Inside UCLA Podcast, Episode 19: Bruins’ big mo’ after Texas

On today’s podcast, Daily News UCLA beat reporter Jon Gold and former UCLA quarterback Ben Olson look at the changing fortunes of the Bruin football squad as the team begins Pac-10 this Saturday against Washington State at the Rose Bowl after last week’s huge win over Texas.

Among the things they discussed are:

  • The running vs. passing game — Ben thinks you can successfully throw the ball out of the pistol offense, and a team needs to commit to the passing game in order to reach “elite status” in college football.
  • Top QB recruit Brett Hundley is a dual threat. Should Kevin Prince be worried? Jon asks. Job security for a QB is not a given, says Ben
  • Washington State has no chance and is not a threat in any way, says Jon.
  • Texas is a game-changing win that should boost recruiting for UCLA.
  • How is the pac-10 looking? Cal is showing a lot of weakness. UCLA is a “sleeping giant,” says Ben.
  • Predictions: Ben – UCLA 45, Washington State 3: Jon – UCLA 34, Washington State 10.

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Inside UCLA Podcast, Episode 18: Special combined UCLA/JV Show

Daily News staff writers Jon Gold and Vinny Bonsignore recorded today’s episode in Vinny’s Austin, Texas, hotel room in the run-up to Saturday’s UCLA vs. Texas game.

Among the highlights of today’s show:

  • Vinny says Austin is “a college football cathedral”
  • They run into a ton of UCLA fans
  • They are working on a story about the Austin football scene.
  • Austin has a small-town feel — a community atmosphere that rallies around the Longhorns’ football and basketball programs
  • Austin is the state capital and is heavily into politics, music and sports
  • Does Vinny really have a Neil Young tattoo?
  • Jon and Vinny met a fan celebrating his bachelor party with group of UCLA fans in Austin … but he’s already married
  • Turning to the NBA, the Carmelo Anthony trade to the New Jersey Nets looks like a good fit, says Jon
  • Do players really want to “return home,” LeBron style?
  • In a two-on-two game, who would win in the Jordan-Bonsignore vs. LeBron-Gold matchup?
  • Extended talk about the state of the NBA and the Lakers
  • In the NFL, what about the Vikings? Brett Favre is a little beat up right now, says Vinny
  • A look at the power rankings in the NFL
  • Is Jimmy Clauson ready for the Carolina Panthers? Vinny says yes, Jon doesn’t like “the Clauson face”
  • In Major League Baseball, Now that Manny Ramirez is with the White Sox, how’s he looking?
  • Vinny says the Dodgers aren’t a team where a manager gets his start. No offense to Don Mattingly, but he hasn’t been a manager before
  • It’s high drama in Austin as Jon loses his wallet … Jon and Vin look everywhere — stay tuned for the exciting conclusion

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Inside UCLA Podcast, Episode 17: Houston, do we have a problem?

In today’s podcast, Daily News UCLA beat writer Jon Gold and former UCLA quarterback Ben Olson talk about what the Bruins need to do to turn things around in Saturday’s game against the University of Houston at the Rose Bowl.

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Inside UCLA Podcast, Episode 16: What happened at Kansas State? And what will happen against Stanford?

In today’s podcast, Daily News UCLA beat writer Jon Gold and former UCLA quarterback Ben Olson discuss the state of the Bruin football team after week 1′s loss to Kansas State.

  • Ben called Kansas State “a must win”
  • Jon wonders, is Coach Rick Neuheisel’s positivity good for the team? Does the coach say the same thing to the team as to the media?
  • Jon asks, “Does UCLA need “wholesale changes”
  • Jon says, “The pistol offense looks like 1981 … the defense is all over the place .. the offense is not creative enough”
  • Ben says, “The defense is not crazy enough”
  • Ben talks about how Boise State takes average players and makes them better, and how winning breeds success
  • Jon and Ben discuss UCLA’s non-conference schedule. Is it too tough?
  • Ben says that in Saturday’s game, Stanford will run the ball and be physical
  • Will the recruting of Brett Hundley put pressure on Kevin Prince? Ben says you win the QB job in spring ball, not at fall camp.
  • Who’s better at sports trivia, Jon or Ben?
  • Jon interviews UCLA free safety Rahim Moore and BruinReportOnline.com’s Tracy Pierson

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Inside UCLA Podcast, Episode 15 – We’re not in Kansas anymore, but we will be

Daily News UCLA beat writer Jon Gold and former UCLA starting quarterback Ben Olson talk about UCLA’s season opener — which is three days away — against Kansas State in a non-conference game.

