O/NSO - Holiday edition

Click below to read the annual Holiday wishes from the Obvious/Not So Obvious

The Obvious - Deck Heritage Hall with more Heisman holly
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A Rose Bowl win will bring third-straight folly,
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Don we now our cardinal and gold apparel,
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Troll the accomplishments of coach Pete Carroll,
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The Not So Obvious - A 35th straight win will awe the masses,
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Hail the Trojan dynasty as it passes,
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First let's pass out the O/NSO holiday gifts all together,
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Thankful for the Southern California weather,
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The Obvious Gift For Head Coach Pete Carroll – A third consecutive national championship and a generous pay raise.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A bionic right arm to replace the one you are wearing out this week by quarterbacking the scout team against the "Texas" secondary.

The Obvious Gift For Running Back Reggie Bush – Unanimous recognition that as a junior, you are as great as any junior running back that has played at Tailback U.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Patience. Ignore the adults who cut in front of the small fries who worship the Howard Jones Field ground you walk on. Continue to sign for the kids for you were once one yourself.

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

The Not So Obvious Gift – A day at South Coast Plaza or the Universal City Walk where you can just be plain, old Matt Leinart and nobody intrudes on your privacy.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Fans – A DVD of the Notre Dame thriller sent to season ticket holders by the athletic department.

The Not So Obvious Gift for Trojan Fans – Ah shucks, you mean that gift has already been sent? Okay, how about an 8 by 10 glossy color photo from the athletic department if the Trojans make it three national titles in a row.

The Obvious Gift For Senior Tight End Dominique Byrd – A big day on the famed Rose Bowl turf to remind you and the country of your marvelous receiving and running ability after a catch.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A one-handed touchdown grab to get things started in the first quarter just like last year in Miami.

The Obvious Gift For LSU Fans – A box of Kleenex for all the tears shed over the fact the rest of the world accepts the fact that if the Trojans win the Rose Bowl, they will have made history.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A Twilight Zone experience where the 2003 co-national champions play each other and the Trojans win 38 –21.

The Obvious Gift For Texas strong safety Michael Huff – After your pregame remarks saying your Texas offense is better than the Trojans, an autographed photo from Trojan quarterback Matt Leinart.

The Not So Obvious Gift – While we're at it, let's also include an autograph of Reggie Bush, since you say you can't wait to challenge the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner one-on-one. This gift should include the disclaimer "If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles."

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Guard Fred Matua – A big game against Longhorn All-America defensive tackle Rodrique Wright.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Some 2006 preseason All-American teams if you can neutralize Wright on Jan 4.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan coaches Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian – An extra package of Nerves of Steel as the entire season will be based on the Trojans' most important game.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Recognition, considering both of you had no prior on-the-job experience for an incredible pressure cooker season.

The Obvious Gift For ESPN's GameDay's Lee Corso – New Trojan headgear in predicting a Cardinal and Gold victory.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A DVD containing his season long comments that the Trojans would lose at least two road games this year. And no, Lee, the Rose Bowl is not considered a road game.

The Obvious Gift For Linebacker Keith Rivers – A healed hamstring.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Sharing your gift with linebacker Thomas Williams' knee.

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Line Coach Pat Ruel – Another Deuce Lutui at left guard in 2006.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Alabama prep lineman Andre Smith, considered the best prep O-lineman in the USA.

The Obvious Gift For Defensive Line coach Jethro Franklin – Recognition for overcoming the Ed Orgeron aura and giving everything you could to mold a defensive line that had a highlight day against the Westwooders.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Oklahoma City prep defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, named the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year.

The Obvious Gift For Kicker Troy Van Blarcom – As many Rose Bowl kickoff touchbacks as Trojan touchdowns and field goals.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Okay, some well-placed pooch kicks ala the UCLA game.

The Obvious Gift For "Conquest" Authors David Wharton and Gary Klein – An idea to do another Trojan book just on just the 2005 season.

The Not So Obvious Gift. – An additional chapter in the current edition of Conquest on this year's Rose Bowl finale.

The Obvious Gift For Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Carlisle – Recognition as the best strength and conditioning coach in college football.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Same as last year, continued good health.

The Obvious Gift For Quarterback John David Booty – A ready-to-go in case needed against the Longhorns.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A good spring practice in your competition to replace Matt Leinart.

The Obvious Gift For Quarterback Mark Sanchez, running back Michael Coleman, and tight end Fred Davis – A thank you for your Vince Young impressions during the opening of Rose Bowl practice.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Seeing each Vince Young snafu on Jan. 4 attributed to you by helping the Trojans' defense prepare for the big guy.

The Obvious Gift For Freshman Wide Receiver Dwayne Jarrett – A portrait of your timeless, fourth quarter catch against the Irish in South Bend.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Some well timed slant patterns against the Longhorns down near the UT end zone.

The Obvious Gift For Receiver Steve Smith– Another three-touchdown performance like last year's Orange Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – At least 72 more yards in receptions to crack the 1000 mark in receptions and join Dwayne Jarrett in the Thousand Yard Reception Club.

The Obvious Gift For ABC's Keith Jackson – Reconsideration that this is your last game doing college football.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A plethora of Southern similes and metaphors that remind us all the a declining Keith Jackson is far better than a Brad Nessler or Brent Musburger.

