Category: Sports

West’s Best Bets – Life’s a Beach

Welcome back to the West’s Best Bets, this week’s installment takes us further down the California coastline on the famed Pacific Coast Highway and eventually the beach. With only 13 miles separating them, the schools of Los Angeles couldn’t be any further apart. While the University of California – Los Angeles is a public institution and the University of Southern California is private, you would think that the campuses were in the wrong neighborhoods.

Located in Westwood, bordering the extremely affluent towns of Brentwood, Bel-Air, Holmby Hills and Beverly Hills is a sprawling campus that was originally called the UC “southern branch.” The name University of California at Los Angeles became the official name in 1927.  The campus is absolutely gorgeous and is a short six-mile trip to Santa Monica and the iconic pier and beach park. It is no wonder that UCLA is the most applied-to university as well as being the most selective public university in the nation. Over 72,000 freshman applications were received for the fall of 2012 with only 17.8% were accepted. Time for the rankings:

Lew Alcindor & “The Wizard of Westwood”

Athletics Teams

  • Football – Bowl Record of 15-16-1 with a Rose Bowl record of 5-7, one National Championship (shared) and 17 Conference Championships.
  • Men’s Basketball – 44 tournament appearances, 18 Final Fours with 13 National Title Game appearances and 11 National Championships including a streak of seven straight. They also have 40 regular season Championships and three Tournament Championships.
  • Baseball – 18 Tournament appearances and four College World Series appearances. They have won eight regular season Conference Championships including the past two.
  • Softball – 11 National Championships and seven time runners-up.
  • 108 Total National Championships
  • Other men’s teams National Championships (60) – Volleyball (19), Tennis (16), Track & Field (8) Water Polo (8), Soccer (4), Gymnastics (2), Golf (2), Swimming & Diving (1).
  • Other women’s teams National Championships (26) – Water Polo (7), Gymnastics (6), Track & Field (5), Volleyball (4), Golf (3), Tennis (1).

The University of California, Los Angeles has a tradition of winning. The basketball streak of seven straight National Championships is a record that will never be broken, not to mention the litany of other records including an 88-game regular season winning streak, a 38 game NCAA Tournament winning streak and four perfect, undefeated seasons. Add to that their football team notched eight consecutive Bowl game victories; including three Rose Bowls and the sheer dominance of their Men’s Volleyball and Softball teams, I award UCLA – 28 out of a possible 30 points.

Do the UCLA Women Put Them Over the Top?

Women

With such close proximity to the beach, Hollywood and Rodeo Drive, it’s no surprise that the women at UCLA are hot. I was thoroughly impressed with the current student body as well as three of my childhood crushes in Winnie Cooper, Jessie Spano, Princess Vespa from Spaceballs and Blossom, well, maybe not Blosssom. I spend most every day with a UCLA alum – the Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis. Another notable UCLA hottie is Bridget Marquardt from the Girls Next Door and you know what they say “If she’s good enough for Hef, that’s good enough for me.” – 22 out of 25 possible points.

Local Bars & Pubs

It seems like there is always a party going on with all levels of beautiful people and celebrities galore within a couple miles of campus. So, if you are looking to see and be seen, LA-LA Land is right up there with the best scenes in the country. However, if you are looking for your neighborhood sports bar or college bar head to nearby Barney’s Beanery or O’Hara’s (the old Maloney’s), you will not be disappointed – 17 out of 20 possible points.

Weather

Beautiful beach weather with a wide range of temperature changes are the norm in the city of Westwood and nearby Los Angeles. Sunny and warm weather keep the co-eds in shorts and sundresses for most of the year and the beach at night is a crisp and cool alternative – 13 out of15 possible points.

I assume she is on the Honor Roll

Academics

As previously stated, UCLA is the most selective of all public universities in the nation and for good reason. Ranked as the #25 University in the country by U.S. News & World Report, #9 on the list of top research universities and #14 by the London Times for International Universities, UCLA is definitely a top tier school. Their roll call of alumni, students & faculty includes 12 Nobel Laureates, 12 Rhodes Scholars, 12 MacArthur Fellows and 3 Pulitzer Prize Winners – 8 out of 10 possible points.

