WB3 – Catching Up With Thuc Nhi

Its the start of the 2017 season and its our pleasure to have UCLA Beat Writer Thuc Nhi Nyugen (@thucnhi21) back on the What’s Bruin Show!

She catches us upon UCLA Football heading into the opener against Texas A&M, and she has lots of interesting things to say about the new offensive coaching staff, Josh Rosen and the defense. Will Jedd the Fisch turn the offense around? How does Rosen look? Is Darnay all that? Who is the most interesting Bruin this year? Listen to find out.

Read her articles in the LA Daily News and other southland papers and follow her blog on insidesocal.com/ucla

If you have any thoughts on the game against Texas A&M, call us on the What’s Bruin Hotline: 805-399-4WBS (Suck It RoT!).

Episode 139 – Texas A&M and Special Guest Danielle Alvari

The season is finally ready to get underway, and the boys go into FB mode with The Game That Will Be, Eye on the Enemy, and Pac-12 Talk.

They also had the pleasure of welcoming Danielle Alvari onto the show. Danielle is a former UCLA Cheerleader (featured as the Sports Illustrated Cheerleader of the week) and an Emmy nominated Sports Broadcast Journalist. She hosts the Two Minute Warning every Tuesday (see it here), and you can see her reporting on games from the sidelines and bleachers all over California.

We are super pumped about the season! Check out our picks for UCLA vs Texas A&M this Sunday at the Rose Bowl:

Jake – UCLA 31 Texas A&M 14

Bill – UCLA 35 Texas A&M 13

Mike  – UCLA 28 Texas A&M 14

Danielle – UCLA 28 Texas A&M 14

Shocker! We’re all homers. Go Bruins.

 

Episode 138 – WBS v The B Team

In this episode of the What’s Bruin Show Michael (His Name is) Hanna and Michael Chavez (E Chavez) from the B Team Podcast join the boys to talk about the upcoming season.

Jake also goes on another rant about the worst ticket agency in the world (AXS), and we have an informative edition of Eye on the Enemy.

Once you’re done listening to this ep, head over to the B-Team podcast and check out part two! (Click This Link)

 

Eat It Jamaal: Musso and Frank Grill

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Welcome What’s Bruin Show listeners and readers, this is the first installment of the newest segment of the the What’s Bruin Show. For listeners of the show you know that at random times your illustrious hosts may randomly spout of by saying “Eat it Jamaal!!”

Most times you’ll here this when my Cal Bears are losing to the UCLA Bruins (although said phrase was not mentioned after last November’s football game), but now you the readers will actually get to know what I eat.

The first spot  we’ll be going to to is one of Los Angeles’ oldest restaurants, and it sits in the heart of Hollywood.  The Musso and Frank’s Grill has been in Los Angeles since 1919 the partnership of Frank Toulet and Joseph Musso.

Using a menu that is pretty much unchanged since then, Musso and Frank’s became a staple of Hollywood nightlife, as stars of the 20’s and 30’s could be seen eating breakfast together or having private meetings in their famed back room. In the 1950’s you could probably see baseball great having dinner with his even more famous wife Marilyn Monroe, while Frank Sinatra held court at the bar over cocktails.

Not only is Musso and Frank’s where old Hollywood met and dined, but some of America’s greatest writers sipped cocktails while producing literary works of art, most famous Raymond Chandler author of the “Big Sleep” and noir style books used Musso and Frank’s as his own personal writing room.

For a very special occasion (my wife’s birthday) I got to go to Musso and Frank’s Grill for the very first time as an Angeleno since birth.  Right away make sure you make reservations, when we arrived for our 8:30 pm reservation walk in customers were being told a table wouldn’t be available until 10:00 pm.

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More than likely you’ll have dinner in the “New” room which was opened in 1954 when the restaurant was expanded.  Right away you are steeped in old Hollywood as the maitre’d leads you to your booth, the kind that is large and red leathered probably unchanged since the days of Sinatra.  Waiters wore tuxedos in the that old world style giving the place an air of sophistication and tradition.

The menu is a traditional bistro type with many classics made to order.  You can still get the Crab Louie salad, Lamb kidneys with bacon, or Oyster stew.  Of course no dinner can start without cocktails.  I went with a classic martini with two olives, they make it with your gin or vodka of choice.  I went with Ketel One vodka and the great thing is it comes in a chilled carafe kept over ice so that you get more than one drink without having to pay twice.

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For dinner I started with the chef’s salad.  A huge plate of greens with julienned carrots and beets, simple yet delicious paired with blue cheese dressing.  We also ordered a cup of their lobster bisque which was the special soup of the evening.  A very creamy version that was pureed, so no big chunks of lobster met in the soup but definitely flavorful.

For the main course I went with the traditional prime rib of beef, served with a baked potato.  The prime rib is served medium with a baked potato.  The prime rib was a pretty big cut and had a good amount of fat on it.  Don’t be afraid of the fat that’s where all the flavor is coming from, and if you get a piece in your mouth it melts like butter.

