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Monday Morning Roundup

Before we get to this morning's mixed roundup of few Bruin related news item I want to officially share some very cool news related to BN. We have a brand new front page blogger. And it may not be a surprise to you at all given the kind of contribution he has made to BN ever since he started posting here. MIMBruin is now officially "Meriones." He is now our latest frontpager to grace Bruins Nation. We are stoked to have him as the latest member of this team. On to Monday's news.

Missed this really cool story from the Daily News involving our football team. Bunch of players participated in the Greater Los Angeles 5K Walk, benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, at the Rose Bowl in honor of Robert Kibble. From Jill Painter in the DN:

Kibble came to UCLA from Houston as a promising defensive back. He learned he had the disease before his senior year at Westfield High and figured he could cope and still play football. He played on special teams his freshman year for the Bruins, but frequent episodes that landed him in the hospital were too much to overcome and in November, Kibble had to retire from football.

Still, he's very much a part of the Bruins.

"It means a lot to me," Kibble said of his teammates' support. "I wasn't sure if they were going to go for it. A lot of people don't know about the disease, but seeing me in the hospital, I feel like they're a little more in touch now with the disease."

Kibble's doctors have tried a combination of medications to battle the incurable disease, one of which - at least for Kibble - is chemo-therapy. It seems to be working well. He underwent chemo-therapy Friday and has just one more session. Provided he's feeling up to it, he plans to be in Pasadena.

"Maybe they can find a cure for this disease," said Gary DeLoach, UCLA's safeties coach. "With stem-cell research, California seems like the place to be. He's still fighting this."
While the former star from Houston continues to be an inspiration to the kids in our football program, lot of folks around the recruiting circle are buzzing about another prep star from Houston, who just committed to UCLA little more than a week ago. Here is a highlight video of Aundre Dean, the RB from Houston, who just committed to UCLA:

Pretty impressive. As some of you know Dean had committed to Texas A&M before committing to UCLA. Surpisingly I didn't see any reaction from the folks over at the12thManChild, the TA&M blog for SBN. I do have to give credit Seth over at Double-T Nation who tipped me off about Dean in an email he sent to BN on February 22nd, by pointing to this post in the Dallas Morning News.

Moving on to other sports baseball team finished off sweeping CSUN on Sunday. The official site has the recap on BLUE HOT BRUINS:
Left fielder Will Penniall hit 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI as the No. 24 UCLA baseball team defeated Cal State Northridge, 12-8, and sweep the three-game series at Jackie Robinson Stadium Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Brant Rustich (3-1) limited the visiting Matadors to three hits in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief and tallied four strikeouts to earn the victory.

With Sunday's 12-8 win, UCLA (22-16) has now won 14 of its last 16 games, including eight of its last 10 home contests. The Bruins have swept three teams (at Stanford, at USC and Cal State Northridge) over the course of the last four weekends. The 16-game span is UCLA's most successful stretch since 1997, the last season in which the Bruins earned a trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
Savage (and ryebreadaz) is rapidly turning many of us here on BN to college baseball fans.

Lastly, I watched Lakers-Suns yesterday and realized why I hate watching one one one NBA jungle ball. It was typical horrific display of one man game, which turned me off the NBA a while. But FWIW Farmar had a pretty good game, and former Bruin Baron Davis ("Boom Dizzle, B Diddy, MVP") had an explosive game in their first game against the Mavericks. Good for them. Not sure if I am going to follow these playoffs closely though. I just didn't find them all that fantastic.