USC-UCLA major anniversary games: A look back at 5, 10 and 15 years ago

First in a series: As part of the lead-up to the 2015 USC-UCLA game, we look back at some intriguing anniversaries that have aligned this year:

USC's Alan Bradford cuts through the UCLA defense in 2010. © Jon SooHoo/ 2010

USC’s Alan Bradford cuts through the UCLA defense in 2010. © Jon SooHoo/ 2010

Five years ago: 2010
USC 28, UCLA 14
The Trojans (8-5, 5-4 in the last year of the Pac-10) finished their first of what would be four seasons under NCAA sanctions with the win at the Rose Bowl. Sophomore Matt Barkley passed for 198 yards, Allen Bradford ran for 212 yards and caught a 47-yard touchdown and Malcolm Smith returned a fumble 68 yards for a touchdown. Lane Kiffin’s Trojans, in the first year after Pete Carroll left, outlasted the Bruins (4-8, 2-7) for the 11th time in 12 meetings, including four straight over Rick Neuheisel. Bruins sophomore Johnathan Franklin ran for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Reggie Bush's dive into the end zone in 2005. Reggie Bush scoring against U.C.L.A. in 2005. He has denied any wrongdoing at U.S.C., which was cited for lack of control. Credit Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Reggie Bush’s dive into the end zone in 2005. Reggie Bush scoring against U.C.L.A. in 2005. He has denied any wrongdoing at U.S.C., which was cited for lack of control. Credit Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

10 years ago: 2005
USC 66, UCLA 19
Picking up steam before heading to the 2006 BCS title game against Texas, Pete Carroll’s No. 1 Trojans (12-0, 8-0) crushed Karl Dorrell’s No. 11 Bruins (9-2, 6-2) for their 34th win in a row — and one eventually vacated because of NCAA penalties. Eventual Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns and LenDale White had 154 yards and three TDS, breaking Charles White’s school record with 54 in his career. USC had 679 total yards, but saw an emotional senior Matt Leinart go incomplete on his first five passes but finished 21-for-40 for 233 yards with three touchdown passes.
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Play It Foward Nov. 23-29: USC has a fourth coach in four years against UCLA — Does Mora have another answer?

5c06f758c98d0c6fdadeec5204ac4cbaTHIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
Details/TV: At the Coliseum, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 7:
UCLA head coach Jim Mora must feel like the returning champion on “Jeopardy!” ready to move onto the Tournament of Champions at some point. For the last three seasons, Mora has out-Trebeck-ed whatever was category was presented by the USC coaching staff, answering any doubt about city superiority by posting victorious scores of 38-28, 35-14 and 38-20. The last one resulted in him screaming as he left the Rose Bowl field: “We own this town!” No penalty for not phrasing that it in the form of a question. The Trojans’ head coaches during UCLA’s recent run were Lane Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and Steve Sarkisian, and while some may have left with some nice parting gifts, there’s not a lot of satisfaction. Now Clay Helton gets the call, with the possibility that no matter what happens here, he may not be around for the 2016 meeting.
Victory_Bell,_UCLAThe 83rd version of the L.A. city championship has the battle-torn Pac-12 South title available for whomever wants it more, since the Trojans (7-4, 5-3) or AP No. 22 Bruins (8-3, 5-3) have already claimed a tie-breaker against once-mighty Utah. The winner here moves onto the Dec. 5 Pac-12 title game against Stanford, and a chance to play on Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl. The loser can consider flight plans for some Southwest destination.
The career intersection of the two quarterbacks – UCLA freshman Josh Rosen and USC senior Cody Kessler – makes for an adorable storyline. Rosen, whose school-record streak of passes without an interception is up to 218, gets introduced to a battered USC defense that was just shredded by Oregon to the tune of six TD passes and 407 passing yards. Rosen is third in the Pac-12 in passing yards (2,444 through eight games), and senior Jordan Peyton, the school’s career reception leader, is the only one in the conference averaging more than 100 yards receiving per game in Pac-12 play this year. He’s up against a Trojans’ passing defense that ranks eighth in the conference at the moment.