How do teams like going on the road? Is UCLA’s game plan set? Will Richard Brehaut play significant minutes?

Jon and Ben will discuss these questions and more.

Plus, Jon interviews Brandon Huffman of Scout.com about UCLA’s chances to recruit quarterback Brett Hundley.

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Inside UCLA Podcast, Episode 14 – We’re back for 2010 Bruin football

Daily News UCLA beat writer Jon Gold and former Bruins starting quarterback Ben Olson return to the booth to look at the football season ahead. They talk about:

  • The quarterback debate: Kevin Prince vs. Richard Brehaut, and why getting more reps on the field makes for a better QB
  • The quality of UCLA’s recruiting class and what it means for the Bruins in 2010
  • Jon talks with Tracy Pierson of BruinReportOnline.com and Scout.com about the QB question as well as UCLA’s pursuit of Arizona high-school quarterback Brett Hundley

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The JV Show With Jon Gold and Vinny Bonsignore – Episode 3: Lakers-Celtics, it’s GAME 7, baby!

Daily News staff writers Jon Gold and Vincent Bonsignore talk about the Lakers’ chances against the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

Jon also interviews Laker Jordan Farmar at today’s practice, and also speaks with Boston Globe writer Dan Saughnessy.


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The JV Show with Jon Gold and Vinny Bonsignore – Episode 2, Part 2 – What the USC sanctions mean for current and future players, plus PAC-10 expansion

In the second of two parts of today’s “JV Show,” Jon Gold and Vinny Bonsignore continue their conversation on what the sanctions imposed on USC football mean to current and future players, plus what PAC-10 expansion means for the world of college athletics.


“The JV Show” is produced and engineered by Jon Gold and Steven Rosenberg. Theme music by Matt Evans.

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The JV Show with Jon Gold and Vinny Bonsignore – Episode 2, Part 1 – NBA Finals tied up, USC sanctions and PAC-10 expansion

In the second episode of “The JV Show With Jon Gold and Vinny Bonsignore,” the Daily News staffers talk about the tied-up NBA Finals series between the Lakers and the Celtics, the sanctions imposed on USC football this week and the expansion of the PAC-10 conference.

Today’s podcast is in two parts.


“The JV Show” is produced and engineered by Jon Gold and Steven Rosenberg. Theme music by Matt Evans.
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This is NOT the Inside UCLA Podcast — this is the JV Show — a general-interest sports podcast with Jon Gold and Vinny Bonsignore

On the night of the first Lakers-Celtics game in the 2010 NBA Finals, Daily News staff writer Jon Gold and Daily News sports columnist Vinny Bonsignore start their new all-sports, all-the-time podcast, “The JV Show.”

To listen to today’s podcast, click the play button above, download this MP3, and look soon for a blog, RSS feed and iTunes listing devoted exclusively to “The JV Show.”

In this premiere episode, Jon and Vinny debate whether or not Lakers-Celtics is the greatest sports rivalry of all time. They also discuss the L.A.-Boston matchups, whether Andrew Bynam is still a factor, and how not preparing for the Celtics can sink a team’s playoff hopes.

Jon and Vinny also look at the Los Angeles Dodgers and what needs to happen to turn the team around.

They also talk about the perfect game that got away for Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga when umpire Jim Joyce declared a runner safe at first base and later admitted botching the call.


“The JV Show” is produced and engineered by Jon Gold and Steven Rosenberg. Theme music by Matt Evans.
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