O/NSO - Holiday edition

In the fourth quarter of action my Trojans gave to me, four C.J. Gable first downs rushing, three Chad Henne sacks, two Booty touchdown drives, and a Rose Bowl ticket to a USC vic-tor-y.

The ObviousOn the first week of December my Trojans sent to me, a Rose Bowl ticket to a USC vic-tor-y.

In the second quarter of action my Trojans sent to me, two Booty touchdown drives and one Rose Bowl ticket to a USC vic-tor-y.

In the third quarter from Pasadena my Trojans gave to me, three Chad Henne sacks, two Booty touchdown drives, and one Rose Bowl ticket to a USC vic-tor-y.

In the fourth quarter of action my Trojans gave to me, four C.J. Gable first downs rushing, three Chad Henne sacks, two Booty touchdown drives, and a Rose Bowl ticket to a USC vic-tor-y.

The Not So Obvious – After the fifth hour of searching for my car, my Trojans sent to me, five mistaken cars in the Rose Bowl parking lot, four C.J. first downs rushing, three Chad Henne sacks, two Booty touchdown drives, and a Rose Bowl ticket to a USC vic-tor-y

In the sixth hour of searching for my car my Trojans sent to me, more than six pages of O/NSO holiday gifts, five hours of car searching, four C.J. Gable first downs, three Chad Henne sacks, two Booty touchdown drives, and one Rose Bowl ticket to a USC vic-tor-y.

The Obvious Gift For Head Coach Pete Carroll – An impressive win against Michigan in the Rose Bowl to remind the nation the Trojans' dominance is anything but over.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Recognition that the Trojan offense is the Pete Carroll offense and that anything that is called from the press box or the sidelines goes through your headset and is subject to your recommendation or blessing.

The Obvious Gift For Running Back Chauncey Washington – A healthy knee and an impressive performance on January 1.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The good sense to take yourself out of the game if you are not healthy for the good of the team and for the coaching staff to put in a fit ball carrier to play at maximum efficiency.

The Obvious Gift For Quarterback John David Booty – A Heisman Trophy winning senior year.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A chance to take back that tipped pass against Oregon State and the late interception by UCLA's Eric McNeil.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Fans – Enough Rose Bowl tickets for everybody.

The Not So Obvious Gift for Trojan Fans – Enough parking spaces for all Trojan fans at the Rose Bowl.

The Obvious Gift For Senior Tight End Fred Davis – Four big receptions in the Rose Bowl and throw in a touchdown while we're at it.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A Florida victory over Ohio State in the BCS championship so you won't have to hear your Buckeye buddies when you head back to Toledo during your next trip back home.

The Obvious Gift For Irish Fans – A two DVD boxed set of your 2005 and 2006 games against the Trojans.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A Dwayne Jarrett doll to be placed next to your Anthony Davis doll. Hey, what are friends for?

The Obvious Gift For Michigan Defensive End LaMarr Woodley – A double-team on every play against your pass-rush off the edge.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Another opportunity to say that you would have been a Trojan had your mother not wanted you to stay home and play in Ann Arbor. Oh, you have that one? How about Pete Carroll repeating what he told you when you called him to say you were going to be a Wolverine? By your own admission Carroll told you, "If we play you in the Rose Bowl, we're going to kick your butt!"

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Tackle Sam Baker – Recognition for the good sense to return for your senior year.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Unanimous 2006 preseason All-American recognition if you can neutralize Michigan's LaMarr Woodley on Jan 1.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Coaches Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian – Same gift as last year, an extra package of Nerves of Steel as the Trojan fans will be paying extra attention to your offensive game plan and the plays you call during the course of the Rose Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Last season you received "Recognition," considering both of you had no prior on-the-job experience for an incredible pressure cooker 2005 season. This year? A flawless play-calling afternoon against the Wolverines because if the Trojans score just one touchdown against the boys from Ann Arbor, those post-game talk shows and Internet message boards could get uglier than the bride of Frankenstein.

The Obvious Gift For KSPN's David Newbury and Darrell Rideaux – A Trojan victory in the Rose Bowl so both of you don't relive the post-game phone hysteria after the UCLA game.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The courage to continue to tell it like it is about the Trojan offense and the team in general, as painful and apolitically correct as it might be.

