O/NSO - Thanksgiving edition

With the BCS No. 2 USC Trojans concluding their Thanksgiving bye week, Trojan fans are gathered for the traditional turkey weekend with family and friends to give thanks for so many blessing that have come to this cardinal and gold season. So with the gobble still warm and the BCS computer getting hotter, the O/NSO would like to pass out the plates, warm the football gravy, and say thanks for the world of USC football.

The Obvious – With the BCS No. 2 USC Trojans concluding their Thanksgiving bye week, Trojan fans are gathered for the traditional turkey weekend with family and friends to give thanks for so many blessing that have come to this cardinal and gold season.

The Not So Obvious – So with the gobble still warm and the BCS computer getting hotter, the O/NSO would like to pass out the plates, warm the football gravy, and say thanks for the world of USC football.

* Thank you to coach Pete Carroll for bridging the generation gap between the old Trojan fans that have lived the USC football legacy and the new generation of Trojan fans that now "get it" when grandpa and dad talk about the glory days.

* Thank you to this year's Trojan team that made sure that last year's return to glory was not a fluke but a foreshadowing of things to come.

* Thank you to Trojan offensive coordinator Norm Chow for providing USC fans an offense for the ages that includes a vaunted passing attack and a return to Tailback U. – perhaps the most potent in school history.

* Thank you to CBS for televising the Arkansas at LSU game on Friday morning, so Trojan fans can see for themselves the BCS competition.

*Thank you athletic director Mike Garrett for scheduling Auburn, BYU, and Hawaii instead of LSU's Louisiana-Monroe, Western Illinois, and Louisiana Tech.

* Thank you to Trojan sophomore quarterback Matt Leinart, who proved to USC fans young and old that if you want something bad enough, it can be done despite what appears to be "the writing on the wall."

* Thank you to the final bye week of the season which allows All-Pac-10 linebacker Matt Grootegoed linebacker Champ Simmons, and fullback Brandon Hancock another week to heal and hopefully play against Oregon State, if not a BCS bowl game.

* Thank you to sophomore All-American wide receiver Mike Williams, and doesn't that sound sweet, for his marvelous performances this year and constant work ethic during and after practice.

* Thank you to the Coliseum for having that delicious roasted corn that could be a new halftime food tradition.

* Thank you to youthful running backs Hershel Dennis, LenDale White, and Reggie Bush for their team-oriented attitude in returning some of the lost glory back to Tailback U.

* Thank you to senior All-America offensive tackle Jacob Rogers for playing much of the season in pain and not yet giving up a sack this season even when matched against UCLA All-America defensive end Dave Ball.

* Thank you to defensive line coach Ed Orgeron for continuing the Marv Goux "Take no prisoners" approach and bringing back the intimidation factor to Trojan football.

* Thank you to injured junior tight end Alex Holmes for his relentless help in recruiting and team morale when he could have easily just become another red jersey on the sidelines.

* Thank you to the Thundering Herd rooting section which has returned the chant "We Are…SC" to a new generation, and, boy, doesn't it sound good when the Trojans and their opponents walk out of the Coliseum tunnel.

* Thank you, Coliseum. Yes, you Grand Old Lady, for providing the setting for the Trojans' return to national prominence. For those that have wanted to get rid of you, USC football is returning you to your glory days, and you are becoming the Wrigley Field and Fenway Park of college football. Light up the torch and celebrate yourself.

* Thank you Trojan athletic department for allowing general season ticket holders "a chance", as slim as it might be, to "lottery" a couple of ducats to the Sugar Bowl.

* Thank you to sophomore linebacker Dallas Sartz for your stellar play in replacing Matt Grootegoed.

* Thank you to injured senior Wild Bunch 2 defensive end Omar Nazel for your relentless "vocal" inspiration to your teammates and backing up your words on the field.

* Thank you to Colorado offensive line recruit Jeff Byers for your commitment to play at USC. Players like you are rapidly returning the Trojans to "NFL factory" status.

* Thank you to offensive line coach Tim Davis for leaving the Land of Cheeseheads and providing a fanatical and aggressive approach to a line that had gained a reputation as cotton candy not too many years.

* Thank you to injured offensive guard John Drake, who brought forth an intensity and aggressiveness to the offensive line. We'll see you next season bigger and better.

* Thank you to senior wide receiver Keary Colbert for your precise pass routes, stick'em hands, and deserved recognition as team captain. You came to USC from a limited passing offense at Oxnard Hueneme and will leave the University as one of the great receivers in Trojan history.

