After all the things that went bump in the week, we wonder how frightening shallow one can be on All Hallow’s Eve:
== By the sound of things, one of the most pressing items on USC’s Home Depot fix-it list for the crumbling, crotchety Coliseum had more to do with new seats, wider aisles and more luxurious luxury suites.
Does anyone know a way to make the place louder?
Someone is apparently beating the drum, claiming the atmospheric decibel levels don’t give USC’s football team enough of a home-field advantage.
The school just submitted a proposal to do about $270 million worth of major nips and substantial tucks to this old gray lady over the next few years. There are enough questions arising just from that mock-up.
But to fix some acoustic deficiencies, it was suggested more canopies be put on the stadium’s upper rims, more glass windows be added to VIP boxes and more speakers get amped up everywhere else.
Are they trying to drown out the Harbor Freeway traffic or cultivate more patients for the USC’s Keck emergency room?
== Listen, we’re not tone deaf to the idea of rejuvenation for the 92-year-old landmark, safety reasons or otherwise. But the natural solution isn’t more prompting on the scoreboard to “Make Some Noise!”
Revisit that USC-Cal game in 2004, as the Trojans fought off a first-and-goal from the 9 in the final two minutes against Aaron Rodgers and the Bears to secure a 23-17 win. The Trojans marching band couldn’t even be heard playing.
Isn’t your head still ringing from that one?
Rodgers said of the 90,000-plus in the stands: “The crowd noise was tough.” USC linebacker Matt Grootegoed said he “never heard the Coliseum rocking like it was today.”
Then-athletic director Mike Garrett even begged to differ: “I’ve heard it louder – a Notre Dame game in the 1960s. They were No. 1 in the nation and we beat them.”
The point is: Why pretend to turn the Coliseum into another Hollywood sound stage? There doesn’t need to be funds allocated to create a Spinal Tap Effect here.
If this is about Auzten Stadium envy, notice the reason why the crowds for Oregon Ducks games have been taken out of the equation so far this season?
== That’s not really a Steve Sarkisian printable Halloween mask, is it?
Such the classy move by SI.com’s ribald “Fansided” site, riffing on the recovering ex-USC football coach, along with providing suggestions on how to make “your costume amazing” that aren’t worth repeating.
This must have been the alternative idea when someone killed doing something for Minnesota’s Jerry Kill, who had retire this week because of poor health related to epilepsy?
== Pat Haden stepping down from the College Football Playoff Committee must open a door for Dan Guerrero to carry the flag for the Pac-12 going forward, eh?
== UCLA will start to look at naming rights for already alliterative and altruistic Pauley Pavilion, because someone has told the school it could get an extra $5 million a year for it.
While it’s not likely to draw any extra revenue, if someone got behind “The Josh Rosen Hot Tub Time Machine at Pauley Pavilion,” we would donate on GoFundMe.com immediately.
== After once playing for George Steinbrenner, and hired to manage by Frank McCourt, Don Mattingly isn’t scared of Jeff Loria?
The former Dodgers skipper is willing to take an intentional walk from a potential World Series roster – although that appears to be very debatable – and accept the four-year financial embrace of star-struck owner who not only signs him up to manage the maniacal Miami Marlins, but then fires the GM.
Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe writes that “watching any new manager accept the job in Miami is like watching a puppy chase a stick of dynamite into a minefield. .. there isn’t likely to be a happy ending for (Mattingly).”
The issue of tampering may have nothing to do with Loria letting it be known of his interest in Mattingly back in August. Someone has obviously tampered with Mattingly’s common sense, or trust in mankind.
== What events would be in the works for the inaugural World Beach Games, supposedly set to go in San Diego in 2017?
Beach blanket bingo?
== San Diego State has decided to honor basketball coach Steve Fisher by naming its court after him.
Just like Michigan once did?