The Obvious Gift For Linebacker Keith Rivers – A 2007 All-America season.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Recognition for coming out and saying you actually like going to college and you want that degree. Bravo!

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Line Coach Pat Ruel – An offensive line that doesn't play like it did against UCLA.

The Not So Obvious Gift – An offensive line that plays like it did against Notre Dame.

The Obvious Gift For Defensive Line Coach and Defensive Coordinator Nick Holt – A game plan for Michigan that limits the rushing yards of Wolverine tailback Mike Hart and a pass rush that brings fear to quarterback Chad Henne.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A Trojan offensive explosion that allow your defense to rest and be strong against those big, mauling linemen from the Midwest.

The Obvious Gift For Kicker Troy Van Blarcom – A Rose Bowl afternoon of touchbacks.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A healthy body, a clear mind, and the San Gabriel wind at your back.

The Obvious Gift For The Coliseum – A bigger and better HD video board.

The Not So Obvious Gift – More Kettle Korn stands.

The Obvious Gift For Corner Terrell Thomas – A shutdown day against the Wolverines' standout wide receiver Mario Manningham.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A shoulder that doesn't keep popping out and the avoidance of any post-season surgery.

The Obvious Gift For Times Beat Writer Gary Klein – A bottle of Tums for those night game deadlines.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Your own USC football blog.

The Obvious Gift For Defensive Line Coach Nick Holt – A second gift of the letter of intent signature of Tucson "freak" defensive end Everson Griffen.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Oh, you say you've already unwrapped that gift earlier this week? Okay, then could be appease you with the signature of Marvin Austin, the All-World DT from Washington D.C.?

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

The Not So Obvious Gift – Same as last year, continued good health. Let's also add some new military history books so you can continue to exhort the Trojan troops in the art of gridiron warfare.

The Obvious Gift For Defensive End Lawrence Jackson – A good, clean hit on Michigan quarterback Chad Henne.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A senior year that brings you the same rewards as wide receiver Steve Smith, who returned after his junior year to become an All-American.

The Obvious Gift For Quarterback Mark Sanchez – Patience.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A real opportunity to compete against John David Booty.

The Obvious Gift For Wide Receiver Dwayne Jarrett – A three touchdown performance against the Wolverines.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Even though we believe you are heading to the NFL, the O/NSO hopes you will listen and repeat Keyshawn's words of advice very closely and have the good sense to return to Troy after an inconsistent junior season.

The Obvious Gift For Receiver Steve Smith– A Rose Bowl performance against Michigan that rivals your superstar performance in the 2005 Orange Bowl.

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 ABC's Retired Keith Jackson – One more call of a Rose Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A chance to push the "mute" button when Brent Musburger starts his ABC play-by-play and lament how you could be doing a better job.

The Obvious Gift For All-Pac-10 Defensive Lineman Sedrick Ellis– A superior game against Michigan center Mark Biel, a Remington Award finalist that launches your 2007 All-America campaign bid.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The type of performance on Jan. 1 that makes all those Pac-10 offensive linemen smile and nod their heads from Pullman to Tucson that voted you the Morris Trophy as best defensive lineman in the Pac-10.

The Obvious Gift For USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett – One carry in the Rose Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – An end to those annoying and persistent rumors and perhaps not so wild rumors that Pete Carroll is considering returning to the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Obvious Gift For Fullback Thomas Williams – A lead block near the Michigan goal line to spring a Trojan tailback into the Promised Land.

The Not So Obvious – If you're going to be split out like a wide receiver, a pass finally thrown your way.

The Obvious Gift For Freshman Running Back Stafon Johnson – See Mark Sanchez.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A real chance in spring ball to show what you've really got and not get caught up in the easy way out – like transferring.

The Obvious Gift For Tailback Desmond Reed – A healthy foot for the 2007 season.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A scoring punt return next season at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Linebacker Coach Ken Norton– More superstar linebackers.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Oh, you think you've got enough? Just wait till you unwrap Servite's Chris Galippo and don't be shocked by Norco's Jordan Campbell, who just may have your type of intensity and dedication.

The Obvious Gift For The Coliseum – Ninety-two thousand more Trojan sellouts.

