Monday, November 27, 2006

They Don’t Want Any

So, we turn our attention now to USC’s crosstown “rival” … of course, we use quotes because we can’t be sure if that’s an accurate word to describe the relationship here. It just doesn’t seem appropriate.

Never mind that ESPN considers this Saturday’s game a foregone conclusion, having run a segment last night projecting and analyzing what an Ohio State vs. USC match up will look like in the BCS Championship Game.

Never mind Cal fans, who revel in their little sister school’s football failures, while claiming the Pac-10’s No. 2 spot (literally and figuratively) as USC’s true conference rival.

The thing is we know of real rivalry, and this isn’t it. We know because we experienced a real rivalry last week. Sure, the “Irish” didn’t put up much of a fight, but ND was ranked in the top-10 and the pre-game hype on a national scale was grand …

BCS implications for both schools … Quinn vs. Booty … McKnight/Samardzija vs. Jarrett/Smith … Zbikowski vs. Ellison … Walker vs. Gable … Weis vs. Carroll … Touchdown Jesus vs. Non-denominational Education … The after glow of last year's classic in South Bend.

This week we’ve got, what … 66-19, Karl Dorrell and “Southpaw Jesus”? Ugh.

Sure, we’ll hear all the usual crap from them this week. All the condom jokes, all the “spoiled children” and “second choice” stuff, along with a bunch of swear words with asterisks in them. But we know these are just feeble attempts to distract us – and perhaps more importantly distract themselves – from the reality of the situation.

Yes, their basketball team looks nice this year. But they can’t even enjoy that very much, with this O.J. Mayo kid coming to town to steal the spotlight in L.A.

Yes, they’ve been waiting for their 100th national team championship for a while now. But what does that really mean when 22 of those titles happened in volleyball and softball, most before half the country actually played those sports?

Even their corner of the blogosphere is in shambles, having been thoroughly confused and demoralized by Dorrell’s incompetence, A.D. Dan Guerrero’s indifference, and the shadow of the unprecedented success that is USC Football.

We know they threw in the towel long ago, but this week they’re grasping for something ... anything … even if it means disgracefully refusing to engage in a friendly “roundtable” with Conquest Chronicles (for which this Displaced Trojan has been guest-blogging for the last couple weeks.) You can almost see the shame in their eyes as they make up this cowardly excuse:
That's nice. But I think we are going to pass on it. We don't need any pity from the Trojans […] We have done four of these roundtables throughout this football season. And every time we did this roundtable exchanging Q&As bloggers from other teams - Washington, Oregon, Notre Dame and Cal - our Bruins lost all of those games. As much as we respect the work of Conquest Chronicles, we are not going to have any roundtable with Trojans this game week on BN. We haven't done these roundtables for 2 games in a row (rejecting the last bid from an ASU blogger) and no way we are going to jinx anything now.
As if luck, let alone whatever their blog does or doesn’t do, has any bearing on the issue at hand. For sure, the Trojans won't look past them. Our man Carroll takes care of that.

Still, we have to ask: Where is the rivalry? Are there any signs of life (let alone intelligence) over there? Is there any dignity left?

Just like ESPN, you know the answer already …

Fight On! WE ARE SC!

(Photo credit: Boi From Troy.)
ucla bruins vs. usc trojans


usctrojan78 said...

I actually read Bruins Nation every so often (know thy enemy), I read that post about the roundtable, and thought it was real low class. Sometimes it seems like they hate everything, Dorrell, Toledo, Donahue, Dan Gurerro, all the coordinators. That right there is 75% of UCLA's football tradition. Its a program with 1 national championship, but they are as arrogant as ND. For me, beating ND is great (I get tired of self aggrandizement), but Beating UCLA is essential.

Matt Smith said...

What goes around comes around or were you asleep during the 90s.

Wanna compare recruits? OJ Mayo lost by 20+ to Kevin Love's team this summer.

The irony of another OJ at SC kills me. I can't wait for that disaster to get started.

SoCal Oski said...

I also occasionally drop by BN, and those people are eating themselves in a blind frenzy of hate and anger.

For some reason, they seem to think they are entitled to a winning football program, never understanding that earning one is part of the process. Their blind rage at Karl Dorrell seems to ignore the fact that they are also lacking in something as trivial as talent.

Ah well.

Hopefully kicking the baby bruins around yet again will help shut them up a bit.

As far as the ND rivalry ... it doesn't really seem to be living up to the hype lately. Of course, that's because ND has been irrelevant and grossly overrated for about 15 years. Hmmm ... at one point does continued futility and piss-poor performance relegate a program with tradtion to the ashheap of has-beens?

Now take care of business and kick some Fucla butt.

Go Bears!

Displaced Trojan said...

Mr. Smith,

I was indeed awake during the 90s, and I suffered through each of our eight losses in person, which included many crude and classless insults from baby blue fans.

As for OJ II, I'm on record as a skeptic. Who the hell is Kevin Love? I don't know, and I don't care. Get it?

Anonymous said...

I love the way the team is playing since the loss, but I am considerably worried about this week. Ripe for a letdown, even if it is the crosstown rivals. And with everyone discounting the possibility of a UCLA win, it just seems that much more likely that the players could buy into it.

Color me concerned.

Anonymous said...

Thats Fine, whatever works I guess. But a round table would have been great. A little mud slinging and a humor is good for the soul.

Conquest Chronicles

Anonymous said...

BN linked to you. Heavy venon coming your way. So you know, the rules are that you can't respond, or call them out, but they can. Otherwise, its unfair. Just so you know.


Anonymous said...

Nestor's pathetic and angry obsession at the circle jerk known as 'Ruinsnation sure is fun to watch. Just knowing that there's is someone so bitter and jealous out there makes me smile.