EppsNet Archive: USC Trojans

Biggest CFB Upset Ever

4 Sep 2017 /

Biggest CFB upset ever


See You in Hell: Robert E. Lee Edition

20 Aug 2017 /

Satan

[See You in Hell is a feature by our guest blogger, Satan — PE]

Greetings from the underworld!

I saw this on Facebook today:

Traveler

First of all, the temperature on that screencap — 81 degrees? That’s the temperature in Los Angeles. The temperature here in Hell is much hotter.

Secondly, Americans are the fattest, dumbest people on the planet. Did you know that 25 percent of them think that the sun goes around the earth?

So most Americans don’t even know who Robert E. Lee was, let alone the name of his horse (it was Traveller, with two l’s).

Once it’s explained to them — who Robert E. Lee was, his horse’s name, what the Civil War was all about — they put it all together: the USC mascot is a racist horse!

Also coming under scrutiny: everyone named Robert or Lee or having the middle initial E.

See you in Hell . . .


USC Village Opens

19 Aug 2017 /

The Reign of Troy continues . . .


USC Drumline Plays with Questlove

21 Feb 2016 /

This would be a better video without Fallon but you take the bad with the good and Fight On!


No One Seems to Understand Point Spreads

24 Oct 2015 /

I lost track of the number of headlines I saw this week regarding how USC (3-3) could possibly be a 3.5-point favorite over undefeated and third-ranked Utah (6-0).

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It’s weird that no one in sports journalism seems to understand what a point spread really is.

It’s not a prediction. It’s not a scientific analysis. It’s a gambling mechanism. The only purpose of a point spread is to distribute the betting equally on both teams so the bookmaker can pay the winners with the losers’ money.

USC is a 3.5-point favorite for one reason and one reason only and that is because there are more people willing to bet on USC than there are people willing to bet on Utah, so a carrot is offered in the form of 3.5 points to induce more bettors to put their money on the Utes.

Substitute any other team . . . Team X is a betting favorite because more people want to bet on Team X than on Team X’s opponent.

“Team X is a betting favorite” is not the same thing as “Vegas thinks X is the better team.” Vegas has no opinion on who has the better team. That’s why point spreads fluctuate, sometimes by a lot. If too much money comes in on Team X, the point spreads changes to be more favorable to X’s opponent.

FIGHT ON!


USC 75, UCLA 71 (OT)

31 Jan 2013 /
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Sorry to spoil Reggie Miller Jersey Retirement Night at the new Pauley Pavilion, but you should know better than to schedule these things against the Men of Troy.

FIGHT ON!


Cal 43, UCLA 17

6 Oct 2012 /

We’re up here in Berkeley for Parents Weekend. I was saying since we arrived that this looks like a winnable game for Cal and couldn’t find one person — student or parent — to agree with me. Cal was 1-4, UCLA was 4-1.

Cal fans are conditioned for disappointment. I’m a USC guy and USC fans were the same way in the pre-Pete Carroll era. Fans showed up for games not to cheer on the team but to bemoan another disappointing performance.

This is a nice wakeup call for the Bruins. Despite their record and ranking coming into the game, they’re not very good.


Nevada 31, Cal 24

1 Sep 2012 /
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How does Jeff Tedford have a $5 million house?!

Cal opened their new stadium with a 31-24 loss to Nevada. The Bears looked sloppy, more like a high school team.

FIRE TEDFORD!

That said, time to switch over to Fox and watch some REAL football at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum as the top-ranked Men of Troy take care of some Unfinished Business!

FIGHT ON!


The Name on the Back

31 Aug 2012 /
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Penn State announced that its uniforms will feature player names on the back of its jerseys for the first time in school history. Once the Nittany Lions run out on the field this weekend, USC football will be the only FBS school never to have had surnames on the back of its jerseys.

By being traditional, USC football has become unique…

We don’t play for the name on the back of the jersey because there is no name on the back of the jersey.

We only have numbers so our moms can recognize us from the stands.


The World’s Greatest University

19 Aug 2012 /
English: Campus of the UC Berkeley in Berkeley...

It’s move-in weekend at UC Berkeley, the world’s greatest university . . .

Saul Perlmutter, who just won the Nobel Prize in Physics, is teaching an undergraduate seminar on physics and music this year.

How many schools even have Nobel Laureates on the faculty? Of those that do, how many of them teach small classes for freshmen and sophomores?