FINAL GRADE 88%

Leaving the beautiful campus and jumping on the 405 to the 10, I head inland towards downtown Los Angeles. I am almost afraid to exit the freeway approaching the campus of the University of Southern California as it is located in South Central Los Angeles, yes that South Central. Absolutely astonished that such an elite private institution such as USC would be located in such a “diverse” neighborhood has put the school at a slight disadvantage with first impressions being so important. It is this diversity that the school has embraced as it has the largest number of international students of any university in the country. Let’s see how they match up with their cross-town rival:

USC Has a Rich Football Tradition

Athletics Teams

  • Football – Bowl Record of 31-16 with a Rose Bowl record of 24-9, 11 National Championships and 38 Conference Championships
  • Men’s Basketball – 16 tournament appearances, advancing twice to the Final Four. They also have seven regular season Championships and one Tournament Championship.
  • Baseball – 36 Tournament appearances and 21 College World Series appearances with 12 National Championships.
  • 95 Total National Championships
  • Other men’s teams National Championships – Track and Field (28), Tennis (20), Swimming & Diving (9), Water Polo (7), Volleyball (4), Gymnastics (1).
  • Women’s teams National Championships – Volleyball (3), Tennis (2), Basketball (2), Golf (2), Tennis (2), Track & Field (1), Swimming & Diving (1).

The University of Southern California is world renowned for its perennial champion football team. Its 11 National Titles, six Heisman Trophy Winners (not including Reggie Bush), 38 Conference Championships, the nation’s best bowl winning percentage (min. 10 games) and 33 Rose Bowl appearances are all phenomenal. What impressed me most is that USC athletics won at least one National Title for 26 consecutive years and for that, I award USC – 27 out of a possible 30 points.

Sing me a Song, oh Song Girls

Women
Oh, my goodness gracious –this campus is on fire with gorgeous women. It isn’t just the Song Girls that are smoking hot; it’s the student body in general. There have been a number of notable USC alumni hotties including Miss India America, Diana Pinto, Kelly Preston, Cybill Shepherd  and wrestler/model Eve Torres 22 out of 25 possible points.
Local Bars & Pubs
You are most likely not going to want to go to many of the local bars in South Central, but definitely check out the college bar 901 Club or the 9-0 to students and there is also an on campus bar called Traditions. If you are venturing out into Los Angeles, the nightlife scene is stellar.  16 out of 20 possible points.

Weather
Same as UCLA – Beautiful beach weather with a wide range of temperature changes are the norm in the city of Westwood and nearby Los Angeles. Sunny and warm weather keep the coeds in shorts and sundresses for most of the year and the beach at night is a crisp and cool alternative 13 out of 15 possible points.

Academics
The University of Southern California admits approximately 20% of applicants with an average GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. U.S. News & World Report ranks USC at #24 in the country and #48 in the world. The School for Cinematic Arts is the top-ranked college in the country along with video game design and physical therapy programs. The recent class admitted 247 National Merit and seven National Achievement Scholars. 8 out of 10 possible points.

FINAL GRADE 85%

WINNER-UCLA

It looks as though we have our first upset with UCLA finishing with a slim 3 point victory. The tradition of USC is rich, but the lifestyle of the typical UCLA student seems to be just a little bit better. Whether it is because it is closer to the beach or just in a fancier neighborhood, you can’t deny that both schools are wonderful, but it seems that UCLA is just a little bit better and they have Giada.

I have watched Food Network for Years – I Don’t Know Why

West’s Best Bets – Battle by the Bay

As we continue down Interstate 5 into the Golden State of California, we embark on the third installment of the West’s Best Bets. This week we take the long drive through southern Oregon and the Shasta National Forest on our way to our next destination, the University of California at Berkeley or Cal for short.

I knew that California was big, but I had no idea just how big after driving eight hours with really not much going on in this region. Heading back towards the coast and towards hippy central, I rolled down my window to check if the city really smelled like body odor & patchouli coming from the great unwashed. Much to my pleasure, there was no such scent, but I did have a sudden craving for granola and desire to play hacky sack.

