I was raised on Alabama Crimson Tide football. But considering I grew up in California and couldn't attend any games, it stands to reason I grew up also liking every team in Oakland- A's, Raiders, and Warriors. As well, I'm a graduate of the University of Southern California and as such, my allegiance towards all things Trojan is unyielding (except when/if it applies to 'Bama).
Other than that- I used to be a street-walkin' skank, but those days are now way over. I used to play a mad air-bass too, but since I mastered "The Robot" and learned to touch my chin with my tongue, I earn a legit wage these days.
John David Booty was cut by the Minnesota Vikiings, a day after making a poor throw at the worst possible time and having it returned for a touchdown in an exhibition finale against the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully this doesn't end the saga of JDB in his pursuit of landing as a starter on an NFL team. Fight On John David!
Coffee having a mammoth game vs. The Raiders right now! The badass running back just tore off a 40 yd. run on an end around on the 9-er left side. He's been tearing it up between the tackles, and just backed-up the 2nd string safety for the Raiders- both of them hitting each other head on with Coffee getting the better of the exchange by making the safety take 8 steps backwards. It's the 2nd quarter and now that the OC for the 9-ers sees that the Raiders cannot handle Coffee- he has received the bulk of the carries and the 9-ers are now threatening to get on the board to even it up at 7. It's 2nd and goal to go. 3:23 before half. Damn, Glen's looking good in this pre-season game. But. . . .we all knew he'd be good at the next level. The pro level is his level. Handing it off to Coffee, to throw to Crabtree? That should be against the law, in some states.
In memory of Les Paul The night's music above the starry amphitheaters Time held all our whispers. . . .and tonal cries Golden in the heydays of His eyes And honored among the parking lots and locked bedroom doors, you were prince among sheet music and barely working amps And once below a time you lordly had the ears and tears Trailed with people waiting to audition . . . or waiting to get in . . . or in line just waiting for beer Down along the rivers of rock and roll light And as you were gentle and carefree, famous among the stars Around the garages & studios and inventing new depths of sound, wood, and strings The leads did magic on solos with the majesty of your gifts In the sun that is young once only Golden in the mercy of His means, You were quiet and kind, master and servant, the virtuoso listened and the stars sang to your strings while the foxes on stilettos screamed clear with joy And the lighters lit the universe like the moon gleans poetically on the cactus blossoms and desert roses In the bonfires of music aflame in rhythm and heartache Nothing we ever cared for, in the youthful search of identity and community, that time would take us To the shattering epochs which were hidden in the shadows of your hands In the moon that is always rising under a simple light of night When singing ourselves to sleep We might be lucky to hear you fly with the high fields and angels And wake to the songs forever born from men & women, Lilted in dreams, loss and redemption Time held us all, but it held you gracefully and immortal As we will sing, for you and with you In our chains, like the sea! Rest in Peace Les Paul
This just in from The Columbia Dispatch Aug. 11, 2009 "Defensive tackle Todd Denlinger said he saw quarterback Terrelle Pryor carrying a 37-inch flat-screen television into the hotel where the team stays during camp. "We don't have too much time to sit in there and watch TV," Denlinger said. "Maybe he's watching film. I know he works hard at that, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt." Word of caution TP (don't you just love those initials, especially if he stinks up the Big Televen this year): Be sure no agent nor runner supplied your parents with money in order to buy that flat screen, AND by all means- find the receipt because there are a lot of people in this world who don't believe a young black man can afford to buy their own televisions! Seriously, I'm not joking.
I kid you not. . . .I happen to hate the Laker's more than anyone down here in Los Angeles. I'm a Warriors fan through and through and have been since I popped outta the womb. In order I hate: 1....
From the LA Times "Newswire" column in today's Sports, Aug. 11, 2009. Rafer Johnson, 1960 Olympic decathlon champion and a longtime Olympic activist in Los Angeles, was given his own bronzed plaque in the Coliseum's peristyle end. Johnson, the former UCLA star, was the final torch-runner and lit the flame in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Games. The plaque is a depiction of Johnson carrying a torch, but it is also surrounded by seven symbols that include many of the events he competed in when he won his gold medal in Rome.
