USC Morning Buzz: The High Cost Of Going Bowling

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You know one thing that isn’t convenient about the College Football Playoff? The cost. USC fans need to buy an airfare to Dallas, get a hotel and buy a game ticket. That is about $1,000 if you stay in a hotel for one night. And not many are going for one night.

If USC went to the Fiesta Bowl, it would have been a fairly reasonable bowl trip with an airfare to Phoenix. In an ordinary year, USC would be playing Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. But this is no ordinary year with Georgia and Oklahoma playing in Pasadena.

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  • Yale O. Leftwich

    Last I remember Cotton Bowl is an open stadium,like the Coliseum and Rose Bowl, and in late December the weather can be quite nice or quite bad….a few years ago Texas was a frozen mess, from top to bottom.Roads were completely shut down,several feet of snow and ice. Plan for the worst and hope for something better.

    • StokaNoka

      They moved to JerryWorld, retractable roof

  • RegalTrojan

    A thousand bucks per pop isn’t cheap, but I doubt that many of my fellow SC alums would develop any serious monetary problems travelling to the Cotton Bowl, instead of the Rose or Fiesta Bowl. That’s only a fraction of the tuition they might be paying SC for their kids for the semester. In other words, we’re not sucla gutties, after all. LOL!

    • Robert McLeod

      I’ve made plans to go to the game, and I’m excited about the trip. Of course the game itself is the destination, but I know I will enjoy the whole experience. Fight On!

      • rusoviet

        That’s the attitude – if you want to go you go

      • Stuart Leventer

        Your trip will be well worth it, especially if we beat the Buckeyes playing a great game!

  • rusoviet

    What do you think were the costs when we traveled to Miami for the Orange Bowl way back in 2002/3? For that matter you can caravan to Dallas in <24 hours by car. In addition what are the costs for fans who came from State College, PA last year to Pasadena?

    • steveg

      For them it is not a trip, it is an escape. At least for a short one.

      • rusoviet

        I get that – lived in NJ for two winters – it felt literally like a jail cell was opened and”Hello well ‘in you go’ we’ll be back in late March or maybe April to let you out.” It is that real the harsh winters most of the USA endures.

  • Old Trojans never die

    The biggest problem in football is the catering to TV and all of the mess that goes with it. I’m not complaining about the cost to travel to Dallas, Ohio State fans have the same problem. I am complaining about the overwhelming number of bowl games and lack of a meaningful games. Nowadays if you win half your games you are in a bowl. That’s 50% for the math geniuses across town. It’s a grade lowerthan passing in school. And yet we reward mediocrity with TV money and move traditional matchups around to cater to an absurd system that crowns a champion without all conferences represented.
    Oh well complaining here will only use up my phone battery and fingertip.

    • StokaNoka

      Not to mention most schools lose money whenever they travel more than 100miles for a bowl game

      • Golden Trojan

        When the bowl dumps the ticket sales onto the schools. SDSU lost $250K going to the New Orleans Bowl a few years back. The earlier the bowl the harder it is for the school to unload tickets.

      • Old Trojans never die

        This I didn’t know. I thought the TV money was the reason for the games. Or maybe the extra practice and recruiting.

      • gotroy22

        You travel thousands of miles for a Starrrrrrrr W arrrrrrrrsss Cossstume Contessst, Golllllllyy Noiiiiid.

    • Pudly76

      Actually it over 50% as many teams pad their schedules with teams from lowers divisions.

    • Pasadena Trojan

      Well, we all know the ruins don’t travel. Most of the people in the stands for the ruins are bums off the streets that have been given tickets to the game so they can say that the ruins had fans there. Oh wait, those bums are ugly alumni. I forgot.

      • Old Trojans never die

        Don’t mince words PT tell us how you feel about them bRuins

    • Ignore_the_trolls

      Well, the school does not have to accept and fans don’t have to watch. Personally, I like the plethora of bowls — more games to watch and some very interesting matchups.

