O/NSO - Holiday Gift Edition

The Obvious Gift For All-America Defensive Lineman Shaun Cody – A monster game against Oklahoma Outland Trophy winner tackle Jammal Brown and company, so the NFL can give you your proper reward in the 2005 draft.

The Obvious – T'was a week before Miami, and the suitcases were packed, the price of an airline ticket to Florida was really kind of whacked. The cardinal and gold stocking were hung on the oranges with care, in hopes that an 11th national championship would soon be placed there. And then in a twinkling he got out of his slay, bringing the Obvious and Not So Obvious holiday gifts without further delay.

The Not So Obvious – Then with a dash I knew not the matter, Boomer Sooners someone started to chatter. Peterson, White, and Stoops are coming our way, but let's wait till Jan. 4th and enjoy Christmas Day.

The Obvious Gift For Head Coach Pete Carroll – A second national championship and another bag full of blue-chip recruits.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A DVD of the conversation Arizona coach Mike Stoops had with his Oklahoma brother, Bob, concerning how to attack and defend the Trojans.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Fans Who Did Win The Orange Bowl Ticket Lottery – Thankfulness to the Orange Bowl lottery god for selecting your name at random.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Reflection and humility before you start complaining your seats are in the upper level behind the goal post in Section 428. It sure beats the alternative.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Fans Who Did Not Win The Orange Bowl Ticket Lottery – Two tickets on the fifty for the national championship on Jan. 4.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Okay, let's throw in airfare and a room at the Westin Diplomat, the Trojans' hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

The Obvious Gift For Oklahoma Defensive End Larry Birdine – An autographed photo of Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A thank you card signed by the Trojan team for your condescending remarks about Matt Leinart and his "average" supporting cast. It sure took attention from the off-the-field Trojan happenings and returned focus to the big game, not to mention a sudden upgrade in practice intensity.

The Obvious Gift For Norm Chow – A flawlessly executed game plan by your Trojan offense.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A Danbury Mint action figure display of your All-American and Heisman quarterbacks.

The Obvious Gift For Quarterback Matt Leinart – A Heisman Trophy winning performance in the Orange Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A autobiographical book on how you were properly raised and how you remained humble, cool, accessible, and a much-needed role model during an intense year of Heisman and national championship expectations

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Line Coach Tim Davis – Dace Richardson, the heralded prep offensive lineman from Wheaton, Illinois.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Consideration for recruiting coordinator should you so desire.

The Obvious Gift For Defensive Line coach Ed Orgeron – You've already got your head coaching position in your beloved South, even though the weather in Orange County will always beat the summer heat of Mississippi.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Focus and intensity. One final going away gift for you, Coach O, to be passed on to your final Trojan defensive line, so there will be no excuses against the Sooners.

The Obvious Gift For Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Carlisle – Another successful turnout at your strength and conditioning clinic.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Continued good health.

The Obvious Gift For Quarterback Matt Cassel – The football he received during UCLA's last gasp on-side side.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The DVD of the UCLA game so you can watch over and over again with your children how you can suddenly be a hero when all else seems forgotten.

The Obvious Gift For Freshman Wide Receiver Dwayne Jarrett – Another leaping reception in the end zone against the Sooners.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A framed photographed of his hometown New Brunswick, New Jersey, as the cold, rain, and snow pound down as he relaxes in Los Angeles in relative warmth during January and February.

The Obvious Gift For Senior Tight End Alex Holmes – Some big blocks on Oklahoma defensive lineman Dan Cody.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Should your pro career end early, a USC tight end coaching position and title of recruiting coordinator.

The Obvious Gift For All-America Receiver Mike Williams – A sideline pass to help root the Trojans to the national championship in Miami.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A top-five draft selection in the spring and the recognition on you handled a shameless NCAA verdict with class.

The Obvious Gift For Tight End Dominique Byrd – A couple Oregon State-type catches that will awake the country to your All-America potential.

The Not So Obvious Gift –Another teammate from Minnesota. Perhaps defensive lineman Walker Ashley, Jr., the Eden Prairie senior standout, but it looks like Ohio State and Penn State are trying to be The Grinch That Stole A Christmas Chipper.

The Obvious Gift For ABC's Keith Jackson – Another five years calling Pac-10 games.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A quick decision by ABC to fly you to the Orange Bowl to do the play-by-play.

The Obvious Gift For All-America Defensive Lineman Shaun Cody – A monster game against Oklahoma Outland Trophy winner tackle Jammal Brown and company, so the NFL can give you your proper reward in the 2005 draft.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A legacy to remind all returning and future Trojan defensive linemen how to handle being an All-American and a warrior's competitiveness. Oh, and let's throw in a "Best of the ‘60's" album for your dad, Mike.

The Obvious Gift For All-America Nose Tackle Mike Patterson – A bag full of sacks against Oklahoma quarterback Jason White.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A number of replays on ABC's coverage of the Orange Bowl showing those that it's not the size of the dog but the bite.

The Obvious Gift For Departing USC Senior Athletic Director Daryl Gross – An overcoat for your journey into Syracuse's frozen tundra.

