College football is one of the most popular sports in the nation. To some people it is almost a religion. College stadiums often fill up with more attendees than professional sports and the atmosphere is just electric. One such college football program located on the west coast is the California Golden Bears men's football team located at the University of California … ft-Jersey/ , Berkeley.

The California Golden Bears play in the Pac - 10 conference and play all of their home games in the California memorial stadium. The team also has a total of 5 national championships as well as 14 titles in their conference. They have a rich history of winning and also some of footballs most memorable plays including the "Big Game" in 1982 when the team won the game with a kickoff return that included 5 laterals.

The men's football team originated in 1886 but was stopped from 1906 to 1915 because the school thought it was too dangerous of a sport to play. The University has had a team ever since 1915 and look forward to have many more years of good football.
In the 1920's, the California Golden Bears were unstoppable. They had a streak of 50 straight wins in the five year period from 1920 to 1925 and are third in the NCAA to go this far without being beaten. The teams during this period were all considered to be Wonder Teams and included players like Brick Muller. The coach over these teams was Andy Smith.

In 1929, the California Golden Bears were also part of one of the most infamous plays in college history. It was in the Rose Bowl and Cal?s defense made Georgia Tech fumble the ball and it was picked up by Roy Riegels who was Cal's center. As he was trying to get around opposing players he ended up running in the wrong direction until he got to the one yard line where he was tackled. They ended up losing the game to a blocked punt and a safety.

From the 60's to the 80's the team struggled to find the same success they had in earlier decades and many consider it to be a long period of football mediocrity. The 1980's were especially bad, since the team only posted a winning record on one season in the entire ten year span. Fast forward to the 1990's and the California Golden Bears again returned to an elite status.

Most recently, the team did well early in the 2009 season but struggled being consistent throughout the season. They ended the note with a loss to Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl and stopped their streak of bowl wins that had been going on for four years in a row. They also struggled having a consistent running back and failed to get over 1000 rushing yards for any running back for the first time in 7 years. There were some changes in the coaching staff and the team looks much more improved to take on this 2010 season and regain their glory years of old.

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Economic data published by Chinese provincial-level regions for the first half year show that economic restructuring is bearing fruit and leading to stable and quality growth.

China's economy continued steady expansion in the first half of this year with GDP up 6.9 percent year on year to about 38.2 trillion yuan (5.6 trillion U.S. dollars), according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Breaking down the national figures, provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities have published their own regional economic data.

Analysts say the data reflects new-found vitality in regional economies, unleashed by economic restructuring, which includes promoting consumption-led and innovation-driven growth, de-stocking outdated capacity, cutting corporate costs and deleveraging.

"We all know the Chinese economy has been an L-shaped growth shape. Many people ask when the downward stroke ends. Now if we look at the economic data and its connotation, the economy has entered a horizontal stroke and turned toward stable growth," said Yao Jingyuan, a research fellow at the Counsellors' Office of the State Council.


Western provinces and regions such as Tibet, Guizhou, Yunnan, Ningxia, Sichuan and Shaanxi have stayed in the top ten fastest-growing regional economies in China.

"The central and western provinces have developed well in recent years. Though they are late-movers compared with eastern counterparts, they have fared rather well economically," Yao said.

Tibet Autonomous Region topped the national chart in growth of five categories -- GDP, industrial added value, total retail sales of consumer goods, annual disposable income for urban and rural residents.

Zhou Yong, a researcher in Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences, attributes the outstanding economic figures to the social stability of Tibet, which is essential for fast economic growth.

Disposable income for people in Tibet grew by more than 10 percent in both cities and rural areas in the first half year.

"People have stable jobs and a stable source of income to spend, so retail figures of consumer goods for H1 rise by 14 percent, the fastest growth nationwide," he said.

The services industry, such as tourism, is also booming in Tibet.

Another western province Guizhou, capitalizing on big data, the information industry and tourism, has emerged as another top-performer in economic development.

Apple Inc. is expected to set up a Chinese data center, costing 1 billion dollars, in Guizhou. In H1, revenue of Internet companies in Guizhou grew by 171 percent year on year. Tourism rose by over one-third year on year as the province becomes one of China's most popular tourists destinations.


Shandong Energy Zaozhuang Mining Group in east China's Shandong Province has earned revenue from a new channel other than mining.

Its revenue for H1 was 55.8 billion yuan (about 8.2 billion U.S. dollars), up 83.88 percent year on year.

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