I will say from the outset that this is almost purely a selfish post that has almost nothing of value. I just love the Sark hire for Southern Cal so much that I have had this grin on my face for the entire week and I just can't get it off. With every bit of news on how he and Southern Cal are striking out getting this coach or that coach, or disrupting our team staff, it feels a little like winning the lottery. Now, I want to talk about this hire from a comedic perspective.
One of the many bonuses of having Seven Win Steve running the show across town is the number of world class nicknames he managed to amass in such a short time. My favorite is what most of Washington is calling him: 3 Dollar Bill. This came from Sarkiffin's own, now former, player (I believe it was his QB) who wrote on his twitter account not to choose a school based on a coach, because Farkisian is "fake as a 3 dollar bill." Washington fans are referring to him as 3DB. Ha. I love that one.
The Washington media's favorite nick for him seems to be Seven Win Steve, also a winner even if he picked up his big 8th win (first time as a head coach of 5 years - great find Pat Haden!). If 3DB's record hits 7 wins one season there at Southern Cal I think he will never live down the Seven Win Steve label.
So, to make this post even more pointless, I will rank the nicknames that I know of so far in terms of greatness ( am sure there are many I am missing):
1. 3 Dollar Bill
2. Seven Win Steve
4. Bark for Sark
Remember that ridiculous ad Southern Cal put out at the beginning of last year for Kiffin: "We Play for the Visor!"? That was brilliant and hilarious. Here is a suggestion for a Sark ad: "We Play for the 3 Dolla Dolla Dolla!" Not only does this suggested ad show Sarkiffin some love using his endearing nickname but also it advertises to recruits the school's pay-based player recruitment structure. Go ahead Pat, feel free to use it. It's on me.
We are a community that always remembers that results, and how you go about getting those results, matter (win the bowl game this year and outperform this year, next year). We haven't yet, of course, reached the standards we expect. But for the first time in well over a decade, UCLA football feels like it can be good and fun!