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Bruin Bites: Jim Mora's UCLA Takes Back Los Angeles Edition

The Bruins, under first-year head coach Jim Mora, came out on Saturday and punched the Southern Cal Trojans right in the mouth (and separated one pompous shoulder on an arrogant prick in the process), giving the Bruins control over the City of Angels for the first time in more than a decade of mediocrity under Chianti Dan's leadership at Morgan Center.

Jet Ski: "Hey Morgan, good call bailing on me and my Bruins: I'm going to score a TD now, thanks!"
Jet Ski: "Hey Morgan, good call bailing on me and my Bruins: I'm going to score a TD now, thanks!"
Harry How

Kind of funny how quiet all of your Trojan friends have been the last 36 hours, isn't it? It's Monday and usually, that sucks, but for all of us, we'll be walking into work with a complete victory over the Trojans in our back pocket. For the first time in years, we won't have to endure pompous, arrogant douchebag Trojan grandstanding: no more endless ESPN clips of some arrogant douche Trojan QB leading their lame-ass band in playing their douchebag anthem after trouncing a hapless Bruin squad led by a former-Bruin-player-turned-clueless-coach.

Enter Jim Mora. Enter accountability, a no-nonsense, no-bullshit attitude, and a coaching staff that can assess and utilize talent, and the Bruins are back. This isn't the fluke that 13-9 was: a solid, but decidedly average UCLA team knocking the Southern Cal Trojans, probably the best team in the country, out of the national title game in the final weekend of the season. Nope, this was a complete victory, and if anything, the Bruins should be kicking themselves for not stepping on U$C's throats when they had the opportunity. Leading 24-0, the Bruins had the chance to pile on and turn Saturday's meeting into a complete beat-down. But UCLA led U$C back into the game, but despite literally fumbling the game away, the Bruins stayed composed, and kept going after the Trojans, and delivered the knock-out punch by way of the future Mayor of Los Angeles, Johnathan Franklin.

While any win over hated U$C is a cause for great celebration, now that our Bruins put the Trojans to the sword, we have to turn our focus away from our mediocre crosstown opponent, their smug jackass QB, and their herp-derp coaching staff, and turn to more important things: beating Stanford and setting ourselves up for a return to the Rose Bowl. Fortunately, Jim Mora isn't getting caught up in the hype: he's getting his team ready to take it to the Stanford Cardinal, with a victory over the #8-ranked Cardinal, not just a big indicator of how good this UCLA team really is, but with the potential to vault our Bruins into the BCS top fourteen, and BCS bowl qualification:

"I think this team's motivation is to win as many games as they can and go out and perform at a high level every Saturday and their motivation is to win every week," Mora said. "I don't think their motivation ever at any point this year was just to beat USC and just to win the Pac-12 South. That's not the sense I got from being around these guys."

You have to love this team. Beating Southern Cal wasn't enough: in the words of Jake Taylor, these guys want to win the whole f**king thing. This team has the makings of being something special. So, with that said, let's get to the bits and pieces of news floating around the UCLA-iverse at the beginning of this work week following our huge win over the bastards from across town and leading to the big game against the Cardinal. Here's the Bruin Bites for this Monday morning:

Alright folks, those are your Bruin Bites to start the work week with. Fire away with your thoughts, takes, and additions in the comments thread.