USC Morning Buzz: It’s Time For The Friday Notes Column

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It’s the Crosstown Rivalry week editiion of the Friday notes column, where I talk about a “prank” that police said was potentially dangerous to hundreds of people; talk about the recruits coming to the game; talk to someone who knew the original George Tirebiter and make my game prediction.

Wolf: USC, UCLA rivalry was more dangerous in 1950’s

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  • Trojans 6942

    Here’s my prediction. Do what it takes Win, Fight, Fight, Fight. Keep The Bell Cardinal! Have a Trojan weekend, Fight On.

    • Gabby

      YES!

      FIGHT ON!

      • Trojans 6942

        I don’t know about you. Tailgating started 2hs. Ago. The next two days it’s margaritas and pretzels.

        • Gabby

          I’m full of envy!

          • Trojans 6942

            No envy, happy

          • Gabby

            Don’t let a hangover ruin the experience.

          • Trojans 6942

            I’m from the south.

          • Trojans 6942

            It’s not the start of duck or deer season. I’ve done all my tags on gator. Im good

          • Gabby

            What? Give me the short interpretation
            I’m familiar with deer tags

            (sorry)

          • Trojans 6942

            Nothing in the world would stop me from seeing this game!

          • Gabby

            Gotcha!……same here

          • Trojans 6942

            I’m from the bayou, river and gulf. My people are Good community people. We work together some of us have more than others but nobody is left behind. We live what some would say shacks but our life is plentiful and civic. My moms house is sounded by water. Gators, raccoons, possum, snakes. My community is proud that I went the college rout. I’m now giving back. Love la. (Both )love the people from both. But cajon I will always be. Like I’ll always be a trojan. Thats why I’m so stoked. I guess you can say I have the best of both worlds.

          • Gabby

            Your enthusiasm is contagious

            FIGHT ON!

  • 04Trojan

    I’ll go with “Rosen loses interest” for $500, Flow. Beat the baby blues.

    • j metaphor

      I’ll go with Sam throws his normal 2 picks and the game comes down to a field goal.

      • trojan_1972

        “Normal 2 picks a game” is factually incorrect.

        Darnold hasn’t thrown 2 picks since September.

        In last 6 games, he has thrown 15 TD, with 3 picks.

        I’ll go with Trojans rushing for 300 plus against what is just about worst rushing defense in the country.

        • Michael Guarino

          Obviously, j. hasn’t been paying much attention to Sam’s recent history. The Sam UCLA is gonna see is NOT the Sam that played against Notre Dame.
          #WeWon’tNeedNoStinkingFieldGoal

          • trojan_1972

            Absolutely – and one reason is because Trojan running game should open things up for Sam

          • Michael Guarino

            Correct. Big time.

          • Sandy Underpants

            Really? Is he the same Sam that played against Penn St. in the Rose Bowl? The ND game was just like 3 crappy games ago. Just because the competition stinks since ND doesn’t mean Sam is any different. Luckily the next team SC plays stinks too, but same Sam.

          • Michael Guarino

            Same Sandy, too.

          • Trojans 6942

            Fuego

      • 04Trojan

        You’re kidding, right? “The game comes down to a field goal?” Sounds like you’ve been sniffing the same glue as Chaz Beefcake. At least he has the decency to rarely come around these parts, especially with that stellar ucla football season you guys are having…

        • Gabby

          Where is cakes and owns when you need a good punching bag?

        • fast fred

          And your score is???

      • Gabby

        Weak sauce!….you can do better than that

      • Sas

        I can’t waaaaaiiiii88888t until Saturday (tomorrow) @ 5pm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • steveg

    Okay, I have been closely watching every game this season with dropping expectations each week. This one has me filled with them, I expect USC to win by 24 points, please don’t let me down Trojans. Rosen won’t finish the game.

    • j metaphor

      Rosen is probably the toughest guy on that field tomorrow with the possible exception of Sam. Rosen has been knocked down more times than Rocky and he’s right back in your face tomorrow.
      If your D line doesn’t get to him quick, he will pick your wimpy D backs apart like he was plucking a chicken.
      Glad you, your team and Vegas have already counted this as a win.

