Right now, the MSM is just loving the whole "gutty little Bruins upseting big, bad, heavily favored SEC powerhouse Tennessee to start the Rick Neuheisel returning home era" story. WWL, Fox Sports, SI, etc. are all running some variation of this story (which you can check out here, here, here, here, here, here, and here)
Got to love the national exposure. Hopefully it translates into better recruiting returns, which in turn, hopefully leads to this program returning to its rightful place of national prominence.
But, what I find particularly amusing isn't the MSM exposure and hype after our big win over the Vols. What I find really amusing is that so many of the haters out there can't seem to stop talking about UCLA and our Bruins. Now, I'll admit I was a bit curious to see what our fellow SBN blogs were saying in the wake of the MSM love-fest for our upset win. I started over at Rocky Top Talk (by the way, Vols fans, you have been a class act in defeat, which, unfortunately UCLA fans don't get to see very often, having to play certain teams with a**hole fanbases) to see what they saw from their side (I like to get a balanced look at a game when possible). I eventually made by way to some of the haters' blogs, and boy, was I bit shocked by what I found.
The folks over at California Golden Blogs just can't get enough of UCLA. And, well, many of them are so taken with our good looks, beautiful blue jerseys, etc. that they couldn't wait for us to upset the Vols: they had to talk about us before the game.
In sum, you can catch our cocky (yet secretly envious) 'big brothers' discussing UCLA, the Bruins, or our program here, here, here, and here. Sure, they take their shots at Neuheisel or our Bruins, but it makes one wonder, why so much talk about a team they dismiss out of hand, hmm? Perhaps a few Bears, while loathe to admit it, secretly house a secret crush on UCLA.
No worries CGB guys. I don't blame you. After all, you guys have to look at this:
Image Credit: KTVU
Meanwhile, those of us who are fortunate enough to be Bruins, get to see this on a regular basis:
Image Credit: UCLA Dance Team
The folks over at Conquest Chronicles, on the other hand, don't share the Bears' envy of UCLA. Which isn't too much of a surprise, because, while I hate to admit it, the trOJans actually win once and a while. But, while they don't share the Bears' figurative penis envy of the Bruins, they, like the folks in the People's Republic of Berkeley, can't help but talk about the Bruins, as in here, here, and here.
Not that I mind the chatter. We hear a lot of snide jibes about the recent LA Times ad where a picture of Neuheisel bodly declares the football monopoly in LA is over. Yet, despite U$C jumping Georgia in the polls to take the top spot, everyone can't stop talking about the "gutty little Bruins."
Monopolies aren't just measured in wins and losses, folks, and CRN is already showing how these Bruins are going to start loosening the absolute stranglehold U$C had on LA the last few years.
Love the coverage from all corners of the interwebs, even from those out there who proclaim to not have any love for the greatest university in the world.