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Bear Insider Podcast: Rod's Pod - New Era In Cal Hoops

November 7, 2023
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Former Cal and professional center Rod Benson talks about the new era in Cal basketball under new HC Mark Madsen, Jerome Randle's Cal HOF induction and some exciting new news in today’s episode of Rod’s Pod.

You can hear the audio podcast on SoundcloudSpotify and Apple Podcasts or on most podcast streaming services.

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Bear Insider Podcast: Rod's Pod - New Era In Cal Hoops

2,105 Views | 9 Replies | Last: 3 mo ago by bearsandgiants
bearsandgiants
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This was a great podcast. Best of all, having Theo co-host. This program is on a MASSIVE upswing. Love that they let Rod fire the Cannon, and I think he's right about none of the players every going up there. No time to do it. Each team should make a pilgrimage to Tightwad hill, I feel. And operate the Cannon. At least spend a half up there, to check out the view and gel as a team. Would be great. Would be great if we started a tradition of having all of the teams go to a basketball game and do something there, too. Someone mentioned doing halftime "knockout." What if the whole football team did that? Crowd would go nuts. We need to have these two teams shine, and build enthusiasm in any way we can. Seems like a win/win/win.
75bear
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Yes, great podcast, I love Rod's unapologetic stream of consciousness. That said, I think the upcoming pairing with Theo will be one of those 1+1=3 situations, where their styles will more than complement each other to produce an even better conversation. At least this is my hope! If you are taking listener requests, I'd love to hear some behind the scenes stories from both of your Cal experiences - I know there are some juicy ones.

It's crazy it took a last minute invite by an anonymous (to us) table purchaser to get some basketball teammates to Jerome's HOF ceremony. We can do better, and kudos to that anonymous individual!
oskiswifeshusband
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I LOVE the rawness of this pod. It's just feels real.

It's energizing with how raw and real it is.

We need more RAW and REAL in Cal Athletics
udaman1
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Rod nailed it. His report on the MBB scrimmage a few weeks ago mirrored what we saw on the floor on Monday night v St. Thomas. He said something like "everything about the program is better and has me excited" He also came very close to saying that this is a 20 win team. His assessment included Tyson's involvement who apparently was "throwing down windmills with ease" in the scrimmage. Tyson's explosiveness plus Kennedy's defensive presence probably adds a ton to what we saw Monday.
BC Calfan
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Yeah, it's not fun hearing that Rod was the only player invited 2 days before Randle's HOF Induction by a donor---not the AD. And if he hadn't gone and brought some bball friends there would have been zero bball alums there. But it's important to know this so change can happen.

I honestly don't understand our Athletic Dept. The failure do to the most basic acts is mystifying. Eric McDonough posted a pic at opening night with a banner showing Lars, Joel, Kuany and Alajiki. Embarrassing.
udaman1
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Yes that was sad to hear. Man, Randle wants to be involved so badly. He's around here so much. Great honor for him, but the fact that no one knew about it is pretty rough.
I saw that he was being inducted into the Cal HOF , but maybe on a facebook post 3-4 days prior. It seems like they could have done a PR blast weeks before, and sent out emails to BBall alums and ticket holders/previous ticket holders/anyone who's bought tix ever through the ticket office. This would have cost, what? $0-500 in labor?
I'm going to the game on Friday. I'm actually excited about it.
ducky23
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I just caught the radio postgame show, but Theo is surprisingly good for someone with very little experience. Pretty articulate and it's clear he knows the Xs and Os way better than some other color analysts who haven't played the game at a high level.

We're really quite spoiled to have Paws and Theo doing color.
oskidunker
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ducky23 said:

I just caught the radio postgame show, but Theo is surprisingly good for someone with very little experience. Pretty articulate and it's clear he knows the Xs and Os way better than some other color analysts who haven't played the game at a high level.

We're really quite spoiled to have Paws and Theo doing color.


Turned off the post game after Madsen because it was all garbage commercials last year. How Long was it?
Go Bears!
bearsandgiants
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Just have to sync the radio broadcast with the muted pac12 tv broadcast and all will be right with the world .
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