So, where is this rivalry? It's right here, apparently live and well.
As is our way, we give credit where credit is due: Congratulations to UCLA, in particular the Bruin defense under DeWayne Walker (a former USC assistant and Pete Carroll protégé, for crissakes!) and Pat Cowan, who did an excellent job managing the game for his team (see ya later "Southpaw Jesus").
If we can stomach it later, we'll examine a few things on the USC side of the ball, like the toss sweep on fourth down, nine penalties for 56 yards, the end of the Trojans' NCAA record for consecutive games scoring at least 20 points ... and of course, the re-emergence of the tipped pass, which effectively ended the game in both of USC's losses this season.
I'm sure we all have our different ways of dealing with things like this. I for one will let the shock sink in for a few hours, sitting motionless without blinking, while my wife points out all the good things about USC Football that remain. Hopefully, I'll be able to listen to her. Regardless, this wound is going to take a while to heal.
Fight On, Trojans!