When people from outside the UCLA-U$C rivalry world ask me what the difference between our two universities is (if you can even call U$C a university), I usually point to each school's most famous alumni. The guy you could call the "face of the university."
For us, that's easy, it's one of two men. For some, it's Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier, who pulled a Rosa Parks a decade before she got all the credit, a man who was a four-sport letterman for the Bruins in an era where African-Americans weren't allowed to attend many major universities in this country. For others, it's Lew Alcindor (or, as you non-Bruins know him, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), a man who was a true student-athlete, a man who was so prolific they banned the dunk from college basketball, a man who is an ambassador not just for basketball, but for learning, and a man who is an accomplished, best-selling author.
For U$C, one name comes to mind: O.J. Simpson. A sleeze who would appear in any advertisement for the righht amount, a snake who skated on two murders because of prosecutorial incompetence, an arrogant bastard who thought the law did not apply to him.
That is the contrast I usually draw between our two universities. It's telling. Two examples of our university's excellence in both the classroom and on the field/court. For them, it's a typical example of the arrogance that defines trOJans.
We already know U$C's well-documented run-ins with the law, with their arrogance in breaking our laws (after all, they claim to "own" the police), and their culture of turning a blind eye to the thugs they bring to their campus, all in the name of "success."
O.J. Simpson was finally given his just punishment: 9 to 33 years in a state prison for his role in a robbery-kidnapping. O.J. joins the long list of trOJan convicted felons.
With his trial behind us and his sentence imposed, new information is coming to the public eye:
Clark County District Attorney David Roger said Simpson was offered a deal for less prison time than the nine- to 33-year prison terms the graying former football star was sentenced to on Friday for kidnapping and assaulting two sports memorabilia dealers with a deadly weapon.
Well, that's no surprise. Prosecutors offer plea bargains all the time. It's how our system works. Without plea bargains, the system would overload and collapse.
Of course, the man who beat the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office out in skipping on a double-murder rap, thought he could beat this rap too and turned down the deal. Pleas are routinely turned down by defendants. That's not unusual. But, the telling part, of O.J.'s character (and that of U$C in general) is this:
"Mr. Simpson wanted something just short of a public apology," Roger said. "We didn't think that was appropriate."
But the District Attorney wasn't the only one who thought O.J. was a pathetic, arrogant son-of-a-b**ch. The judge (the Honorable Jackie Glass) agreed:
"At Mr. Simpson's initial bail hearing, I didn't know if he was arrogant or ignorant or both," Glass said. "During this trial, I got my answer. It was both."
Your Honor, thank you for making clear to the entire nation what so many of us Bruins already knew: your typical trOJan is an idiotic, arrogant fool.
That's the trOJan way: do whatever you want and if the law gets in your way, remind those gnats that you're a trOJan and you're entitled to do whatever it is you want. And ask for an apology for wasting your time while you're at it.
Those cross-town pathetic losers make me f**king sick.
GO BRUINS! BEAT U$C!