A couple miles west of the Berkeley Marina in the San Francisco Bay lays the University of California Berkeley. This “City of Learning” was chartered in 1868 and covers over 1,200 acres with the central core of campus focused on 178 acres. Now on to the rankings…

Athletics Teams

Aaron Rodgers

  • Football – Bowl Record of 10-10-1 with a Rose Bowl record of 2-5-1, five National Championships and 14 Conference Championships.
  • Men’s Basketball – 17 tournament appearances, three Final Fours and are 1-1 in the National Title Game. They also have 15 regular season Championships.
  • Baseball – 12 Tournament appearances, six College World Series appearances and two National Championships including the very first College World Series in 1947.  They have won 13 regular season Conference Championships.
  • 84 Total National Championships spanning from 1920 – 2012.
  • Men’s teams National Championships (69) – Rugby (26), Crew (16), Water Polo (13) Swimming & Diving (4), Gymnastics (4), Tennis (3), Track & Field (2), Golf (1).
  • Women’s teams National Championships (7) Crew (3), Swimming & Diving (3), Softball (1).

An absolutely amazing collection of National Championships shows competency in all sports and absolute domination in others. When it comes to the big three sports however, their last NC was in 1959 and only have only racked up three Conference Championships in the past 40 years.  It is hard to ignore the 84 National Championships though and for this I award University of California Berkeley 23 out of a possible 30 points.

Women

Playboy’s Ophelia Shalott

I wasn’t expecting much and thus I was not disappointed when it came to the women at Berkeley, at least they weren’t all Lilith Fair rejects that refused to shave or shower. The cheerleaders are always going to be hot, but let’s not forget about Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Playboy’s Ophelia Shalott.  – 16 out of 25 possible points.

Local Bars & Pubs

In the town of Berkeley alone, there are several lounges, dive bars, pubs as well as Bison Brewing and the Triple Rock Brewery. For those adventurous types, if you explore the Bay Area the number explodes and the heart of the craft brewing industry is within a stone’s throw. World renowned breweries such as Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam, Firestone Walker, 21st Amendment, Lagunitas, Lost Coast and my favorite Russian River Brewing are all within an hour’s drive- 17 out of 20 possible points.

Weather      

Being that Berkeley is right on the bay, there is always a coastal breeze and although there is sun, I don’t think it ever gets hot there. On the plus side, the temperatures rarely drop into the 30’s and snow only hits the mountaintops in the winter. This Mediterranean climate is probably what brings out the hippies and it would be a little nicer to enjoy the bay without having to always wear a jacket.  – 9 out of 15 possible points.

Academics

What can I say about Cal’s Academics that you don’t already know? The enlightened children of business industry executives and CEO’s are all dying to get into Berkeley to prove their parents that they don’t anything other than their iPhone and North Face jackets. On average, Cal only accepts approximately 1% of those that apply with an average GPA of 4.19 on a 4.0 scale. They are nationally ranked in the Top 10 in 48 out of 52 programs. – 9 out of 10 possible points.

FINAL GRADE 74%

Hooray for Cal

I leave Berkeley and the super nerds behind and hit the highway to San Francisco for a little scenery. I jump on I-80 and begin my journey over the legendary San Francisco bay. Much to my dismay, I am not on the Golden Gate Bridge as I thought it was the only bridge connecting San Francisco to the mainland. I make my way through downtown San Francisco, pass by various hookers, mostly male and finally find the bridge…which is red. Sausalito is beautiful, but I have to get back to work and get my ass to Palo Alto, another half hour or so to the south. Situated on the west side of San Francisco bay, the campus encompasses over 8,100 acres just outside of Palo Alto. Here are my findings:

Athletics Teams

Can Tiger Help Stanford over Cal?

