Dawn of a new era?

A new day, a new game, a new coach, a new life.

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Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron of USC debuted his awesome possum leadership skills last week during the Trojan’s 38-31 win against the Arizona Wildcats.  Even USC Athletic Director, Pat Haden, was impressed with the atmosphere in the Trojan’s locker room before the Arizona game: “I’ve never seen anything like it.  It was unbelievable.”

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After the victory over Arizona, Haden said “Coach O was awesome” and cited the energy and joy of the players.  Rather than quietly contemplating the start of the game, music filled the locker room.

“I don’t know what the music was,” Haden said. “It’s not on my iPod — it was weird music, but they loved it.”  Nice.  Too bad Kiffin’s favorite music is Taylor Swift.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Arizona State

I think we can all agree that the Trojans might have found their future and Lane Kiffin is really really depressed about it.  You could see how depressed he is if you watched him last Saturday at the College Gameday broadcast at Washington University, where Chris Fowler interviewed the poor bastard, asking him about his recent flame out with USC.  With chants of “You Got Fired” resounding behind him, Kiffin insisted that he still loves coaching and described the experience of watching USC defeat Arizona as “like watching someone else raise your kids.”  Yea, kids who don’t love you.  How does that feel Kiffy?

Before concluding his interview with Fowler, Kiffin signaled to athletic directors around the country that he was ready to try again, referencing his “next job” and “young age.”

Puke in my mouth Kiffin.  You probably won’t get hired somewhere until the off-season. Calm down.  With keeping young age in mind, can you answer me this: What have you accomplished?  What positive effect have you had on the world?  Every job you had as a head coach, you were fired or immediately left in shambles, leaving only a Sewage System in your name. Enough about Kiffin, he is dunzo and we shouldn’t waste anymore of our valuable time on the useless douche of a coach.

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Whether Orgeron will remain the head coach remains to be seen.  Despite the win, there was still some gaping problems no one can ignore like a depleting defense that gives up in the second half and an offense still trying to find its footing with a newcomer quarterback.  However, it was still pretty freaking sweet seeing them win, and having fun while doing it.

1381471895000-USP-NCAA-Football-Arizona-at-Southern-California-003Orgeron is bringing the fire and passion back to the game, something Kiffin was sorely lacking.  Even though it seems like the most important thing right now is to win, I think the hope that Orgeron represents is far more important, especially to the players.  The players are the ones who need that hope to drive them to go to practice at 6am, the drive to play for a coach they actually want to play for, the drive they need to WIN.

1528486_sp_usc_utah_state033_LSSo here is to the new coach, here is to a new team, here is to a new era in Trojan Land.  An era without Kiffin.  Can I get an AMEN up in this biatch?!

Thank you.

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Blame it on the ButtFace

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Ouch LA Times. ouch.  Hope Lane Kiffin doesn’t read the paper because his approval rating has dropped lower than Taylor Swift’s panties.  I mean this was a ridiculous long time coming, just take a look at THE worst season a college football team has EVER seen.  If you think Manti Te’o’s dating skills are tragic, take a look at USC.

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2012 has been the worst year USC football has ever seen.  Where to begin….?  Well I think it all started in New York at Met Life Stadium.  SC was expected to slaughter a not so great Syracuse football team at least by a couple of touchdowns.  No, SC only won by 13…..in retrospect in should have been a lot more to a Big East Team whose previous season record was a measly 5-7.  I wish this was the only and last ::Sigh:: this Trojan fan would have for a season that started off so promising, ranked #1 in the country.

football-money   After opening last football season ranked #1, the Trojans sank to an unbelievably embarrassing 7-6 record under the not so great tutelage of Coach Lane Kiffin.  Is he to blame?  At this point int time…….yes….yes he can…..and should for many MANY reasons.  Even USC Athletic Director Pat Haden knows that football program’s derailed state of affairs, especially when all the hatred and blame is being pointed directly at Kiffin’s visor wearing head.  Asked to describe the state of USC athletics, Haden says, “The sky is not falling, in spite of what some people read and think and write.”  I get it, there is more to collegiate sports than football, but may I ask…..which sport brings in the most revenue?  Which sport brings in the most publicity?  Which sport increases freshman enrollment?  la-sp-pat-haden-usc-20130122-001

Luckily for our Trojan fan sake, Haden acknowledges receiving a steady stream of negative letters, emails and Twitter messages. He says his car was recently keyed off campus — “I don’t know if that is a result of this,” he says, laughing.  Yes, laugh it up Haden. Luckily for you, USC is located in South Central, one of safest hoods in Los Angeles.  Didn’t the University just instill a 9pm curfew?  You crazy college kids you.

