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Weekend Notes

The baseball team's seven game winning streak came to an end yesterday. However the Daily Bruin reports that the team is still high after winning its fifth straight Pac-10 series at home:

The Bruin baseball team is singing a new tune these days. Where a few weeks ago they might have been singing "Stormy Monday" by T-Bone Walker, nowadays, Randy Bachman’s "Taking Care of Business" might be more appropriate.

The Bruins (15-15, 5-1 Pac-10) took care of business on their home field by beating the Washington Huskies (16-13, 5-4 Pac-10) two out of three for their second straight conference series victory. Over the weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium, the Bruins held off the Huskies 6-5 to win on Thursday night and crushed them 11-2 on Friday, before falling 9-4 in the final game on Saturday.

While the seven-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday, the Bruins were still riding high after their sweep of Stanford last week and a series victory over a hot Washington team who came into this weekend’s series as winners of 13 of their last 16 games.

"We should have momentum," coach John Savage said. "It’s crazy to think that we wouldn’t have momentum. We played well at Stanford. We played well here this weekend. We just didn’t play good enough baseball today."
Bruins return to action tomorrow night at home against UC Irvine at 6 p.m. Rye tells us UCI is a pretty good program, which is no surprise considering current Bruin coach Savage help build it (while working for DG at UCI).

Elsewhere the Wooden Award Dinner was held over the weekend. One of our loyal readers was present at the shindig and sent us the following email:
Although he was not one of the five finalists, Arron Afflalo (a Wooden Award Top Ten All-American) attended the dinner reception with the rest of the UCLA SID contingent. While a few of the four finalists in attendance (the UNC guy didn't even bother to show up)used the intermission to leave their seat at the head table hang (I say hide) out with their families and friends (these would be the same family/friends/SID people they flew into town with and not people they have been separated from for any great length of time), AA was in the lobby mingling with the people who were checking out the silent auction items and stretching their legs. He was so gracious, and very generous with this his time. He was busy talking, shaking hands and taking pictures with everyone who approached him. I can tell you that he is as classy in person as he appears to be on the court and in post-game interviews. I am so grateful he is a Bruin; UCLA could not ask for a better person to be representing the university.

Unfortunately, Steve Lavin also came to the dinner this year. He was there to support Gene Keady who received the Legends in Coaching Award. It has been so long since I have seen him in person that I have forgotten how large his head is.
Thanks to our reader for that email. It is great to hear those stories about AA. As for Lavo if I ever met him in person I would go over to him and tell him in a very measured, deliberate tone how he is a big joke and how he should he ashamed himself for being nothing but a con artist who destroyed one of the cherished institutions in American sports landscape. If someone from here ever pulls that off and record that conversation send it back to us with a link, he (or she) would never have to pay for beers at least while hanging out with me.