  • Football – Two National Championships, Bowl Record of 10-12-1 with a Rose Bowl record of 5-6-1 and 12 Conference Championships.
  • Men’s Basketball – 16 tournament appearances, four Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eight, two Final Fours and one National Championship in 1942 as well as two pre-tournament championships. They have fifteen regular season Championships and five Conference Tournament Championships.
  • Baseball – 30 Tournament appearances including 27 out of 30 years while going to the College World Series 16 times and winning back-to-back championships in 1987-1988.
  • 61 total Men’s National Championships including Tennis (18), Water Polo (11), Golf (8), Swimming & Diving (8), Gymnastics (5), Outdoor Track & Field (4), Cross Country (4) and Volleyball (2).
  • 42 total Women’s National Championships including Tennis (17), Swimming & Diving (9), Volleyball (6), Cross Country (5), Synchronized Swimming (6), Water Polo (3), Basketball (2), Rowing (1) and Soccer (1).
  • 116 total National Championships and 448 individual sport champions.
  • Winner of the NACDA Directors’ Cup for the past 17 years straight, the award has only been given out for 18 years.

Absolute dominance- for this I award Stanford University 29 out of a possible 30 points.

Women

Super Hot Jennifer Connelly

Women with big brains turn me on…as long as they are wearing skimpy outfits that show off their “assets.” Unfortunately, too many women had their noses buried in books and were always bundled up. The night life/party scene seemed to bring out some beauties, but I doubt they were Stanford students. I have always had a thing for Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Connelly though. – 20 out of 25 possible points.

Local Bars & Pubs

Much like Berkeley, Palo Alto has its fair share of good college bars and pubs but it seems to be overrun with wine bars, like it was still stuck in the 90’s. There is a Gordon Biersch and a local brewpub called the Firehouse Grill & Brewery, but you really need to leave P.A. to find some real night life.  – 15 out of 20 possible points.

Weather

The coldest winter I have ever spent is the summer in San Francisco is a famous saying from Mark Twain an it pretty much rings true 35 miles south east in Palo Alto, but at least it gets into the 80’s there…or so I am told. The winters are a little cooler than Berkeley, but once again, no snow…just a bunch of rain– 8 out of 15 possible points.

Academics

Study, Study, Study

                                                              

Is there anything about Stanford’s academics that you don’t know? Wait, I am repeating myself. In a head to head battle of academia, the Ivy League of the West is head and shoulders above the rest. Stanford is a virtual breeding ground for billionaires, the millionaires settle for Berkeley. Google, PayPal, Netflix, LinkedIn, Victoria’s Secret, Pandora, Electronic Arts, Cisco Systems, Trader Joe’s, Dolby Labs, Charles Schwab, Capital One, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo! And Sun Microsystems were all were founded with Stanford degrees. If you are looking to get ahead and you are smart enough, get your ass to Stanford   – 10 out of 10 possible points.

FINAL GRADE 82%.

Although the oldest university in California is in Berkeley and everybody knows about how awesome it is, Stanford is just that much better. It is sad to see a school rank so well and not get past the first round but if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Stanford truly stands in a world by itself on the west coast when it comes to academics but to also win the Director’s Cup for athletics 17 years straight, there just no beating that and let’s not forget the tree.

The Tree Loves to Win!

West’s Best Bets – The “Not So” Civil War

Welcome back to the second installment of the West’s Best Bets, this week we are traveling down the I-5 through the weirdest city in America en route to Corvallis, Oregon – the home of Oregon State University and their beloved Beavers.

I am just going to say it, Portland and the state of Oregon is weird. I remember growing up in the 70’s and seeing full-serve versus self-serve gas stations but I found out that it was illegal to pump your own gas…and they literally go berserk if you touch a gas pump. I had heard all of the stories that Portland was strange and I moved quickly through the hippy Mecca on my way to my happy place -a college town with keg stands, $2 PBR’s and frolicking co-eds.

This week’s competition begins in the small-ish town of Corvallis located a couple miles west of the interstate and is the home to Oregon State University, a sprawling 400-acre campus located in the southwest portion of the city that is situated in the middle of the Willamette Valley which is equidistant to the coastline on the west and the Cascade mountain range on the east. The judging begins…

Dominant Baseball Team

Athletics Teams

 

    1. Football – Bowl Record of 10-5 with a Rose Bowl record of 1-2 and five Conference Championships.
    1. Men’s Basketball – 16 tournament appearances, six Sweet Sixteens and two Final Fours. 20 regular season Championships and a CBI Championship in 2009.
    1. Baseball – 13 Tournament appearances, four College World Series appearances and back to back Championships in 2006 and 2007 along with 22 regular season Conference Championships.
    1. National Championships in Wrestling and Men’s Cross Country.

