Where does Jim Mora rank among L.A. sports powers?

Jim Mora has led UCLA to 29 wins over the past three seasons. He's pictured here as the Bruins run out of the Rose Bowl tunnel against Stanford last November. (Will Lester/Staff)

Jim Mora has led UCLA to 29 wins over the past three seasons. He’s pictured here as the Bruins run out of the Rose Bowl tunnel against Stanford last November. (Will Lester/Staff)

We at the Los Angeles News Group released our first-ever ranking of the top 50 most powerful sports figures in the city today, and there was definitely a UCLA presence.

At the very top is Bruin alum and booster Casey Wasserman, whose surname will grace the school’s new football facility. Athletic director Dan Guerrero comes in at No. 28, and football coach Jim Mora at No. 33.

The ranking also branched out beyond, well, humans. The Rose Bowl checks in at No. 20.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Casey Wasserman, CEO Wasserman Media Group
2. Philip Anschutz, AEG Chairman
3. Magic Johnson, Dodgers and Sparks owner, Lakers Hall of Famer
4. Kobe Bryant, Lakers guard
5. Mark Walter, Dodgers Chairman
6. Vin Scully, Dodgers broadcaster
7. Jeanie Buss, Lakers owner
8. Stan Kroenke, St. Louis Rams owner
9. Steve Ballmer, Clippers owner
10. Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, WME co-CEOs

Click through to see the rest of the list. Feel free to express your approval/outrage in the comments below.

Weekly Q&A — 10/22/13 Answers

Q: Let’s say UCLA wins the South again: If we were to play UofO a second time, and they beat us and went undefeated, advancing to the National Championship game, would we automatically be selected to play in the Rose Bowl as the Pac-12 runner-up?

A: Not automatically, and not likely. First of all, UCLA must win nine games and be among the top 14 teams in the BCS rankings to qualify for an at-large selection. The Bruins would have at least three losses if it loses to Oregon twice, so staying that highly ranked would be difficult. Also, no more than two teams from the same conference can make it unless two non-champions somehow end up No. 1 and 2. UCLA would need two close losses to Oregon, and be a more attractive candidate than Stanford assuming both are at-large BCS qualifiers.

A top-12 team from the MAC, C-USA, Mountain West or Sun Belt would also automatically qualify and take up a BCS bowl slot. Fresno State (Mountain West) and Northern Illinois (MAC) are both undefeated and currently rank No. 17 and 18, respectively. Continue reading “Weekly Q&A — 10/22/13 Answers” »

Nick Pasquale’s No. 36 painted on Rose Bowl turf

Nick Pasquale's No. 36 at Rose Bowl

Nick Pasquale’s No. 36 will now be on the Rose Bowl turf for the rest of the season. The walk-on receiver died Sept. 8 when a car struck him in his hometown of San Clemente, and the Bruins have since rallied to honor his memory.

The school is selling blue No. 36 T-shirts that will benefit the Nick Pasquale Foundation. The first batch of T-shirts, donated by adidas, were close to sold out two hours before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. More will be available at the UCLA student store and online.

The Bruins also talked about Pasquale in an ESPN segment:

Rose Bowl opens public tours

Today, the Rose Bowl begins running the first formalized tour in its 90-year history. Fans will be able to walk onto the field, through the locker rooms, and learn a little bit more about one of the country’s most iconic stadiums.

General manager Darryl Dunn said the goal is to create a museum-like experience: “You go in, you have some fun, you learn a little bit. Maybe you appreciate it a little more.”

Walk-up tours cost $17.50 for adults and $14.50 for children, available at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. They will be led on Saturday and Sundays until 4th of July, when tours will increase to every Thursday through Sunday. You can find additional information at rosebowlstadium.com or 626-275-2714.

During the abbreviated version of the tour given to media this week, I found the 1922 locker room to be the most interesting part. The room itself isn’t all that special, but still gave off a certain aura simply by virtue of being very old. (The tour guide did bring up “Five-Yard Fogerty” and the invention of the high five, but the story’s origins seem dubious. Former Dodger Glenn Burke is commonly credited for the gesture.)

The photo gallery below is most easily browsed by starting at the beginning and clicking on the photo to advance to the next.

Hawaii to play UCLA at Rose Bowl in 2017

Rose Bowl: Pasadena, Ca

Four years from now, the Rose Bowl will host Hawaii for the first time ever.

The University of Hawaii announced yesterday that it had scheduled a game at UCLA on Sept. 9, 2017. Currently coached by former Bruins offensive coordinator Norm Chow, the Warriors have only one winning season since June Jones’ 12-1 campaign in 2007.

Hawaii finished 3-9 overall in 2012, and 1-7 in its Mountain West debut.

UCLA has beaten twice the Warriors, first notching a 19-6 win at the L.A. Coliseum in 1935. Hawaii last played the Bruins in 1939, losing 32-7 in the Poi Bowl.

More importantly, the Warriors officially re-adopt their original nickname, the Rainbow Warriors, on July 1. This was their throwback uniform.

Photo by Alejandro de la Cruz, under Creative Commons.