So the BCS championship game is on tonight. The matchup between Florida and Ohio State is generating a number of (amusing) articles about two sport/all sport schools. Some of them just happen to be total fiction not based any kind of factual evidence. Jason over at What's Bruin Dawg, flaged one of the more asinine articles that has been written to date (by some guy named Mike Celizic at MSNBC.com), which is filled with doozies like this:
Regardless, I thought I would do a little checking - if UCLA was such a 'basketball' only school, how close did they get to capturing a football title during their magical basketball run in the 1960s and 1970s?
The answer, it seems, is as close as Florida is right now.
While there are not exact parallels between the current college football landscape and the previous setup (expecially in the 1960s), it is fairly certain that had UCLA defeated USC in the 1967 Cross-Town Rivalry (a game billed as "The Game of the Century" at the time), Tommy Protho would have successfully completed the unthinkable: UCLA, that 'basketball-only' school, would have held both the football and basketball men's national titles in 1967. Additionally, UCLA had much the same chance again in 1969 - again losing to USC in the Battle for the Victory Bell.
UCLA is a two sport school no matter how much the media tries to pigeon hole it as a basketball-only school. We have written on this topic again and again. There is a reason why you see so much passion here about the state of our football program, because people care about the grid iron at UCLA as much as they do about basketball.
And, if you need more evidence on why UCLA is a name program in football check out the ratings from the Emerald Bowl. The Emerald Bowl had higher ratings than the Holiday Bowl, coming up with the fourth highest ratings of all bowl games leading up to New Year's Day, finishing behind Texas and Georgia's bowl games. The UCLA brand name matters. Too bad we have Karl Dorrell, who is degrading it year after year.
And, speaking of whom, DD will be submitting their Dump Dorrell petition to Dan Guerrero today.
If you have not signed the petition, make sure you sign it and share it with anyone you know who loves Bruin football.
BTW, who are you guys rooting for in tonight's game? Let us know if there is an interest in an open game thread, and we will put one up.