Another week, another Chianti fueled exercise in unintentional comedy also known as Chianti Dan's
Propaganda Word From Westwood! I know you're all as excited as I am to hear about what our Dear Leader has to say, so let's dive right in.
Our student-athletes have enjoyed the great amenities we have here at UCLA on a daily basis.
That's line numero uno. It takes a lot of balls to lead with one of your biggest failures as an AD and put it out there as a strength. I can just hear it now. "What's wrong with Jackie Robinson Stadium/my botched Pauley Renovation/the worst football facilities in the conference?"
To be fair, he needed a lead in to the following name drop-fest.
What you may not know is that many professional athletes have looked at UCLA as a destination to train in their off-seasons as well. Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Pete Sampras have hit balls at the LATC. Tom Brady and Wes Welker occasionally work out at Spaulding Field. Major Leaguers like C.J. Wilson and Nick Swisher have trained at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Some of the world’s most celebrated soccer teams, such as Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid have held preseason training camps at the North Athletic Field. Legions of NBA players play in the legendary pickup games at the SAC Gym each summer, and Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix have been spotted sprinting on the track at Drake Stadium.
Sounds pretty glamorous, Dan. What a great atmosphere you've cultivated here, Dan. Sounds like a lot of non-Bruins, Dan.
Felix graduated in 2003, making headlines by forgoing college eligibility to sign a professional contract with Adidas. Adidas paid her an undisclosed sum and picked up her college tuition at the University of Southern California. She has since graduated with a degree in elementary education.
It's telling that the size of his namedropping opening paragraph is the same size as the space given to all of our non Revenue sports combined, five sections below. Maybe he could have used that space to talk up actual Bruins who don't get the spotlight. Instead, we see very clearly what the priorities are for this AD. Nowhere moreso than Chianti's section on our own dumpster fire basketball program where he dedicates half a sentence to the "disappointing" loss to St. John's, but follows with an entire paragraph describing his meeting with Gail Goodrich where he "came to realize" that Gail is still an "ardent follower of the program". I guess proactive engagement with alums isn't worth his time unless he can take some sort of credit for it.
But to be fair, there was one useful nugget of information for tomorrow's ASU game:
However, Fox Sports Arizona and our colleagues at Arizona State were able to set up a free live webcast at www.foxsportsarizona.com.
Those clamoring for streams in our gamethreads should at least find that information useful. By the way, when can we expect a similar setup for our games and FSN West? You're not going to let ASU show you up in terms of competence are you? Oh, you are? Okay then, carry on.
And, as always, we conclude with the Chianti-asks-himself-a-softball-question section:
Q: When is a decision expected from the conference about the future of the Pac-12 Tournament?
The correct answer is "who gives a damn?" It's bad enough that Howland's trainwreck of a program needs that exact tournament in order to get to the real tournament, but it's just a tangential reminder of where all the real hard hitting questions are that he's so obviously sidestepping. What do you think about missing the tournament again, Dan? What do you think about needing to win 4 games in 4 days, Dan? Do you think Coach's program should miss out on a 68 team tournament twice in three years, Dan?