Biggest sporting news from CSUN and beyond for 2004-05

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Over the course of the 2004-2005 year, many different events have caught our attention. These are the sporting events and stories that have stood out among the rest.

— CSUN basketball team wins one in Anaheim before being edged out by Pacific (who else) in the semifinals.

— CSUN volleyball stuns UCLA in quarterfinals of MPSF Championships before losing to eventual champion Pepperdine. Oh well, at least we beat the Bruins.

— CSUN women’s soccer team, led by head coach Terry Davilla, shocks everyone and makes complete turn around before losing in Big West semifinals.

— CSUN men’s soccer team, led by head coach Terry Davilla, surprise nobody by having a great year, before losing in first round of NCAA tournament.

— CSUN women’s volleyball team has successful season before losing in NCAA tournament to Kansas State. Go Matadors!!

— Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi were just two of multiple baseball players believed to have used steroids. Giambi admits to it, begins season by playing horribly. Bonds won’t admit to it, stuck on injured list because he’s having steroid withdrawals, otherwise known as knee problems.

— Sammy Sosa, Raphael Palmiero, Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco all get called to speak about steroids before Congress. Sosa decides he doesn’t speak English, McGwire breaks down, and Canseco, after writing a book, decides he really doesn’t want to speak anymore. What’s the matter, is he shy and hiding behind his book?

— Patriots win the Superbowl … again. Questions about a dynasty surface, but people realize that there really are no other good teams in the NFL.

— Kobe Bryant is let off the hook in criminal case, faces civil suit. Yeah, the girl didn’t want any money. Too late anyway, as Bryant bought a 6,000 karat “I’m sorry” ring for his wife. The money’s gone.

— Lakers trade Shaquille O’neal, lose Phil Jackson and multiple other players after losing in NBA finals. They fail to make playoffs next season as the Heat, Shaq’s new team, finish with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Oh, there are only two teams in the Eastern Conference? I guess that makes it easier?

— NHL locks out players, cancels season … Not many people seem to mind.

— Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons brawl at The Palace in Detroit. Fans get involved, Ron Artest is suspended for the season, and many other players receive major suspensions. Artest is happy, because instead of trying to win a championship, he can go sell his rap album. No really, he basically said exactly that.

— Red Sox break “The Curse” and win the World Series 4-0 against St. Louis after coming back from three games down to beat rival Yankees in the American League Championship. The series win is Boston’s first in 86 years. Now what are the self-proclaimed “Idiots” going to talk about for the next 86 years?

–Lance Armstrong wins record sixth consecutive Tour de France. Announces he’ll try for one more before retiring. He’s decided there are better things to do, like hanging out with Sheryl Crow and watching the sun come up over Santa Monica Boulevard. Wouldn’t you?

— Montreal Expos move to Washington, D.C., and call themselves the Nationals. Lets see how long this lasts.

— Tiger Woods breaks out of so-called “slump,” and wins his fourth Masters championship. How about all the other people in golf that have never won even one Masters championship, let alone three. Are they all in career slumps? The next three best golfers in the world, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh haven’t combined to win four Masters Championships.

— Dodgers win first playoff game since winning the 1988 World Series. L.A. eventually lose the series 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals. They then trade the entire team.

— The USC Trojans win their second consecutive National title with dominating victory over second-ranked Oklahoma State. But Auburn thinks they deserved a shot. Why? Because SC would have only beaten them by 35?

— Freddy Adu makes his MLS debut with the D.C. United and becomes youngest player in MLS history at age 15. Maybe now they’ll stop worrying about him getting injured and let him play more than 25 minutes a game.