      • Old Trojans never die

        Well you do have a valid point I do get out of a lot of chores when the game is on….Okay maybe not but if I get huffy she backs off a bit. 😛

  • StokaNoka

    Well SC’s last 3 bowl games were all in SoCal, and in ‘13 in Vegas… so travelling to Texas is not the end of the world for fans who really wanna be there.

  • Pudly76

    Bruce Feldman reporting that Tyson Helton receiving serious consideration for Tennessee OC job..rather than T Martin.?

    • Pasadena Trojan

      That is fine. That way SC and the fans can find out if it was Martin or Helton that was making lousy calls.

      • Pudly76

        Fine or not, transition can be good. I’m not sure of the difference between a bad call and poor execution.

      • Sas

        That’s a really big mystery still to this day.
        Who is calling what? When?
        We’ve heard the question ask and all three say …..”I handle all the passing” or….. “i handle the running” and …?”I just have the final say”.

        Tee Martin is has a lot more value then Tyson in my opinion so I hope he stays.

        • Gabby

          especially when it comes to recruiting.

          • Sas

            That’s true. It feels like he’s batting a thousand with his targets bscaf! saww8knows how to sell both the player and parents. I can’t remember the last time Tee missed on a player he went after.

          • Gabby

            He has a lot of seeds planted, would hate to see them dry out

          • Sas

            Great point. He has definitely planted seeds all over and one more season with a chance at a crack at another run for the title is all I want. It looks like he’ll be staying bud!

        • Pasadena Trojan

          Agree

    • Gabby

      IMO, good news

  • Ed Garrett

    writer is so rite, its why cactus bowel is beter bowel to play in where ever that is

    • Gabby

      Hey Ed, you should try seating on a cactus, very stimulating

      • steveg

        It would be a bowel he would never forget.

        • Gabby

          That’s funny…LOL!

      • Ed Garrett

        ugh,,,how do u “seat” on some thing? tipical girl,,,all ways talking but never makeing since of what she say,,,move a long im done with u, smdh!

        • Gabby

          My bad…..let me correct it….thanks

    • peter

      Juarez Mexico

      • Ed Garrett

        that raycist!

    • Michael Guarino

      Ed—It would be funnier —when you’re “liking” yourself—-if you did it with a different (but phonetically similar) handle.
      #TedGarrett

      • Ed Garrett

        hi john, i realy like what i say tho

        • Gabby

          John who?

  • Ignore_the_trolls

    Plus you could easily drive to Phoenix in about 7 hours. Dallas not so much.

    • Pasadena Trojan

      7 hours to Phoenix? Man that is slow. How about 5 hours?

      • Ignore_the_trolls

        Depends where in SoCal you live (and the traffic).

        • Pasadena Trojan

          Dealing with Traffic, yes. I leave when there is no traffic. That is why I make it in 5 hours. So if you live in Santa Monica, or Santa Clarita, then add 40 minutes.

    • steveg

      Ft Worth is an easy two day drive, overnight in Albequerque.

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Scooter, why do you care about the cost to attend? You will be in your basement watching the game because SC will not allow you to travel with the team and the Daily News won’t waste money on you. U can have someone hold the phone for you while you interview. They can send you the recording and then you report.

    • steveg

      He will just cut and paste from the Times and Register.

      • Gabby

        When you have no legitimate sources the material/content dries up quickly

  • steveg

    We are going to Ft Worth on the 16th and staying until Jan 5th. Not even shopping for tix till we get there. Staying with our son and family, eating their food, drinking their beer, and using their car. I love it. Told my son it is called payback.

    • Fred Sampson

      Lol

    • Linkster

      Nice!

    • JustOwns

      Too bad your son didn’t have a chance to fill out an application for something better than a mooch father.

      • gotroy22

        Too bad yet another of your Dumbocrat Champions of Women has fallen….not Al Franken, but the latest is sanctimonious gravy-training lib Harold Ford Jr. But the good news is your illegal alien Dumocrat Congressman Ruben Kihuen is refusing to leave because he says he told Nancy Pelosi and all the other Dumbocrat leaders about his harassing staff and they said it was no problem.

        • Pudly76

          ABC news reporting Franken to quit senate this week

          • gotroy22

            His classic BJ Clinton style non-apology included accusing his victims of lying.

