Things Everyone Should Know About Berkeley, California

Kim Hastings FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

This weekend the second-ranked Ducks of Oregon take on the rank California Golden Bears.  As is our custom at’tbeabletoreadthisforfree, we like to go behind the scenes to give you a glimpse of the environment of the next opponent.  The University of California at Berkeley is famous for being the birthplace of both the free speech movement in the 60’s, as well as the place where the radioactive substance “Berkeleum” was discovered.  The campus has been radioactive to talented football players ever since.

Artists conception of the first logo proposed for Cal helmets

Artists conception of the first logo proposed for Cal helmets.

Cal has a 750-pound cannon that it fires off whenever they win a football game.  The cannon collapsed in embarrassment during the much-lamented Tom Holmoe regime.

Expired Cannon

Expired Cannon

While the San Francisco Bay Area is full of exciting things to see and do, Berkeley . . . not so many.  One prominent travel site, when asked to list the most interesting things to do in the city of the Golden Bear returned, as it’s second choice Berkeley Bowl . . . a grocery store.

Actual picture of the inside of the thrilling Berkeley Bowl

Actual picture of the inside of the thrilling Berkeley Bowl.

Listed among notable Cal alumni is the name John Scharffenberger.  He graduated in 1973 and is apparently renowned as a chocolatier.   My wife made caramels for our friends last Christmas and is now waiting for induction into the College of the Redwoods Hall of Fame.

Likely not John Scharrfenberger but how I imagine him in his chocolate kitchen

Likely not John Scharrfenberger — but how I imagine him in his chocolate kitchen.

Of course, no analysis of Cal sports can be complete without remembering the famous “The Band is on the Field!” game-ender against Stanford in 1982.  While their band will probably not be on the field against the Ducks on Saturday night, there are those who say they would put up a better fight.  That trombone player could lay a lick!

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a flower in your hair.  If you’re going to Berkeley . . . turn around and go back to San Francisco.  Ducks to the House!



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