      • Michael Guarino

        Message to j: For some reason Rosen doesn’t get credit for his toughness. My guess is he’ll keep getting up on Saturday….no matter how many times he’s hit.
        Message to Scott: You could’ve quadrupled your hits with a prediction of a 1 point UCLA victory. What would it have cost you? USC would still win —-and trolls and fans would all walk away happy.

      • Jethro G Sabbath

        Nobody on the team has counted this as a win. I notice you are no longer guaranteeing a victory.
        Have you been busy defending the Louis Vuitton Three?

      • Gabby

        USC lead the nation in sacks….nice try!

      • Sandy Underpants

        I have a feeling Rosen will come down with the powder blue flu Saturday morning and avoid the game altogether. He wants to get drafted, and maybe he’ll make it before the 4th or 5th round if he’s healthy. If he plays tomorrow, he’s gonna retire tomorrow night.

  • Old Trojans never die

    I guess Wolf predicted we will win, which does not bode well for the Trojans but at least he’s back on the USC page in my paper.
    One of my favorite pranks was during the card tricks (for those under 25 the student section of the stadium used to make designs with cards)
    I haven’t seen these in years, but that’s probably because the student section is less defined. Anyway the Trojans pranksters were able to slip SC into the UCLA cards. (It’s good to be old)

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Gomer, if you, Fredo and Tee11 have the brain power, just run the damn ball down their throats tomorrow.

    • trojan_1972

      Yes – and expecting to see that Pendergast and Udeze plan to constantly pressure Rosen, an immobile QB

      • Michael Guarino

        ….and our corners will rough up UCLA whenever Joshy gets off a quick release to the open receiver….

        • trojan_1972

          Speaking of a coach trying to save his job, can Trojan DB coach Bradford reel in JJ?

          • Michael Guarino

            I’m sure everyone on staff has done everything they can all week —–but they (and we) won’t know if they got through to Jones until Saturday.

          • Trojans 6942

            Word.

  • Linkster

    Trojans should win by 40 points. Based on this years under performance: USC 35 – UCLA 24

    • David Keeling

      Yeah they should. But with this mediocre coaching staff I just want to win by 1-point.

  • David Keeling

    Can anyone say this USC O-line has been able to consistently open holes for our RBs this season except for the Stanford game? I think it will take more than handing the ball to RJ or Carr to win this game. It will be a close game if Rosen has time the throw the ball. I hope Helton doesn’t get outcoached by Mora who will need to win this game to save his season.

    • 04Trojan

      And his job.

      • David Keeling

        I would agree with you however I heard Mora’s buyout is 12 million. I don’t believe UC(cheap)LA would ever pay that.

        • 04Trojan

          I heard the same. Just thought my reply sounded like a good “period” to your post.

        • trojan_1972

          Mora buyout may be closer to 15 million. They would need private money to make that happen.

          • Lunderful

            Do UCLA alumni have a history of funding such massive bailouts?

          • fast fred

            no, but SC sure does—4 coaches in 7 years—no wonder its called “clown college”!

          • Lunderful

            If a degree from “clown college” paves the way for me to earn that much disposable income, then I’ll get their degree all day long.

            #UCLA=UniversityofCaliforniaforLowerAchievers

    • Jack B

      Should Helton somehow figure out a way to lose this game to Mora, I think a lot of Helton’s support would evaporate.

      Won’t happen though. Darnold will do some major damage to the little gutties, along with RoJo.

      • Michael Guarino

        ….but UCLA won’t win, Jack. One way or another —by blowout or fast finish— USC takes the game and goes 10-2 in regular season.
        #OnlyThingEvaporatingIsMora

      • Lunderful

        If I was Helton, I would have a few designed plays featuring Sam as the runner. Best way to get big yards without trick plays.

