I've been on record in the past of not making much of the Gauntlet, the annual competition between us and the Trogans in head to head athletic competition with arbitrarily decided weighting given to each sport. From year to year, that makes this competition something of a farce, but when a pattern begins to develop, it's worth taking note of.
ESPN reports that due to the results of this past weekend, the Trogans have scored enough wins over DG's pathetic, inept athletic department to secure the Gauntlet for 2011:
By virtue of weekend victories over crosstown UCLA in both men's tennis and men's volleyball, USC has secured for the fourth consecutive year the Crosstown Gauntlet trophy the two schools annually compete to keep in their respective athletic headquarters.
The Trojans now have 62.5 points in the yearlong competition, five more than the 57.5 needed to guarantee the win. Five more head-to-head events between the schools are scheduled for this weekend and the Bruins could technically take away some of USC's current points with wins there, but USC has determined there is no scenario in which UCLA could get back enough to win the competition outright.
Actually, not just 2011. DG and Morgan Center have actually come up short each of the past four years. We've documented our struggles on the national stage in our men's non revenue sports just last week. It's then even more troubling to see that we can't even beat the knuckle dragging morons from that cesspool across town, much less have any national ambitions. "First to 100" wore off a long time ago, Dan. Fifth to 150 doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but it looks like that's what we'll have to settle for so long as the AD is headed by DG's incompetent buffoonery.