With the exception of the incredible back to back Championships in baseball, the teams of OSU haven’t done much in the past couple decades, for this I award Oregon State University 20 out of a possible 30 points.

2007 Playmate of the Year – Sarah Jean Underwood

Women
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of beautiful women on campus. It must be the whole global and environmental awareness of Oregon that brings out the “hotties in hoodies” in Corvallis. It is no surprise that two Playboy Playmates of the Year have come from Oregon State including Jodi Ann Peterson in 2000 and Sara Jean Underwood in 2007 – 22 out of 25 possible points.

Local Bars & Pubs
For a town with some 50,000 residents and a student population of roughly half of that, Corvallis and Oregon State has a great number of local hangouts and breweries including national favorites Deschutes Brewery, Widmer Brothers, Rogue & Full Sail Brewing Company within 100 miles in any direction – 17 out of 20 possible points.

Weather

You Gotta Love the Goonies

Corvallis has a strange temperature thing going on, it is most always overcast, but the rain doesn’t fall as much as it does up in Washington. About an hour drive to the beach or coastline, because it isn’t too “beachy” – remember “The Goonies?” At an elevation of only 235 feet above sea level, the temperature rarely gets into the 90’s in the summer but does average 5 inches of snowfall annually – 8 out of 15 possible points.

Academics
The State of Oregon’s largest public research university and is one of only two universities in the country to have Land, Sea, Sun & Space Grant designations. The school ranks #4 among sustainable universities for using renewable energy. They rank #1 nationally in five separate programs. The incoming GPA in 2012 was 3.53 and they have a presence in all 36 counties in Oregon – 7 out of 10 possible points.

FINAL GRADE 74%

Your Oregon State Beavers

Leaving Corvallis with a smile on my face, I head back to the I-5 and head an hour south to Eugene and the University of Oregon. For as big as Oregon is, coming in as the 9th largest state in the Union, the population is concentrated along the interstate with 80% within 20 miles on the 110 mile stretch from Portland to Eugene. The city of Eugene is the 2nd most populous city in the state and is the birthplace of Nike, which has since moved to Beaverton in the metro Portland area.

“Some” of the New Football Uniforms

Athletics Teams

    1. Football – 1 National Championship appearance, Bowl Record of 10-15 with six Rose Bowl appearances, winning two and 10 Conference Championships.
    1. Men’s Basketball – 10 tournament appearances, four Sweet Sixteens, one Final Four and one National Championship in 1939 as well as a CBI Championship in 2011. They have four regular season Championships and two Conference Tournament Championships.
    1. Baseball – 4 Tournament appearances and one College World Series appearance.
    1. 19 total National Championships including Cross Country and Track & Field for the Men & Women.

The University of Oregon football team is currently ranked the #2 team in the country and has been a force to be reckoned with since 2000. Prior to that, the only thing that UO was famous for was their track teams. Rose Bowl appearances and a National Championship in Basketball in the 30’s and 40’s but a long 60 year stretch where nothing happened of note- for this I award the University of Oregon 20 out of a possible 30 points.

FOX Sports’ Amanda Pflugrad in College

Women
I have been in love with the University of Oregon cheerleaders for quite some time now. How would I hear of UO cheerleaders in the desert you may ask? Arizona State football player Aaron Pflugrad has a twin sister, Amanda who was a UO cheerleader and current Fox Sports mega-babe. I could go on for days about the lovely ladies in Eugene but I have to stop myself– 24 out of 25 possible points.

Local Bars & Pubs
The Eugene-Springfield metro area has over 300,000 residents and a student population of approximately 25,000 students. UO students will not have a problem finding a great place to sit back and watch the game with a bunch of friends and brews or even fancy it up a bit with a higher class of restaurants and brewpubs. As mentioned before there are several breweries statewide yet Eugene has many of their very own including Ninkasi Brewing Company, Steelhead Brewing Company & Oakshire Brewing18 out of 20 possible points.

