Weekly Answers, Pt. 5

Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…

1) UCLA’s team Adidas gear is cool but they don’t sell it anywhere, why re-up with Adidas? Why not have Adidas agree to put UCLA gear in more stores? Who would’ve you signed with? – Anonymous
You re-up with Adidas because that gives UCLA the best options. Nike isn’t much of an option with Oregon and USC, Under Armour is a little too young and not a household name and they’ve had a pretty good relationship with Adidas. I see no need for a change.

2) Assuming Smith starts at the 5 and Nelson at the 4, who is the best candidate to back them up? Seems like Lane is a 4 and Stover is a 5. Both don’t seem to be ready yet. What do you think? – Anonymous
Lane is ready, or at least will be if healthy, and Stover is still a work in progress. I’m very interested to see how Stover progresses during the offseason.

3) In my opinion, in following BP as a bruin one may assume that he is easily a top ten pick,yet he seems to be going higher and higher on the boards, do you think scouts are caring too much about combine numbers than actual tape? – Anonymous
Oh, higher as in lower. I’m very surprised Price is falling this fast, particularly after he rose so fast toward the end of the season. There haven’t been any disastrous reports, he has strong character, obviously put up the numbers and has the size. Like I said, I’m surprised.

4) The game against Houston in the fall is on Yom Kippur. Have they announced the time of the game? Any chance it will be a night game to avoid issues with those who observe Yom Kippur? Are there any Jewish players on the team? – Anonymous
A couple of ticket websites have the game listed at 1 p.m. I’m not sure about the Jewish players on the team. I might be in trouble, though – same thing happened to me in high school with practice. Had to skip.

5) Are there any transfers / walk-ons that u know about of interest? How are Rice Jr and Pop doing? any chance of any of them breaking thru? – Anonymous
Without ideal size, it’s very hard for a walk-on to get that shot. Brett Downey got the shot, but he also put on something like 50 pounds since he’s been at UCLA. I enjoy watching Rice and Papadakis, but they don’t really have a shot. One guy I like is tight end/long snapper Kevin McDermott, who’s been getting some run with Fauria out the last couple days.

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  • spedjones

    Nike has never pursued UCLA, the Bruins fan base outside of California isn’t large enough to make it worth their while.

    They probably wouldn’t want to risk ticking off USC anyway, who could jump to another sponsor and takes their sales with them.

  • Confused

    Under Armour may not be a household name, but I believe they would treat UCLA as essentially their big named brand school. Their products are much better than adidas. Everything I wear from Adidas feels flimsy, cheap, and over priced. Not to mention all the foot problems that occurred with Adidas gear. And what about the crappy Adidas gear our players had to wear at the eaglebank bowl. Frankly, adidas sucks, and now i’m forced to buy crappy addidas gear for at least another year. I hope UCLA wakes up soon.

  • Confused

    Nike Sucks, no interest in having their brand or logo on UCLA, however Under Armour may not be a household name, but I believe they would treat UCLA as essentially their big named brand school. Their products are much better than adidas. Everything I wear from Adidas feels flimsy, cheap, and over priced. Not to mention all the foot problems that occurred with Adidas gear. And what about the crappy Adidas gear our players had to wear at the eaglebank bowl. Frankly, adidas sucks, and now i’m forced to buy crappy addidas gear for at least another year. I hope UCLA wakes up soon, because Championships will continue to roll in to Westwood.

  • bruin78

    Adidas is a great brand…there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. I’ve used Adidas products non-stop for years and years and have never had an issue with it. I don’t think all these Adidas haters have very much ground to stand on. But then again, everyone is allowed their opinion. I would hate for UCLA to switch and go Nike or Under Armour.

  • Brutus

    i think Todd Golper is jewish and also one of the walk-on kickers i think is jewish

  • Saul

    Does adidas make yarmulkas?

  • Kobe

    Imagewise, Under Armour is the equivalent of high school football compared to the NFL that is adidas and Nike. And they probably pay about as well.

    That being said, adidas is an extremely low quality product.

  • supply and demand

    Why would adidas stock stores with UCLA goods if it doesn’t sell?

  • Dr. Mario

    I live in Arizona, and I see people wearing both UCLA and USC gear all of the time. UCLA has a huge presence out here and in a lot of other places. I’ve lived in DC and I would randomly encounter UCLA fans quite frequently. Same for Stanford fans and Cal alums. VERY rarely would I encounter a USC person, let alone any of the other Pac-10s.

    The UCLA name and fanbase is way bigger than any of the other Pac-10 schools except USC and maybe Stanford. Nike would be stupid not to try and pull in UCLA. That being said, I personally believe that Adidas makes a superior product to Nike for the sports that I play (tennis, soccer, basketball). Can’t weigh in on football products…

  • Anonymous

    JUST GO TO DICKS SPORTING GOODS THEY HAVE A WHOLE SECTOIN OF UCLA I TOOK MY SON THEY HAVE ABOUT 100 UCLA THINGS YOU CAN GET FROM SWEATERS FLECCE JACKETS SHIRTS FOOTBALLS BASKETBALL SHORTS JERSEYS..

  • Air Force Bruin

    Is it just me or the moderators on BruinsNation hypocrites when it comes to patrolling comments? But they love to criticize Howland’s coaching style for one bad year? Ridiculous???

  • Anonymous

    not just you. i love some of the content – but the moderators are imbeciles.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry but we messed up big time in staying with adidas. I have been to the adidas website not only do they not care about football, they have few products when you go to the gear section when I say few I mean 2 pairs of shoes and one performance shirt listed.

    UCLA IS NOT EVEN LISTED. SURE OUR LOGO IS THERE WITH THE OTHER 7 TEAMS THEY SPONSOR but when you go to team apparel UCLA is not even listed so you cant see UCLA gear on the adidas site, but you can see all the other teams stuff.

    I guess that’s the great relationship UCLA was talking about.

  • Boston Bruin

    Is any speculation about NIKE/Addidas by commentors based on fact?

    One commentor states, “Nike has never pursued UCLA, the Bruins fan base outside of California isn’t large enough to make it worth their while.”

    The Bruin store on campus has the highest volume of “wear” (in our case Bruinwear) of any similar university store. The reason…not just students and alumni, but also the Japanese tour buses that go to campus every day.

    Furthermore, I’ve lived in Boston and have traveled the eastern seaboard for the last decade and see many Pac-10 team wear…most popular is Stanford, but UCLA is a close second, followed by Oregon and Washington.

    Honestly, I may have seen only a handful of Southern Cal wear in all my time here. They have no presence outside of the Pac-10, other than hatred by SEC/Big-12 football fans

    So making idle speculations on NIKE/Addidas merchandizing outside metro LA is so U$C.