One Man's look at the Bowl Game

When the thousands of college football fans get tired of the Christmas Day festivities and want some entertainment for the afternoon, they will see the USC Trojans playing a football game. I personally love that and the potential gain could be enormous

Well, SC is only five days from playing in it first bowl in three years, but the enthusiasm surrounding this game hardly seems contagious.  Why is it that at this time, more fans are actively talking and writing about the recruiting season than the upcoming bowl game?
As we all know, this is 2001, not January 1, 1979 and there is no national championship on the line.  This is the Las Vegas Bowl, not the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl.  USC will not be playing in front of a live crowd of greater than 100,000 screaming fans. In fact, the stadium might not be even half full.  So, maybe the lack of obvious excitement is understandable and perhaps even justified !!   Well, I bet many will not be surprised to read that I don't happen to see things that way at all:  nope, not this diehard.  I am absolutely stoked to see my favorite team playing another football game.  I am thrilled to think that these guys have had almost the equivalent of another spring practice to learn the new system and to get better and better.   The injured guys have had a chance to heal.  The skilled players have had another chance to perfect their routes and timing. The sophomore Oline has had a chance to get stronger and better.
One of the biggest bonuses of all is that USC will have the potential to be the absolute focus of the college football world on Christmas Day. This game is on National Television on a major network and there will be no competition from any other college teams, other  than our opponents in the game itself.  When the thousands of college football fans get tired of the Christmas Day festivities and want some entertainment for the afternoon, they will see the USC Trojans playing a football game. I personally love that and the potential gain could be enormous.
Obviously there are many fans who say that having a record of 6-5 is nothing to be so happy about and this is a second rate Bowl Game and yadayadayada. Though there are definitely some truths in that thought process, I think a real argument could be made that this game is a reward for the terrific turnaround that this team made and a terrific victory with a great effort can do much to further my opinion that by season's end, USC was the equal to any other team in the Pac and they are a team headed, (finally) in the right direction.  The dismantling of UCLA was the first time SC kicked butt against the Bruins since that game in 1979.  We just killed them, and boy does that sound good.  The team now has a chance to build on that success and to keep the momentum going.  Had there been no invitation to this Bowl Game, we would all be waiting till spring to see our favorite team.
The new staff has started out on the right foot.  Although the beginning of the season was filled with too many losses, especially close games that we might have won,  the end of the season was  filled with victories that brought back memories of years gone by.  Against Oregon State, SC pulled out a victory that was filled with old fashioned luck.  Think back to our great teams!  In those years we were not only great, but we always got the lucky breaks---even against the Irish--at least at home.  This team destroyed Cal and played with youngsters on the Dline who could not and would not be stopped by any Bruin Oline, no matter how vaunted it might have been.  Yep, I have that feeling one more time. Folks, thanks be to heaven for these lesser bowls.  Without them, I would not be writing this or getting ready for USC FOOTBALL.  Seasons Greetings to all.  

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