Obvious/Not So Obvious - Holiday edition

T'was the night before Christmas, and all through Heritage Hall, not a Trojan was stirring, not even a football. The cardinal and gold stockings were hung on the Heismans with care, in hopes The Obvious and The Not So Obvious gifts would soon be there.

The Obvious - T'was the night before Christmas, and all through Heritage Hall, not a Trojan was stirring, not even a football. The cardinal and gold stockings were hung on the Heismans with care, in hopes The Obvious and The Not So Obvious gifts would soon be there.

The Not So Obvious - And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of Traveler's powerful hoof. And then walked in Santa Claus with the Obvious gifts in hand, he hoped to be greeted by the USC Marching Band. Dressed in cardinal it was plain to see, the jolly one must be a Trojan fan...his initials are SC.

The Obvious gift for Pete Carroll - Another Carson Palmer and Troy Polamalu.

The Not So Obvious - The return of Norm Chow as offensive coordinator.

The Obvious gift for Mike Garrett - One dollar for everytime in the past three weeks when he said that Carson Palmer would win the Heisman Trophy.

The Not So Obvious - A T.J. Simers' bobblehead doll.

The Obvious gift for Carson Palmer - A Heisman performance in the Orange Bowl.

The Not So Obvious - The number one pick in the NFL draft to anywhere but Cinncinnati.

The Obvious gift for Mike Williams - A few more Orange Bowl tickets for the rest of his Floridian family.

The Not So Obvious - An extra ticket for his Tampa buddy Andre Caldwell, blue-chip wide receiver who took an official Trojan recruiting visit this past weekend.

The Obvious gift for Traveler - Transportation to Miami.

The Not So Obvious - One more ride at the reins by the late Richard Saukko.

The Obvious gift for all Trojan fans - A thousand dollar stipend for every USC supporter who can't afford to get to Florida.

The Not So Obvious - A home-and-home series with the Miami Hurricanes.

The Obvious gift for Justin Fargas - A 100-yard rushing game against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Not So Obvious - A 100-yard performance in the Senior Bowl in front of NFL scouts.

The Obvious gift for Norm Chow - Chris Leak

The Not So Obvious - A framed quote from coach John McKay that reads, "It's better to be an assistant at USC than a head coach at Oregon State." Or should that read Kentucky?

The Obvious gift for J.K. McKay - One more TD pass from Pat Haden.

The Not So Obvious - One more deep pass route against Woody Hayes and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Obvious gift for Pat Haden - One more TD pass to J.K. McKay.

The Not So Obvious - Stoppage of zealous fans questioning Haden's Trojan loyalty.

The Obvious gift for Dr. Steven Sample - True understanding what it means to USC and the Southern California community when the Trojans are among the nation's elite in college football.

The Not So Obvious - The knowledge of Trojan football that Dr. Norman Topping understood.

The Obvious gift for Sultan McCullough - A big hole to run through against Iowa in the Orange Bowl.

The Not So Obvious - Dance lessons from Michael Jackson.

The Obvious gift for Troy Polamalu - A head-on meeting with Iowa quarterback Brad Banks.

The Not So Obvious - Another chance to play healthy against Washington State.

The Obvious gift for legendary coach John McKay - A big thank you for setting the standard by which all Trojan teams are judged.

The Not So Obvious - A standing ovation for the "I" formation and the beautiful "Student Body Sweep".

The Obvious gift for the late Marv Goux - A framed picture of the Coliseum scoreboard after the final gun of this year's USC/Notre Dame game.

The Not So Obvious - A chance to descend from the heavens and give the pre-game pep talk next season in South Bend.

The Obvious gift for Ed Orgeron - Sedric Ellis, LaMarr Woodley, Steve Smith, Andre Caldwell, Reggie Bush, Maurice Drew, Shawn Crable, Sam Baker, Lendale White, Mark Bradford............

The Not So Obvious - Lawrence Jackson, Drew Radovich, Travis Draper, Ryan Kalil, Chris Barrett, Chauncey Washington, the Ting brothers, Filia Moala, Matt Spanso, Drean Rucker, Thomas Williams, Alex Morrow, Eric Wright, Salo Faraimo, Jody Adewale, and, oh, you say you already have these gifts. Do you have a Rocky Hinds? Oh, that doesn't come out to next year? Sorry.

The Obvious gift for Art Bartner - Good health to continue leading the Spirit of Troy.

The Not So Obvious - A flawless band performance at the Orange Bowl showcasing the power and the glory of the USC football tradition on ABC.

The Obvious gift for Sam "Bam" Cunningham - An goal line pile to leap over.

