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SHELBURNE: USC's late score against UCLA just what dorman...

Down 21-7 with under a minute to go, the game was probably already in the bag. Neweisel calls a timeout to stop the clock. The only logical reason I can think of for him to do that would be so that he could give his team a shot to get the ball back, to score and pull an onside kick. The likelihood of that is very low. Another explanation could be that he is simply a di*k and wanted to stall SC's imminent celebration. But I think it was because he wanted the ball back. If I'm Pete Carroll, my options are to either take another knee, to run the ball up the middle or to the sides staying in bounds to try and run out the clock, or throw some sort of pass. Obviously, the only reason Bruin fans and other haters are making a big deal out of this is the decision to throw long for a touchdown. It seems to have been a "pouring salt in the wound" call. But if you know Pete Carrol, you'll know that he always looks for competitive edges. Sometimes his decisions are perceived as arrogant or unsportsmanlike, but at the end of the day, if it gives his teams a chance to win, or a gaurantee that they will win, he will go with that call. Listening to the press conference, his answer seemed to jive with the type of coach that he has been for the last decade or so- he is a risk taker, a competitor and will take you down if you test him. In my opinion, there was nothing unsportsmanlike about the call.  (Nov 30, 2009 | post #70)

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SHELBURNE: Heading into rivalry game, UCLA, USC have grow...

UCLA is on the rise. USC is on the fall. But only Saturday will tell...who owns L.A...once and for all.  (Nov 25, 2009 | post #6)

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For USC, it's destination unknown when it comes to a bowl

I think Pete and the entire staff is a little side-tracked at the moment. Here we are. 2009. For nine-consecutive seasons, establishing dominance in the Pac-10 and handling Big 10 teams in the Rose Bowl year after year (mostly Michigan). And now, we've hit a bump in the road. Have a young team (true freshman QB, first in SC history to start and play the entire season). And coaches who are new, inexperienced, and getting used to the system. I think it's fair to say that this season isn't a good year at all for Trojan Football. But the key will be how we end this season- a sweep of UCLA and Arizona would bring great momentum back to a program in great need of it. Honestly, I think Pete may be getting tired of all the hoopla and glammour that has followed the team for almost a decade. Maybe it's time to change gears a bit. Next seasons, I hope that our offense can take more chances, that our defense can wrap up better on the line, and that our special teams becomes, well, special. But for now, we're going to have to see how this soap opera drama plays out and hope for the best. Fight on.  (Nov 20, 2009 | post #9)

Daily Breeze

UCLA defense runs and hides in defeat against Cal

Just as I suspected- another flop. At this point in the season, I'm actually pulling for the bruins. Do I hear boos in the corners of the Rose Bowl directed at you Rick? Say it ain't so??? Perhaps you've forgotten how to play "Monopoly. " And the newspapers are starting to question you as a coach sir.  (Oct 19, 2009 | post #6)

Daily Breeze

USC Football Notebook: Carroll says BCS ranking doesn't a...

I am going to excuse the U-W loss for a couple of reasons. 1) No Matt Barkley. 2) No Taylor Mays. 3) First Pac-10 game and we have a VERY young team for the most part at key positions. 4) UW is a hostile environment and they had all the bounces go their way in that game. On the other hand, we're not playing championship caliber football. Do we have the potential? I think so? Are we a National Championship quality team? Objectively-no. But I'd so much like to say yes. It just ain't going to happen. Next year will be much stronger. But we are lacking the superstars (as we did last yr) at positions like running back, wide receivers, and D-line. No one really stands out. McCoy came to play at ND, but McKnight just isn't a superstar, nor are our wide receivers. I'd like to see bigger wide receivers so Barkley can loft it up to them and let them go get it. Our special teams is weak. These are the missing ingredients we need to win a national title. And with every one and their mother gunning for us this season (and every other season) - it's not going to get any easier. Oregon state should be a cake walk at this point in the season. Than it's Halloween at Autzen. Hopefully it's not too much of a nightmare. Fight on.  (Oct 19, 2009 | post #2)

Daily Breeze

Bruins QB Prince owns up to shaky return

"Please come back. I promise a better game next time." Boy, that sure sounds desperate. This guy sure as hell sugar coated everything when he had the school buy a full page ad in the LA Times stating: "The Football monopoly in Los Angeles if Officially Over." Then he turns around and pulls this crap? Loser. Desperate.  (Oct 11, 2009 | post #10)