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Weather
Surrounded by forest land to the south, east & west you would expect Eugene to be a winter haven. Yet, at an elevation of only 426 feet above sea level, the temperature rarely gets into the 90’s in the summer and has less rain and snow than Corvallis to the north which is basically in flat, farming land. The city center of Eugene has an urban heat island due to the asphalt which rises the temps a little as well – 8 out of 15 possible points.

Academics
The University of Oregon offers nearly 300 academic programs with more than 25 research centers and institutes statewide including locations in Portland, on the coast in Charleston and atop Pine Mountain. The incoming GPA in 2012 was 3.59 and a median class size of only 19 students for the hands on personal experience. Former students include Nike founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, the CEO’s of Columbia Sportswear, Palm, Inc. and Gucci as well as the Principal Owner of the Golden State Warriors and the General Manager of the New Orleans Saints – 7 out of 10 possible points.

FINAL GRADE 77%

The Ducks Quacked Out a Slim Victory


This was a lot closer than I thought it was going to with the University of Oregon taking the slim victory of Oregon State University. The breweries and the women really do justice for the state of Oregon or at least that 110 mile stretch from Portland to Eugene. If you are environmentally conscious and looking for a little bit of weirdness in your college, city and lifestyle, you can’t do much better than the two state universities, but ultimately, UO emerges the victor based on my criteria.

Arizona State Football: Injured Sun Devils Expected to Play Against Oregon State

Arizona State Football needs all the help that it can get right now. After consecutive home losses to the No. 4 Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins, the Sun Devils need a big bounce-back victory to save their season. Injuries on the defensive side were piling up, but it looks like there is hope on the horizon with two standouts ready to return to action against Oregon State tomorrow night in Corvallis.

Sun Devils coach Todd Graham said Thursday that defensive star Will Sutton will most likely play on Saturday against No. 13 Oregon State after injuring himself in the first defensive series against Oregon on October 18th.

Sutton, the all-everything player for Arizona State, was on a tear through the season and was arguably one of the best defensive tackles not only in the conference but also in the country. Even after missing two straight games, he has 40 tackles, and his 8.5 sacks rank him tied for third in the nation; his 14 tackles-for-loss are fifth.He was also recently added to the Maxwell Award Watch List, an honor that is given out annually to the nation’s most outstanding college player.

Graham said that he feels Sutton will be able to play about 75 percent of the game while rebuilding his strength. He has been limited in practice since the injury but having Sutton at 75 percent is likely better than most DT’s in the country at 100 percent, so this is more than good news; this is incredible news for Arizona State Football.

Defensive end Junior Onyeali is also expected to return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him in the Oregon game as well. Onyeali, the 2010 Pac-10 Defensive Freshman of the Year, is looking to redeem himself after an abysmal sophomore year. After a knee injury sidelined him for four weeks last year, Onyeali was involved in a shouting match with then-coach Dennis Erickson and was suspended indefinitely.
With the arrival of new coach Todd Graham, Onyeali’s suspension was upheld until he proved that he belonged on the team and respected the authority of the coach. Onyeali was reinstated prior to the season and has showed that he is a fighter and will do whatever is necessary for coach Graham and his teammates.

Also expected to play is linebacker Steffon Martin, who injured his elbow, and starting guard Andrew Sampson, who missed last week with an ankle injury, will be a game-time decision.

If this Arizona State team can get healthy and stay healthy, they can win in Corvallis. The Beavers struggled mightily against Washington last week with quarterback Sean Mannion returning from injury to throw four interceptions.

Their run game 111th in the country so I don’t see them establishing anything against ASU. However, Sun Devils stud running backs D.J. Foster and Marion Grice are experiencing breakout seasons and I see another upset ready to shake the foundations of the Top 25.

West’s Best Bets – Apple of My Eye

Welcome to the first installment of the West’s Best Bets. Today, we begin our ultimate road trip in the Pacific Northwest when we touch-down in the Emerald City – Seattle, Washington.
Home to the one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast is the University of Washington which lies on 10 acres in downtown Seattle. Best known for its rainy weather, coffee and fish markets, Seattle and the University of Washington are absolutely gorgeous…when the sun is out.
Now on to the criteria:

Athletics Teams

  • Football – 4 National Championships, Bowl Record of 16-14-1 with seven Rose Bowl victories and 15 Conference Championships.
  • Men’s Basketball – 16 tournament appearances, five Sweet Sixteens and one Final Four. 20 regular season championships and three Conference Tournament Championships.
  • Softball – 3 Conference Championships, 19 Tournament appearances, 10 WCWS appearances and a National Championship in 2009.
  • Baseball – 8 Tournament appearances
  • 67 National Championships in other sports with Swimming & Diving, Rowing & Track & Field all in double digits.

