Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…
1) We gettin’ Shabazz or what? – The Blur
I think ultimately, yes, but you’ll sweat it out for him. UNLV isn’t going away easily.
2) I know you are a great sports writer and not the LA Weekly food writer of the same or similar name, but I still appreciate your occasional culinary commentary here. So, a couple of years ago the football staff had In-and-Out trucks next to Spaulding field after the last Spring practice, for the team. If you could pick 3 food trucks to show up after the Aug. 20 scrimmage, which would you choose, for yourself, for the team, for the fans? Thanks for the great work BTW. – uclaexdormie
I would pick Big G’s Roadhouse, BorderGrill and Kogi. And now I’m drooling.
3) OK, question 2: If you watch the players warming up before practice or a game, some of them are quite limber and others are surprisingly stiff. Just one example, sitting down with the legs straight in front, it looks like some have a hard time touching their toes and others don’t at all. It does not seem to correlate to player’s size. How much value does the coaching staff place on physical flexibility compared to brute strength? What about the players? Are they too busy “getting strong” and are they stiffening up and making themselves more prone to injury? – ucla ex-dormie
There’s been a bit of a reversal in the NFL starting in the late-90s toward flexibility and agility and away from just pure brute strength. I think it is more of an organizational, or in college, a program philosophy, and I think UCLA puts a decent focus on those qualities, but probably not enough.
4) Lindy’s magazine ranked UCLA last in the Pac-12 in receivers, but it seems almost a forgone conclusion that Embree, Rosario and Harkey are going to start. Is there a real competition for these spots (from who?) or are we going with the same old guys as last season? – BruinBall
Yeah, Randall Carroll and Ricky Marvray are going to get some decent run, and from what I’ve seen out of Shaquelle Evans, he’s ready to contribute. I need to see a healthy Josh Smith to judge if he can be a true threat.
5) Can you give a rundown of each coach and what they have done to make this off-season so ‘different’? If you had to bet your house, wife, kids, and genitalia on UCLA getting more than 5 wins would you do it? – BruinGeee
Not quite getting the first part of your question, and in regards to the second part, I don’t own a home, I’m not married, I have no children, and I value my ********* greatly, so I don’t think I’ll be betting them, but lets just say, yeah, I think UCLA will have more than five wins this season.