* Thank you BCS for all the twists and turns. Trojan fans can worry about games like Hawaii/Alabama proving that in the BCS it ain't over until, it ain't over until, it ain't over until, it ain't over until, etc.

* Thank you to former UCLA coach Bob Toledo for botching up the recruiting of Trojan junior All-America defensive end Kenechi Udeze and making the kid's decision easier coming out of Los Angeles Verbum Dei. How'bout one more stanza of "Sons of Westwood."

* Thank you Coliseum for that kettle corn sold during Trojan games. It tastes even better when used as fuel to "type" the O/NSO on Sundays.

* Thank you Trojan football program for NOT putting the names of players on the back of those beautiful, traditional uniforms. Let's remember the past greatness of last year's team and forget the undisciplined and individualistic days of the Robinson 2 and Hackett eras.

* Thank you Trojan SID department for a top-notch game program. May we suggest for your consideration color mugs of players like the game program in that little village of South Bend.

* Thank you Ms. Jarrett for accompanying your blue-chip son, Dwayne, on his recent recruiting trip from New Brunswick, New Jersey, so you could experience on inspection why your son wants to be a Trojan. Our lips our sealed.

* Thank you Trojan fans for participating and supporting your Trojans in what figures to be a record-setting attendance season. Of course, winning has something to do with it, but there is certainly an electric feeling during Trojan games. It proves that the Coliseum isn't too big, SoCal too cool, and Los Angeles too blasé to support a powerhouse college football team.

* Thank you for the diamond lane exit off the Harbor Freeway east by the Coliseum and Sports Arena. It makes parking so much easier and relaxing.

* Thank you radio 1540, you with the weak signal, for the entertaining post-game show with former Trojan great Mark Carrier and Mark Willard, thus making the long ride home from Coliseum games enjoyable.

* Thank you to former Trojan stars Marcus Allen, Anthony Munoz, Ronnie Lott, Sam Cunningham, Anthony Davis, and Keyshawn Johnson for being walking billboards of Trojan tradition, especially on those nationally televised games that reach the homes of so many potential recruits.

*Thank you UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero for selecting Karl Dorrell as the head coach of the Bruins.

*Thank you to beat writers Todd Harmonson, Gary Klein, and Scott Wolf for their coverage of Trojan football in the OC Register, LA Times, and Daily News, respectively. All three wags provide Trojan fans with interesting features and breaking news.

*Thank you to sites like WeAreSC.com and Garry P., who allows hacks like 23blast and the rest to gather at the "electronic" saloon to discuss Trojan football.

*Thank you T.J. Simers of the Times for becoming a Trojan fan. We knew we would eventually mold you into our image. Ha, ha.

* Thank you Trojan defensive end Frostee Rucker for transferring to Troy from Colorado State.

* Thank you Mission Viejo walk-on linebacker Collin Ashton for showing the determination to stick it out day after day in practice and eventually be rewarded with a start against UCLA. Who says "Rudy" isn't a Trojan?

* Thank you, Lord, for making Chicago close to South Bend, so the Notre Dame Weekender is the perfect fall vacation for Trojan fans.

* Thank you for my favorite USC parking structure, which gets me on off and on the Harbor Freeway diamond lane, and the shuttle bus which airs the USC pre and post-game show with Petros the Papdakis.

* Thank you to new No. 2 Trojan quarterback Brandon Hance, who endured some tough times this season and survived the infamous "uniform switch."

* Thank you to sophomore No. 3 quarterback Billy Hart and junior quarterback-turned-tight end Matt Cassel for your team attitudes despite having to battle uphill competition.

* Thank you to Duke University for interviewing former Trojan offensive coordinator and current Washington Redskins' assistant Hue Jackson for their head coach position and not Norm Chow…….apparently.

* Thank you to blue-chip running back Adrian Peterson of Palestine, Texas. As the nation's No.1 running back prospect, your official USC visit for the UCLA game signals again the Trojans are a recruiting threat anywhere across the country…including Texas.

* Thank you to all my WeAreSC.com staff members and to all posters for your dedication, hard work, and determination to make this site a first-stop for Trojan football.

The Obvious – There are so many reasons for Trojan fans to be thankful for this season.

