He Has Risen

The Resurrection is real people.  And no, I am not talking about Easter.  But if you put it that way, this may be an Easter of sorts….an Easter for one.

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Tim Tebow is gracing the NFL with his holy presence yet again. I don’t know about you, but frankly, I am quite excited about this revival.

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Throwing the words “resurrection” and “revival” could be a bit of a stretch, but hey, who am I to hate on one of Jesus’s football disciples? Granted Tebow never went to Notre Dame, but I am sure he has a poster of “Touchdown Jesus” pasted up on one of his walls next to his Florida Gator crucifix.

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Just like Jesus, Tebow has seen and experience adversity in his days. The NFL maliciously swallowed and spit out Tebow 2 years ago, leaving him nothing except his unrelenting faith in GOD and in the good graces of the almighty SEC Network.

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The comeback of Tebow is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. And to top it off, I couldn’t think of a better city to open up their loving arms and embrace the God Squader like a brother than Philadelphia.  Although the Philadelphia Eagles already have a so-called “quarterback,” Tebow could be the perfect accessory to Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense.

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Will Tebow get any action? Who the hell knows. He only signed a 1 year contract agreement. As a die-hard USC Trojan fan, you would think I would be rooting for the ladder.  Don’t get me wrong, I am fully pulling for Matty Barkley to dazzle the City of Brotherly Love with his cannon of an arm and Little Rascal smile. Also pulling for Mark Sanchez to fully recover from his butt fumble concussion and come to realize that retirement would be more of a favor to the entire sports world than just himself.

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But you have to admit, there is just something about Tebow that is unrelentingly charming. Setting aside his “Don’t Get an Abortion Because I Was Almost One” SuperBowl commercial, Tebow has a great attitude on his shoulders, a contiguously positive attitude that many could and should envy. Can’t hate a guy for trying and trying and trying and trying to make his dreams come true.

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Rooting against Tebow is like rooting for Moses to drown in the Red Sea or for Joseph to never find that Technicolor Dreamcoat. No…..that’s just wrong.

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And the best part of all? Tebow-ing will be making it’s comeback with a vengeance…..in PRETZEL FORM.

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Keep a Happy Face?

If you are a Trojan fan, can we please have a little chat about the future of this football team?

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I am so sick of hearing the words ‘rebuilding,’ ‘sanctions,’ ‘hardship,’ and ‘drama.’  The one time the Trojans, particularly Lane Kiffin, had the chance to escape the depths of football crap….he didn’t…well, kinda sorta not really.

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National signing day was a couple of weeks ago and the Trojans failed to sign the usual ‘A’ winning class like they have had the last 5 years.   I guess it comes down to the good ol’ debate, ‘Quality vs. Quantity.’  According to Scout.com, USC attained 4-5 star recruits, which is pretty sweet but only a measly 12.  The typical number of a college football recruiting class is 25.  Now that is a hit to the ego.

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Remember those pesky NCAA sanctions they have to deal with 4 years ago? Yea they are still paying for it and will be for what seems like an endless amount of time.  This is the last year the Trojans face scholarship restrictions, taking away 10 scholarships per season, which seems like nothing but has been harming the team since day 1.  That number alone makes up a solid Defensive and Offensive line, which the team desperately needs.

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USC’s 2013 group of recruits are better than most classes out there, but it’s the high expectations that will forever plague any player that walks through Heritage Hall.  The Trojans managed to snag a couple of solid defensive players, running back and an All-American Quarterback from Washington.T

1067974Ty Issac, RB, 6’2 215 pounds out of Illinois has great hands and speed which is perfect for SC seeing how the team will be saying goodbye to Robert Woods and Curtis McNeal.  You can never have enough offense.

 

 

 

 

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Defensive player Kenny Bigelow, 6’3 297 out of Maryland pounds is so versatile that in high school he played linebacker, defensive tackle, defensive end and even tight end.  Ridiculous. No wonder he is a 5 star recruit.  Sounds like this kid’s quick change of direction and speed are his winning assets, forcing double teams and breaking runs.  This is guy is seriously going to get some playing time and secure a starting spot.

