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This is my first fanpost but I've been hanging around here for a while and finally have something important to say.
Here we are, seven games into another tough season for our Bruins and the outlook is not as positive as it was when we were 3-0. What I want to challenge today are Bruin fans who have written off every USC game this decade because we are so over matched on paper. The USC game is ALWAYS a winnable game and anyone who doesn't think so should be ashamed to call themselves a Bruin. If we don't contest the USC game every year we stand to lose a whole generation of fans, because let's face it, if you are a 12 or 13 year old kid and you are starting to watch college football you want to root for your local team that's out winning national titles not the one that gets run over year after year not only by SUC but by teams like Arizona (seriously?, year after year? pathetic). I am 20 and finding a die-hard Bruin at my age who doesn't attend UCLA is pretty tough in this town. My entire teenage years have been spent seething at the corruption and Roses in South Central while all my friends go to the Coliseum and root for Cheatey Pete and the trOJan gang every Saturday.
Now I don't mean to call out the majority of you on these forums as I know you bleed Blue and Gold more than anyone, but I saw an alarming commend thread this week where a few people suggested that we write off the USC game and this is just ridiculous. I don't even attend UCLA (was accepted but got into my other dream school, Princeton) but when I was 5 years old my dad (an alumnus) taught me one of the most valuable lessons in life "There are two teams you should root for every week. UCLA and whoever is playing USC". There is only one game a year where those two teams become one and its the one at the beginning of December or end of November that we circle on our calendars in January.
I remember, and I think we all remember a bleak season not too far in the past where ESPN told us to bow down to the unstoppable juggernaut that was going to win the national title because we were a mediocre team at best, using a backup quarterback. I had the great fortune of attending that amazing 13-9 game and oh did I rub it in the face of all 31 (yes 31, we happen to be SUC's biggest feeder school) students at my high school who were going to attend SUC the next year. I also remember my first UCLA-USC game when I was just 7 and we beat the trOJans in OT in probably one of the best games ever in the long series (Forgive me old guys, I know of the great UCLA teams and SC games of the 50's and 60's but you had to play for ties back then). I know the team isn't executing at ALL right now and it's agonizing for all of us, but I see too many people acting like we only have 4 games left on the schedule to become bowl eligible. There is a 5th game that should see us do just that, provided we catch balls, avoid penalties, etc. Remember, the Trojan War lasted ten years before they finally sent in the horse. The decade of Troy will soon come to an end, when CRN and CNC maximize what will then be talented juniors and seniors and we will regain our position not just atop the Pac-10 (which we should compete for every single year, without fail) but nationally, as well. That doesn't mean though that we cant hold out hope for a win this year as well, even though its a tough road ahead. Don't forget, we haven't won in the Coliseum since 1998, we are long overdue. As Red Sanders said "Beating USC isn't a matter of life and death, it's more important than that"
Go Bruins! Let's get back on track against OSU this week.
P.S. I guarantee you that you will not find a bigger Oregon fan in the state of New Jersey this week ;-)
P.S.S. If there are any Bruin fans living in central NJ, make yourselves known. It's painful watching crappy Big-10 and Big East games on ABC every week we need to find somewhere to cheer on the Bruins or at least watch quality Pac-10 football