The day after the legendary 1982 Big Game 7000 copies of the mock Daily Californian written and distributed by staff members of The Stanford Daily were the only papers on the Berkeley campus. The gods who dictated the bizarre end to the Big Game reversed the wheel of fortune with production delays that caused the true DailyCalifornian to appear on campus just before 11 a.m., nearly five hours later than usual. Here is the lead article from the fake publication...
Officials and players reacted to last nights decision by the NCAA with a mixture of shock and anger.
California Athletic Director Dave Maggard was probably the most poignant.
"Frankly I'm shocked and dismayed," he said late last night. "I know this has got to be a terrible blow both to the team and the fans who have supported the squad all season."
Maggard went on to say that he will fight the decision tooth and nail although he was not exactly sure what recourse was open to appeal the decision.
"This ruling has no precedent," Maggard said. "Right now I'm not exactly sure what options we have open to us."
California players contacted last night thought the ruling was unfair with one player exclaiming: "This can't really be happening."
Although the Bears did not receive a bowl bid, the loss drops their record to 6-5 and certainly puts a damper on one of its most exciting seasons.
Cal receiver Mariet Ford, who made an outstanding (and controversial) catch in the end zone for the Bear's first score and played well all game long, was disappointed and angry at the decision.
"They can't take something like this away from us," he said. "When a game is over, it's over. That's all there is to it.
"What really burns me up is that that a group of people back in New York who weren't even there, have the authority to call this game. It just isn't fair."
Other players were even more to the point. Kevin Moen, who scored the final touchdown called yesterday's decision "a sad moment in college athletics.
"We know we won the game," he said. "There's no way they (Stanford) are going to take the game from us. We won it fair and square.""
After the game, Moen was questioned about the touchdown and he said he didn't even know he scored. Last night, however, Moen said that there was no question that the run was fair.
"I've looked at the replays now, I don't know how many times," Moen said. "There's no question that I was in."
The decision by the NCAA claimed that running back Dwight Garner's forward motion was stopped. When contacted by the Californian last night, Garner denied that his knee hit the ground or that his motion was in any way stopped.
Many of the Cal players will not hear about the decision till this morning and one player, quarterback Gale Gilbert, wishes he had been one of them.
"At least I'd be able to sleep tonight," he said when told about the decision. "I can't describe how I feel right now. Lousy just doesn't quite make it."
Even players who did not see action in the game felt the hurt just as much. Reserve quarterback Mike O'Donnel, a walk-on out of Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, said that this was the worst moment in his football career. "Even when I lost in the playoffs in high school (my junior year), it didn't feel this bad.
"I really feel bad for the seniors. This was their last Big Game. What a horrible way to lose."