 

Steven Mitchell, WR 5’10 from Mission Hills, CA is not as tall as anyone would hope, but boy does he make up for it in speed.  Speedy Gonzalez speed!  This four star recruit has great hands, quick feet, runs solid routes and can change direction in a flash.  If given a chance, I think USC can have another play maker in their hands.

thSu’a Cravens.  S out of the middle of nowhere California. But fun name right?  Apparently this athlete is a genius, scoring a very high football IQ. Dangerous in the pass coverage, Cravens, his instincts are what really separates him from the rest.  It is instincts that make a defensive player indispensable and reliable, a play maker who knows what they are doing.  Now isn’t that a thought.

 

 

Max Browne. QB from Washington (take that Steve Sarkisian!) is considered by many the top quarterback in this 2013 class.  This 5 star recruit is everything you want in an élite quarterback.  Lucky for him, this spring is going to be an open quarterback competition at USC, giving him the chance to beat at Wittek and start as a true freshman, just like Barkley.  From his arm strength to his accuracy, Browne appears to be the complete package.  Does this kid have a downfall?  Who the mofo knows until you put him in those high pressure situations.  It won’t be easy for Browne to start competing with so-so Wittek and Cody Kessler, who has yet to get any play time.  But the pressure to win and for USC to get out of their ‘let’s fire’ Kiffin temper tantrum, Maxie Browne has a good shot.rn_maxbrowne4_ms_600

For the love of GOD, I pray that this recruiting class live up to all expectations.  But sadly, lately USC football always has a way of royally screwing up and frankly, it’s not entirely their fault.  It would so easy to place all the blame on Lane Kiffin, so why stop now.  For now (and who knows how long that will last) the problem is Lane Kiffin.  Last year he proved that despite the harsh sanctions, he can effectively formulate and coach a winning team.  They beat the Oregon Ducks for pete sake.

This year proved to show Kiffin’s unfortunate true colors.  All of the childish mishaps and immature stints from deflating footballs, changing jerseys, even to Kiffin’s ridiculous play calling….all have accumulated to make a disaster.  So much of a disaster that this season will go down in the books.  A #1 ranked team that falls into the depths of college football hell, next to the boys on the 1986 SMU team.

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I really don’t want to keep giving Kiffin the benefit of the doubt, but this 2013 season is the last straw.  Even if Kiffin wasn’t the coach, USC is a school known to always produce a decent recruiting class because what 18-year-old boy wouldn’t want to come to LA, live the sweet West Coast life and play on national TV.  Exactly.

Wouldn’t it be nice to actually check out the recruits and see the new boys in actions?  Yea, no. Nobody can because Kiffin has ended open practices , which now remain closed to everybody.  This is another failure on Kiffin’s part.

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It’s hard to keep a happy face when Kiffin doesn’t.  Maybe he should try and smile once in a while, show a little emotion and enthusiasm when talking about his team or when on the field calling idiotic plays.  When Kiffin changes, the team will change.  Here is to a better, and FUN, 2013.

Hey Kiffin!  Fight On with a Smile 🙂

No Joy in TrojanLand

Well here is to another loss for the once no.1 ranked USC Trojans.  At least it was against an incredibly talented opponent who is competing for the BCS National Championship.  But it’s hard to take a loss to same Oregon team the Trojans beat last year, an Oregon team that has all same star power and potential the Trojans have.  So what the hell is going on?

Could it be the khaki wearing white visor head let’s hide behind my laminated play card Kiffin?  Could it be the Trojans head coach who is messing up what should have been a stellar season?  Is it fair to just blame one guy?  Hell no, but it’s easier and takes away the pain of a failure…..well…just for a bit anyways.

