On Traveler

Here is an amazing color photo of Traveler and his owner, Richard Saukko, in 1965. Can you imagine trying this pose at a game today? I’m running the photo because there was a stir this week about whether Traveler is named after Robert E. Lee’s horse, which was Traveller (different spelling). Saukko’s wife said it was the horse’s name when Saukko bought it in 1958.

If you want to examine a real issue, look at how USC had an African-American as its first All-American (Brice Taylor) and then did not have another African-American player until around 1953. That’s injustice. And basketball was probably worse, which is shameful. This is what deserves more focus.

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  • Jack B

    I was once at the Coliseum and Traveler got spooked and broke free, running crazily across the field. It was wild. All the women, the true horse lovers, in the stands were very freaked out. Fortunately, the impromptu gallop didn’t last too long, but it was still quite a spectacle.

    • Michael Guarino

      I remember that, Jack. Were we playing Cal?
      As far as Traveler —-did you know there are a couple thousand horses with that name today, including ours? I am almost positive that not one of them, including ours, is the actual horse that General Lee rode. They are different horses…who never took part in the Confederacy.
      I am pretty sure of all of this.

      • Jack B

        Only the Trolls and true weirdos would connect USC’s Traveler to General Lee and whatever he stood for, either good, bad or slavery-connected.

        Some people are just bizarre.

        • Michael Guarino

          As Ed Garrett would say, “it’s never good for peeple to blame the Civil War on a hourse ….especially one living in 2017.”

          • gotroy22

            Will ruins gather to protest the USC Kappa Alpha fraternity?

          • Michael Guarino

            Otter: “The situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part.”
            Bluto” “We’re just the guys to do it.”
            -Animal House

          • JustOwns

            Snore!

          • j metaphor

            Sure, if they have a keg.

        • SCgrad12

          But they’re the ones who the media focuses on. If I was Nikias, I would call the young lady in question in, and give her a brief history lesson on Traveler the USC mascot.

          • marvgoux1

            And then ask her if she wants to transfer to f uucla.

        • Trojan5

          Fortunately this nonsense is not getting much traction. And seems to me that most people, regardless of political stripe, are not giving it any credence. Like I said yesterday, you have to look around a blind corner, unlock a secret door, and open a hidden drawer to find crap this ridiculous. Tying Traveler to anything controversial is just plain wacko

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Most rational comment made here in months – There is hope!

        • 88 Straight

          Like I said, a huge stretch.

          I was in Austin for the big 66-3 game. I think it was 1997. Walking the UT campus before the game, I noticed a statue of Jefferson Davis on Martin Luther King Blvd. I wonder if it’s still there. I just remember shaking my head at that one.

  • Hard Way

    Wolf kneels at the Politically Correct altar with his de rigueur race shaming. He ought to be criticizing the Media (one of the least trusted institutions in the country) for fanning the flames of racial hatred, both then and now. His virtue signalling is making me alternatively laugh and gag. The grandstanding Wolf fails to mention that USC was well ahead of the curve in integrating college football. McKay even conspired with Bear Bryant to help Alabama integrate their football team by kicking their butts. Wolf is hereby penalized 15 yards for gratuitous piling on and ejected from the game.

    • JustOwns

      Howard Jones, the great white racist. Naturally, bozo u has a statue honoring HJ .

  • Alvarado

    I agree 100% – Those two topics – after Brice Taylor not another African-American ball player until 1953 and same for basketball are what gave USC the ‘Univ. Spoiled Children’ moniker and the lock West 28th had had is another topic frequently discussed but the impact never of that iron control rarely if ever examined.

    I’d say the school lost a lot of potentially beneficial professors as well as students due to that era (1920-1960’s)

  • LamontRaymond

    I dig Traveler and the tradition – let the noise pass us by.

    • SCgrad12

      No, no, no. Keep it going, and watch what happens on September 2 when Traveller takes the field. The crowd will go nuts.

      • LamontRaymond

        Cheers? or Boos? I’m guessing you mean cheers. For the horse – not for southern bullshit….

        • SCgrad12

          Definitely cheers.

  • PHIL NEIMAN

    The fact that certain people are concerned with the Horse’s name and it’s impact on minorites shows how screwed up the left in America is. Outside of just rents, I can’t think of anyone who believes this issue is relevant.