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The prime rib came with the traditional horseradish sauce, it was creamy and if you got a good portion of it in your mouth it clears the sinuses.  For our shareable side order we went with the brussel sprouts served with pieces of pancetta.  The pancetta is a kind of Italian bacon that gave the brussel sprouts a nice salty taste neutralizing any bitter taste the sprouts may have.

There is a dessert menu with traditional desserts such as key lime pie and cheesecake, but this being my wife’s birthday we were treated to a complementary chocolate brownie al a mode with vanilla ice cream.  The brownie was warm and rich and you could taste melted chocolate chips.  It was perfectly paired with the cold vanilla ice cream.

I could not have enjoyed my first experience of Musso and Frank’s Grill more if I tried, treat yourself to a place filled with history and rich traditions that emphasizes simplicity to beloved classic American cuisine.  “Eat it Jamaal,” I sure did and would again.

Why Would Mora Say That???

Jim L. Mora, the head of UCLA football, the winningest coach in UCLA history (over a 3 year span! Don’t forget that nugget!) is either a mastermind of capitalizing on the cache of a star player or he’s absolutely nuts. You pick.

Other than cases involving criminal scandals and actual news, there hasn’t been a more polarizing character in college football over the past couple years than Josh Rosen. The Chosen One” came to Westwood as the successor to Brett Hundley and was annointed to take Mora and the Bruins to even greater heights.  The jury is still out on Rosen’s football career, and there arguably isn’t anyone in college football with more to prove this year than Rosen, Mora and the Bruins. . .

. . . but at a time when the focus for a team should be turning towards the actual football field, Mora and Rosen keep launching fodder at the media that keeps news about Rosen solidly off the gridiron. Much of the hullabaloo about Rosen has been self-inflicted; it started off his freshman year with coeds and hot tubs and continued with social commentary about Trump.

Just last night, it was reported that Rosen told reporters he was going to stick to talking football:

“I mean, Coach [Jim] Mora kind of addressed the whole thing,” Rosen said, “but at this point I’m kind of just talking about camp.”from Kyle Bonagura of ESPN

It seems like Rosen might finally be understanding that always saying and showing exactly how he feels like he’s narrating a stream of consciousness novel might not be making things easier for himself (as fun for it is for all of us). But college kids need to learn these lessons for themselves and however you feel about Rosen’s comments and actions, there isn’t really any argument that he isn’t a great kid with a bright future that is kind of learning as he goes.

However, what about Mora and UCLA Football? Rosen complained about how schools aren’t doing enough to ensure the success of all NCAA athletes, but maybe he should narrow his focus a little. Is UCLA Football handling him right? Do they have any idea how to do this at all?

There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to Rosen’s availability or ability to address the media; the only consistent thing has been the inconsistent staccato pattern. You rarely see any local stories quoting Rosen in the news and he is never available for local radio interviews (even as Sam Darnold appears on the UCLA radio partner multiple times over that time period).

UCLA makes Rosen available for national stories (to writers for SI or Bleacher Report), and its during these features that he has said the things that make all the headlines. Whether he’s talking about “hanging with his girl homies” or he’s talking about the plight of the student athlete, UCLA has regularly thrust him out there to wax on about life, but they have also severely limited any opportunities to talk about actual football. After the bleacher article story broke, it was almost a week before he addressed the media at practice, when he finally addressed it with the above quote about “just talking about camp.” It must be awkward for a beat writer when the last line of every report has to be: Rosen was not available to the media after practice.

So he’s finally learned a valuable lesson, right? Well what about his coach? Almost immediately after Rosen is quoted, Mora is ignites another story with this bit of news:

“My firm belief is that he will not leave,” Mora told Yahoo Sports on Sunday afternoon of Rosen declaring for the NFL draft after this season. “I don’t think he’ll leave.”

Whether he stays or not isn’t the point. Just making that statement instead of giving a noncommittal sound byte automatically makes this the lead topic and question for the rest of the season. Of course Rosen’s status becomes a big story as soon as the season ends, but why give that opinion now when everyone just assumes he will leave?

Maybe we will see some sort of genius level strategy after this all plays out in the 2017 season, but right now it looks like Mora is on tilt and UCLA Football has no idea how to handle so much attention.

Episode 137 – Mike Channels Buffalo Bill

Here it is!

In this episode we welcome back Jamaal from LASportshub.com (.com) and we unveil a couple new jingles that Mike made for the upcoming season (WARNING: one of them gets a little “Silence of the Lamb-y).

After opening the show, we have GoJoeBruin Headlines, Mike’s Training Camp Report, some breaking news about Josh Rosen, and our new segment Eye on the Enemy.

If you need to do some shopping, please check out citadelshopx.com to buy tickets for the 12th Annual Shopping Extravaganza on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (buy tickets under LA Grizzlies Football!)

Lastly, we recorded an extra episode this week! WB2: The Pac 12 Preview will be released on Friday, so keep your eyes open for that.

Go Bruins!

Jake and Sarah Take the U.K.!

Last Month, the family went on a trip to the UK. Sarah (Mrs. Wbjake) and I recorded this pod with the boys about our trip. If you are planning to cross the pond, there might be some valuable info in here as you prepare… Enjoy!