USC golfer and 2009 Pac-10 Freshman Women's Golfer of the Year, Jennifer Song, became only the second woman to win the Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (WAPL) titles in the...
Because I couldn't find any images nor any more commentary on this matter, I decided to quote straight from the article. I found it in Mike Penner's column "Totally Random" in the LA Times, dated Aug. 8, 2009: "The USC-UCLA rivalry will play out at Los Angeles International Airport this football season, with the off-airport parking company the Parking Spot adding new team shuttles painted in the two schools' colors. If the two shuttles follow the expected bowl paths: USC ends up at the Bradley Terminal for a nice flight to Paris. UCLA drops you off at Burbank, where you fly to Wichita, Kan." I'm verbose, thought it best to just keep it strictly in Mr. Penner's words.
According to Bucknuts.com, defensive end Rob Rose and wide receiver Ray Small both graduates of Cleveland Glenville High School, will not play this year due to academic issues. From the article, "There is a chance that Rose and Small could return to the team by the USC game on Sept. 12, but that seems like a long-shot at best at this point."
. . . like a woman scorned! So, the news is out that Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian have split up and are headed in their separate ways. Now, there's two ways of looking at this: 1. Easy come, easy...
Weird, I thought this was a joke. I was reading ParaSC's piece on rule changes, and then was cracking up at frak's response. . . .then as I scrolled down the CC page- voila! This CBS news entry. Is it true? Goodness gracious if it is. BigBallsPete DOES IT AGAIN!
Samuel Jackson hosted the recent 2009 ESPY Awards show at the Nokia Theater LA Live on Wednesday. He got in some good ones throughout the show, especially this one: "Matthew Stafford is here. Once you start playing for the Lions, they stop inviting you. And Mark (Sanchez), I admire you for leaving USC early. Most players wouldn't want to take the pay cut." Some cold-blooded hacks right there. And HILARIOUS!
Keith Wilkinson, former USC Trojan forward, signed a pro contract with Cryvbasket of the Ukraine Basketball League. He's one of my favorite Trojan basketball players and I hope he does well for himself. Man, can he hit the three when we needed one. And, seeing him crash the boards was one of the funnest things to watch. All gangly and just brute muscle. Fight On Keith! [picture courtesy: branchwest.com/url: http://www.branchwest.com/images/formerplayers/Keith_Wilkinson.jpg]
Fake Coach Sark Account! Have you guys seen THIS twitter account? I'm not so sure if this guy is funny or just a buffoon? Man, the price one must pay to be a HOT-SHOT COACH in college football!
First off, what is the NACDA Directors Cup? (The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) It's basically an association that awards universities and academic institutions a yearly award (The Director's Cup) based on athletic achievements throughout a calendar school year. It's normally broken down with a 1st semester- Fall; 2nd semester- Winter; and a 3rd semester Spring- at the end of every June, points are tabulated and the school with the highest computation of points earned- is awarded The Director's Cup. Stanford University practically has a monopoly on the Cup- winning like a ton of the Cups (I can find it only going back to the late 1990's). This year, the University of Washington Huskies just missed the top ten, but finishing a respectable 11th with a total of 1010.25- with tOSU just ahead of them in the 10th spot at 1015.80. (THANK YOU Husky Women Softball Team! WOOF!) Here is some "cut/paste" of the official wording from the above linked (in title) site. Here ya go: NACDA serves as the professional association for those in the field of athletics administration. The largest association of collegiate athletics administrators, NACDA boasts a membership of more than 6,100 individuals and more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Members include athletics directors, associate and assistant athletics directors, conference commissioners and affiliate individuals or corporations. NACDA was founded in 1965. It had its origins at the First and Second National Conferences on Athletic Administration in Colleges and Universities, held in Louisville, Kentucky in 1959 and 1962. At the third conference, in 1965, in Washington, D.C., NACDA was officially founded and the Association held its inaugural Convention in 1966. The backbone of NACDA, the Foundation is the Association's educational arm which sponsors the clinics, workshops and seminars and manages the postgraduate scholarship programs. There is a whole host of other great affiliations, causes, and purposes for the betterment of athletics, minorities and under-represented parties involved in academic/athletics at the JC up and through the university level of campuses throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. For additional info, go here.
