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The 2012 season marks the 65th year the Cal Grid Club of Sacramento has been in existence.

During football season, the Grid Club meets every Wednesday at 5:00pm at the Iron Steaks restaurant in Sacramento. At the meetings, we:

  • Speak via teleconference with members of the coaching staff

  • Hold Q&A sessions with beat writers covering Cal�s upcoming opponents

  • Listen to live speakers (most weeks) who have unique insights into the football program

  • Watch a DVD of the previous week's game (without commercials and "dead time")

For more details about this year�s Grid Club meetings, see the 2012 meeting schedule.

The Grid Club�s keynote event is the end-of-season Tiny Bates Banquet featuring Coach Jeff Tedford. This high-profile event honors the coach, as well as the winner of the  Henry J. "Tiny" Bates Memorial Award. The recipient of this award is a graduating senior player from the Sacramento Valley region.

The Grid Club was founded in 1947 by Tiny Bates, who played football for the Golden Bears under legendary Coach Andy Smith in 1916 and 1917. Along with Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, Tiny Bates wanted a place where Cal alumni and friends from the Sacramento area could gather to share the camaraderie of the Blue and Gold. His goal was achieved with the founding of the Cal Grid Club of Sacramento. The memory and commitment of Tiny Bates lives on as we gather each week during football season to support our Golden Bears.