Sports Illustrated will be featuring this Notre Dame cover art on this weeks edition.
A bit much in my opinion, but I’m hoping the SI cover jinx comes true.
No need to say too much here, UCLA students took considerable effort to use the lights of their dorm to send a message to USC.
Since the statues on both campuses are so heavily guarded each year, you have to come up with new ideas. This one turned out well.
[UPDATE:] LAist reports that this photo may be as old as 1977. While I highly doubt the photo is from 1977, I can see where it isn’t from last night.
I started out at midnight from State College, PA on my way to San Diego for day one of my four day sports journey throughout California.
I will be watching 4 football games in 4 days in 4 different cities in California.
To stay current and provide incite into how I do my road trips, I am going to try and do a running blog of my activities. I will do longer posts on the actual games, stadiums and experiences, but I wanted to show a little different look into my travels.
Thurs, Nov 1:
12:01 am: Was ready to leave but wanted to catch the @UNITE segment with @Aaron_Torres. I had talked to Torres earlier in the day about meeting up during my trip, his pending appearance on UNITE and a few other things in life. This resulting in me knowing his Halloween costume for the show and I wanted to see how he pulled it off. For those who didn’t watch, Torres went with the full white Lane Kiffin outfit. Torres looked the part and more importantly, he did well.
12:25 am: Wake up the dogs laughing at Torres claiming that stats earned during games versus Colorado shouldn’t count because the Buffaloes are nothing more than an FCS team.
12:45 am: Finally left home. GPS said that it would take me exactly four hours to make it to the airport.
1:50 am: Still laughing at the Colorado FCS joke.
2:43 am: Radio station claims “we only play the best rock.” This announcement is immediately followed by a Rod Stewart song. I quickly hit scan and found another station just starting “Freebird.” Needless to say, I never went back to “the best rock” station.
4:10 am: Arrived at the airport. Shuttle driver drove right up to my car and loaded my bags onto the bus. Even wrote down the exact spot I parked in so my car is easy to find on Monday.
4:14 am: Dropped off at the terminal. Four minutes later I am through security and on my way to my gate. Found an electrical plug and free internet so I could get some work done before boarding.
Believe it or not, I haven’t been to a college football game outside of Beaver Stadium this year. Between work being extremely busy and having our first child, things have certainly changed.
Thankfully, I am getting a chance to go to California this coming week for some games, including two college football contests.
Thu Nov. 1: NFL Kansas City at San Diego
Fri Nov. 2: CFB: Washington at California
Sat Nov. 3: CFB: Arizona at UCLA
Sun Nov. 4: NFL Tampa Bay at Oakland
When setting up this trip, it seemed like I was possibly going to be able to see both games at USC and UCLA on the same day, but TV times have pretty much eliminated that. The Oregon at USC game is at 4pm pst and the Arizona at UCLA game is at 7:30 pm pst. While the stadiums are only about 15-miles apart, traffic will just be too insane to travel to both. I would have to cover those 15-miles in about 15-minutes; just plain impossible.
UPDATE: Upon further thought, I will be going to the Arizona at UCLA game because it is National College Football Day and what better stadium is there to spend it at then the Rose Bowl.
I am most interested to see how the stadium renovations at Cal Memorial Stadium turned out.
I will also get to meet Andrew Bauhs (@college_fb_tour) at the Cal game. I know for sure he will be at the Fresno State game on Saturday, selecting the shorter trip from Berkeley.
Bauhs isn’t the only other person I know trying to visit all (currently) 124-FBS Stadiums. Jeramey Jones (@Jermane_Eagle) is another, and he wrote about his trip to Knoxville for the Alabama at Tennessee game in his most recent blog post.
Yesterday, Jim L Mora, head coach of UCLA, decided to take a jab at USC. He said:
When you’re talking about UCLA, it’s one of the great schools in the world — not just America, but in the world. It’s a safe, beautiful campus in a great area of town. I mean, we don’t have murders one block off our campus.
Now, this comment was in obvious reference to two USC students who were murdered just one block from campus this past spring.
However, Mora spent the better part of yesterday trying to deny that his comments had anything to do with the USC situation and were just a general remark.
I didn’t say anything about anyone else’s campus. I just said it about our campus. I didn’t mention another campus. We don’t have anybody getting murdered a block off of our campus.
If anybody, whether USC or Cal State San Bernardino, is offended by the statement, then that’s their insecurity, not mine.
After that strategy failed, he came out with a stronger appology in this video:
While Lane Kiffin gave a short, general answer:
I don’t really think that’s something to joke about. That’s all I got to say about that.
Needless to say, USC fans were not happy and here was one fan’s response:
Hopefully this entire thing settles down and Mora realized what a jerk he was. Sadly, I have yet to see an official response from UCLA, who should have been all over this from the beginning.
[video via insidesocal.com]
[meme via padelford.tumblr.com]