Daily Breeze

Bruins find early second half is disaster waiting to happen

It was entirely unfortunate to witness the breakdown of a team that "supposedly " has some of the greatest minds and strategy on the West Coast. Once again, UCLA proves that they are no match, mentally or physically, for a strong Pac10 team. Ken. I hope that you're wrong. But the game in Eugene at Autzen will be a huge day for SC provided SC is able to get through ND in a tough road game come next week. Honestly, if I'm Pete, I'm worried more about the Irish and Clausen next week and then worry about Oregon after that. They have a potentially explosive offense and lots of talent along w/ a coach staring down the barrel of termination. Hope this week is fruitful for SC practice. Fight On!  (Oct 11, 2009 | post #2)

Daily Breeze

USC's Johnson critical but stable after weight-room accident

I pray and hope that Stafon is able to recover from this accident. HE has his whole life ahead of him. I also wish to see him back on the football day one day and will be there cheering him on and welcoming him back when the day comes. Such an asset to the team. Tough guy to replace. Get well soon big guy. Oh, and Notre Dame is going to get crushed by the Trojans this year just like they always do. Fight On!  (Sep 29, 2009 | post #7)

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SoCal gas prices hit another high

I have noticed more public transportation utilization. Less cars on the road. Yet the price of crude and petrol continue to rise. We can only change the price by not demanding the resource. Less driving. More reliance on alternative transit. More ride sharing programs and such. More alternative fuel technology. That's how we fix the problem.  (Sep 14, 2009 | post #9)

Daily Breeze

UCLA quarterback Prince breaks jaw, out 3-4 weeks

Tough break.  (Sep 14, 2009 | post #5)

Daily Breeze

Barkley, McKnight drive USC to victory

Hard to put into words the entire gist of the Trojan performance Saturday night- but perhaps it can best be summed up by the words "Bitter Sweet." First, sweet because it was yet another "glorious " victory for the men of troy. One that will definitely go down in the history books as a great comeback. 106,000 rocking the Horse Shoe in what was the largest crowd in Ohio St history. Defense definitely saved us. Gallipo interception and return for huge yardage gained us momentum. Key tackles by Taylor Mays and others on the line were huge. Barkley was headstrong and accurate when he needed to be- the last drive was textbook. However, it was a bitter win. The offense and special teams have much room for improvement. If it weren't for the strong and powerful O-line, we probably wouldn't have had some of those big runs by McKnight or the holes needed to get those big 3d down conversions. Barkley, while deservedly getting lots of credit for the comeback, was less than spectacular. At times, he seemed like he was floating the ball. He needs to work on his mechanics and stop throwing off his back foot or he's going to start throwing some picks. But on the other hand, he showed the mental toughness and poise needed of a leader, and for that, he deserves the credit. Great win. Difficult atmosphere to play in. Suredly, something to build on and hopefully be a stepping stone to improvement as the national championship hopes lay brimly on the horizon.  (Sep 13, 2009 | post #13)

California

Thousands of Californians are moving out amid a sour econ...

I like to think of everyone who flees this beautiful state, the greatest state in the union for greener pastures elsewhere as confused, or perhaps, mis-informed. This "I am greater than this place" attitude will get you nowhere in life. The term they applied to New York that "If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere" certainly applies here. You see, it is in this melting pot of cultures, lifestyles and points of view that modern society has evolved. If you choose to isolate yourself from everyone else, you will quickly come to understand that this is not what the world is truly like. Other states in the Union may claim to do this, or do that, or have this, or have that, but when it comes down to it, none of them have the economical, political, and social power that California has. These are precisely the reasons why immigrants always choose our state first and New York second. For ya'all on your way out, fine. I have absolutely no problem with that. Just be sure to remember these words that I speak when you make your plan on coming back. Have a nice day.  (Jun 4, 2009 | post #617)

Daily Breeze

Possible suicide: Actor David Carradine found dead in Ban...

This guy rocked. Sorry to hear about this sad story.  (Jun 4, 2009 | post #2)

Daily Breeze

Bin Laden threatens Americans in new tape

Who CAUSED the events leading up to the deficit? Bush would have done the same thing to clean up Bush's own mess. But it was actually the administration before Obama and also all of the Congressmen before Obama. So yes, Dems had a role too as did Pubs.  (Jun 4, 2009 | post #19)

Daily Breeze

Gas prices rocketing up

Well I, as a consumer, am going to vote with my wallet. I will only fill up when absolutely necessary to get me to the most necessary events I need to get to. All other leisure activity, I will either get a ride or take my bike. I encourage others to do the same. Won't consumer behavior drive down the price of gas??? Let's act together on this instead of complaining about the government's role in it or speculating (no pun intended).  (Jun 4, 2009 | post #26)

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