Weekly Answers, Pt. 12

1) One last Q for you Jon, SC put together in my opinion the best LB class in NCAA history last year.Muleuaga,Cushing,Matthewes,Maiva. you can only pick one.Who should get the praise for that Petey or Norton….Nice to see Norton be like a tree and leave. – Jed and Gold
I’m picking one, it’s Maualuga. Who should get the praise? Norton. He had a lot of juice with that class. Lots and lots of juice.

2) Hey Jon, I was wondering with some guys leaving early, what you think the starting offense and defense would look like for next year? (and what commits you think can start) thanks – lasportsfan(noSC!!)
Prince, Franklin, Coleman, Rosario, Embree (Smith), Harkey (Fauria), Abele, Baca, Maiava, Williams, Harris. D: Jones, Carter, ????, Graham or Tepa, Ayers, Golper, Sloan or Westgate, Hester, Moore, Dye, Price.

3) Hi Jon, week or so ago you had a post entitled, “Price on front of ESPN draft”, which, in the comments section, one or more readers pointed out that some/all of the info was from the ESPN website but that ESPN was not credited in the post. While I know most sports fans think this is trival imagine you and your editor(s) wouldn’t think so if this were brought to your attention. – TrojanHorse

First off, I wouldn’t care if my writing was posted anywhere else. But, reflecting on the situation, I was a bit overzealous when I posted the article. While I believe I gave it proper sourcing – I never claimed to write the article, and I thought it was pretty clear it was an ESPN piece – I now know to either make it abundantly clear if I’m not the author, or not post at all. I thought I was helping out the readers who don’t have the insider subscription. Guess not.

4) So what is your bio? – Walt
I was born in New Jersey and moved to Newbury Park when I was 3. Raised in Thousand Oaks, read the LA Times and Ventura Country Star starting when I was 7. Idolized Jim Murray and Woody Woodburn. Watched every Lakers game between 1995 and 2002. Thought I would be the next Chick Hearn, then realized my voice wasn’t very distinguished and figured I should try writing. Started writing junior year of high school, was promoted to sports editor as a senior while doing play-by-play for the boys basketball team and PA announcing softball, girls varsity and JV basketball, boys frosh-soph and JV basketball and boys volleyball. Played four years of football for the Lancers and still cry when I think of my last game, a crushing loss to Ventura in the quarterfinals. Touchdown as time expired to tie it, holding on center, I was playing guard. There was no hold. No. Hold. Recruited by Ventura College but chose to start my writing career. Went to SDSU, graduated in five years (luckily), after being sportswriter, assistant sports editor, sports editor, managing editor and editorial adviser of The Daily Aztec, one of the best college papers in the country. Worked for two years at the San Diego Union-Tribune, eventually covering San Diego State sports and USD football with Jim Harbaugh, still the most fun I’ve ever had covering a team. Worked for SI: On Campus, ESPN Radio, XX 1090 Radio and cohosted a radio show in college. Moved to Casper, Wyoming, for my first job out of college, six days after I graduated. Three months later, got a better job offer with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and jumped at the chance to work with Joe Hawk, Ed Graney, etc. After 11 months, couldn’t stand being away from my friends and family, moved back to Thousand Oaks and started working for the Daily News. Now, I’m here. I love Friday Night Lights, Californication, Ben Harper, Bon Jovi, good steak and Hefeweizen. I think the Tupac-BIG rap war was fabricated. I think Oswald did not act alone. I am a Jeopardy and Law and Order fanatic. I only care about two teams, TOHS and the Denver Broncos, and only one of the two constantly depresses me. Thanks, Cutler, you idiot. Yes, I have a lot of friends who got married and several more who are getting married in 2010. I have a great family and the most beautiful niece in the world. Anything more?

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  • Anonymous

    What did you think of coach Sanders? You played for him at T.O.?

  • RXBruin

    Hey Jon! I know Ralph H. at the San Diego Union-Tribune very well. Small world. Keep up the good work.

  • KarlMorgan82

    Wow, nice to meet you Jon.

  • Lifetime Bruin Fan

    But Jon, Are you not a UCLA fan? Please say YES.

  • Flexmonk

    Nice bio-in-a-nut-shell Jon…If you like a good steak you must love Mastro’s in Beverly Hills.