The Not So Obvious Gift –Daryl, how about filling next year's open football date in September with a visit to the Coliseum by the Orangemen? Hey, were you really joking when you asked Norm Chow if he wanted to follow you to the land of Jim Boeheim?

The Obvious Gift For Running Back Hershel Dennis – A successful knee surgery.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Another chance and a reminder that a degree from USC stays with you long after your football career concludes.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Linebacker Coach Rocky Seto – Should you become the new Trojans' new defensive line coach, an audio tape of Coach Ed Orgeron's best "blue" practice comments.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Ed Orgeron's vocal cords.

The Obvious Gift For The Coliseum – A new public address system so fans can hear and understand the referee when he announces a penalty.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Seats with cupholders and some more space in the peristyle end for that new No. 11 jersey.

The Obvious Gift For Athletic Director Mike Garrett – Funds for a video presentation in Heritage Hall for all those Heisman Trophies.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Good health to perhaps see your twins one day play for the Trojans. Of course, which one would wear No. 20?

The Obvious Gift For The Orange Bowl – A kickoff temperature in the low 70's.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Acceptable humidity.

The Obvious Gift For Redshirt quarterback John David Booty – A chance to be tutored by Coach Chow when your time comes.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Patience and, no, we haven't forgot you!

The Obvious Gift For Linebacker coach Ken Norton – A 2004 national championship Trojan ring.

The Not So Obvious – A fulltime coaching position with the Trojans and the reaffirmation that you're a Bruin for four years and a Trojan for life.

The Obvious Gift For The Thundering Herd – A place above the Pro Player Stadium players' tunnel so you can welcome out the Trojans and keep the spirit high.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Some exposure on ABC.

The Obvious Gift For Traveler – An appearance at the Orange Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A race at halftime between you and the Boomer Schooner for the national championship of mascots.

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Guard John Drake – An ankle that is ready to do some damage on that Oklahoma defensive line.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A large pizza with all the fixins IF you can dominate Oklahoma defensive tackle Lynn McGruder and successfully trap Mr. Burdine.

The Obvious Gift For Returning Offensive Tackle Winston Justice and Wide Receiver Whitney Lewis – A chance to redeem yourself during spring practice.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The good sense to take advantage of that chance and play for two more years and get your degree.

The Obvious Gift For All-America Linebacker Matt Grootegoed – A clear "kill" shot on outstanding Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson

The Not So Obvious Gift – An NFL team that will best make use of your talents.

The Obvious Gift For SID Tim Tessalone – A third Heisman selection in four years.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A hot-selling DVD for SID's across the country on the art of promoting a Heisman Trophy candidate.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Voice Pete Arbogast – A national championship broadcast.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A radio station with 50,000 watts and a clear channel.

The Obvious Gift For Kicker Ryan Killeen – A 5-for-5 field goal evening against the Sooners.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Winding blowing at your back on Jan. 4 for kickoffs turned into touchbacks.

The Obvious Gift For Sophomore All-American Running Back Reggie Bush – An all-purpose game in the Orange Bowl that leaves a lasting impression on the Heisman voters for 2005.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A "Gale Sayers" run from scrimmage, a "Marshall Faulk" pass-reception score, and a scintillating "Johnny Rogers" punt return to "The House."

The Obvious Gift For Punter Tom Malone – A miniature Heisman Trophy.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Good Miami weather for punting. Field position could be the difference, kid.

The Obvious Gift For Redshirt Freshman Corner Eric Wright – A corner blitz that will make the nation aware of your tremendous potential in the Trojans' secondary.

The Not So Obvious Gift – An interception in the Orange Bowl that will also showcase your wonderful skills as an offensive threat.

The Obvious Gift For Strong Safety Darnell Bing – A head-on collision with Sooners' tailback Adrian Peterson.

The Not So Obvious Gift – See Eric Wright.

The Obvious Gift For Middle Linebacker Lofa Tatupu – One more timely interception in another big game.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Preseason All-America recognition for 2005.

The Obvious Gift For WeAreSC.com Publisher Garry Paskwietz – Continued appreciation for all you have done to promote Trojan football for fans across the country.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Appreciation for all you have done not only promoting USC football but the University, as well.

The Obvious Gift For Free Safety Jason Leach – A clean "kill" shot at Sooner wide receiver Mark Clayton. Review your films of last year's game at Auburn.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The recognition you deserve for having been an instrumental part of the Trojans return to glory.

The Obvious Gift For Sophomore Tailback LenDale White – A clean bill of health for the Orange Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Ankles that only hurt each time you get into the Sooners'end zone.

The Obvious Gift For "Broadcaster" John Jackson – Increased exposure in the crazy world of radio and television.

The Not So Obvious Gift – That fans don't forget your outstanding Trojan playing career which seems so long ago.

The Obvious Gift For Readers Of WeAreSC.Com And The O/NSO – May the good Trojan in the sky bless all of you this holiday season and thank you all for your many kind and generous comments.

The Not So Obvious Gift – As is my annual farewell to each concluding year, may the little woman one day understand the passion and glory of USC football that has run through these veins since 1962. May she eventually understand what it means to say, "Fight on!"


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