College Basketball

O.J. Mayo gives Carnac the Magnificent a run for his money

The tournament shook out on Sunday evening as the brackets were revealed to a drooling, anticipation-ridden audience of millions. And after all was said and done, one matchup stands out above all the rest: USC vs. Kansas State. Now, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why this 6/11 matchup is gonna be the bomb – it’s O.J. Mayo and Kevin Beasley fool! – but it does take some serious mental dexterity to figure out who you’ll draw before the selection show even goes down.

But that Mayo kid, he’s a sharp one.

I told him [Kansas State’s Bill Walker], ‘I think we’re going to draw you guys,”‘ Mayo said Sunday at Galen Center, where the Trojans watched as the pairings were announced. “Omaha seemed like a good place to play. At the same time, it’s all about the money.”

Mayo was referring to the fact that he and Kansas State’s Michael Beasley are two of the most talented freshmen in the country, making for an attractive matchup.

Beasley is the third-leading scorer in the country, averaging 26.5 points. Mayo isn’t far behind at 20.8 points. Both figure to be early first-round picks whenever they decide to declare for the NBA draft.

“It’s still Kansas State vs. USC–two good teams, two teams that play hard,” Mayo said. “We’ll get a crowd there, it should be exciting.”

The 20-year-old Mayo said he has known Walker since the age of 3, calling him “my best friend in the world.”

Mayo said the two spoke again after learning they would face each other.

“He was like, `What made you pick that?”‘ Mayo said with a smile.

Mayo made his prediction to several teammates as well.

“That’s what `O’ kept saying. It was a great call by him,” Davon Jefferson said.

Pretty good prediction by a kid who is playing in his first and probably last NCAA Tournament. Same goes for Beasley – uh, everything except the prediction part.


[]: Mayo Predicted Trojans Would Face K-State

College Football

Brady Quinn is the biggest homer ever

Whether you like him or not, Brady Quinn has a lot of things going for him. He’s young, rich, and talented, the ladies think he’s good looking and he parties like a rock star. However, he’s probably not the most rational guy in the world; at least, not when it comes to being objective about his Fighting Irish.

Seriously, he thought they could win the game straight up? No points? If anybody is looking to make a quick buck, just bet Brady that Notre Dame doesn’t make a bowl game. Easy money.


[Our Book of Scrap]: Brady Quinn In A Trojans Jersey

College Football

Announcers go gaga as Stanford shocks the world

Unless you have an unhealthy obsession with your TV Guide, then you probably didn’t even know a channel named VS. existed. But it does and they hit the friggin’ jackpot by broadcasting the biggest upset of the year when Stanford knocked off USC late Saturday night. Considering they’re pretty new at this whole college football scene and it was a 40-point underdog scoring a last second touchdown on fourth down to win the game, we’re going to overlook the fact that the announcers totally botched the call.

Ron Thulin: “TOUCHDOWN USC!!!…Stanford, touchdown Stanford! My Goodness.”

Kelly Stouffer: “Jim Harbaugh, if you’re asking, is going to go for the tie right here, he’s holding up…Obviously, they are tied right now. He’s going to go for the extra point.”

Ron Thulin: “You got to.

Talk about a killer duo! One guy doesn’t know which team is which and the other guy doesn’t know what the score is. No offense, we know you both have decent resumes, but you fellas got a lot of work to do before you’ll be on the big boy channels.

Perhaps you could learn a little something by watching this seamless transition from Britney Spears’ life to a game winning touchdown. Take notes, this is how the pros do it.

College Football

It’s no east vs. west rap war, but the smack between USC and LSU is becoming pretty entertaining

Snoop recently gave LSU coach Les
Miles a verbal beat down.

Lots of peeps out there seem to think that we can look forward to a USC/LSU national championship game once January rolls around. Hopefully those people are right, because it looks we’ve already got some serious trash talk going down that will, with any luck, build up to epic proportions by the time the BCS starts pissing everyone off.

Les Miles recently made some comments about USC that were not very well received by the fan base.

I would like nothing better than to play USC for the [national] title,” Miles reportedly said in a speech to a heavily pro-LSU gathering in New Orleans. “I can tell you this, that they have a much easier road to travel. They’re going to play real knockdown drag-outs with UCLA and Washington, Cal-Berkeley, Stanford — some real juggernauts — and they’re going to end up, it would be my guess, in some position so if they win a game or two, that they’ll end up in the title [game].”

“I would like that path for us. I think the SEC provides much stiffer competition.

Hey, Les, the men and women of USC are probably the last people on earth that you want to piss off. Mainly because they have a big time rap star with a dirty mouth and stinging tongue that can’t wait to punk you out, which is exactly what Snoop Dogg did on Gump For Heisman. But before you hit play, if there are any young ‘uns in the room, now’s probably the time to throw on a set of earmuffs.


[Gump For Heisman]: Snoop Dogg disses… LSU coach Les Miles?
[The Wizard of Odds]: `Snoop Dogg’ Calls Out Les Miles

College Football

UCLA just lost the rivalry to USC

We’re completely neutral on the whole UCLA vs USC thing they got going on down in SoCal. On the one hand, the Trojans football team and their Song Girls are top notch and always make our day. On the other, UCLA is a better academic school with phenomenal bball cheerleaders and (until last year) basketball dominance.