    • Brutus Beefcake

      this country is led by a Nazi and White Supremacist sympathizer, and you don’t think this is a “relevant issue”???

      #Achtung!

      • gotroy22

        This country hasn’t had BJ Clinton, the defender of the Stars and Bars Arkansas flag and celebrator of Confederate Day, as president for 16 years. The current president’s daughter and son-in-law are Jewish,so you better try again with your Nazi slur, Charlie.

        • Brutus Beefcake

          all the more shocking he defended them so ferociously! we all know what we heard, Goo-Goo.

          #NazisAreVeryNicePeople

          • gotroy22

            We meaning you and the mouse in your pocket.

            #Democratsloveracism

          • gotroy22

            “We” meaning you and the mouse in your pocket.” Didn’t you learn your lesson from Po-LIB-ico saying things they thought they heard?

            Meanwhile is Realville:

            “You stupid a$s black b%tch! You’re supposed to be on our side!” – Democrat protester caught on microphone screaming in the face of a black Boston police officer.

            #Democrats200yearsofracism

          • JustOwns

            The “Donnie Boy” Presidency is over…..Steve Bannon. Can’t wait for the sparsely attended funeral.

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            RE: Democrat protester caught on microphone screaming in the face of a black Boston police officer.

            How racist is it to assume that because the guy is black, he should be evil?

      • PHIL NEIMAN

        Trump’s daughter converted to Orthodox Judiasm, but he is a Nazi?
        May you are a fool!

        • JustOwns

          Filly, your knowledge of history wouldn’t fill the head of a pin.

          • gotroy22

            Speaking of history, Owns, did you figure out who the New York Times is named after yet?

          • JustOwns

            Yawn.

          • SCgrad12

            Bruin Rob is still trying to memorize the McDonald’s menu.

          • The USC Heisman 7

            Two all beef special…Ok smirf continue as Im sure you know the rest… #trump2020

      • steveg

        BB it really isn’t to mainstream America. A couple million freaks are nothing, in this case a huge nothing.

    • JustOwns

      And yet Filly “Road Apples” Neiman pumps out a whiny,
      white bread, Methodist paragraph extolling the issue he loudly proclaims is irrelevant.

      Filly facts: Big John Wayne couldn’t stand horses or horse’s patoots.

      • PHIL NEIMAN

        I am a Catholic,and you are so wrong about John Wayne

        • JustOwns

          So what? And you’re FOS, Wayne hated anything to do horses.

          • gotroy22

            Owns doesn’t realize his heroine Hillary is a Methodist….

          • Michael Guarino

            Maybe it’s best we all leave Owns alone for a bit —— like his favorite coach and quarterback, he’s decided to go on a “personal journey of discovery.” We can’t really follow.

          • steveg

            Really? All this time I thought she was a satanist.

          • JustOwns

            I know two things, Hillary has always been a Methodist and “Donnie Piles” will be impeached or forced to resign.

            According to the recently fired Steve Bannon, your political guru 22, the Trump Presidency is over.

          • marvgoux1

            You also “knew” Hillary was going to win last November. So you don’t know anything, f uuclan.

          • JustOwns

            And goop, you knew bozo u would shock the world and defeat Alabama.

            Alabama 52 – bozo u the greatest Div 1 FB program according to goop, 6

            Steve Bannon claims the Trump Presidency is is done. LOL.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    “USC had an African-American as its first All-American (Brice Taylor) and
    then did not have another African-American player until around 1953.
    That’s injustice. And basketball was probably worse, which is
    shameful. This is what deserves more focus.”

    It’s this kind of stupidity that drive the racial hatred of today and brands so many innocent people as “racists” when the real racist are carrying the tar and feathers.

    What are our teams made of TODAY? And 10 years ago, 50 years ago? What do you fascists want, GIVE ME A NUMBER then shut UP! Stop generating racism out of the past and projecting into the present!

    Shall we, right now, make a stand by tossing Sam Darnold off the team and make Jalen Greene the starting QB simply because of race? Shall we recruit more Asians because we haven’t had one on the team since the Ting twins? Let’s fire Helton and get a black HC while we’re at it. Oh, and I suppose Swann isn’t Black enough, because he doesn’t speak ebonics and stand openly with BLM or over-punish white guys and let Black guys do as they please.

