Cal hasn't been to the Rose Bowl since losing to Iowa 38-12 in 1959. Probably few, if any, current Bears have heard of Joe Kapp, the quarterback of that Rose Bowl team and later Cal's coach.
So first-year coach Sonny Dykes tapped the only piece of Cal lore that still makes the rounds on television: The Play.
Dykes opened training camp Sunday by showing his team the multi-lateral kickoff return for a touchdown that beat Stanford on the final play of the 1982 Big Game.
"I thought that was a great way to start off camp," Dykes said, according to the Cal athletics website. "I want to make sure our players are aware of it; certainly most of them are. We wanted our young guys to understand part of our history and appreciate and understand the traditions that Cal has.
"The two points of emphasis of showing that were how important it was for our players to never give up and to do a good job of executing. I want them to develop that attitude where they're never going to give up, and develop the mental toughness that goes along with that. The second (point of emphasis) was the execution on that play how well it was executed and practiced. They were able to pull it off because guys did their job even in the direst of circumstances."
Senior defensive lineman Dan Camporeale said he gained a new perspective of The Play.
"At first it appears like a miracle, but if you think about it, they executed at a high level," he said. "The plan was to get the ball to the next guy if you were going to get tackled. There was always a guy following behind him. They worked together despite the odds."
Endurance swimmer has quite a load
"The Shark" is in the water and he will be for a while.
Long-distance swimmer Jim Dreyer, who calls himself "The Shark," jumped into Lake St. Clair near the Michigan-Canada border Monday to begin what he hopes will be a 22-mile success story while hauling a ton of bricks.
Dreyer, 49, plans to come ashore 30 hours later this afternoon at Detroit's Belle Isle to greet fans, well-wishers and representatives of Habitat for Humanity, the charity that inspired him to undertake his latest swim.
A 22-mile swim across Lake St. Clair is like a dip in the water for a guy who has made direct crossings of all five Great Lakes.
So to make it interesting, Dreyer is carrying two dinghies filled with 334 bricks. And he's swimming solo without a support boat.
With each brick weighing 6 pounds, the motivational speaker is towing more than 2,000 pounds. He calls it his "train of pain."
Dreyer has been in tough situations before, overcoming high waves during his 60-mile crossing of Lake Superior and falling ill, vomiting repeatedly and dropping 20 pounds while swimming across Lake Huron.
He feels better about his chances for this swim. Dreyer has been preparing since October, doing strength training, completing 20-mile swims and at one point towing a 6,000-pound boat in the water.
"I'm confident that if anyone on this planet can do this, it's me," he said with a smile.
Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press