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Who is the current president?
What is today’s date?
What is 100 minus 7, minus 7, minus 7?
That’s not an Arizona State University admissions test.
Those are the three questions that USC standout receiver Robert Woods apparently answered correctly when forced by the Trojans’ sideline medical staff Thursday night during a standard concussion-syndrome test.
Woods passed without a No. 2 pencil or a calculator, standing upright and smiling. This was just moments after he staggered, wobbled, spun and then collapsed face-first at midfield, seemingly headed for the wrong sideline. He had just been part of a brain-jarring, helmet-to-helmet hit while laying down a block on a punt return in the first quarter against Utah.
The 20-year-old was slapped on the back and allowed by those in charge of protecting him from himself to go back into the game, and he eventually yanked in a touchdown pass during the Trojans’ come from behind win.
So all’s good?
Lane Kiffin should have his head examined.
His initial response after the game was that Woods’ ability to return after missing just one play while being checked out “shows what kind of tough kid he is.”
Who’s kidding whom?
Friday, Kiffin repeated that Woods was “fine to go back in – that’s not my decision. Our medical staff errs on the side of being safe.”
Here’s a no-brainer — take some responsibility. Order Woods, or any one in that situation, to sit. And wait. And look them in the eye at halftime. Double, triple and quadruple check.
Do it for your player’s safety. And, perhaps, to protect yourself, too.
== Hopefully, you’re aware that California governor Jerry Brown just passed Senate Bill 1524 – the ground-breaking Student-Athlete Bill of Rights that requires universities the size of USC or USC to guarantee scholarships for players forced to retire because of injury as well as cover all deductibles for injuries related to their sports participation.
UCLA has had two football players, Patrick Larimore and Chris Ward, have to quit because of recent injuries, and the school compensated them with its own policy.
Let’s not find out down that road that Woods will need the benefits of that bill just because someone let him play.
== Did Matt Barkley put himself back in the Heisman conversation after delivering the Trojans back from a miserable 14-0 deficit to 28 unanswered points at Utah? Aside from the fact it was two Barkley-related snafus that got the team into that mess in the first place?
== How is a star like Utah’s Star Lotulelei not sought after more than even Barkley in the 2013 NFL draft?
== Does it validate your gut feeling about Mike Trout’s AL MVP credentials knowing that noted “Baseball Nerd” (according to his MLB.com blog, linked here) Keith Olbermann, about as traditional a traditionalists you can find, recently wrote that the Angels rookie’s 10.72 Wins Above Replacement figure, which calibrates 30 percent better than runner-up Robinson Cano, is 54 perfect “more valuable” than Tigers’ Triple Crown winner Miggy Cabrera and should be the deciding factor in this vote?
== In 1978, it has been confirmed that Affirmed won the Triple Crown. But didn’t Alydar have a higher WAR? Or are we confusing that with War Admiral?
== What’s missing from the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx jerseys? A sponorship.
They actually use their nicknames as identification during the season, and the playoffs.
Meanwhile, their Western Conference final opponents aren’t embrassed to have “Farmers” across the breastplate of their sleeveless blouses. As if we’re just labeling a group of hard-working people based on their off-the-court occupations.
If the Sparks were so desperate for a title sponsorship, what would have been so wrong with soliciting a few bucks from Sparkletts bottled water?
Sparks energy drink? AC/Delco spark plugs? Nicholas Sparks? Jordin Sparks? Spark Woodfire Grill in Studio City?
== Can you name a big-time MLS team anymore with an American as its primary star player?
== BYU is going to break out black uniforms for today’s game against Oregon State. The Mormon school is selling its soul to …Nike?
== What are we supposed to do with the knowledge the Hulk Hogan has a sex tape out there somewhere? Is that kind of wrestling real?