Rivalries are supposed to be petty, with little jokes fueling the animus year after year no matter what happens on the field. USC checks that box with this incredible T-shirt.
The most popular shirt outside of the Coliseum before the USC-UCLA game. pic.twitter.com/B7b3OlKmNo— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 19, 2017
The reference is subtle and it crosses multiple sports. In early November, three UCLA basketball players — LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — were detained for shoplifting from a mall in China.
A source familiar with the investigation says there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside of a high-end shopping center next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, which includes Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 11, 2017
The luxury retailers are famed for, among other things, their glasses. This was quite literally an international incident that ended up getting the president involved.
Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
Although LaVar Ball, father of Bruins player LiAngelo, disputed Trump’s efforts.
"Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."
Either way, the whole deal is now being used for the best possible purpose by USC fans: mercilessly trolling their rival. What’s more American than that?