The Trojans have become a three loss disaster, plagued with mounting penalties and shame.  The team set historic lows with Oregon last week for both years (730) and points (62) allowed.  And after one of the ugliest nights the Coliseum has ever seen, USC has fallen to fifth place in the Pac-12 Conference, ranked behind city rival UCLA in the BCS and appear destined for the Holiday Bowl.   The Bruins!?!?!?  The Holiday Bowl??!?!  OMG, WTF happened to this team?!

Sports Illustrated Magazine asked Kiffin how much of the blame should be placed on him and the coaching staff, Kiffin reluctantly responded saying, “All of it.”  GOOD.  Because it is.  No DUH.  The team’s performance hasn’t matched the talent all season.  It is such an embarrassment.  It really feels like a riches to rags story.

To be fair Kiffin has had to deal with harsh NCAA violations coming into the job, which includes a two-year bowl ban and 30 scholarships revoked for the next three years.  Hmmm, funny.  This is the first season the scholarship restrictions kicked in.  A sign?  Thank GOD Kiffin recognizes the talent running through his program, “”With the players that we have, we should not be 6-3,” Kiffin said on his Sunday conference call with USC beat writers. “There’s only one person for that to fall on — that’s me as the head coach.”

Maybe Kiffin wasn’t the best choice for USC.  Just look at his track record, it ain’t so swell with a career record 36-31.   The Raiders fired him and Tennessee University named their sewage system after he bailed on the Vols football program to head back to sunny SoCal.  He was only at Tennessee for one season!  Kiffin is 0-3 against Stanford, one of the most inexcusable defeats this year. The Trojans also lost to an Arizona State team last season that fired its coach and earlier this season fell to an Arizona squad that UCLA beat 66-10 on Saturday.  The BRUINS again!?!?!

Quarterback Matt Barkley doesn’t seem to be improving and his NFL draft stock is going nowhere but down.  SC’s defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin (Lane Kiffin’s old man) is just soo beyond bad there are no words to describe it.  Apparently the old man gets paid $1.5 million a year.  Good GOD.  That money is better earned by the water boy than him.  The Gatorade bins and water cups are always filled promptly, the defense on the other hand would be lucky to finish a game with the glass half full.

Funny to think that Kiffin voted his team no.1 in the preseason coaches poll has now fallen to no. 21.  Apparently Kiffin’s childish and immature antics that defined his tenure at Tennessee have returned.  Already he has lied about participating in the coaches poll vote in the preseason, pulled off jersey changes to trick the Colorado Buffalos and banned a local beat writer for reporting injuries…..hmmm what would that be called?  Oh yeah! Honest Reporting!

Sad to think Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, head coach at Washington, were both the Golden Boys under Pete Carroll.  Now look at them.  Stevie if flying high at Washington and Kiffin is a hot SoCal mess.  Kiffin has a 3-8 record against ranked college football opponents.  Is it too much to ask how Kiffin got to USC in the first place?  Was our football program that desperate to scramble and find a coach?

Kiffin can recruit, no doubt about it but, sad to say, it just doesn’t match his actual coaching abilities.  The Trojans clearly don’t lack talent.  They just lack discipline.  Just count how many penalties the team has already accumulated.  They lead the nation by a landslide, averaging at least 10 penalties a game.  It’s pathetic.   Some say Kiffin cares more about appearance and style than substance.  Maybe he doesn’t have the patience or maturity to be head coach.

Things will most likely get worse next year for the Trojans before they get better.  USC has two more seasons with a loss of 10 scholarship players.  Should SC get rid of Kiffin?  Not yet.  They can’t.  Who else is out there?  I say give the visor wearing khaki loving coach another year.  See if he can salvage what is left of USC football pride.  I mean, can next year get any worse?

Next year won’t be worse than this year because the expectations won’t nearly be as high.  The Trojans are not going to start the season as no.1, HELL, they might not even be ranked in the top 25.  And they shouldn’t, they don’t deserve it, which might be a good thing.  Starting off the season with low expectations might be the best thing to ever happen to the Trojans.  If you’re at the bottom there is nowhere to go but UP right?  I think it will help the players grow, learn from their mistakes and become a team that doesn’t rest on the glamour, the hype, the so-called “style” that Kiffin is supposedly accustomed to.  The real question is: Can the team do it without Kiffin? Better yet: Does the team want to do it without Kiffin?