But this picture from the Wizard of Odds squarely puts us in the USC camp from now on. It’s a goddamn travesty that anyone approved this… this… something with Sanjaya from American Idol in UCLA jersey and dancing in front of a fake 1980s graffiti mural that says UCLA. The look on this kid’s face basically means that no UCLA student or alumni can ever claim to be cool again.

Can the UCLA brass sue for defamation of character? Just look at the mohawk in UCLA colors! If this was our alma mater, we’d be up in arms.

Video of UCLA’s biggest fan after the jump.

College Football

Pete Carroll is ripped but USC Song Girls in bikinis steal the show

We’ve never heard of before but they’ve just put themselves on the map with some fine fine investigative photojournalism. The guy from BeatSC (UCLA fan) went over to the charity swim off between Pete Carroll and Will Ferrell to raise money for USC’s Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund.

Firt off, for an old guy, Pete Carroll is pretty damn ripped but that’s not why you clicked on this story.

From BeatSC (who needs to run a spellcheck):

It was amost like they had a bunch of supermodels that they used as ringers. The girls in the bikinis were head and shoulders above the SAME girls in sc song girl outfits, and we’re not talking about shampoo. Maybe it was the stylish designs of Pom Pom’s niece, but whatever it was, it was hard to hate trojans… at least until AFTER the Charity and Modeling Event was over.

Our favorite pics and video of the race between Will Ferrell and Pete Caroll after the jump. Go to for more photos. They’ll be posting them all week.

NHL General

Odds and Ends: Time to ask whether fighting belongs in hockey?

Is Colin Campbell insane? He told the Canadian press that “it’s time to ask the question” about whether fighting should be banned in the NHL. The only reason why hockey even registers as a major league sport is because of the fighting. Now for those who love hockey and not just hockey fights, fighting is still an integral part of the game. The enforcers, defending your superstars, having the back of your teammates, hell, even goalie fights are a big part of hockey tradition.

Sure it’s fun to see Sidney Crosby or Ovechkin do their thing but it’s also fun to see two goons square off. The problem with hockey is the cheap shots and the swinging of lumber. The old fashioned dropping of the gloves should never go away. That’s one on one man stuff that we love… in a purely heterosexual way of course.

In other news…

[MSNBC]: Kobe angrily denies contacting Durant for Nike… takes it out on the Grizz.

[Myspace]: Pro Wrestler (Edge) admits steroids use on myspace blog

[AJC]: Police deny Vick had any jewelry in water bottle. What they don’t know is that “jewelry” is the new street slang for weed

[Slam Sports]: Former Sixer Todd MacCulloch is the 208th best pinball player in the world. Falls 207 places behind deaf dumb and blind kid.

[The Big Lead]: Don’t worry USC, Tim Floyd isn’t going to Michigan

[Boton Herald]: ebay tells Manny to take his grill and shove it… but Jenn-Air wants Manny to do a commercial

And finally, don’t forget to watch everyone’s favorite awkward quarterback, Peyton Manning on Saturday Night Live.

High School Sports

Is OJ Mayo a showboat?

Check out this nifty dunk from OJ Mayo. What a way to end a high school career huh? Unfortunately, many saw it as hotdogging and showing up the other team. If OJ played baseball, he would’ve gotten a fastball to the head on his next at-bat. Here, he only gets a technical. So the question is, is OJ Mayo a showboat and a punk, or was he simply entertaining the crowd and having some fun in his last game?

College Football

USC’s "White Nation" just a joke… ha ha

We know the the kids today are all up on their myspace and facebook social networking buzzword blah blah blah but we gotta think that athletic directors must hate those things. It’s fun for the athletes but has only caused trouble for the athletic departments and their PR staff.

The latest in Bad Idea Jeans is a facebook group created by five white USC football players called “White Nation”, which featured a graphic of a black baby in handcuffs. (“arrest black babies before they become criminals.”) The group was created by Clay Matthews and included teammates David Buehler, Brian Cushing, Dan Deckas and Dallas Sartz.

The players said that the group was created as an inside joke because a coach nicknamed them “White Nation”. Unlike the “oops, it was my wife’s phen-phen” excuse, we actually believe them. Still, we have to ask, are they fucking retarded?

Look, everyone jokes about race and most of them aren’t racist (much) but it’s still a bad idea to do that on a public forum when you’re a part of a high profile college football program. If you don’t want it on the internet and people to spread it around, don’t put it on the internet. The internet is an evil place, full of bloggers who have nothing better to do than to tell the world how stupid you are.


[Daily Trojan]: Facebook group lands USC football player in hot water
[LA Times]: Racism issue raised in USC players’ Web page

All Other Sports

USC goalie moons the crowd

USC Trojan Mickey Meyer decided that he had had enough of the refs and decided to moon the crowd in Utah. This is in a game in which describes as a lackluster effort following a late Friday game and having to play at 10AM on Saturday. In any case, the Trojans 6-4 and the goalie was ejected from the game and cited for lewdness.

According to the play by play broadcasters, he got a huge ovation from the crowd and had the Oregon players in stitches. However, not everyone was amused. The North Park County Attorney’s office is deciding whether to file criminal charges.

While the antics might have played well in Socal but the folks in Utah are upset over the incident. Here is the last reader comment from the article:

I’ve read a few of the comments since I explained that my little girls were shocked by what he did. When he “mooned” us, he showed us more than his behind (every one who was there knows what I mean). We’re going to make sure that he is prosecuted and that he pays for what he did.

Yikes. On everyone’s parts.

[Herald Journal]: USC hockey player ejected, cited after allegedly `mooning’ crowd