After doing some research, I think I can understand why Plaschke was so upset by CRN's timeout Saturday. You see, what Splasch realized, and the rest of us failed to understand, was that throughout the course of his despicable career at $C Cheatey Pete has rarely, if ever, passed up an opportunity to twist the knife one more time against an opponent to cap off a lopsided win. For example, I offer the following instances of SUC going for it on fourth down in the fourth quarter of blowout games (if you don't want to sift through them all, and how could anyone blame you, just check out the italicized plays, parentheticals = my commentary):
Up 49-17 against Stanford with 15 seconds left, 4th and 3 at STAN 34 Hershel Dennis (USC) rushed up the middle for 2 yards; turnover on downs.
Up 45-7 with under 12:00 left against UCLA, 4th and 3 at UCLA 38 Hershel Dennis (USC) rushed up the middle for a 38 yard touchdown.
Up 52-7 with under 4:00 left against UCLA, 4th and 10 at UCLA 50 Matt Cassel (USC) rushed up the middle for 1 yard; turnover on downs.
Up 61-20 with 4:00 minutes left against Hawaii, 4th and 12 at HAW 39 Reggie Bush (USC) rushed up the middle (pooch punts are for sissies)
Up 45-0 with under 6:00 left against Arizona, 4th and 2 at ARIZ 25 David Kirtman (USC) rushed up the middle for 3 yards.
Up 49-0 with under :30 left against Colorado St., 4th and 11 at CSU 15 Desmond Reed (USC) rushed right side for 14 yards.
Up 31-0 with 10:41 left against Washington, 4th and 6 at WASH 30 Matt Leinart (USC) pass incomplete to the right side.; turnover on downs.
Up 45-0 with under 5:00 left against Arizona, 4th and 2 at ARIZ 25 David Kirtman (USC) rushed up the middle for 3 yards.
Up 34-10 with about 7:00 left against Notre Dame, 4th and 3 at ND 39 16 yard penalty on Fighting Irish (this was a fake punt attempt, I repeat, a fake punt attempt)
Up 63-17 with 7:56 left against Arkansas, 4th and 8 at ARK 17 John Booty pass incomplete (I guess surpassing the 70 point barrier was too tempting to pass up)
Up 44-17 with 8:00 left against Washington, 4th and 8 at WASH 28 John Booty pass intercepted by Dashon Goldson at the Wash 25, returned for 75 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Up 44-24 with under 5:30 left against Washington, 4th and 1 at WASH 33 Michael Coleman rush for 1 yard to the Wash 32 for a 1ST down.
Up 44-14 with 10:38 left against Stanford, 4th and Goal at STAN 4 John Booty pass incomplete.
Up 44-14 with 7:00 left against Stanford, 4th and 4 at STAN 16 John Booty pass complete to Patrick Turner for 8 yards to the Stanf 8 for a 1ST down.
Up 59-6 with under 8:00 left against UCLA, 4th and 1 at UCLA 47 John Booty rush for 1 yard to the UCLA 46 for a 1ST down (I guess the punter didn't suit up that day)
Up 44-14 with under 2:00 left against Arkansas, 4th and 4 at ARK 20 Mark Sanchez pass complete to Travon Patterson for 19 yards to the Ark 1 for a 1ST down (why go for three when you can get six, it's silly)
Up 35-0 with 5:28 left against Stanford, 4th and Goal at STAN 3 Mark Sanchez rush for 3 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Up 44-24 with 1:30 left against ASU, 4th and 4 at ASU 24 Chauncey Washington rush for no gain to the ArzSt 24.
Up 45-7 with under 8:00 left against Virginia, 4th and 1 at UVA 38 Allen Bradford rush for 15 yards to the Virg 23 for a 1ST down.
Up 45-7 with under 3:00 left against Virgina, 4th and 9 at UVA 10 Marc Tyler rush for 10 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
Up 37-10 with 4:00 left against, 4th and 2 at ORE 16 Mitch Mustain pass incomplete.
Up 62-0 with 2:20 left against Washington State, 4th and Goal at WSU 4 C.J. Gable rush for 4 yards for a TOUCHDOWN (who wants to bet Cheatey thought about going for two in order to hit the 70 point mark)
Up 49-3 with under 5:00 left against San Jose State, 4th and Goal at SJSU 13 Aaron Corp pass complete to D.J. Shoemate for 13 yards for a TOUCHDOWN. (In all fairness, San Jose State does have a top secret 50 point play in their playbook)