) is).

………Again with the initials!!!! I’m just protecting them, it’s called respect……

Mini breakdown:

JW: showed me the ropes of the manual labor in the Promo world. I was HIS outlet when he had to vent. He helped me out when I was in need. He was my opposite. You know the good and evil conscience that’s on your shoulder? He was the good one, by far!

ESP: THE  person that hired me in the media world. She also let me vent to her when I was going through a rough patch. Time and time again she checks up on me as I search for that elusive full-time job.

Both people are class-acts, helped me out when it wasn’t in the job description. I lost co-workers, but kept friends.

         Life will go on and they will always be here, I just have to keep reminding myself.

This is the part where I’m suppose to serenade you with pictures of them, but I’m not, won’t. Who knows, maybe in the future.

My current mood?

i'm in a glass case of emotions gif

I can never get tired of Anchorman.

This video is about a few years back. Me posting this defeats the purpose of this “Throwback Thursday” post. At the end of the day though, rules are made to be broken.

Somehow, someway I’m getting to that point this weekend haha.

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