    Finally, why don’t we just change our colors to baby blue and yellow, adopt a baby for a mascot and give As and Bs to anyone who takes Black Studies classes regardless of participation and effort?

    Will that be “focus” enough, or should we stop requiring SATs from Blacks and force all white USC students to be castrated and pay for two black students to attend USC??

    • Brutus Beefcake

      i don’t know what you THINK you sound like, but to me you some just like a White Nationalist.

      #ZiegHeil!

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        I knew you’d be the one to say so. I’m not white, but you’re a racist. You’re indoctrination as a Clown racist is complete. You define racist as anyone who doesn’t embrace the leftist agenda. When King Shabazz calls for the murder of white babies with a megaphone in public, that’s OK with you people. When someone says Shabazz is wrong, THEN you scream “racist!”

        If we treated Blacks or Muslims they way UClowns treats White males and Asians, (Excluding them in favor of Blacks), the world would turn to fire, worse than the Rodney King riots.

        Your own professor exposed this racism in his book,”Cheating: An Insider’s Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA”

        by

        Tim Groseclose

        You bRuins have no credibility when it comes to racial bigotry.

        • Brutus Beefcake

          Dude. dint take much to get you to out yourself.

          see you at the next KKK rally. i’ll be the one busting you with so many lefts, you’ll be begging for a right.

          #It’sLikeThat

          • gotroy22

            Remember, the 1st Amendmenrt only applies to those we with agree with, and violence is good if you are a Democrat.

          • Brutus Beefcake

            you sound just like someone…..oh, who is it….i am trying to remember…….

            #TheDonald

          • gotroy22

            Actually I was quoting Larry Elder.

            #Democratsaredangerous

          • Grammymb

            Larry Elder – head screwed on straight. Along with Jason Riley of WSJ. Tell it how it is.

          • gotroy22

            Mention their names and Democrats reveal their inner bigot.

          • Pudly76

            I heard Obama’s daughter was sent packing from her internship at the embassy in Spain. Heard she was caught burning one on the roof..

            #don’tbogartthatjointmyfriend

          • steveg

            Think she was up there alone?

          • JustOwns

            LOL,

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            I’m the kind of guy who would love to have a Black man as President with a Lesbian/Former NOW chapter president as VP:

            Larry Elder-Tammy Bruce 2020!!!
            Dennis Prager as Secretary of State.

            (BrutusButtcake: If you see me at a KKK rally, I’ll be promoting my Black/Lesbian/Jew ticket.)

          • Just logical

            That’s a dream ticket-not partisan, just common sense and thick skinned because they’ve been called all the pejoratives before.

          • SCgrad12

            You sound like someone who is allergic to the truth.

          • JustOwns

            Why hasn’t the first bimbo been deported?

          • hoohoolianFUCLA

            Why hasn’t the first bimbo been deported?

            You mean convicted. Well, Republicans are just too spineless to convict Hillary and the Democrats defend her like Michael Moore on a donut-bacon-cheese burger a la mode with extra Slim Jims. They know full well that it’s wrong, but they love it so…

          • steveg

            That did make me laugh. At your age how many you think you have? 2, 3? Get back on the couch.

          • Brutus Beefcake

            i’m back on couch…..winded…shadow boxed for 20 secs after my macho post….

            #WhereDidItGo?

        • Grammymb

          But UCLA consistently admits like 40 African American males in its freshman class each year.

      • SCgrad12

        And you sound like a complete moron. Which you’ve always been.

      • steveg

        Really harsh BB. Seems the left has a name for everyone, if they don’t they just use “racist”. The old rule book from Alinsky is pretty well worn out. The other side always knows what is coming.

      • PHIL NEIMAN

        And you sound like a lesftist, victocrat loser. Go back to Westwood, and leave the adults alone.

  • Brutus Beefcake

    thanks Scotty, first you exposed the rebel flags waved at USC games, now you highlight the adulation of the Confederacy with this old nag traveler.

    and thanks for showcasing the rampant institutional prejudice at SC while UCLA was breaking down all kinds of barriers and giving the world Jackie Robinson!