The sheer number of titles and championships date back to the 1920’s and as recent as this year in Rowing is outstanding and a true testament to their Championship mentality. I award the University of Washington 25 out of a possible 30 points.

Women

UW alum Anna Faris

With the exception of US Women’s soccer gold medal winning goalie, Hope Solo and actress Anna Faris; the women at the University of Washington didn’t really stand out too much. They seemed a little too wrapped up in their galoshes and umbrellas but there was an underlying hotness that if they were on a beach, all that would change. – 19 out of 25 possible points.

Local Bars & Pubs

Since the University of Washington is in the heart of downtown Seattle and the city basically grew around the University, there are plenty of bars nearby, but they are not all necessarily college bars. In the downtown area alone, your typical college student looking to watch the game or just throw back a beer has numerous options. There are also several breweries in the city including the world famous Pyramid Breweries – 18 out of 20 possible points.

Weather

Everybody knows about the constant rain in Seattle, but when it is not raining, it is absolutely beautiful. Located in between Portage and Union Bays, the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much, rarely going into the 90’s in the summer or below freezing in the winter – 10 out of 15 possible points.

Is Washington HOT enough?


Academics

The University currently has 136 Fulbright Scholars and 35 Rhodes Scholars and awarded over 14,000 degrees last year including 723 Doctoral and 528 Professional degrees – 8 out of 10 possible points.

FINAL GRADE 80%

Across the state of Washington near the border of Idaho lies the little town of Pullman. This farming town has a population of just over 27, 000 and has a student population of approximately the same over four campuses. This northwestern gem is a Mecca for athletes and students that can focus on their studies or hone their athleticism without the hustle & bustle of the big city…or even a medium sized one.

Athletics Teams

  • Football – Bowl Record of 6-4 with 4 Conference Championships.
  • Men’s Basketball – 6 tournament appearances, one Sweet Sixteen and one Final Four as well as two regular season championships.
  • 2 National Championships in boxing and Men’s Track and Field.
  • Nowhere near the level of amount of Championships as their cross-state rival, but they dominate the nearby University of Idaho in Moscow. I award Washington State University – 15 out of a possible 30 points.

    Women

    And she’s the hot one


    Not much going on here- 13 out of 25 possible points.

    Local Bars & Pubs

    Once again, disappointed – 10 out of 20 possible points.

    Weather
    Located in the southwestern portion of the state in farming country, Pullman and WSU experience much colder winters including snow storms and freezing temperatures. Being that is surrounded by what is called the Palouse prairie with rolling hills, their summers also tend to be hot and dry – 7 out of 15 possible points.

    Academics
    The school’s latest numbers show that the average GPA of incoming freshmen is 3.34 and an average SAT score of 1070. They offer 47 doctoral degrees and 2 Professional degrees – 5 out of 10 possible points.

    FINAL GRADE 50%

    An overwhelming victory for the University of Washington Huskies much like the lopsided history of the Apple Cup itself which UW leads 67-31. If you are looking to go to school in Washington and are torn, take a good look at this list to help you with your decision. If you are like myself and looking for a good college party town then Seattle and U-Dub has it going on.

    Bring on the Cheerleaders!

    The West’s Best Bets

    The colleges of the West coast are legendary for their laid back lifestyle, gorgeous women,
    beautiful beaches and sprawling campuses. With so many different options for those
    looking to see what paradise looks like; look no further than the schools of the Pacific 12
    Conference.

    In a head to head battle of epic proportions, I bring you the West’s Best Bets wherein I will pit
    the schools against one another in a bracket style competition. Since there are only 12 schools in
    the Pac, I have extended the field so that we can have a true Sweet 16 competition in four distinct
    brackets. I will be judging the schools on the following criteria:

    Do the ASU women have enough to carry their school?


