One Fan's Thoughts

Well, it is the middle of October and once again I am off to Chicago and then to South Bend. To my recollection, this will be my fifth such trip. I am quite certain that on each prior occasion, the USC Trojans have lost the game. So why am I going and what do I expect to gain from the experience?

Well, it is the middle of October and once again I am off to Chicago and
then to South Bend. To my recollection,  this will be my fifth such trip. I
am quite certain that on each prior occasion, the USC Trojans have lost the
game. So why am I going and what do I expect to gain from the experience?

First and foremost, I am going to the game because despite absolutely
everything, I still love USC Football.  Over the past 13 or so years, there
have been some very trying times. This year has been no exception. I swore
to the administrator of this board that I could not write again until I
calmed down. I was truly  convinced that what I would have  written would
offend many and benefit very few. So, why write again?  Simple, (not
Sample)!  I have this addiction and it is called Trojan Football. Through
thick and thin, heartbreak and joy, swearing, breaking objects calling
coaches every conceivable name in the book, I am back once again to cheer
for the team that I will follow till death.

There is a tremendous feeling when one watches these two traditional
intersectional rivals play. Even this year, when neither is highly rated,
when they both have losing records, a win over the Fight Irish of the
University of Notre Dame would make much right in the world, at least for a
few short minutes, and at least to this Trojan Diehard. For those sixty
minutes of intense football, past and current records will mean nothing.
This will be the latest version of ND vs. USC.  When coach Pete Carroll took
this job, he had to know that no matter what, nothing can be quite right if
SC goes down to the Domers and to the Bruins. Then again, he also must have
realized that no matter how bad things get, there is some serious redemption
if SC beats either or both.  Despite everything, at this time, it is still
not impossible for SC to accomplish something it has not done in what seems
like an eternity; beat the Irish and the Bruins in one year. I admit that
the likelihood is not high, but it did not seem likely that Pete Carroll
would have the intense following that he seems to have right now, despite
the bad start.

When Pete Carroll took the job, many , if not most were outraged.  I was an
early convert, from his very first news conference as SC Coach,  and even
with the 2-4 start, I have convinced myself that he is the next great SC
Head Football Coach.  He just has that charisma and he seemingly has
significant football knowledge.  (OK, OK, I'll give him some leeway on that
attacking D that he promised but that has been on sabbatical at critical
times so far--I still think we will see that more and more).  Even his
choice of Chow which sounded great, then created a few questions early on,
is going to prove itself  to be the great choice that we all  thought it
would be.  This team continues to play hard despite an amazing four close
losses to pretty good football teams.  The injuries have been astronomical
and the team continues to fight and improve, despite playing four freshmen
on the Dline (Udeze, Cody, Patterson and Goodsen).  The Oline has limited
number of guys, yet with four sophomores, and one junior, (Rogers, Lenny V,
Katnik,  Wilson, and Torres) we are beginning to see some good Oline play.
Carson Palmer is actually starting to throw more TD's than picks and we have
seen some good old fashion pound out the yards football.

As one can see, the Cardinal and Gold colored glasses are out again, because
this is the week of the Notre Dame game. I will get to meet with friends I
haven't seen in a year, I'll visit the Golden Dome, listen to their famous
fight song and then get incredibly excited when I see the USC Trojans run
out onto the field and give those SC Fans at the game another chance to see
if SC can beat the Domers in their very own house.  Nothing is certain, but
we have as good a chance as we have had in any of the other games that I
have attended.

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