    #Don’tForgetDeamCromwellNaziSympathizer

    • Grammymb

      Yes, while UCLA was admitting 40 African American males in its freshman classes.

    • j metaphor

      It should surprise no one that Traveler is a pampered white male (probably neutered) and his rider pretty much the same thing, except he is wearing a skirt.
      Horses normally are not political animals (as are donkeys & elephants) but the similarity between the horse and the alumni is undeniable & uncanny.
      I’m going to help you guys out because Socal can’t afford another scandal (see St. Pat raiding the charity cookie jar and your Dean of Drugs prescription parties) I suggest you defuse this thing immediately.
      Get an appaloosa, name it LaTravella to hide your horse’s racist connection then you’re good ’til your next quarterly Trojan debacle.
      You’re welcome

    • Pasadena Trojan

      Brute, where did you read anything about Rebels in the above blog? Also, did you not read that Bryce Taylor was the first black and first All American at USC when he played in 1923? So he already opened the door for Robinson. Go back to school and learn how to read and comphrend what you have read.

      • j metaphor

        Yeah, SoCal has always been famous for embracing the entire rainbow of humanity.
        Cutting edge humanitarians, that lot.
        You guys were building The Trojan Wall 50 years before Trump had the idea.

      • Brutus Beefcake

        i actually think this is another manufactured memory by SC….who ever heard of “Brice Taylor” before??? whole thing sounds made up.

  • Mick Driver

    Scott, instead of fueling anger by looking at the past, why not rather bring hope in such times by bringing focus to the great strides our fine university has made in terms of building a strong diverse faculty, student body and athletic program made up of many ethnic, racial and socio-economic representations. USC providing admissions and scholarships that have been life changing. Yes, no university is perfect, and each one has a ways to go, but I think THE University of Southern California has come a long way and I am proud to be a Trojan. Fight on Trojan family.

    • Ken Hart

      Because if he did what you are suggesting he wouldn’t get the response from the Trojan fan base and everyone would realize what a horrible reporter he is and he would lose his job.

    • SCgrad12

      Because Wolf loves to make USC look bad at any cost. Even if he has to make stuff up, just like CNN.

      • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

        Interesting how all the Russia talk has turned to nazi talk. When one lie fails, move to the next. #VeryFakeNews

  • Mike mike

    Thank U Phil. Left, Stop it!

  • Grammymb

    There’s not a person alive that was involved in any of that. Please give it a rest.

    • gotroy22

      I don’t mind memory flogger time as long as we also note the Democrat Party back then.

      • 88 Straight

        Certainly the Southern wing of the Democratic party was challenged, including such lovely people as Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond. Hence, Nixon’s Southern Strategy in 1968 which proved successful.

        SC had a mixed history for a bit in this regard but has since moved well past this stuff. Not sure why it needs to be dredged up. Sam Cunningham reversed that pretty well. And to think the name of the horse was connected to Robert E. Lee is a huge stretch of the imagination.

    • Michael Guarino

      Make that “not a person or HORSE alive now that was involved in any of that…”

      • Grammymb

        Where’s Dr. George’s horse laugh photo when you really need it?

  • Lunderful

    Those social issues were commonplace nationwide, so don’t single out USC. Scott, I can call you many thongs, but never a social justice warrior. Go take a nap!

    • Grammymb

      Can you say “Alabama”?

    • j metaphor

      Wow,
      Lunder, your Freudian slip is showing. Thongs?
      Were you watching Tommy ride his white stallion in a skirt when you wrote that?
      Do you like gladiator movies?

      • Lunderful

        Ha!…..You got me there. And i criticize Wolfe for his spelling and grammar. As penance I will wear a thong to Safeway tomorrow afternoon.

        #Changethongtothing

  • steveg

    It’s not like the horse has any say in it. He was born white. I hope USC doesn’t give in at all.

  • Ron Fleishman

    Thank you, a nice perspective…

  • joeybbadd

    How does this moron Scott Wolf still have a job?

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Scooter to say USC did not have another black player on the football team or basket ball team seems a little far fetched. Did you go through every team’s program from 1923 up to 1953 to verify this thought or did you shoot from the hip to try and stir up the readers?