Emerald Bowl Week Day 1: Bears Tour Alcatraz
Dec. 23, 2008
Cal had a full day of activities on Tuesday as the Golden Bears prepared to face Miami in the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park.
With the team staying at a hotel in San Francisco, the Bears boarded buses in the morning to travel back across the Bay Bridge for practice in Memorial Stadium. Cal worked on various drills, such as 11-on-11s and offensive and defensive tutorial.
Wide receivers Jeremy Ross and LaReylle Cunningham both made fingertip catches on the sidelines, while Marvin Jones made an over-the-shoulder reception from Nate Longshore in 1-on-1s. Beau Sweeny was simulating Miami quarterback Jacory Harris for the scout team with a good compliment of runs and passes.
Before heading back to San Francisco, several members of the team stopped by Peoples Park in Berkeley to donate boxed lunches to the less fortunate. The lunches were well received as many of the players were praised with shouts of 'Go Bears!' Other players delivered clothing to needy families in San Francisco's Tenderloin District.
By 4 p.m., everyone gathered at Pier 33 to join the Miami Hurricanes for a tour of Alcatraz. The fare on the short boat ride to the island included pizza and, of course, plenty of Emerald Nuts. The teams took part in the Alcatraz audio tour and stayed on the Rock for about 90 minutes before returning to their hotels for more game prep work and a little free time. The weather cooperated and the clear night offered a stunning view of San Francisco across the water.
Cal practices again Wednesday before going to a Christmas Eve dinner at Bistro Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf. The Bears and Hurricanes meet in the seventh Emerald Bowl Saturday at 5 p.m.