UCLA running back Paul Perkins runs for yardage against USC in the 2014 game at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

UCLA running back Paul Perkins runs for yardage against USC in the 2014 game at the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)

The Bruins, who rank first in that category, pretty much know everything capable of USC’s Kessler, third in the conference in passing efficiency. He came into the UCLA game last year having thrown for 400 and 371 yards in wins against Washington State and Cal, but was held to 214 (22 of 34 passing, 1 TD, 1 INT) in the 18-point loss in 2014. The year before, he was just 17 of 28 for 174 yards and a TD in the 21-point loss.
Despite USC’s renewed emphasis on the running game, the team is still trailing the Bruins in total rushing yards, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns, as UCLA junior Paul Perkins is in the conference top eight in rushing yards, touchdowns and all-purpose yards.
Still, USC, which had won five in a row from 2007-2011, has the series overall lead at 44-31-7.


The Lakers throw themselves at the feet of the 15-0 Golden State Warriors (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., TNT) … The NFL throws out Philadelphia-Detroit (9:30 a.m., Channel 11), Carolina-Dallas (1:30 p.m., Channel 2) and Chicago-Green Bay (5:30 p.m., Channel 4) on Thanksgiving … UCLA’s basketball team heads to Maui for three games, starting with UNLV (Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2) … The Kings come back from a road trip to meet again with defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago (Staples Center, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., FSW) … More at this link.

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As for the times they actually lost their voices …

imagesWe went on a mission to gather remedies on how to keep a broadcaster’s vocal cords in top shape during this crazy time of year. But in the process, we also were passed along some war stories by those who lost their voices at some point in their career and how they scrambled to get it back.
If this makes you feel any better, they survived to tell these:

Dick Enberg:
514PlPcbUNL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Baseball Hall of Famer notes that in his 60 years of broadcasting, he never once missed an assignment because of losing his voice. But on pages 132-133 of his 2004 autobiography “Oh, My!” he tells a story about how he tried to bail out, but his partner wouldn’t allow it. During the 1979 NCAA basketball tournament, he and Al McGuire were doing did four games in two days — in two different cities. They did the first two games in Providence, Rhode Island on the first Saturday, and Enberg noticed his voice was getting tired. “By the end of the second game I was reduced to a whisper,” writes Enberg. They had to go to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for two more games on Sunday “and “I refused to talk to anyone on the plane and didn’t utter a peep to anyone in the hotel. All I did was gargle and suck strong lozenges trying to protect what little was left of my voice. …”
By the time they made it to the Tennessee-Notre Dame game — the fourth one of the weekend — Enberg said he was “sounding like something between a man and a toad” … and “not only did my throat hurt me, it hurt me to hear myself.”
i-e70a35ad41ffaa42b4574385fb591b15-z483e0567ee466fac882574a3006155521At halftime, he declared his voice to be dead. He turned to McGuire and whispered: “Coach, I can’t go any longer. You have to take over. Here’s what I’ll do. I know you don’t know all the players, but I’ll assist you by pointing them out on my spotting boards, and I’ll underline any statistics that are important. I’ll be right here next to you.”
Enberg finishes the story: “With total insensitivity, Al said without a blink: ‘Dicksie, if you’re goin’, I’m goin’.” That was all he said. I did the rest of the game. He was too smart. He was really saying, ‘You think I’m going to try something I can’t do on national television? I’d rather watch you die on television. I’m not going to die, too.’ Typical Al. The Fox.”
When recalling that story this week, Enberg added: “That game in 1979 (which led to the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird NCAA final) was just prior to my first Wimbledon. I was reduced to a whisper with no sympathy from Al. But come to think of it … it’s yet another reason why Wimbledon was and is my favorite event. In an obtuse way, the Championships and Meggezones (where he could find his favorite throat medicine) may have saved my career.”

Bob Miller:
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It’s Out of the Question: It’s college football, where flexibility means waiting on USC-UCLA kickoff

blessed-are-the-flexible-facebook-timeline-coverHey, hon, do you think we should stay an extra night at Aunt Ginny and Uncle Ferd’s house in Eureka on Thanksgiving weekend?
Or would it be more prudent to up and leave behind the family we rarely get to spend quality time with on Friday afternoon instead of Saturday morning so we make it back in time for the UCLA-USC kickoff at the Coliseum?
By the way, anyone know when the game actually starts?
OOwBOTIThis is college football we’re talking about here. Grab a wishbone and hope for the best.
The answer may not come until Monday, because technically, that’s what the TV contracts stipulate at this point in the season.
Larry Scott’s Pac-12 decoder ring, aligned with how ABC, ESPN and Fox needs to see how UCLA-USC fits best with their “inventory,” have narrowed a kickoff down to either 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m.
At least the options of 12:59 p.m. on Black Friday, 3:15 a.m., 7:45 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday or sunrise Sunday aren’t in play. For now.