With his previous coaching jobs producing failed seasons, Kiffin keeps on surprising us by landing better jobs despite never accomplishing much.  After this travesty of a season, will Kiffin still land a better job than USC head coach?  Better yet, will Kiffin ever get USC out of this disgustingly embarrassing mess?  It seems very unlikely that Kiffin will ever see the light of day.    Well, at least not while he is hiding behind that play card.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/pete_thamel/11/05/lane-kiffin/index.html#ixzz2BU4xfEka

Damn you ESPN

Why is ESPN covering the upcoming USC vs. Oregon game soo damn much?  I must have seen three segments already about the Trojans preparing to take on the ridiculously good Ducks at the Coliseum.  Seriously, why?

The USC Trojans are only averaging about 15 penalties a game and the no.2 Ducks are averaging 53.3 points a game.  You do the math.   USC’s penchant for drawing penalties stems from the Trojans’ having too much “pride” and trying to protect each other, receiver Robert Woods said.  Too much pride?  Dude, how much pride can you have when you aren’t winning games?

Last season, Barkley passed for four touchdowns in a 38-35 victory over Oregon, a win that ended the Ducks’ 21-game winning streak at Autzen Stadium.  The Trojans led by 24 points late in the third quarter and held on for a victory that was not assured until Oregon missed a last-second field-goal attempt.  Hey, whether we like it or not kickers make the difference!  But USC was a much better team last year.  FAR Better.

SC’s defense hasn’t been good since the three iron linebackers, Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga.  Head coach Lane Kiffin brilliantly decided to appoint his father Monte Kiffin as the team’s Defensive Coordinator.  Good or bad move?  Well just look at the defense.  The defense gives up at least 20 points a game.  The Ducks offense with multipurpose star D’Anthony Thomas and running back Kenjon Barner are returning players for the offense that has average 540 yards a game.  Oohhhhh some more easy math!

All USC can do is try to play and put behind it’s 39-36 loss to Arizona last week that ended their hopes for making a run to the BCS National Title.  “We can’t play a game like that this week,” quarterback Matt Barkley said. “Oregon is too good.”  Forgive the obvious DUH.  Come on Matt, you and your boys been playing mediocre at best.  Obviously you need to step up your game to even be seen with these Quack Quack men.  

It just sucks balls that ESPN is broadcasting this game like it’s the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade.  Seriously if you just type in USC vs Oregon under videos, you get at least 6 videos discussing the upcoming game.  Good God.  All of this media attention and buzz is going to do nothing but psych the Trojans out.  As a loyal Trojan fan, I know this is just going to blow up in the pretty little faces.  This just goes to show you that the media, no matter how farfetched or boring a story may be, will blow it out of proportion to get ratings and create a buzz.  But is this game really creating a buzz?  All it is doing is creating negative attention for the Trojans, highlighting their flaws and shortcomings, while placing Oregon on the BCS pedestal.  Doesn’t ESPN have a massive crunch on the SEC?  Isn’t there the SEC showdown of the century happening this weekend, Alabama vs LSU, you know?  The BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP game repeat, Alabama still holding the no.1 crown and LSU fairly slipping behind riding the no. 5 spot.  What gives?  Both those teams are collectively ranked higher than Oregon and USC.  Furthermore, we all know it is probably going to be a closer and perhaps a bit more exciting game.  WTF ESPN?

I know what you are thinking!  As a Trojan fan you should wish no ill for your team or at least be one of those obnoxiously devoted fans who blindly believe that their team will defy the odds and win the game no matter what the circumstances.  Sigh.  Is there a problem with just being realistic?

