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Incurable UCLA Bruins fan, and proud alumnus

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An Offer of Help to the Morgan Center

A BruinsNation member comes up with some interesting ideas to help out UCLA's incompetent athletic director Dan Guerrero's "marketing" department.

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A Dan Guerrero-Inspired Lexicon

The incompetence of UCLA's athletic director Dan Guerrero is giving rise to new words on BruinsNation.

Who's Got It Better Than Us?

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[Note to Eds.: This started out as just a couple of links, but then, as often happens in my geezerhood, I got a little wordy. Sorry if this should have been a fanpost, but I went ahead with the fanshot.] Even if you're not a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, you have to step back in abject awe at the job Jim Harbaugh has done. With, essentially, the same players that comprised the team last year, he has them off to a 9 and 1 start. While not terribly dynamic, offensively, they are solid in every phase of the game and pretty damn good in several. I'm sorry that I don't recall the player, but I heard a radio interview with a member of the team this week. He was asked by the interviewer the origin of the Who's-got-it-better-than-us thing that the team had been doing. It was news to me at the time; I just love this story. The player said that Harbaugh has taken a couple of moments to tell them about his childhood, and his dad, Jack Harbaugh. The family was not wealthy, but they got by. They lived in a modest home, and drove a car that was closer to jalopy than luxury. Yet, Jack taught his family to appreciate all they had with a little refrain. In the midst of their ordinariness, he'd suddenly proclaim in a boisterous voice, "Who's got it better than us?" The response was always a melodic "No-o-o-o-body!" They'd be huddled in their living room, watching a modest TV set. "Who's got it better than us?" "No-o-o-o-body!" They'd be rattling along in their family car. "Who's got it better than us?" "No-o-o-o-body!" Well, Jim Harbaugh has brought this really nice, humble-yet-proud sense of appreciation to his team. When the team won its first game, they voted Harbaugh the game ball. At first, he declined, but the players insisted. Reluctantly, he accepted the ball, held it aloft, and shouted "Who's got it better than us?" Naturally, the team responded "No-o-o-o-body!" I love this idea. Instead of looking around with envy at those who you think have it better than you, you look inward. Instead of begrudging your lot in life, you embrace it. I don't know how much of a part this attitude adjustment has played in the team's success, but I have to think it's had an impact. You can read more here

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The Morgan Center Guide to Turning Corners

A BruinsNation reader spotted a pamphlet from the UCLA athletic department that provides a peak into the "philosophy" of current regime's idea of "success." (Satire).

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On Having Both a Great Chancellor and Great AD

Recounting the memories of Chancellor Franklin Murphy and Athletic Director J. D. Morgan, the combination of whom ushered in a golden era at UCLA.

Book Review: Tyler's Cookbook- "Savoring Life"!

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In case you haven't gotten around to obtaining a copy of Tyler's cookbook, Savoring Life, yet, I just wanted to let you know what you are missing. This little dude knows what he's doing in the kitchen. Like soups? How about "Smoky Split Pea Soup," with pancetta? Into salads? "Kicked Up Caesar Salad" fills the bill. I'm fairly sure that his dad, Insomniac, oversaw the creation of "Beer Poached Chicken with Mushroom Sauce," so get out of here with your accusations of under-age cooking. I may surprise Mrs. Bruinut one night with "Dragon's Breath Chicken Enchiladas." Obviously, Tyler digs egg rolls. "Taquito Egg Rolls" heads the list of a half-dozen egg roll recipes. Like any kid, he fancies mac and cheese, and chicken tenders, too. Of the three m&c recipes, I might have to go for "Ultimate Mac & Cheese" first. "Nut Crusted Chicken Tenders" would likely be my first choice of the three or four tenders recipes. I don't know if it was intended as a tip of the chef's cap to the Bruins, but his "Chicken Cordon 'Blue'" modifies the French spelling of "bleu" into something all right-thinking sports fans can appreciate. Recommended. Go Tyler. Go Bruins.

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#SFatPauley: Morgan Center Designs New Dorm

If Dan Guerrero's incompetent athletic department were tasked with designing a new student dorm on UCLA campus how would it look? A member of Bruins Nation comes up with an idea (this post not...

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#SFatPauley - On Courage and Conviction

UCLA alums express profound frustration at the lack of courage and conviction from Bruin Athletic department shown in their bungling of student seating mess with regards to new Pauley.

Full-on "rile 'em up" mode: New photos of Jackie Robinson

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As referenced by Huffington Post, there is a wonderful collection of 27 never-before-seen photos of the 1955 World Series from Life magazine. My favorites are two of Jackie Robinson, stealing home in the eighth inning of game one. What 'nads. From the caption of one of these two photos: "...Brooklyn would not win this game, but Robinson's steal made it plain that they weren't going to let the yankees simply walk away with the title. It was going to be a battle to the very end. (For what it's worth, an awful lot of people who have reviewed the play in the years since believe that the ump, Bill Summers, blew the call. But probably even more are happy to believe that Robbie pulled it off.)" There is also a great sequence of photos of Jackie, boldly "dancing off of third," daring a throw. Again, from the caption: "This picture is from the same series of Morse photos that produced perhaps the single most famous image of Jackie Robinson ever made -- a portrait of the Dodgers' second baseman in full-on "rile 'em up" mode that has become, 55 years later, an emblem of competitive fire. This, the picture says, is the guy you want on your team."

Free Lecture: Terence Tao

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If you're lucky enough to live in L.A., and geeky enough to want to listen to a brilliant mathematician... RSVP and campus map at the link. Dear Alumni and Friends, The dean of the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences and the chair of the UCLA Department of Mathematics are pleased to invite you to: The AMS Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics "The Cosmic Distance Ladder" Speaker: UCLA Mathematics Professor Terence Tao, 2006 Fields Medalist Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:15 p.m. Schoenberg Hall A reception with light refreshments will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. K–12 students are welcome to attend.

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Steve Lavin's Pyramid of Success

Unveiling the Steve Lavin "pyramid of success."

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On the state of recruiting

When did recruits following a coach become acceptable? You hear about Calipari's possibly taking some of his hot-shot recruits to Kentucky. You hear about Floyd's possibly taking Sidney to Arizona....

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Mike Leach to be on Jim Rome Friday

Sept. 26. Not sure what time. Rome's show is 9am-12pm PT. Unlike the tight-lipped, cliché-ridden babble that most coaches offer, Leach says what's on his mind. He actually responded to a request...

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Thanks, Dan

It had been on my mental to-do list to follow up my beseeching letter to Dan Guerrero in the days leading up to Coach Neuheisel's hire. But, like many of my good intentions, it would have been easy...

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RN Stories

Frankly, I am still swooning. It feels so good and so right to be really excited about UCLA football again. RN has so quickly said all the right things in just the right way, and has so deftly...

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Thanks, Bruins

Maybe it's the (almost) new year optimism speaking, or it could be the Saturday-bowl-watching-and-UCLA-has-new-coach celebration taking place right now in liquid form, but I just wanted to pass out...

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One more voice

Bumped. Again if you are looking to let the UCLA administration know what you expect out of this search please email Dan Guerrero at dguerrero@athletics.ucla.edu and Chancellor Gene Block at c...

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