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Despite the influx of hate, Haden has continuously said he supports Kiffin 100% and has no reason why Kiffin shouldn’t be the football coach.  UGH, do we have to do the math for you Haden?!

In September, an innocent reporter was banned from practice after he accurately reported that a player underwent surgery. GOOD GOD say it ain’t so!! Kiffin also abruptly bolted from a post-practice news conference when asked about a player returning from injury. Beyond random.  Why don’t you just make SC look like a bunch of ADHD Space Cadets who can’t handle the media.  Sadly, this was only the beginning.

In October, a USC quarterback was instructed by coaches to wear another player’s jersey number on special teams in the first half against Colorado, and then played later in the game in his usual number. Brilliant strategy… thanks Napoleon!  In November, the Pac-12 Conference fined USC $25,000 after it was discovered that a student manager intentionally deflated USC footballs before a game against Oregon. Now why would he do that?  The season ended with the embarrassing Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech, punctuated by news stories last week that portrayed a heated post game locker-room scene.  I dunno if it was soo much heated towards each other or heated towards a certain khaki wearing individual who hides behind play cards.

 

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Yes, USC is still hurtin’ for certain from the harsh (harshest!) NCAA sanctions thanks to running back Reggie Bush.  But come on, you can’t even compare this season to last season, 2011 where the Trojans went 10-2.  Maybe the penalties are sinking in with loss of scholarships and recruits but DUDE, resulting in theses immature and stupid antics leaving the team so frustrated that they decide to West Side Story it out in the Locker Room?  Unacceptable.

“We need to earn our fans’ respect back,” Haden says, “and the only way you can do that is win.”  I sure hope so buddy.  Is that all Kiffin needs to do to keep his job?  “I’m not answering that question,” Haden says, adding, “Sometimes when you’re calling plays . . . you don’t sense maybe the whole team. So I think he has to really sense the whole team and feel and have the relationship with the whole team….”  First of all, grammar!  Second, isn’t that covered in Freshman course PSY 101, building any sort of relationship requires a connection with trust and honesty?  Kiffin is so distant from his team he can’t even call GOOD plays, are you kidding me?  Didn’t you watch the Notre Game?   Yes Lane, let’s run the ball on 3rd down because it worked out so well the other 432 times you did it!   ” Secondly, ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff, Lane,’ Haden blabs on.  “Don’t worry about injury reporting at practice and whatever other things we kind of trip ourselves up on — jersey numbers and things.”  Hmmmmmm so what you mean is don’t learn from your mistakes?  That’s great parenting right there.  You Kiffin, do NOT get a time out even though you broke some rules….who cares right?  If you are in calling the shots for LA’s most popular football team, the closest thing we have to the NFL, you can get away with anything.  Everybody knows that.  Haden you are starting to border line MORON.

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Lucky for us, somebody is optimistic about next year.  “I’m a paid optimist,” he says, “and I think we’ve got a great opportunity to rebound and have a terrific season next year.”  That’s right, your PAID.  Shit, if I was paid to think like you I would.  But lets put ourselves in Haden’s position.  What if the Trojans DO in fact have a great season, receive a great recruiting class, compete for the Pac-12 Conference title game and have one of their players nominated for the Heisman.  That all sounds fantastic but still will never change the fact that the 2012 season was one of the most depressing and darkest times that any college football program has ever seen.  EVER.  Kudos to Kiffin for making USC football season the laughing-stock of the entire NCAA.  No other team in college football history has been ranked #1 in the preseason, had a Heisman frontrunner and fallen so low to depths of complete shit.

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Hey, I want to be a paid optimist.  Say Haden, where can I sign up?

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!