I am going to watch the game and obviously root for the boys in Cardinal and Gold.  But with one team averaging above 50 points a game (and this isn’t a basketball score !) and the other team averaging more than 50 penalties this season, it is a little hard to believe that this will be a competitive matchup.  Forgive me Trojan Gods!  Maybe they will prove me wrong.  Maybe ESPN’s incessant coverage will in fact pay off.

Nevertheless, FIGHT ON.

A Big Fat Trojan Sigh

The USC Trojans this season has been anything but exciting.  This was a team ranked #1 at the end of August, defying all the odds, overcoming their  severe sanctions some still consider an unfair NCAA punishment, thanks to Mr. Reggie Bush.  With their 2 year sanction lifted they have (had?) a chance to compete for a national championship, which in turn has caught the attention of College Football, especially the all-mighty winning SEC.

Quarterback Matt Barkley made a huge announcement last December deciding to stay his senior year and play with no-longer-in-the-dog-house Trojans.  Huge billboards were erected throughout the LA area, even Bruin territory Westwood, displaying a picture of Barkley standing behind a microphone podium at that same December announcement press conference  with the confident declaration spelling out, “We Play to Finish.” Before the season even started, all of college football land was buzzing over Barkley winning the coveted Heisman Trophy.  He had a tremendous Junior year season, why not dream a little?

The Trojans started off the season so promising, full of hope and new beginnings.  Now that we are in the second half of the season, the Trojans aren’t looking to play for a national championship, aren’t looking to win a Heisman, aren’t even looking to dazzle fans nor intimidate other teams with their fully equipped and talented offense.  Lane Kiffin and his Trojans are just looking to win the next game.

USC has been playing like they are asleep to say the least.  As a die-hard Trojan fan who lives and breathes college football there is only one question: Who to blame?  I know, I know that is the easiest way to place the problem on someone else, to look to someone for answers but maybe, JUST maybe, there is no one to blame.  But hey, that wouldn’t be the style of this blog fools.

 

Case and point: the head coach. Is it just me or has Lane Kiffin been really screwy this season?  Aside from him bolting away from reporters and failing to comment on injured players, his coaching is questionable.  Relying far too much on the running game which only turned out ok in the Cal game, rushing for over 200 yards (the best of the season thus far), rather than using his killer offense: Matt Barkley’s arm, receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Lee. Wasn’t this visor wearing blondie a championship winning Offensive Coach?! What gives??

I am not trying to downplay the run game, I have nothing but love for Venice Gondo Curtis McNeal as well as Penn state transer Silas Redd who has proven himself to be a BEAST.   But Kiffin seems to have been persistently “protecting” Barkley, not calling any long pass plays and instead opting to call the same run plays, thus not giving the opposing D lineman a chance to sack SC’s beloved prize possession.  Wouldn’t that prize possession seem more like a prize with a Heisman Kiffin?  Wouldn’t be too shabby :/    Kiffin’s focus is now just on winning,  he doesn’t care by how much or with what strategy….just as long as we win.  Now that to me doesn’t sound like a championship worthy team.

You can totally get Kiffin’s “winning” drift after the Washington game.  “Yeah, we played conservative once we got a lead like that, but we said it all along, it’s not about anybody’s numbers, or Heisman, or anything like that,” said Kiffin.  ” It was about the best thing to win the game. Obviously, I want to pass the ball, but I’m happy with the win,” he said. “It was not a glamorous win, but our ground game was here, our defense was on fire, it was a team win.”  This is not a #1 ranked football team….oh wait #10.  Kiffin just sounds like he is sucking the fun and passion out of the game, not calling the hail mary passes or trick plays.  I miss Pete 😦

Don’t you miss Pete, marching up and down the field like he owns the place.  And then there is little white visor Kiffin, hiding behind his lamanated play card.  Hey the guy is clearly trying his best but his best isn’t working.  It’s not only the fans that are frustrated but the players as well.