      • SCgrad12

        Hey Bruin Rob, how is that DateMeLA dating site working for you? Remember it was six years ago at this time that a ten year old exposed you for the no talent clown that you are.
        #iwillservenofriesuntiltheirtime

      • Linkster

        Poor Owns. He is so conflicted. Living vicariously through USC athletics and he claims to be a ruin fan. he is a twisted soul. Of course, all the booze didn’t help.

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    On The Negative Side
    with your host, Scott Wolf

  • Sas

    Ronald Jones named 1st Team All-American by Pro Football Focus

  • Fred Sampson

    This has never been an issue in the past, so why now ? USC has played in Bowl games in other states since forever .

  • Linkster

    That’s the cost of fame Wolf. I think most of USC followers can pay up and go to Dallas. Not that big of a deal. I have all sorts of frequent flier, hotel points etc. I imagine lots of others do as well. Dallas at the end of December not a real inviting destination other than the football game. Go Trojans!!

  • Gabby

    Hey wolf, you cheap-screw, only someone with limited to no discretionary income would concern themselves with this…..sound familiar?

    With all the click-bait you generate the bonuses should be significant

  • LamontRaymond

    Didn’t see you weeping for all the Penn State fans last year traveling cross country from Happy Valley to Pasadena….

  • Globehead

    Thank goodness we aren’t going to the national championship game in Atlanta. Imagine how much that would cost! What a disaster that would’ve been.

    • Globehead

      And why the hell do we play in places like South Bend and Austin, Texas? We should only play non-conference games in places we can drive to like San Diego and San Luis Obispo. Maybe Fresno at the furthest.

    • UtahTrojan

      Maybe wolf has to pay his own way if he wants to go. If he were a real reporter he wouldn’t have to.

  • steveg

    Pruitt named HC at UT, and hired the OC from Co. St. No title yet. Tee not looking good at this time.

    • Jack B

      Good. Maybe Tyson will be jettisoned.

      • steveg

        Had to edit my comment Jack.

      • fast fred

        LOL! With his brother as head coach? Good luck!

  • Jack B

    Must be a great Christmas around SW. Spare the gifts!

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    Imagine the inconvenience of being in the CFP. Those fans may have to arrange two trips to two different cities, get hotels in those cities and buy two game tickets. They must be very upset!

    • Pudly76

      The inhumanity of it all..

    • Gabby

      Or broke!

  • Pudly76

    Rojo finalist for the Campbell award!

    Go to earlcampbellawardDOTcom and vote!!!

  • Pudly76

    AP votes Heton PAC12 Coach of the Year!! What you think now Scott??

    • Jack B

      Good for Clay. The Empire Strikes Back and it’s SW’s peers who did it. What’s the crow eater gonna say now?

      • Pudly76

        He’s succin’ lemons about now..as well he should be the old sour pusz!

      • fast fred

        Great! Looks like you have CCH for good! Otherwise the pr for Swann and the school would be bad!

      • Pudly76

        Tennessee rivals report Tyson hired

        • Jack B

          Perfect! Dream come true. Great result here and USC gets to keep its best recruiter, at least for now.

          Sure wish someone would hire Bradford away from us too.

  • Steve B.

    The real question is the basketball game with UW is on the same evening as the Cotton Bowl with a two hour difference. Will the school adjust the starting time to later like 9pm or make it an afternoon game starting at 2 or 3 pm. Of course the way Enfield coaches maybe better to miss the live action, and record the game.

    All the social fiscal conservative Trojans need not worry about costs with the new tax plan benefiting them more than necessary. Know this will stir up the Trump constituents on this board.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    If you have to ask how much, you can’t afford it. Don’t be such a class warrior, blogger.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Just goes to show you what a thoughtful person Coach Mora is. Last year I didn’t have to spend a dime on a bowl game.

  • jim

    SC is going to need a great game from their players to beat OSU. They will really have to overachieve. If you just look at the stats, it doesn’t look good for the trojans. OSU is #6 in the nation in total offense. SC is #15. OSU is # 8 in the nation in total defense. SC is #75.