DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" ""> Attack Cat: December 2005

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

More from the game...

This is how I saw the game

Here's one thing that about last Saturday that made me sad. I missed the flyover. I love a flyover. I guess I should go to an air show if I want to see a flyover, but a flyover at a game is so cool. It's a great way to kick off the game, even in a game that literally starts with a kick off.

That's about it. That was the only downside. I didn't get to spend a lot of time tailgating and I wasn't sitting with friends, but those things didn't bring me down as much. I got to make game friends with the people sitting near me. Lots of post-Reggie Bush tearing ass down the field high fives bring people together.

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Here are a few of the fine t-shirts of the day.

Something old...

something new...

...and a couple that are downright blue

Though not very PC, perhaps my favorite new rivalry shirt is powder blue with the classic gold ucla script reading "UCLGay." It made me laugh, what can I say? It also made me think that if I went to ucla (Heaven forbid) and was coincidentally gay, I would totally want one of those shirts.

One of my favorite non-game moments at a USC game came at the 2003 Orange Bowl. At some point, late in the game, the band went into "Tusk." Of course, when they got to the chorus, all of the Trojans chimed in with the traditional "ucla Sucks!"

We had traveled across the country to watch our team face a serious Big 10 opponent in Iowa and we were singing about our dislike of ucla. The Hawkeye fans looked at us like we were crazy. We shrugged and said, "We really don't like ucla."

Fight On!

Beat the Longhorns!

Looking forward to adding another flag atop the Coliseum.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

USC 66, ucla 19

...and so it went much of the day.

Good for us Trojans. Bad for the bruins.

Who's going to make the creepy sci-fi TV series about the aliens who landed on this planet and left us Reggie Bush?

It's not like watching a man among boys, it's like watching a Kryptonian among Pop Warner players.

It's sick... sick I tell you!

...and I mean that in a good way.

It's just crazy watching Reggie Bush play football. I'm not sure that you get the same effect watching him on tape. Maybe the thing that makes his play more dramatic in person is that sound of 90,000 people gasping each time his hands touch the ball.

When Bush gets the ball, it seems like anything can happen and it usually does. He makes games as he breaks games. He turns a hand-off in the Trojans' own end zone into a first and ten on the bruins' 35.

Can't say enough about Reggie Bush. He's a force of nature, in his particular case that force just happens to be Lightning.

...but can you really talk about Bush without talking about LenDale?

Oh you mean that one random guy who just happened to set the new USC record for career touchdowns today?

Yeah, that's the LenDale I'm talkin' about.

He ran like a locomotive today and when he wasn't pounding it straight down the bruins' throat, he was actually putting on a few moves like he thought he was Reggie Bush or something.

What about Leinart, you ask?

Well, Matt's had better days, but he still looked like one of the best ever to play his position. His first few passes flew over the heads of his receivers. It could be blamed on the wind that was either getting under the ball or getting behind it and sending it out of range. I think he was just trying to downplay, in order to move Heisman votes from him to Bush. Shrewd Matt, very shrewd.

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More on the game tomorrow, as well as some pictures of my favorite rivalry t-shirts.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Fight On for Ol' SC!

Get ready for the rhetoric.

What can I say?

Tomorrow's the day.

I've spent the past two weeks soaking up the hype.

Watching TV coverage. Reading articles online. Watching tapes of earlier games.

As I sit here now, a tape of today's Trojan Rewind marathon on Fox Sports West plays in the background.

Tomorrow is the USC v. ucla game. The Rivalry. The Crosstown Showdown.

No. 1 v. No. 11. The city championship on the line. That and the Rose Bowl. Not just a regular Rose Bowl, but a National Championship game.

Honestly, I was more worried about the Fresno State game, but as they say, anything can happen in these rivalry games.

It's shaping up to be a great game. A couple high-powered offenses shooting it out against each other for 60 minutes. The Trojans go in as a 21 point favorite, so look out. The score could be 82-60.

I'm going to drift off to sleep now, secure in the knowledge that I have a ticket for tomorrow's game. The final regular season game of an already amazing season.

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Some reading:

On the game:
Best game of year will be USC-UCLA
Tickets For USC-UCLA Game Off The Charts
(Hey, I only paid $95 over face.)

Reggie heading for the Downtown Athletic Club's little get-together:
Bush turns running back into glamour position
Nobody's going to catch Bush
Heisman Watch: Bush still leads