The Not So Obvious – Perhaps the Razorbacks of Arkansas can add one more item to the thankful list by upsetting 9 1/2-point favorite LSU in Baton Rouge on Friday. That would make Monday's newest BCS rankings so much more delectable. So, pass the leftovers, slice the pumpkin, and pour a cold one. It's time to get back on the BCS carousel.The Obvious – With the BCS No. 2 USC Trojans concluding their Thanksgiving bye week, Trojan fans are gathered for the traditional turkey weekend with family and friends to give thanks for so many blessing that have come to this cardinal and gold season.

The Not So Obvious – So with the gobble still warm and the BCS computer getting hotter, the O/NSO would like to pass out the plates, warm the football gravy, and say thanks for the world of USC football.

* Thank you to coach Pete Carroll for bridging the generation gap between the old Trojan fans that have lived the USC football legacy and the new generation of Trojan fans that now "get it" when grandpa and dad talk about the glory days.

* Thank you to this year's Trojan team that made sure that last year's return to glory was not a fluke but a foreshadowing of things to come.

* Thank you to Trojan offensive coordinator Norm Chow for providing USC fans an offense for the ages that includes a vaunted passing attack and a return to Tailback U. – perhaps the most potent in school history.

* Thank you to CBS for televising the Arkansas at LSU game on Friday morning, so Trojan fans can see for themselves the BCS competition.

*Thank you athletic director Mike Garrett for scheduling Auburn, BYU, and Hawaii instead of LSU's Louisiana-Monroe, Western Illinois, and Louisiana Tech.

* Thank you to Trojan sophomore quarterback Matt Leinart, who proved to USC fans young and old that if you want something bad enough, it can be done despite what appears to be "the writing on the wall."

* Thank you to the final bye week of the season which allows All-Pac-10 linebacker Matt Grootegoed linebacker Champ Simmons, and fullback Brandon Hancock another week to heal and hopefully play against Oregon State, if not a BCS bowl game.

* Thank you to sophomore All-American wide receiver Mike Williams, and doesn't that sound sweet, for his marvelous performances this year and constant work ethic during and after practice.

* Thank you to the Coliseum for having that delicious roasted corn that could be a new halftime food tradition.

* Thank you to youthful running backs Hershel Dennis, LenDale White, and Reggie Bush for their team-oriented attitude in returning some of the lost glory back to Tailback U.

* Thank you to senior All-America offensive tackle Jacob Rogers for playing much of the season in pain and not yet giving up a sack this season even when matched against UCLA All-America defensive end Dave Ball.

* Thank you to defensive line coach Ed Orgeron for continuing the Marv Goux "Take no prisoners" approach and bringing back the intimidation factor to Trojan football.

* Thank you to injured junior tight end Alex Holmes for his relentless help in recruiting and team morale when he could have easily just become another red jersey on the sidelines.

* Thank you to the Thundering Herd rooting section which has returned the chant "We Are…SC" to a new generation, and, boy, doesn't it sound good when the Trojans and their opponents walk out of the Coliseum tunnel.

* Thank you, Coliseum. Yes, you Grand Old Lady, for providing the setting for the Trojans' return to national prominence. For those that have wanted to get rid of you, USC football is returning you to your glory days, and you are becoming the Wrigley Field and Fenway Park of college football. Light up the torch and celebrate yourself.

* Thank you Trojan athletic department for allowing general season ticket holders "a chance", as slim as it might be, to "lottery" a couple of ducats to the Sugar Bowl.

* Thank you to sophomore linebacker Dallas Sartz for your stellar play in replacing Matt Grootegoed.

* Thank you to injured senior Wild Bunch 2 defensive end Omar Nazel for your relentless "vocal" inspiration to your teammates and backing up your words on the field.

* Thank you to Colorado offensive line recruit Jeff Byers for your commitment to play at USC. Players like you are rapidly returning the Trojans to "NFL factory" status.

* Thank you to offensive line coach Tim Davis for leaving the Land of Cheeseheads and providing a fanatical and aggressive approach to a line that had gained a reputation as cotton candy not too many years.

* Thank you to injured offensive guard John Drake, who brought forth an intensity and aggressiveness to the offensive line. We'll see you next season bigger and better.

* Thank you to senior wide receiver Keary Colbert for your precise pass routes, stick'em hands, and deserved recognition as team captain. You came to USC from a limited passing offense at Oxnard Hueneme and will leave the University as one of the great receivers in Trojan history.

* Thank you BCS for all the twists and turns. Trojan fans can worry about games like Hawaii/Alabama proving that in the BCS it ain't over until, it ain't over until, it ain't over until, it ain't over until, etc.