The Not So Obvious - To be remembered as the Trojan football player Bear Bryant says was most responsible for bringing integration to the Alabama football program.

The Obvious gift for SID Tim Tessalone - Another Carson Palmer

The Not So Obvious -Freshman graduation photos of this year's expected highly-ranked recruiting class to be included for the first time in next year's football media guide.

The Obvious gift for Tom Kelly - One more radio broadcast of a USC /UCLA game.

The Not So Obvious - Okay, make it a USC/Notre Dame game.

The Obvious gift for Malaefou MacKenzie - A couple more TD pass receptions from Carson Palmer in the Orange Bowl.

The Not So Obvious - Peace of mind and a spot next year in the NFL.

The Obvious gift for ABC's Regis Philbin - An autographed football from Carson Palmer.

The Not So Obvious - After predicting an Iowa win in the Orange Bowl, a DVD of this year's USC spanking of Notre Dame.

The Obvious gift for Keary Colbert - Continued brilliance at wide receiver.

The Not So Obvious - More replays by ABC next week showing the country your precise pattern running and the ability to make the circus catch.

The Obvious gift for Anthony Davis - One more chance to run back a kickoff against Notre Dame.

The Not So Obvious - Dinner for two with Ara Parsegian at Julies.

The Obvious gift for Shaun Cody - A full recovery from your ACL surgery.

The Not So Obvious - The patience and determination of Bernard Riley.

The Obvious gift for Bernard Riley - The senior leadership to show Iowa just how physical the Trojan defense can be.

The Not So Obvious - Putting it in the face of Fox commentator Kellen Winslow, who said Sunday night the Trojans haven't faced a physical team like Iowa. Gee Kellen, why don't you tell that to Auburn and Kansas State. Somebody get that man a Trojan media guide, pronto!

The Obvious gift for radio voice Pete Arbogast - A radio station whose signal is powerful enough to cover all of Southern California without having to have so many affiliates.

The Not So Obvious - A book of Tom Kelly's cliches, metaphors, and similes. Okay, if it makes you happy "Pom Pom", you can have a Tom Kelly bobblehead doll, too.

The Obvious gift for Charles White - One more chance to run "The Sweep" with Budde and Mathews pulling.

The Not So Obvious - A chance to see your son, Ashton, wear a Trojan uni.

The Obvious gift for offensive line coach Tim Davis - Another Winston Justice.

The Not So Obvious - A December weather report from Madison, Wisconsin.

The Obvious gift for Darrell Rideaux - A few more inches

The Not So Obvious - A more chance to make to The League.

The Obvious gift for Matt Grootegoed - A big hit on Iowa running back Fred Russell.

The Not So Obvious - An interception in the Orange Bowl so you can once again show America why you were such a great back at Mater Dei High.

The Obvious gift for kicker Ryan Killeen - A perfect kicking evening in Miami.

The Not So Obvious - Kickoffs that go into the end zone.

The Obvious gift for Aaron Graham - A giant Get Well Card from all Trojan supporters.

The Not So Obvious - One more hit on the special teams.

The Obvious gift for Jimmy Jones - One more pass to Sam Dickerson.

The Not So Obvious - Dinner for three with UCLA's Danny Graham.

The Obvious gift for Kareem Kelly - One more catch in Miami to keep your streak alive.

The Not So Obvious - A repeat of your performance against UCLA.

The Obvious gift for tackle Jacob Rogers - A physical game against the Hawkeyes to open up hole for Fargas and company and show why you were All-Pac 10.

The Not So Obvious - A stellar performance that could lead to pre-season All-America honors next year.

The Obvious gift for Daily News veteran USC beat writer Scott "Sherlock" Wolf - Continued Trojan football and recruiting scoops.

The Not So Obvious - Just a little competition from the Times beat writer Gary Klein. Couldn't you at least make rookie Klein Dr. Watson?

The Obvious gift for Marcus Allen and Ronnie Lott - A big thank you for becoming the Trojans' media icons that once belonged to O.J. Simpson.

The Not So Obvious - One more chance for both of you to walk down the Coliseum tunnel wearing No. 33 and No. 42, respectively.

The Obvious gift for Garry Paskwietz - The continued energy and enthusiasm to continue WeAreSC.com, the best objective and informative website provided for USC fans.

The Not So Obvious - A video section so Trojan fans can enjoy historical football memories.

The Obvious gift for readers of The Obvious and The Not So Obvious - Happy holidays, good health to you all, and a great time for those fortunate enough to travel to Miami.

The Not So Obvious - A big Thank You, and remember the common bond of all readers to this site........"We Are...SC!"


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