The Obvious Gift For All-Pac-10 Defensive Lineman Frostee Rucker – A chance to meet Texas quarterback Vince Young up close and personal around the first Longhorn offensive series.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A permission slip for your supportive mother, Melba, to buy some Rose Bowl Trojan jerseys with the No. 90 on them.

The Obvious Gift For All-Pac-10 defensive end Lawrence Jackson – See Frostee Rucker.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Enough ABC replays to get the attention that you should be considered for a preseason All-America in 2006.

The Obvious Gift For USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett – Enough money to keep Pete Carroll in LA for the next decade.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A hiding place to keep the NFL away from Pete Carroll.

The Obvious Gift For Running Back LenDale White - Some more red zone touchdowns in Pasadena to increase your USC record-breaking feat.

The Not So Obvious Gift - Oh, looky here, just found a senior year for LenDale that just came through Fed-Ex. Imagaine using this gift, LenDale, and you'll be in the Heisman hunt next year as "The Man."

The Obvious Gift For Tailback Desmond Reed – A healthy knee for the 2006 season.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A lawnmower that you can send to Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, so he can cut the grass next time the Trojans travel to South Bend and prevent another needless injury.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Linebacker Coach Ken Norton– A Trojan bobble head doll that repeats," You're a Bruin for four years and a Trojan for life."

The Not So Obvious Gift – The return of Dallas Sartz, Oscar Lua, Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga, Luthur Brown, and Kaluka Maiava. Oh, you say you've already got this gift? Sorry.

The Obvious Gift For The Coliseum – 92,000 Trojan sellouts in 2006.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Recognition that there was nothing wrong with you that a Trojan dynasty couldn't cure. Even the NFL now seem to think you're so beautiful they'd love to date you again.

The Obvious Gift For The Rose Bowl – A Rose Bowl kickoff temperature in the low 60's.

The Not So Obvious Gift – No frostbite warnings.

The Obvious Gift For Running Back Coach Todd McNair – His choice of prep running backs, beginning with LA Dorsey's Stafon Johnson.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Another chance to re-recruit Virginia wide receiver Percy Harvin, who has made a verbal commitment to Florida.

The Obvious Gift For Senior Linebacker Collin Ashton – A shot at the NFL.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A position as a motivational speaker to tell the "Rudys" of the prep world that dreams do come true, especially cardinal and gold ones.

The Obvious Gift For The Thundering Herd – Some more clever and intimidating signs to place above the Longhorn players' tunnel of the Rose Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Enough Rose Bowl tickets to make it a group effort.

The Obvious Gift For Traveler – A number of cameo appearances in the Rose Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A beauty contest on ESPN between you and Bevo, the Texas mascot.

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Tackle Sam Baker – A big game against the Longhorns to showcase your All-America skills.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A physical reminder to fans across the country that the Trojans offensive play is just as physical up front as any team in America.

The Obvious Gift For Returning Offensive Tackle Winston Justice - A big game to prove that you are improving and no more Pat Ruel WD-40 is needed.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Not getting beat off the edge by those confident Longhorn defensive linemen.

The Obvious Gift For All-Pac-10 safety Darnell Bing – A big kickoff return that will remind those that followed your career that you were once one helleva running back.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Your picture in the Trojans All-America Walk of Fame leading down into the bottom floor of Heritage Hall.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Voice Pete Arbogast – A bobble head doll of yourself, complete with the "Omar Sharrif" mustache.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A bobble head doll that screams, "How do you do! " after every Trojan score on Jan. 4.

The Obvious Gift For Secondary Coach Greg Burns – At least three interceptions by your secondary against Mr. Young.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Louisiana prep star Jai Eugene, ranked by many as the top schoolboy corner in America.

The Obvious Gift For Kicker Mario Danelo – A 5-for-5 field goal evening against the Longhornes if needed.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Winding blowing at your back at all times.

The Obvious Gift For Punter Tom Malone – A pain free punting day against the Longhorns.

The Not So Obvious Gift – No punting against the Longhorns, meaning the Trojans' offense is on burnt orange fire.

The Obvious Gift For Sophomore Corner Josh Pinkard – An interception in the Rose Bowl that will also showcase your prodigious skills.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Enough big plays against talented Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed to shake Vince Young's psyche.

The Obvious Gift For Safety Scott Ware – See Darnell Bing

The Not So Obvious Gift – One clean shot also at talented Longhorn receiver Limus Sweed.

The Obvious Gift For Middle Linebacker Ocar Lua – A game that will make Lofa Tatupu smile as he watches from his Seattle home.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A flawless game-calling of defensive signals on Jan. 4.

The Obvious Gift For WeAreSC.com Publisher Garry Paskwietz – Your own USC Roundtable Show on 1540 and a WeAreSC TV show on Fox.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Continued appreciation for all you have done in promoting USC football and creating a monster of a Trojan football web site.

The Obvious Gift For Freshman Linebacker Rey Maualuga – A clean Texas "kill" shot on special teams.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Peace of mind and prayers for your father.

The Obvious Gift For "Broadcaster" John Jackson – Another outlandish Trojan victory prediction such as the one that was mostly accurate for UCLA.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A son's athletic skills that surpasses his father's.

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 understand you're a Wisconsin cheesehead for four years but a Trojan for life. Now how many national titles do the Badgers have, my dear?


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