While we're impatiently waiting for the next Ben Ball game, I thought I'd share this.
I stumbled upon this channel surfing last night. It was a rebroadcast of "The LA Sports Awards Greatest Moments of 2007." UCLA garnered two of the top ten spots. Coming in at #7 was the Women's Water Polo NCAA Championship to get us to 100 overall NCAA team Championships:
Here's a compilation of all of UCLA's awards from the LA Sport's Council's website since the presentations started in 1996.
2007 - #3 UCLA Returns to Final Four (March 24): The UCLA men's basketball team swept through the West Regional, defeating No. 1 seed Kansas to reach its second straight Final Four.
2007 - #7 UCLA First to 100 (May 13): UCLA's women's water polo team beat Stanford to capture its third straight NCAA title and the school's 100th, as UCLA made history by becoming the first University to win 100 team championships.
2006 - #4 UCLA stops USC, 13-9 (December 2): The Bruins stunned their cross-town rivals in football to snap a seven-game series losing streak and knock the Trojans out of national championship contention.
2006 - #5 UCLA reaches Final Four (April 3): The Bruins capped an incredible March Madness run by reaching the Final Four and Championship game for the first time in 11 years.
2005 - #8 UCLA rallies late to beat Stanford, overcoming a 24-3 deficit in final eight minutes to win in overtime, 30-27. (October 29)
2004 - #3 UCLA women's teams win four NCAA national championships over an 8-week period: gymnastics, softball, golf, track & field. (April 16-June 12)
2003 - #3 UCLA named Ben Howland its new basketball coach, the first time a former national coach of the year has been hired for the position.(April 3)
2001 - #1 Former UCLA quarterback and Rose Bowl MVP Rick Neuheisel returns to Pasadena as coach of Washington and leads Huskies to 34-24 win over Purdue in Rose Bowl Game. (January)
2000 - #8 UCLA football team scores upset wins over two no. 3-ranked teams - Alabama and Michigan - in a 14-day period. (September)
1999 - #2 UCLA women's softball team upsets Washington to win NCAA title. (May)
1998 - #8 Heisman finalist Cade McNown leads UCLA to undefeated Pac-10 football season and 20-game win streak. (November)
1997 - #10 UCLA football team wins nine straight games to finish with its highest national ranking (No. 5) at the end of the regular season since 1982. (November)
1996 - #9 UCLA's 48-41 double-overtime comeback win over USC, the Bruins' unprecedented sixth straight against the Trojans. (November)
Nice trip down memory lane reinforcing why we're the best public university around. Hopefully, we'll have a few more "Greatest Moments" for 2008 - Like maybe: #1 UCLA gets 12th banner and #2 UCLA Hires Rick Neuheisel and football returns to national prominence.