There is definitely some miscommunication going on between the coaching staff and players.  The role of Barkley as a quarterback is disappearing.  Did any of you watch last week’s game against the Washington Huskies?  Kiffin sidelined his best offensive weapons for more than half the football game.  WTF dude.  “My take on it is, it was terrible for our offense, with all the weapons we have,” said receiver Robert Woods afterward, his voice trailing as his eyes dropped.  After Barkley was sacked in the second half….Kiffin decided DUNZO, FIN, NADA, Nope, nobody touching my QB or am I putting him in danger.  “There were a few really long situations on third down, and the last thing I wanted to do in this environment was sit there and drop back and let these guys rush us and let the quarterback get hit,” Kiffin said. “Going back to that Stanford game … there’s some times that I was getting Matt hit in those same situations and I made sure I didn’t do that today.”

What game is this again….?  Oh that’s right, FOOTBALL.  I think you are going to get hit a few times when playing the most violent sport in America.  Good GOD Kiffin.  Do you wear that white visor every game to protect you from those sunlight beams containing crazy?!  Yea, I didn’t think so.  Barkley obviously doesn’t feel the same.  “I’ve never heard that from him,” he said, the surprise showing clearly in his voice. “I can take any hit. That’s surprising.”  UGH.  Punch me in the face.  Barkley isn’t hurt Kiffin, CLEARLY.  Play the guy who stayed his senior season with the intention of blowing everybody else out of the water.  Why have such a great offense last year and not have one this year?  You have all you need no?

Kiffin just doesn’t make sense to me.  It is good that they are winning but they aren’t winning they way we all thought they would, the way they deserve.  It may sound a bit bitchy but just winning sometimes isn’t good enough.  It’s not good enough for a team that was once ranked #1.   They should be on the same level as Oregon, defeating teams by 30 points+.  But sadly no, there will be no joy in TrojanLand with Kiffin calling the shots 😦 There is still hope that the Trojans will finish strong and I know they will.  Maybe strong enough for Kiffin, but not strong enough for the rest of us.

 

Kiffin go bye bye

Lane Kiffin is one weird dude.

USC head coach Kiffin abruptly ended a post practice news conference on the field after he was asked by a reporter about an injured player.  After answering one question (a total of 30 seconds) he said, “I gotta go,” almost seeming displeased to answer the questions, and then he bolted off the field.   Literally…..jogging away.  What gives Kiffy?

Here, you can check out the real awkward Lane Kiffin moment yourself: usc-coach-lane-kiffin-ends-news-conference-reporter-asks-injured-player

Apparently there is some sort of ridiculous policy with USC, requesting that the media who have the chance to make it practice  “not report on strategy or injuries that are observed during the course of watching that practice or result from that practice.”  Wtf?  That’s what the media does, report on what matters….and injuries on athletic teams, especially teams who are (were?) supposedly championship bound.  Sorry SC, but that policy is ridiculously absurd.  You can’t hide injured players in Narnia for long….you know injuries do heal.

The USC Trojans are definitely under a media microscope ever since their 21-14 loss to Stanford last Saturday, quite the Pac-12 upset….and this is only GAME 3?!

A chunk of everybody’s dream in SoCal evaporated after that loss, winning a national championship and Barkley taking home the coveted Heisman trophy.  Barkley is still talking to the press admirably and swallowing his “shame” from last week, because let’s face it….it wasn’t pretty for the guy, completing only 20 of his 41 passes  for 254 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.  Yea, that is still a slow soothing pain just typing that 😦

Hopefully Barkley’s dismal performance will ignite a fire for him and the Trojans who take on the Cal Bears Saturday at the Coliseum.  If you have to lose, better to lose to a ranked conference team early in the season rather than later, where it seems to count more.

Can he kiss Heisman goodbye?  It’s hard to say.  It is so early in the season that he and the Trojans can rally and win every game the rest of the season with Barkley throwing 6 touchdown passes.  Considering their somewhat difficult schedule as well as the “oh holy” conference that is the SEC, SC is headed towards some troubled waters.