  • Jono

    OMG…… i don’t know anyone else that watches friday night lights. MY FAVORITE SHOW. this season is definitely not as good as the the previous seasons though. they seem to be focusing on hot button issues… and have almost cut out football. i thought the previous seasons had a good mix. we’ll see.

  • Ley

    Im not concerned if you are not a Bruin Fan, rather it makes all your reports more credible as appossed to the ANONYMOUS usc bloggers that frequently throw their phony takes in from time to time. P.S. What, No Dodgers?

  • Resource Guy


    Keep posting! Most of us appreciate the info and we don’t care if someone feels proper credit wasn’t given for a story, especially a prophylactic. Thanks for the very thorough bio. As a guy who played for a Marmonte League doormat I hold no ill will toward Lancers who always provided a good beat down. I also wanted to mention that I saw Ben Olsen out and about earlier this week and told him, and I’ll tell you how much I appreciate the pod cast. Keep them coming, but perhaps you guys can try not to talk over each other so much.

    Thanks Jon.

  • lasportsfan(noSC!!)

    Im glad you put the price stuff up cuz i dont have inside stuff, keep it coming!! (p.s. im from moorpark! small word)

  • Westlake Jon

    Westlake will and always be better than TOHS

  • Anonymous

    Westlake Jon: Go Warriors! CIF Champs 2009.

  • anon

    Who is this Ben Olsen that I kept on seeing his name being mentioned by posters?

  • Anonymous

    “But Jon, Are you not a UCLA fan? Please say YES.”

    If he says yes, then he’s not a UCLA fan?

  • Anonymous

    he was the UCLA quarterback and now work with jon gold on the podcasts. good guy.

  • scottielew24

    I watch Jeopardy all the time and Law and Order is the best…I like SVU but I hate Criminal Intent. Friday Night Lights…another great show and Californication is awesome. I saw them filming at Ucla last summer.

  • theuclan

    you gave proper credit for the espn story… you shouldn’t feel like you have to answer to any of the sc tools who post here…

  • Anonymous

    Now who is Jonah Hill?

  • Fan4Life

    So in reality, one Jersey guy replaced another.

  • Flummoxed Fan

    I can’t decide which UCLA related person is more annoying… VB or David Vassegh (the guy on 570).

  • Mario DiLeo
  • captainqtp

    When you said “Lots of juice”, did you mean Orange Juice?

  • INawe

    In regards to question #3 above I wouldn’t sweat it Jon. I think you had posted in a mini blog prior stating as clear as daylight that it was from ESPN and that you were going to post it separately.

    I’m pretty sure the people complaining 1. Just don’t know how to read and 2. Probably were directed straight to the page because other lazy bloggers out there probably directly linked to your page.

  • Bruingold82

    Today on this ESPN blog, D4 Riley said his best recruiting moment was committing to SC. I haven’t really seen this anywhere….. Did he just commit there?

    Scroll down the article.


  • MJD Lite

    Is this yelp post from Jon G. from the Jon Gold?


    If so, he has amazing taste, because Agoura Deli is the finest Deli I have been to (cost/benefit wise).

  • Jay

    Steak and Hef!!!!! YA!!!

    Jon, I fell your pain on high school refs in the playoffs… NO LIE the whole crew got fired after mine… oh well i’m gonna go cry now

  • Anonymous


    @ bruinG
    ” Editor’s note: This interview took place prior to the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game. While these players have verbally committed, no commitments are final until letters of intent are received on National Signing Day”.

  • gerry4ucla

    Have would be your dream job? Something that you would jump at a chance to do?

  • DS

    BruinGold82: that Riley interview was from the UA game, which was from the beginning of the month…

  • gerry4ucla

    I have a better question. What era would you like to report in?

  • lasportsfan(noSC!!)

    Jon, me being from Moorpark and playing football there all four years a couple years ago, and you being from T.O. i think we can both agree on our hatred for westlake.

  • MaltBaa

    every school in the marmonte hated westlake, spoiled prissy d bags

  • Anonymous

    Is the bruin bb game on tv tomorrow???

  • Paul from Tustin

    UB told me he walked in on his son masturbating to a picture of Jonah Hill but maybe it was just been a picture of Jon Gold.

  • on at 4:30 PST…

  • Anonymous

    You and Ben Olsen both went to TO, no wonder…