WBS – Ep 174 – LA Times’ Ben Bolch

The boys are finally back together for a pre-season WBS in which they interview LA Times UCLA Beat Writer Ben Bolch!

We talked to Ben about his new book coming out this fall:

“100 Things UCLA Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” Preorder on Amazon NOW!

We also talked to him about the difficulty of covering UCLA Football when the practices are closed, the transition to the Kelly era and his thoughts on the outlook of the team.

We also get some GoJoeBruin headlines from Mike, and we answer some twitter questions about football and basketball.

All that and a very combative What’s Bruin on this week episode.

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Jake, Bill and Mike have been doing WBS since 2013 as a labor of love. We would like to ensure the future of the What’s Bruin Show by providing our listeners with an opportunity to support the show. Our goal is not to retire off the profits of our niche-sports talk variety show, but we hope that it can sustain itself.
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Eat it Jamaal: Fooding with Mike

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I’m back!!! Sorry for the long hiatus, I know the millions of you that read this were wondering what I have been eating lately. For this post we’re going to go back in time to a fun fooding trip last fall with What’s Bruin Show host/producer extraordinaire Mike Regalado.

Mike and I have a lot in common, we’re Mexicans who love Kings hockey and Twitter like crazy. But one thing Mike and I may differ is food. He’s a vegan and I’m the reincarnation of a T-Rex carnivore and all.

Thankfully there is a place that Mike and I can both enjoy for great food and brews. It’s called Mohawk Bend, a local microbrew that was one of the first signs of the changing neighborhood Echo Park.


Located in a converted movie theater (I saw E.T. and the Karate Kid there), Mohawk offers many vegan options that Mike likes and food for meat eaters like me. They also offer like 100 bottle of beer options but it’s really 70 on tap all coming from California.

We started the meal with what I consider a must have dish when you go and it’s vegan. The buffalo cauliflower served with vegan “blue cheese.” The texture is close to chicken you could easily be fooled by the authentic buffalo sauce taste. This is a great item to share, you have to get it if you visit the restaurant.



For our meal Mike went with the veggie burger, it comes with fries and according to Mike it is one of the better veggie burgers he’s eaten. I went with the fennel sausage pizza, Mohawk offers lots of pizza choices and they care cooked in a wood burning oven. That wood burning oven gives the pizza a great crunch. The sausage and tomato sauce are made in house giving the pizza a very fresh taste.


Of course our meal wouldn’t be complete without some brews. It being fall I went with a seasonal taste. I ordered a pint Pumpkin Pi, which you guessed it had that pumpkin spice flavor that’s everywhere once we get to autumn. It’s on the lighter side and went well with the spicier pizza.


Of course with so many options if you want something a bit hoppier ask for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which is one of my personal favorites and also goes well with the pizza I ordered.

If you’re close to Downtown Los Angeles and want some good food and good drinks head over to Mohawk Bend, you might see Mike and I there again.



What’s Bruin Show: Mike’s 5 movies to watch over and over

Inspired by the podcast ‘The Rewatchables’, the What’s Bruin Show hosts dive into their most rewatchable movies and why you should too.

Sometimes you just feel like watching a movie. One that you have seen a million times before and one that you will watch a million times after. For some reason or another, there are certain movies that we can just watch for days on end and they will never get old.

For this piece, which I hope my WBS cohorts continue with and make this into a series or I am going to give them several hard stares at our next recording, I will give tell you about my five most rewatchable movies, in no special order.

And I will preface this by saying that none of the Star Wars movies are on this list because I want to talk about other movies. So for the sake of expanding your mind, let just say Star Wars is a given and move on to other rewatchable movies. Besides, Episodes I-III are crap and throw the canon out of balance. Also, fuck Jar Jar Binks.

SLC Punk

Yes it is a movie about punk rock in the 80s and its bloody magical. Set in the conservative city of Salt Lake City, this movie follows the adventures of two post-graduate punks and how they get survive in a city, and pretty much the world, that they absolutely hate. In trying to change the world, they find out that their “rip it up and start again lifestyle” has some snags in it.

What I love about this movie is how chaotic and, well, punk rock it is. As spastic as the cinematography is, it flows very well and matches the tone of the storyline that follows the slow evolution of the characters. It also has a killer soundtrack filled with punk songs that will get your toes tapping.

