We are Jeff Faraudo and Jake Curtis, a pair of long-time Bay Area sports writers who offer a little different perspective and feel that sports writers should entertain as well as inform. Hey, it’s a game.
We have been covering Bay Area college sports since the early 1980s, previously at the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle, and we are now introducing our one-stop website for Cal sports – Cal Bears Maven -- which promises to be informative, fun and just a bit different. Our site will focus on football and basketball, but we’ll also keep tabs on the best of the Bears in other sports.
We have seen it all. We have covered college football national championship games, Final Fours, NBA Finals, Olympics and World Cups, not to mention nearly every aspect of Cal sports for longer than we care to remember.
We covered the Cal football careers of Russell White, Tony Gonzalez, Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch, as well as the basketball exploits of Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd and Jaylen Brown when they were Bears.
We were there for “The Play” in the 1982 Big Game, Cal’s 2003 upset of a USC team that went on to share a national championship, and the Bears’ 37-3 thrashing of eighth-ranked Washington State last season, highlighted by Ross Bowers’ flip into the end zone.
We were at Harmon Gym in 1986 when Cal ended UCLA’s 52-game basketball winning streak over the Bears, and we were in Rosemont, Ill., in 1993 when Cal upset two-time defending national champion Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
We will encourage involvement by our readers, and you will have a chance to impart your wisdom directly onto the site and have a say in what appears. You think you’re clever? Well, we’ll see.
So come along with us for the bumpy ride that is Cal sports, as we cover, analyze and laugh about all things Cal.