Results tagged “Bear Blog” from California

THE BEAR BLOG'S ON CAMERA DEBUT

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Here is the Bear Blog's on camera from this week's episode of This Week in Cal Athletics. I'd say it's a decent effort for the first time out, but feel free to criticize away below. What else is the "comment" option for, anyway?


FILMING FINISHED

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Since I know that all of you were holding your breaths waiting to hear how my on-camera debut went, I thought I'd give you a quick update. The answer? I have no idea - you'll see it right along with me later today.

As soon as the editing process is finished, the video will be uploaded to the CalBears.com homepage and I'll embed it right here on the Bear Blog, so stay tuned. To whet your appetite, check out this tweet which includes a picture of This Week in Cal Athletics host Chelsea Brown in action.


THIS WEEK IN CAL ATHLETICS - THIS MORNING

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One of the most exciting things about the blog format is its versatility - a single post can provide a written account, photographs and video of a certain event. If you're new to the blog, scroll through the last week's worth of content and you'll see exactly what I mean.

The versatility of the format also requires the versatility of those behind the Bear Blog. While I have plenty of experience as a writer, my career as a photographer is about a week old - after all, the blog only launched last week - and I am yet to make my on-camera debut.

Well, today is that day. I will be featured in this week's edition of This Week in Cal Athletics on the CalBears.com home page to discuss the new and improved Bear Blog.

In a few moments I'll be leaving my mobile office (aka my laptop in my apartment) to head to Haas Pavilion to set sail on this new experience.

Filming starts in about an hour and, if I'm completely honest, I still have no idea what I'm going to say. Regardless, it should be a fun ride and, if I'm good enough, I just might secure a weekly spot in the video for the remainder of the spring semester.

So be sure to check back later today for when This Week in Cal Athletics goes up. I'll be sure to provide a link both on the blog and on Twitter for you to see what's coming up in the world of Cal sports and the Bear Blog.


HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY EVERYONE

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I hope all of you had a pleasant holiday weekend, whether you are in our out of work today. The Presidents Day holiday gave Cal students the day off from class today, time which I'll be using to be holed up in the depths of the main stacks as I conduct research for my honors thesis.

The Bear Blog will be back in full force tomorrow with recaps from this weekends events - there was quite a bit going on in Berkeley - and continued inside-access coverage of all things Cal sports.

THE EASIEST TICKET GIVEAWAY EVER - CAL VS USC ON THURSDAY NIGHT

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The header that you see above boldly states that the Bear Blog will be "bringing Cal sports to the fans."

In most cases, this will mean bringing you an inside look at the day-to-day activities of the Cal athletic department (as you can see below). In this special case, however, "bringing Cal sports to the fans" takes a twist: I'll be bringing Cal fans to the sports.

More specifically, I am offering you the easiest ticket giveaway ever. Really, I mean it. All you have to do is follow the Bear Blog on Twitter and retweet this post and you will have a chance to win two tickets to see men's basketball play USC at 7:30 tomorrow evening at Haas Pavilion.

If you aren't currently on Twitter (which, well, you should be), comment on this post you will still be in the running to win a pair of tickets to the game. I have plenty of tickets to give away, meaning I will pick numerous winners by tomorrow morning.

See? I told you this is the easiest ticket giveaway ever. Follow these instructions and I just might be seeing you on Thursday night.


JONATHAN OKANES FEARS THE BEAR BLOG

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OK, not really. But it does make a good headline.

As many of you know, Okanes does a great job covering Cal football for the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.

Yesterday he tweeted at me about my new gig (enter shameless plug for the Bear Blog Twitter account here), and followed that up with a post on his BearTalk blog on the subject.

Clearly he's not too concerned about his job status, considering he offered me some free publicity by linking the Bear Blog to the hordes of Cal football fanatics who hang on his every word.

So thanks for the plug, JO. Don't worry, I'll at least wait until after I graduate to come for your job.


BUSY MORNING FOR THE BEAR BLOG

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I may not have posted since yesterday afternoon, but this morning was a busy one for the Bear Blog.

Just as I am introducing myself to the fans this week as the eye within the athletic department on your behalf, so too must I be introduced to the department as a whole.

This morning I presented the concept of the Bear Blog to about 40 of Cal's coaches and fielded their questions regarding this new element of CalBears.com. Thankfully, these coaches were receptive to the blog's mission and are as excited as I am about the new exposure it will provide for all of the varsity sports here in Berkeley.

So why am I telling you this? Because this was a big step toward bringing fans the all-access look at the Bears that has become my personal mission.

And without making any direct promises, stay tuned for the rest of the day and week regarding other opportunities for you to contribute to the launch of the Bear Blog. Don't worry, you will be compensated for your efforts.


WELCOME TO THE NEW BEAR BLOG

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For three years, Memorial Stadium was my home.

Some of you know me as a two-time letter winner in football for the Golden Bears. Others know me as a writer for the Daily Californian and Cal alumni extraordinaire Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. But there certainly is a good chance that many of you have no idea who I am. So, allow me to introduce myself.

My name is David Seawright, and the Bear Blog is my new home. After three years of college football, including a stint as Cal's starting placekicker before suffering a career-altering injury in 2008, I will combine my passion for Cal sports and my off-the-field abilities to bring news of the Bears to you, the fans.

I have plenty of experience that will be applied when doing this job, like the aforementioned writing gigs, plus writing for Cal Game Day programs and the Pac-10 website, as well as an internship with KGO Television. But my true value will come with my experience as a student athlete at the world's greatest institution of higher learning.

This spring, I will graduate with a bachelor's degree in Media Studies after only three years of undergraduate study. This semester I am completing an honors thesis that will analyze the effect the polarized cable news networks have on policy-making decisions by those who hold public office. Most importantly, I accomplished all of this while devoting countless hours a week to the game of football.

It is that experience that I hope to deliver to each of you every day. I am fortunate enough to be friends with some of the greatest people in the world who just happen to be some of the greatest athletes in the world as well. I'll be giving you an inside look at the every day life of a Cal athlete, their workout regimens and competitions. Consider this your all-access pass inside the world of the Golden Bears.

This certainly will be a fun ride. I can guarantee that what you find here you will not find anywhere else, as the athletic department has granted me previously unfathomable access to every Cal sport.

So come inside and feel free to stick around. Follow the Bear Blog on Twitter. Make my new home your homepage and get your personal look inside Cal athletics.


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