What’s Bruin Show – Episode 70 – The Big UCLA Football Preview and Our 2-Year Anniversary!

In Episode 70 of the What’s Bruin Show, we celebrate our 2-year anniversary with our biggest show yet! It is our big 2015 preview of UCLA Football and we have several special guests to help us celebrate!

In this latest episode, hosts Bill, Jake and Mike celebrate 2 years of What’s Bruin and the return of UCLA Football!

We welcome LA Sports Hub (part of the Fansided Network) writer Jamaal Artis who talks UCLA, Pac-12 Football and a bit of LA Sports. We also welcome back a cult figure of the What’s Bruin Show, “The Sports Godfather” Jim Bendat to talk UCLA and Northwestern Football.

We also welcome Leah Falcon and Emil Shallon, Co-Presidents of UCLA’s Student Section, THE DEN, as they talk about the return of UCLA Football, what THE DEN has in store for us this year and their predictions for the 2015 season.

So what do we talk about?

  • UCLA Football, of course!
  • The arrest and suspension of Bruin defensive back Ishmael Adams
  • We preview the Virginia Cavaliers with ‘The Game That Will Be’!
  • The first big weekend of Pac-12 and college football!
  • The ‘LA Sports Express’

All that and more on What’s Bruin. Listen Here:



UCLA’s Solid Gold Sound Needs An Update

This might not be high on everyone’s list but go ahead and Google anything referring to the top collegiate bands of all time, the top ten, etc…go for it…i’ll wait.images

Isn’t it funny that in all of your results you’ll find multiple results for names like Ohio State, University of Texas, Southern University and even our heated rival, USC.
Now, I’ve attended many football games since my college days at UCLA and, truth be told, I didn’t pay much attention to our band.  Maybe it was because my hopes for anything more than mediocrity on the football field for anyone with the initials UCLA blazoned across their chest were dashed more often than not (I got to UCLA in 99, so I pretty much ruined football with my presence).
However, with the resurgence of UCLA’s football team (thanks Coach Mora), I along with other fans, have come to demand more.  More wins, improved facilities and more national respect. Well, with all these new demands and corresponding improvements, I would like to add something to the above list…a better marching band.  There, I said it, it had to be said.  For too long I’ve had to sit through monotonous halftime shows listening to the “Solid Gold Sounds” of a band that has so much potential but has never shown it on the field!
Take this lovely example:
Oh, the precision and sound…blah, blah, blah.  Where is the energy, pizzazz and enjoyment of striving for more creativity?  Think I’m too harsh? Take a look at this clip from THE Ohio State (OSU) marching band:

Did you see that??? They just did a melody of some of our most beloved video games!  What about this little diddy:

They did a moonwalk on the freaking field!!!

What’s the excuse for not doing this? Ohio State is a public institution just like UCLA. Is it lack of money? NO, we have a lot more nowadays (thanks PAC 12 Network).  The real reason is that our current leadership team is just resting on their laurels.  We have skills, resources and talent to do an even better show than the one shown above.
Want examples from other schools??
How about the school across town… USC’s Spirit of Troy on stage with freaking Fleetwood Mac:
Our cross town rival has been the go-band for Hollywood for far too long. They’ve been in movies, played for eight US Presidents and even played on Fleetwood Mac’s album!!!!  We are the dominate football team in Los Angeles and I want our band to mirror our success.
I think I’m being reasonable; I’m not asking for world class shows like that of Grambling State University:
That’s impossible
I just want…no, I just know we can be better
– @billbruin

You want UCLA football! We got your UCLA Football! And about the USA!

Episode 65 is here and we give you more UCLA football talk, mostly about power formations and award lists. Oh yeah, we talk about American Bruins winning gold! Its all here for ya!


Episode 63 – UCLA Football Transfers, Basketball Schedules and Crosstown Cups, OH MY!

In Episode 63 we talk (A LOT) about the recent string of transfers from the UCLA football program as well as the basketball non-conference schedule. All while Bill is completed distracted by LeBron and Cleveland leading the NBA Finals series 2-1.


Episode 62 – The Godfather Returns! He talks about UCLA football, Baseball and Softball with us!

It is a great day, Jim Bendat “The Godfather of Sports Trivia” returns to the What’s Bruin Show! He joins us to talk about UCLA football head coach Jim Mora as well as UCLA Baseball and UCLA Softball. It is a great day, indeed.