Ronda Rousey is tended to by a medical staff member after being knocked out by Holly Holm in their UFC 193 bantamweight title fight in Melbourne, Australia last Sunday. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Ronda Rousey is tended to by a medical staff member after being knocked out by Holly Holm in their UFC 193 bantamweight title fight in Melbourne, Australia last Sunday. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

== All the negative stuff about Ronda Rousey now after she’s forced to make a walk of shame out of the Octogon — this is some kind of come-
uppance for the arrogance she showed leading up to this point? All because she wouldn’t touch gloves with Holly Holm before the bout?
In the long run, isn’t the UFC better off having someone other than Rousey lug around that large belt around for awhile – and actually create a rivalry that might last a few more years?

== How long before this 3-on-3 NHL overtime format catches on with other sports?
Pay attention, NBA. Imagine a sudden death, full court game. Golden State’s best three against the Lakers’ best three, with everyone casting off 3’s.
Or do the Lakers even have a best three?

== President Obama, underpaid for the standard $400,000 he’s given each year, plus a $50,000 expense account, a $100,000 travel account and $19,000 for entertainment, joked this week that he can’t believe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes $44 million a season.
Because it probably should be more?

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

== Six months after he was in the running for NBA Coach of the Year after dragging the Houston Rockets past the Clippers and into the Western Conference finals, Kevin McHale is out as the team’s head coach following a 4-7 start.
Or would it be more accurate to say he was clotheslined?

More questions to be answered at this link …

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Weekly media notes version 11.19.15: No auditions this week for “The Voice”

speech-bubble-156056_640What’s on the schedule for Sunday’s weekly column:

We’ve butted heads this week with a nasty cold and, so far, we have lost.
The voice, especially, is the biggest loser.
It’s been one of those things that no matter how many packages of Alka Seltzer Plus Severe Cold and Flu we stirred in with Mucinex Sinus-Max Nighttime Maximum Strength syrup and added it all to the oversized bowl of chicken-and-lemon soup, the arduous battle has carried on for days.
(Perhaps one particular concoction was too hot — it actually knocked one of our crowns out, and we almost swallowed it. So if there is to be a doctor involved in the curing  process, it’ll start with the my DDS, Dr. Les Lattner over in Westwood).
labeled1For us, this isn’t such a major occu-
pational hazard. But for a pro-
fessional play-by-
play man, what happens when the money maker stops on them?
This is the time of the year that tries play-by-play men’s vocal cords — with the change in season, airline cabin pressure adjustments, stuffy hotel rooms and the warm-to-cold-to-warm issues that come from going to busses to press boxes to arenas this time of year. There has to be something the common viewer/listener at home can learn from their experiences.
Lakers’ KSPN-AM 710 radio voice John Ireland lost his voice last weekend. He was sidelined when the team went to Phoenix after an aborted attempt to do his daily radio show on KSPN-AM 710 with Steve Mason. Ireland ended up seeing Chick Hearn’s old ear, nose and throat man, Dr. Joe Sugarman, this week in Beverly Hills in hopes of returning for Friday’s game, but that included a complete shutdown of talking.
On a five-game road trip back East, the Kings’ radio voice, Nick Nickson, admits he’s been fighting a head and chest cold and can’t really raise his voice to the level needed at times.
We quizzed many of the best, local and national, to see if they’d give up some trade secrets on how to both prevent the voice from disappearing and, if it does, how to get it back.
(Such as: Start with keeping hand sanitizes near by. Germs are not your friend).

What’s worth posting right about now:

== How this critical Week 12 of the college football season lands for L.A. TV screens:
= Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill have No. 24 USC at No 23 Oregon on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for ESPN.
= New Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis is joined by Brady Quinn and Kris Budden to call UCLA’s game at No. 13 Utah on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on Channel 11.
In addition to the column we did on Davis upon his announced hiring last week, Sports Illustrated and the L.A. Times have posted subsequent conversations with him, so perhaps the car wash is complete.
(By the way, we won’t get started again on why the Pac-12 allows USC and UCLA games to go head-to-head on TV. It’s a disservice to SoCal football viewers). Continue reading

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