        • Michael Guarino

          Only one problem —UCLA makes a living hurting quarterbacks as they slide at end of run.
          #It’sJustTheirThing

          • Trojans 6942

            Insightful

          • Michael Guarino

            You gotta know that there’s nothing UCLA would like better than to blindside Sam. [But Sam was a linebacker for part of his career—-he can take a hit better than any other quarterback in college football]……
            #…NotThatWeWantHimToHaveToProveIt

      • Trojans 6942

        Ditto.

    • Michael Guarino

      Believe me, Mora won’t outcoach Helton. Mora’s players don’t even like him —-and wouldn’t mind seeing him gone.

      • Gabby

        Mora is definitely on the hot-seat with the alumni, players and the University…..No-Mora

        • Michael Guarino

          I don’t even know why Mora WANTS to hang around, Gabby —-the alums and UCLA fans treat him like dirt.
          #OverstayedHisWelcome

          • Jack B

            Mora’s making a mint at a mediocre job where the second-rate football culture is over-the-wall type stuff. It’s an easy gig if you can get it. Low expectations from little gutty fans who enjoy Trolling other sites to get their jollies.

          • Michael Guarino

            I have a feeling we’ll be down to about, say, zero trolls by Saturday night, Jack….
            #FunWhileItLasts

          • Jack B

            Hah. They’ll be back by Sunday. USC is an object they can’t resist attacking. They can’t deal with being #2 in L.A. They come here all negative about USC but with nothing to say about bruin football success ever. What is there? bruin football is a wasteland.

            Long ago ucla had an 8-game winning streak over USC, yet accomplished nothing else. It’s still their main claim to fame in the football world. USC always has bigger fish to fry and views losing to the little gutties as a disaster, while for ucla, beating USC is everything.

            bruin Trolls will never leave this blog. They have no alternatives.

  • Tebow_Obama

    So next season, if Darnold leaves for the NFL after this season, are most Trojan fans just supposed to accept lower expectations for the team…again?

    Helton was brought in to be Kiffin’s QB coach so why haven’t QB’s been groomed properly at USC if Helton is such a good coach as some people believe?

    Under Helton (while he was Kiffin’s QB coach) he worked with Kessler and Wittek, neither of who could win the job outright. Kessler ended up winning the job by default. Three years Kessler was USC’s starting QB and three years he wasn’t good enough to be handed the starting job, we were told that he had to compete for the job every spring. His closest competition was Max Browne.

    Kessler leaves, Helton is the head coach, Helton’s choice to be starting QB, Max Browne. Now who knows if loyalty and seniority played a part in Helton’s decision to go with Browne, but it was the wrong decision and Darnold was eventually brought in to be the starter.

    Helton is supposed to know quarterbacks, what’s going on? Who is Helton grooming to be Sam Darnold’s replacement and if that QB is waiting in the wings, who is he? Helton doesn’t know who it is himself. I hope Helton isn’t waiting for a recruit to come in and surprise him like Darnold did, USC will really be in trouble if he is.

    • Gabby

      One of Wolf’s bots…With a whole lot of nothing to say.

      just a sad, demented man, working for wolf to pay the bills

    • Gabby

      Why did you flag my post?

      • Tebow_Obama

        I didn’t

        • Gabby

          I was challenging your comment about the #34 ranking, then magically it disappeared.

          Man-up, if you can’t handle the heat leave the kitchen.

          (the speed of the removal is puzzling, reeks of inside connection, cheater)

          • Tebow_Obama

            You’re delusional.

          • Gabby

            your nose is growing….have killer sit on it

  • Tebow_Obama

    There’s a post on a message board that reads, “I DON’T want my team to make the playoffs (USC)”.

    The poster and a few others write that they don’t want to see the Trojans getting humiliated in a major bowl game. The reason they give is Helton and his coaching staff. They say that USC has the talent to compete with the elite, but that the coaching is terrible.

  • Sas

    Wow…..
    Crystal Ball predictions for players going/not going to SC are very good/scary!

  • Michael Guarino

    Ha! (He sure doesn’t sound like one, Sam).

    • Sas

      Yep!