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Bob Dunning: High-falutin’ words exacerbate the situation

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From page A2 | December 10, 2013 | Leave Comment

THE ART OF LANGUAGE … after Assemblyman-to-Be Dan Wolk was quoted in this very newspaper as saying “Not only does it exacerbate the sensitivity of this issue, but it lends itself to being this separate entity, and it’s not,” my friend Luther wondered if “anyone can get into Stan-Fo” these days … before signing off “Yours Exacerbatingly,” Luther said he is “filling out an application for admission to Stan-Fo” even as we speak … I think you’re pretty much exacerbating and exaggerating the situation here, Luther, but good luck with that Stanford application and hopefully that’ll put you first in line for Rose Bowl tickets as well … if you need a letter of recommendation, Danny Boy is your man …

WARM AS TOAST … I don’t know about you, but I took advantage of last weekend’s bout with global warming to work on my tan in the front yard, much to the consternation of family, friends and neighbors …

FROM BRONCO TO HUSKY … former Aggie superstar Chris Petersen becomes the third UC Davis product to serve as head coach in the Pac-12 after he accepted the University of Washington job late last week … many thought Petersen would never abandon the blue turf of Boise State, where he had a 92-12 record over eight years, with four of those losses coming in the just-completed campaign … in other words, prior to the 2013 season, Petersen had lost just eight games in seven years, while averaging 12 victories per season, the best major college mark in the country … at his first press conference in Seattle, he told the assembled media he had a “gut feeling” it was time for a new challenge in his coaching career …

The two other Aggies who have served as Pac-12 head coaches are Mike Bellotti at Oregon and Paul Hackett at USC … another former Aggie, Dan Hawkins, coached at Colorado before that school joined the Pac-12 … Petersen faces a major battle in the powerful Pac-12 North Division, which has been dominated in recent years by both Stanford and Oregon … here’s betting he’s up to the challenge … at $3.6 million a year, the University of Washington is making the same bet …

SPEAKING OF PAC-12 FOOTBALL … that esteemed institution of higher learning known as UC Berkeley in now rolling in dough (18 million dollars worth) after agreeing to name the playing field at its football stadium “Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium” after video game maker Kabam … which is fitting, I suppose, since the football program is about to go kaboom if new coach Sonny Dykes doesn’t figure out how to start competing with Stanford …

BIKES-R-US … glad to see that Old East Davis was cited by one organization or another in 2013 as one of the top neighborhoods in the country to ride a bicycle … I don’t know if that’s because people can’t afford cars on my side of the tracks, but “bicycle-friendly” is a stretch to say the least … first, there are hardly any bike paths at all in Old East Davis, and the stretch of Fifth Street between the railroad tracks and L Street is one of the most dangerous in the world for riding a bicycle … but we’ll take any honors we can get … it’s great for neighborhood pride …

ONE MAD MOMENT … thanks to an invitation from several incredibly kind folks, I had the opportunity to attend the annual Madrigal Dinner at First Baptist last Friday night and was overwhelmed by the experience … the Mads, under the expert direction of Karen Gardias, are a town treasure … both the talent and the dedication of the kids in that group were abundantly obvious to all in attendance …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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