I like the "drinks in a sports bar" analogy. I do find this board amusing. More personality driven than the football board. I little like "Cheers." All of the characters add color.chuckle!
Okay, here it is. I view the Rise as the enemy b/c all he wants is Arizona to do well. He doesn't care about Cal that I can tell. He doesn't want AG to come here. He wants Rooks to come here b/c he believes that Jabari Parker is a possibility for Arizona, along with AG. Go check out his twitter feed. He's got his eye on other higher level recruits too. He hopes AZ legacy Rooks goes to Cal so that they get grab higher targets.
Further, the Rise (note the small "t", not capitalized) is merely using his Marcus Lee criticism of Kentucky to show AG that UK is not a good place to go. So, ML is merely a tool. ML is already signed to UK, there is no coming back to Cal and Rise knows that. So, Rise does not support ML coming to Cal, ML is merely his tool. There's nothing to support in Rise from my perspective, though his comments add knowledge here, as I don't read all the various news flashes he does.
As for WB, when he talks, I get a sense of emotion about Cal. Why would WB go out of his way to say some of the stuff he does here? Because there is emotion about it. Someone else long ago pointed out that if you don't care, you don't comment. It's like, another universe that doesn't matter to you. So, I see WB as an actual Cal supporter, of sorts, who maybe would have wanted ML to come here. No doubt WB would have been able to watch ML play more often LIVE and in person. In this sense, I've got more in common with WB than tR. He and I *could* have been partying at Haas together. tR and I never would, though we might enjoy talking up hoops and stuff together at the bar - but it would end badly. I don't like Arizona, despite the fact that my 90 year old great aunt still lives in Tucson!
I don't think I've ever defended WB in a "WB<--->tR" faceoff. I only laughed with WB as he told tR that tR's prognostication that the Harrison twins wouldn't sign with UK was completely wrong with his simple "they signed, dumbass" retort. That had nothing to do with Cal, and it was all tR's formula for trying to discredit UK as a challenger to AZ for AG, JP, and others.