* Thank you to former UCLA coach Bob Toledo for botching up the recruiting of Trojan junior All-America defensive end Kenechi Udeze and making the kid's decision easier coming out of Los Angeles Verbum Dei. How'bout one more stanza of "Sons of Westwood."

* Thank you Coliseum for that kettle corn sold during Trojan games. It tastes even better when used as fuel to "type" the O/NSO on Sundays.

* Thank you Trojan football program for NOT putting the names of players on the back of those beautiful, traditional uniforms. Let's remember the past greatness of last year's team and forget the undisciplined and individualistic days of the Robinson 2 and Hackett eras.

* Thank you Trojan SID department for a top-notch game program. May we suggest for your consideration color mugs of players like the game program in that little village of South Bend.

* Thank you Ms. Jarrett for accompanying your blue-chip son, Dwayne, on his recent recruiting trip from New Brunswick, New Jersey, so you could experience on inspection why your son wants to be a Trojan. Our lips are sealed.

* Thank you Trojan fans for participating and supporting your Trojans in what figures to be a record-setting attendance season. Of course, winning has something to do with it, but there is certainly an electric feeling during Trojan games. It proves that the Coliseum isn't too big, SoCal too cool, and Los Angeles too blasé to support a powerhouse college football team.

* Thank you for the diamond lane exit off the Harbor Freeway east by the Coliseum and Sports Arena. It makes parking so much easier and relaxing.

* Thank you radio 1540, you with the weak signal, for the entertaining post-game show with former Trojan great Mark Carrier and Mark Willard, thus making the long ride home from Coliseum games enjoyable.

* Thank you to former Trojan stars Marcus Allen, Anthony Munoz, Ronnie Lott, Sam Cunningham, Anthony Davis, and Keyshawn Johnson for being walking billboards of Trojan tradition, especially on those nationally televised games that reach the homes of so many potential recruits.

*Thank you UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero for selecting Karl Dorrell as the head coach of the Bruins.

*Thank you to beat writers Todd Harmonson, Gary Klein, and Scott Wolf for their coverage of Trojan football in the OC Register, LA Times, and Daily News, respectively. All three wags provide Trojan fans with interesting features and breaking news.

*Thank you to sites like WeAreSC.com and Garry P., who allows hacks like 23blast and the rest to gather at the "electronic" saloon to discuss Trojan football.

*Thank you T.J. Simers of the Times for becoming a Trojan fan. We knew we would eventually mold you into our image. Ha, ha.

* Thank you Trojan defensive end Frostee Rucker for transferring to Troy from Colorado State.

* Thank you Mission Viejo walk-on linebacker Collin Ashton for showing the determination to stick it out day after day in practice and eventually be rewarded with a start against UCLA. Who says "Rudy" isn't a Trojan?

* Thank you, Lord, for making Chicago close to South Bend, so the Notre Dame Weekender is the perfect fall vacation for Trojan fans.

* Thank you for my favorite USC parking structure, which gets me on off and on the Harbor Freeway diamond lane, and the shuttle bus which airs the USC pre and post-game show with Petros the Papadakis.

* Thank you to new No. 2 Trojan quarterback Brandon Hance, who endured some tough times this season and survived the infamous "uniform switch."

* Thank you to sophomore No. 3 quarterback Billy Hart and junior quarterback-turned-tight end Matt Cassel for your team attitudes despite having to battle uphill competition.

* Thank you to Duke University for interviewing former Trojan offensive coordinator and current Washington Redskins' assistant Hue Jackson for their head coach position and not Norm Chow…….apparently.

* Thank you to blue-chip running back Adrian Peterson of Palestine, Texas. As the nation's No.1 running back prospect, your official USC visit for the UCLA game signals again the Trojans are a recruiting threat anywhere across the country…including Texas.

* Thank you to all my WeAreSC.com staff members and to all posters for your dedication, hard work, and determination to make this site a first-stop for Trojan football.

The Obvious – There are so many reasons for Trojan fans to be thankful for this season.

The Not So Obvious – Perhaps the Razorbacks of Arkansas can add one more item to the thankful list by upsetting 9 1/2-point favorite LSU in Baton Rouge on Friday. That would make Monday's newest BCS rankings so much more delectable. So, pass the leftovers, slice the pumpkin, and pour a cold one. It's time to get back on the BCS carousel.

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