I was reading USC Ripsit blog this morning and came across a Jun. 24 entry regarding the independent economic study on the USC. The independent economic impact report shows that the City of Los Angeles' largest private sector employer is one of California's major economic engines, helping to keep Southern California's economy thriving- to the tune of $503 million dollars on student spending alone!!! Check it out, it's a great read.
Now I know The Bleacher Report isn't the most "quality" of football blogs or websites- the writers are usually the readers. But this particular write-up coincides with the wonderful work done by anh_sc79's post here at CC regarding conference strength and access to post season bowl games. I'll tell you one thing, commenter "Husker Fan" is MY HERO. And he's a Nebraska Cornhusker uber-fan. Here's a part of one of his kind comments for 'SC, "USC has simply been shafted in a number of years. Voters and fans simply expect them to do 'more' than any other school due to their supposed 'weak' conference." Give it a read, it's actually a pretty good article with carefree opinions given mostly by non-USC fans tooting our stellar 7 year run.
Crazy. So much for that ballyhooed 2008 recruiting class! Something about "class" and "Auburn" never quite sits right with me?
If we can't laugh at ourselves, how can we laugh? Mike Penner's "Totally Random" (6.26.2009- bottom entry) has quoted this, from Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald- on the allure of golf's US Open: "The field is a combination of pros and amateurs. Sort of like the USC basketball roster." Too hilarious!
Earlier in the year, when I first came over to the UW Dawg Pound- I wrote a bit about my experiences viewing Coach Sark and Coach Holt from a fan's perspective, and giving you all glimpses of them...
Y'all gotta check this out. It's titled, "Mean Boys" and it's over at Hey Jenny Slater. Fricking crack-up. I think they nailed Coach Saban good on this one. Except the last Saban make-believe quote. He'd never say that. ('least, I don't think he'd say that)
Now that Spring practice has completed, I haven't really read all that much about Coach Sark's assessment and vision with Dawg football. This article in SportingNews.com was really special. Out...
Found at the very bottom of the LAT's "Text Messages From Press Row. . ." by Jerry Crowe: Noting that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger would like to sell several California landmarks to raise cash amid the state's growing fiscal crisis, reader Bill Littlejohn e-mails to suggest that the Coliseum and San Quentin State Prison be packaged to create a "Raiders special." Even for a Raider fan like me, that's FUNNY!
Seriously, now! Have we been kept BUSY these past couple-a days with Reggie Bush & OJ Mayo, or what? This whole "jointly investigated" drama of verrry little comedy prolly has the "Terminator-2...
Now, I've heard of this type of thing occurring is "some" situational environments but. . . . To be sure, be thankful T2 is really just using Mickelson's driver. Whew! (still, The Anointed One f_cked up that wood! PUN INTENDED -read the article/blurb. it says so. Phil acts proud though? Hmmph?)
This should be either the starting point or end of the discussion of "What's the best for a college quarterback to be in?" Graham Harrell, who went undrafted (later picked up by the Browns as a free-agent) and threw for 131 touchdowns in his final 3 years didn't get a sniff from GM's in this year's draft. Chase Daniel (a finalist for the Heisman this year) went undrafted as well. Signing with the Redskins as a free agent. The pro-style is the way to go for college QB's, in my estimation.
If you haven't heard about this now. I'll ask, "Do you have a pulse?" This is great American resilience at it's best. I'm proud. Very proud, but not prideful- there's a difference. These boys give...
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