The Princess Bride

Chances are, you have heard of this movie, and why not? Its one of the greatest masterpieces in cinema history. From the ensemble cast to the cameos to the three dangers of the fire swamp (come on, you know them: flame spurts, lightning sand and the rodents of unusual size), this is a movie that never gets old.

I mean, it has fucking Andre the Giant in it. How badass is that?

The movie begins with a young Fred Savage sick at home, when his seemingly annoying grandfather played Peter Falk brings over a “kissing book”. What he does not realize is that he about to go on an adventure with very, very quotable lines.

In true fairy tale fashion, this story has its ups and downs but ends with the happiest of endings. If you haven’t seen it already, move away from your computer and find it.

Young Frankenstein

This is hands down, one of the greatest comedies of all-time. And kids, don’t let the black and white nature of the film fool you, it wasn’t made 100 years ago.

This movie plays off of the classic horror story “Frankenstein” but updates it as we follow the grandson of the great Dr. Frankenstein as he travels to Transylvania after the mad scientist grandfather’s death. Though he is skeptical of his grandfather and his work, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Frahn-ken-steen”, played by Gene Wilder), he soon finds his destiny. And musical numbers.

This classic comedy is perfect, from the cinematography to the acting to the feel of a classic horror movie, but the only thing scary about this is how many people haven’t seen it. For god’s sake people, go out and get this movie and watch it 50 times. Side note, Aerosmith wrote the song “Walk This Way” based on a scene in the movie.

The Big Lebowski

“Fuck it!” That pretty much explains the attitude of this film’s anti-hero, “The Dude”. Set in 90s Los Angeles, “The Big Lebowski” is another wacky ride by the Coen Brothers that follows the “laziest man in Los Angeles County” as he is all of a sudden entangled in the problems of people that pretty much have self-inflicting problems.

This is another movie that has a who’s who of actors. Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julieanne Morre, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro (just to name a few) who all play outlandish and mesmerizing characters that don’t seem to really do anything. Except bowling. And art. And porn.

The best thing about this movie is how there really isn’t a direction, which is probably why it is a great cult Los Angeles movie. I have seen this movie more than I can count and if you have seen it, you know why.

Coming To America

This is another movie that has an endless supply of one-liners that fans will repeat to the day they die. This is by far one of Eddie Murphy’s best films as he plays an African prince looking for organic love and not the synthetic coupling that is brought on by the law of his (fictional) country, Zamunda.

So instead of going through with his arranged marriage, Prince Akeem (Murphy) and his #1 guy, Semmi (Arsenio Hall), travel to America (NYC) in order to find his bride, though his father, King Jaffe Joffer (James Earl Jones) thinks he is going to “sew his royal oats”.

Obviously, as the hop across the pond, comedy issues, but it is the comedy genius of Murphy that really shines as him and Hall play multiple characters in the movie which are all memorable and key to the progression of the film. This also has one of the greatest choreographed scenes (in my opinion) in movie history. Watch the above.

Honorable Mention

Pulp Fiction

Donnie Darko

The Dark Knight


The Breakfast Club

WBS Reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In our (now) annual STAR Wars review episode, Jake, Bill and Mike are joined by frequent co-host Jamaal and Alicia de Artola of Reign of Troy to talk (and talk … and talk) about Episode VIII of the STAR Wars Saga.

THERE IS NO UCLA TALK HERE… Nothing but STAR WARS (read that like Bill Murray is saying it). We will be back in the 2018 to talk more UCLA sports! May the force be with you! … always…

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Interview with Wayne Cook

This past December, we had the great opportunity to interview former Bruin QB and current UCLA sideline reporter and analyst Wayne Cook. We talked about the Bruins 2017 season and about Cook’s time as a Bruin in the 90’s.

You can listen to Wayne Cook in the fall on IMG College Sports Now (on satellite and as a podcast). Its a great show, and we were honored to have Cook join us.

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Episode 152 – Chip Chip! – Chooray!!!

Bill, Jake, Mike and Jamaal talk about UCLA’s victory over Cal and the arrival of Chip Kelly.

Alicia de Artola also joins the show to talk about the Pac-12 Title game and the USC fan reaction to UCLA’s new head coach. . . . and we make fun of ASU. Lot’s of fun is had by all.

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Listen to Episode 152 Here!