Nia Ali won a silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles tonight and April Ross won a bronze in beach volleyball. The viral moment of the day was former USC sprinter Andre De Grasse surprising Usain Bolt by refusing to ease up in the 200 semifinals. Bolt won by .02 seconds and then wagged his finger at De Grasse.
That look you give your friend when your teacher says you can pick your own partner.
I don’t know what the Rams’ security situation is for Coliseum games. I do know USC gets money from the Rams for playing at the stadium. And USC also gets paid for every Rams season-ticket holder to park on campus. Is it worth it for this circus? The answer is yes because USC likes the money. The answer is no if you are a normal fan or have a family. I wonder how long the NFL will allow this embarrassment to continue. Next game is Saturday at the Coliseum.
JetBlue Airways is offering USC fans a discounted deal with $50 one-way flights to see the Trojans play at Stanford, Utah, Arizona and Washington. All four games cost a total of $400 plus a travel certificate for a free flight.
The deal is available until Friday. Information: 1-888-JETBLUE (538-2583), and choose option 3 between the hours of 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT. Offer not available on jetblue.com and is only available via phone.
There are few opposing players associated with USC as much as Wisconsin quarterback Ron Vander Kelen. I’ve written many times about the 1963 Rose Bowl, where No. 1-ranked USC held off No. 2-ranked Wisconsin, 42-37, to win the national championship.
Vander Kelen led a furious 23-point fourth quarter rally after Wisconsin fell behind, 42-14. He completed 33 of 48 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns. Some say the game, which was televised nationally, transformed the image of college football.
Vander Kelen died Sunday of natural causes. He was 76. Many stars from that game (USC wide receiver Hal Bedsole, running back Willie Brown and Wisconsin end Pat Richter are) remain icons to USC and Wisconsin fans. The USC fans of that era never forgot Vander Kelen’s performance. He was named co-MVP of the Rose Bowl with USC QB Pete Beathard.