The Not So Obvious Gift – No NFL teams and ownership by USC.

The Obvious Gift For The Rose Bowl – A Rose Bowl that reminds the nation why the Pac-10/Big Ten match-up is so special.

The Not So Obvious Gift – No rain, no wind, and enough portable restrooms for everybody.

The Obvious Gift For Running Back Coach Todd McNair – A healthy Marc Tyler in the fall.

The Not So Obvious GiftBroderick Green, the power prep running back from Arkansas.

The Obvious Gift For Traveler – A bag full sugar cubes.

The Not So Obvious – A portable track around the Rose Bowl in which to gallop around after each touchdown.

The Obvious Gift For Running Back Allen Bradford – At least five carries in the Rose Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – At least fifteen carries a game in 2007.

The Obvious Gift For Brian Cushing – An onside kick return for a touchdown on New Years Day.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Return to the Sam linebacker position in 2007.

The Obvious Gift For Reciever Brad Walker – A scholarship for your senior year.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Another chance to field Reggie Bush's ill-timed pitchout to you and make you a trivia question for years to come.

The Obvious Gift For The Thundering Herd – More seats for more members.

The Not So Obvious Gift – More television exposure. You guys deserve it.

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Tackle Kyle Williams – The starting nod at right tackle on Jan. 1.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The game-winning block in the Rose Bowl.

The Obvious Gift For Center Ryan Kalil – A long and prosperous career in the NFL.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A broadcasting career upon the conclusion of that successful pro career.

The Obvious Gift For Guard Jeff Byers – A back that finally heals and allows you to live up to that long ago title of National Prep Player of the Year.

The Not So Obvious – Providing you can once again become physically fit, that sixth year of eligibility you desire after you graduate.

The Obvious Gift For Safety Taylor Mays – A healthy right wrist.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A chance to really show your true versatility by answering a Rose Bowl question in Hebrew.

The Obvious Gift For Trojan Voice Pete Arbogast – A full time sports radio gig.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A phrase other than "How do you do!" How about when the Trojans perform a play poorly and you gush, "How do you don't!"

The Obvious Gift For Secondary Coach Rocky Seto – Recognition for a job well done in 2006.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The return of a healthy Josh Pinkard for next spring.

The Obvious Gift For Kicker Mario Danelo – A 5-for-5 field goal afternoon against Michigan… if needed.

The Not So Obvious Gift – Same as last year, the San Gabriel wind blowing at your back at all times on Jan. 1.

The Obvious Gift For Punter Greg Woidneck – A consistent punting day against the Wolverines.

The Not So Obvious Gift – See Mario Danelo.

The Obvious Gift For Sophomore Corner Mozique McCurtis – A big game in Pasadena if Terrell Thomas can't get through it.

The Not So Obvious Gift – As many tackles in the Rose Bowl as you had during the season (4).

The Obvious Gift For Offensive Guard Drew Radovich – A healthy foot.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The type of dominating performance that will make your homeboys in Mission Viejo stand up and cheer, especially your former prep line coach Marty Spaulding.

The Obvious Gift For Middle Linebacker Ocar Lua – The opportunity to start in the Rose Bowl.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A coaching career at the level of your choice.

The Obvious Gift For WeAreSC.com Publisher Garry Paskwietz – An Elvis doll wearing a Trojan football uniform.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A chance to climb inside the Mr. Peabody and Sherman WABAC time traveling machine and attend an Elvis live concert from the Las Vegas Hilton.

The Obvious Gift For Linebacker Rey Maualuga – A video replay of your hit on UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowen.

The Not So Obvious Gift – A similar hit on Michigan tailback Mike Hart.

The Obvious Gift For "Broadcaster" John Jackson – An informative afternoon of sideline reporting from the Trojans' sideline in Pasadena.

The Not So Obvious Gift – The good sense of the powers that be that will put you in the press box and become part of a three-man radio team alongside Arbogast and McDonald.

The Obvious Gift For Readers Of WeAreSC.Com.– As always, 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 – Good health, good happiness, and a good game against those "angry" Wolverines on Jan 1 and speaking of a new year, the best year of your life living in a world that hopefully will find peace and tranquility.


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