Ivy League schools, with the exception of Harvard, are coasting on their reputations. When’s the last time you heard of an enterpreneur from Dartmouth or Brown or Yale?

Stanford is great in engineering and business but limited in other areas. Also, top professors at private schools would rather piss on a spark plug than traffic with undergrads.

That said, the University of Southern California football season starts Sept. 1 against Hawaii. The Men of Troy!

FIGHT ON FOR OLD ‘SC! OUR MEN FIGHT ON TO VICTORY!


Backup Quarterbacks

4 May 2012 /
USC quarterbacks

Oakland Raiders sign Matt Leinart to back up Carson Palmer

ESPN

Deja vu! Here’s a picture of Matt Leinart backing up Carson Palmer 10 years ago.

Backing up both of these guys was Matt Cassel (#10), who has so far had a better NFL career than Leinart, despite a college career in which he threw zero touchdown passes and never started a game.

I don’t know who the other two kids are. The coaches are current Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian and current Hawaii head coach Norm Chow.


Junior Seau, 1969-2012

2 May 2012 /
Junior Seau

Junior Seau Dead in Apparent Suicide

Seau was a legend in San Diego, where he lived and played most of his career. He was also a legendary member of the USC Trojan Family.

The number 55 is now synonymous at USC with great Trojan linebackers, but Seau was the player who made the number famous. It has since been worn by Willie McGinest, Chris Claiborne and Keith Rivers and is only assigned at the head coach’s discretion.

This picture was taken just a couple of weeks ago at the USC Spring Football game. He doesn’t look like someone ready to end his own life, but you never really know what someone’s life looks like from the inside.

R.I.P. Junior Seau #55

Ashley Corral Wins 3-Pt Competition

30 Mar 2012 /

USC Football – UNFILTERED – UCLA

28 Nov 2011 /

Closing the Gap: USC 50, UCLA 0

27 Nov 2011 /
USC Pac-12 South Champions

We have closed the gap more with SC. We got a chance to win a championship this week. That’s closing the gap. We haven’t had that chance in the past. We’ll see where the gap is after the ball game, but the gap is closed.

— UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel, before the game

Tonight they were clearly the superior team. I don’t think that’s the case all the time. I believe we can close the gap, and we will. We weren’t good enough to play a marquee team like USC.

— UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel, after the game

The gap was really close. You can tell by the score.

— USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil

Maybe Neuheisel meant that the gap has been closed since 1929, when USC won the inaugural crosstown showdown 76-0.

Using any more recent date as a starting point for gap measurement, it looks wider than ever.

At 10-2, USC finishes with the best record in the Pac-12 Southern Division but because of NCAA sanctions isn’t eligible to play in the conference championship.

That means that officially UCLA is the Southern Division “champion” and will play Northern Division winner Oregon next Friday.

Represent!


USC Football – UNFILTERED – Oregon

21 Nov 2011 /

It’s Rivalry Week!

21 Nov 2011 /

USC vs. UCLA


Passion

20 Nov 2011 /

The theory of evolution claims that only the strong shall survive. But the theory of competition says that just because they’re the strong doesn’t mean they can’t get their asses kicked . . .


USC 38, Oregon 35

20 Nov 2011 /

We’re here to ruin your season. — Matt Kalil

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The Ducks were 15-point favorites at home — 21-game home winning streak, 19-game conference winning streak . . . the Men of Troy haven’t had the speed to play with these guys the last couple of years but this year they do.

It looked like the Trojans had fumbled the game away with 2:54 left, up 3 on the Duck 15-yard line — a blown handoff between a fifth-year senior (Marc Tyler) and a Heisman Trophy candidate (Matt Barkley). Oregon had already scored two fourth quarter touchdowns and the Trojan defense was tired.

Ironically, the up-tempo Duck offense ran out of time. They never called timeout — they had all three available — as the clock ticked down between every play and they wound up having to send out their lousy kicker (60 percent, career long 40 yards) to try a game-tying 37-yard field goal with five seconds left.

Which he missed.

He may be the only weak link on that team. If you win every game in a blowout, you don’t need a good kicker but they needed one last night and he wasn’t there.

FIGHT ON!


From the Notre Dame Photo Album

25 Oct 2011 /

Notre Dame fans

This is either the 2011 version of the Four Horsemen or an Irish production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.


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