    • Athletics – a total of 30 points possible
    • Women – a total of 25 points possible
    • Local Bars & Pubs – a total of 20 points possible
    • Weather – a total of 15 points possible
    • Academics – a total of 10 points possible

    In the Evergreen Region, we have the Oregon Ducks, the Oregon St. Beavers, the Washington Huskies and the Washington St. Cougars.

    In the Silicon Region, we have the Stanford Cardinal, the California Golden Bears, the Boise St.Broncos and the Utah Utes.

    In the Beach Region, we have the USC Trojans, the UCLA Bruins, the SDSU Aztecs and the University of San Diego Toreros.

    Will the dominance of the Oregon football team prevail?


    In the Southwest Region, we have the ASU Sun Devils, the Arizona Wildcats, the Colorado Buffaloes and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.

    Hitch a ride with me as I explore the beauty of the desert, the glory the Rocky Mountains, the
    emerald green of the Pacific Northwest, the high-tech sector in the Silicon Valley and the
    glistening beaches of southern California – these are the West’s Best Bets!

    Tucson’s Brainy Beauties

    The year was 2004 and David Freedman was a senior studying business at a school world renowned for its bevy of beautiful women that wear as little as possible to class due to the hot desert climate. Freedman’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start Tempe 12 at Arizona State University wherein he would select a group of the campus’ hottest women for a purpose. He knew that if he had a dozen of these beautiful women to model and promote for local businesses, everybody would benefit; the ladies, the businesses, the student body and the community.

    The selection process was simple, the ladies would either self nominate or be nominated by another with three criterion; a current full-time student, a 3.0 minimum grade point average and a desire to help the community through promotions and philanthropic events with the only payment being the knowledge of being the best and brightest on campus.

    After six years of building a successful brand at Arizona State, Freedman took his idea down south to the Old Pueblo and began Tucson 12 and the women were beating down his proverbial door to represent the Wildcats and the Tucson community. Freedman has expanded into San Diego this year and will announcing the inaugural San Diego 12 in the coming weeks, good luck to all the hopefuls in my hometown.

    The newest group of 12s was recently announced in Tucson and their coming out party was to be a party for the ages. The venue was the recently renovated, remodeled and renamed Social House-SoHo across the street from Arizona stadium. Thursday nights on any college campus are usually super busy so that made this party extra crazy. When I arrived and tried to speak with Freedman, he was running around the club making sure everything was perfect for his next crop of ladies to be introduced to the community, but I finally captured some time to meet with him and ultimately the girls.


    After interviewing all of the ladies, I noticed that all of them were very well-spoken and extremely polite as well as incredibly gorgeous – Freedman may well have the best job ever! The ladies ranged in age from 18 to 22 and hailed from across the country and even Puerto Rico. From Louisiana to Chicago, San Francisco to Las Vegas, even local Tucson and metropolitan Phoenix girls, these ladies will be a great addition to the community as they embark on several events in the upcoming year.

    With such stunning beauty, you might assume that these ladies were looking to get by on their looks alone…and you would be wrong. Bear in mind that the minimum GPA for a 12 is 3.0 and many of the girls are above 3.5 so it was not surprising to hear about their lofty goals and dream jobs. Seanise Hawkins is a Pre-Business & Marketing major that is a member of the Blue Chip Leadership Program and aspires to be a political advisor. Lydia Sampson is a Psychology major and works with Best Buddies designed to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and plans to become an Air Force officer upon graduation. Julia Peerenboom is also a Psychology major that works with Girls on the Run that inspires young girls to be joyful, healthy & confident; she is heading to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix for graduate school and plans on being a Pediatric nurse.

    Julia & Nicole


    One of my favorite ladies of the evening was Leah Goedecke who is double majoring in Veterinary Sciences and Nutritional Sciences and is an amateur boxer, yes – a boxer. She plans on continuing boxing and helping people and animals, what a great spirit. One of the most common responses among the other 12’s was to enter the media upon graduation, there are myriad opportunities for intelligent women with stunning beauty and I can’t wait to see these girls follow in the footsteps of U of A graduate Alex Flanagan.