Jan. 31, 2011
Thepush to save five Cal varsity teams,including baseball and rugby, advanced Monday as the supposed deadline to eliminate them loomed.
Monday was reportedly the university'sdeadline for a final decision on those sports but a source close tothe situation told CSNBayArea.com there will be a "few days reprieve" amidst hopes that the effort could be met by a positive report from the UC Berkeley Chancellor. The Save Cal Sports group reportedly has raised16 million in an effort to save the five teams -- baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area was provided a copy of the most recent email from the Save the Cal Baseball committee, which is reaching out for more pledges. According to Save Cal Sports' Web site, the University and the Chancellor's office "have stated that the number for reinstatement of all five programs is 25 million."
The following is correspondence from the Save Cal Baseball committee obtained by CSNBayArea.com:
Cal Baseballers: I know many of you are anxious to know the latest status of our Cal Baseball Program after the recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Here is what I have for you after my conversation with Doug Nickle.
1st of all. Monday is NOT the drop dead date for the decision on the fate of Cal Baseball. Nextweek will begin further talk and evaluation as to where we are in our fundraising efforts to save the program. There will be verification of the funds that have been pledged to our cause and then analysis of how close we are to meeting the financial demands that the Chancellor and AD feel that we have meet in order to sustain the Program. At the end of the week we hope to have a better idea of howmuch further we have to go or whether we have done enough, at this point, to gain reinstatement.
Nothing is engraved in stone but we are close enough to meeting their number to where it issafe to say that if you are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen next or what will happen with Sandy Barbour or what will happen with Dave Esquer---GET OFF THE SIDELINES AND STEP UP WITH YOUR PLEDGE!. That may just be enough to push us over in their eyes.I know the process the University is making us go through may not sit well with many of you.But, after many hours of meetings and communication with the Chancellors Office and the AD by the committee members representing OUR Program they feel that the positive approach that is beingtaken is the best way to achieve our 1st and most important goalThe Reinstatement of Cal Baseball. The other concerns that you may have is something to be addressed after we get Cal Baseball back. The University is as attentive as they have ever been.I know that everyone feels a great deal of frustration as to how long this has taken and the way we have seemingly been strung out. But I urge you to not wait to be a part of the immediate solution,which is by you financial pledge to Save Cal Baseball.
NASHVILLE – Apparently, one wake up call wasn’t good enough for the plummeting San Jose Sharks.
Just one day after suffering what was arguably their worst game under coach Pete DeBoer, Nashville put up a touchdown on the Sharks in a 7-2 win, giving San Jose its sixth straight defeat – all in regulation.
After getting outscored 13-3 the last two nights, including Friday’s 6-1 loss in Dallas, where do they go from here?
“In two years, last year and this year so far, we haven’t had one night like this almost. Now we have back-to-back nights,” Joe Pavelski said. “I think it’s just a reality check. A gut-check time.
“It’s on us as players. Bottom line is we haven’t put the effort in that we need to have right now, and it snowballed on us a little bit at times. I think we’ve got to take a deep breath and really take a look in the mirror, refocus a little bit and understand there’s hockey out there, but it’s not going to fix itself.”
What has to be fixed immediately is the defensive structure that has been so vital to the Sharks’ success in the Pete DeBoer era. Even when the club was going through stretches of struggling to score, as it was earlier in the season, it was still collecting points in the standings with its ability to limit the opposition’s scoring chances.
While the game against the Predators was actually a little better in that regard, believe it or not, it was still nowhere near the level it needs to be for the postseason. Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s absence was partly to blame for that, but the Brent Burns-Paul Martin pair has been a disaster lately. Both have a minus-nine rating during the six-game losing streak, and that number is indicative of how they’ve looked, too.
“We’re giving up some goals. It’s a combination of things,” DeBoer said. “Obviously it’s not good enough to win games, so we’ve got to figure it out. I don’t have an answer standing here for you, but I know our group. Every team I’ve ever coached has a tough part of the season. This is obviously ours. We’ll regroup, and figure it out.”
Burns, who admitted to a “bad read” on Nashville’s second goal when Roman Josi sped around him, said: “It’s a tough league when you’re not executing little things.”
The Sharks actually looked strong early, poised to put the Dallas disaster behind them. The first few shifts, they had the puck in the Nashville end.
But Tomas Hertl was outmuscled behind the net by Colin Wilson on Colton Sissons’ goal at 4:14, Burns got beat on the second, and the Sharks never recovered. Patrick Marleau’s second period power play goal offered life, but that was extinguished 24 seconds later when James Neal answered with a power play goal of his own. The Sharks never got closer than two goals after that.
“When things are going bad, those are the things that are happening,” Burns said of Neal’s response to Marleau’s marker. “So, you’ve just got work through it."
Will they be able to work through it with just seven games left in the regular season, though? That this cold spell is happening in late March doesn’t speak well to the Sharks’ chances in the postseason, which begins in just two-and-a-half weeks.
Burns said: “Right now we should be just tightening up everything. … We've got figure it out pretty soon.”
NASHVILLE – Sharks forward Micheal Haley could be in line for supplemental discipline from the league, after earning a match penalty in the third period of Saturday’s 7-2 loss in Nashville.
After absorbing a borderline hit from behind by Calle Jarnkrok, Haley tracked down the Predators forward and promptly delivered a left jab to Jarnkrok’s face at 12:56 of the final frame, with the Sharks trailing 5-2 at the time.
Naturally, there were differing opinions from the two head coaches on the play.
Pete DeBoer said: “When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth.”
Predators coach Peter Laviolette told reporters: "It's an ugly play. This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."
Any player who earns a match penalty "shall be automatically suspended from further competition until the commissioner has ruled on the issue,” according to league rules.
In 54 games this season, Haley has two goals and nine assists for 11 points. His 110 penalty minutes is fifth in the league.
Jarnkrok did not return after the punch, but told reporters after the game he felt “OK.”
"I feel pretty good," Jarnkrok said. "Obviously, I saw him coming. There were a couple other guys coming, too. I didn't really know what to do. He got in a good punch on me.”