The Cal game will determine whether the Trojans can rally.  Also, to see if Kiffin can give the running game a break and call some effective pass plays, for freaking ONCE in a game.  Good God was that ever frustrating.  Maybe that was the looming question that haunts him, praying and hoping the press don’t ask him the embarrassing question about the Trojans total running game  against Stanford, a whopping 26 yards.  No wonder he darted for the door.  At least he left the media before munching on some Coliseum grass……oh wait.

 

Damn Bruins

First they taken down Matty Barkley’s bootiful face off  Westwood Billboard and now they have to beat Rice in their opening game.  Jim Mora ain’t looking that half bad……

A few days ago, USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s awesome possum Billboard was taken down in Westwood (UCLA territory), not too far from the main campus.  The billboard was stripped or painted over either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning and now shows nothing but a black background.  The billboard featured the Trojan stud standing at a wooden podium with an official USC Trojans microphone right below him, looking off into the crowd…..or the distance…along with big bold letters, “WE PLAY TO FINISH,” with the LA in “PLAY” highlighted in gold.  Trojan gold…..none of the Bruin yellow shizzz.  Love it.  

Unfortunately the billboard was taken down after 1 DAY.  No worries though, it clearly has done its damage.  FIGHT ON you UCLA bruins.

According to ESPN, Several Bruin players said that the Billboard was too close to comfort.  Well yea, it was only in your backyard.  Come on Boys!  Just giving you some steam to blow off before game day!  Get you all fired up for those bowl games you won’t be playing in.

 

 

Apparently the covering up of the billboard was not a “USC decision.”  Sorry, but no duh?  Why would they ever take it down in enemy territory?  It’s like pulling back your troops right before battle.  UCLA officials have also denied any involvement.  Yes, all bruins must protect their own.  I would sure hope so, don’t want any Benedict Arnolds here.

The billboard site is owned by Regency Outdoor Advertising, a company co-owned by Brian Kennedy, a prominent USC donor. Kennedy said Tuesday the company decided to move the Barkley board to another location.  This just gets better and better 😀

It is beyond awesome that the Billboard was in Westwood, prime time hangout for FUCLA students……or asians.  But what is even better is the how perfect the location was, on the corner of Westwood Boulevard and Lindbrook Drive, a major MAJOR West LA traffic trap.  For all you farming non city dwellers out there….when I say traffic trap, I mean a car gridlock where the cars ain’t moving in the streets because everybody is trying to get home the exact same time at 5pm.  Doesn’t that sound just great!  Well the SC marketers made the best of an LA situation…..and placed this glorious Billboard right in the heart of Westwood’s traffic trap.  People just sitting in their cars with nothing to look at except the car in front of you, the traffic light, and the big beautiful billboards in the sky.  I can see it now, all these UCLA alumni, students and fans in their cars….steaming with anger or just in absolute disbelief that a USC billboard would be chilling near their precious baby blue school when football season is about the begin.  Forgive the obligatory Ha HAAAA (Nelson Muntz insert).  I’m surprised it took them a day to take it down.  I mean UCLA actually has the letters “LA” in their school name than USC…..hmmmmmmmm interesting.   If a UCLA billboard was up in south central, SC territory, it wouldn’t have even lasted an hour.

UCLA fans on online message boards congregated when the LATimes story was released and complained about the ad being near the school’s campus, appearing to jokingly plan on a blue-paintball assault on the billboard to reclaim their territory. Subtle…..

“I wish some one (sic) would take the time to deface it,” one fan wrote. “Just saying.”  Then do it!  Bruin Bitch.

None of the other 29 Billboards with Barkley’s face have been taken down. This multi-platform SC marketing campaign will continue on bus wraps and other available ad slots around Southern California…. not near Bruinville…and will stretch out nationwide next week.

 

 

Barkley seemed unfazed by it all….but secretly LOVING it. “I know they’re up all over Southern California,” he said. “My job is on the field, so whatever happens with that happens.”  Spoken by a true class act.  FIGHT ON Matty!