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Sidelines Banter- The USC Bowl Game Ban

Posted: June 15, 2010 by sandydmz in Random Shit
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Unfortunately, and fortunately, my Korean co-teacher has me working on a Korean studying plan. It’s basically a Billy Madison type, two weeks per grade studying plan. Along with passing the first and second grade, though, I haven’t been able to find much time to write. I just wish my finally studying Korean hadn’t coincided with The Stanley Cup, the NBA playoffs, the World Cup, 2.5 perfect games in a month (please see The Mark’s article “Baseball Is Just Fine the Way It Is” below), Strasburg’s Debut, Griffey’s Retirement, the Big-12 potentially dissolving, etc. Although I haven’t had time to write a formal article, I thought I’d share a conversation all of us at Reverse Oreo had after the release of the news that USC has been banned from bowl games for the next two years.

This conversation was directed at our good buddy, The Blasian…you may know him as the man who recently stopped writing for Reverse Oreo Sports. He got into USC Business school recently (in all seriousness, congrats to The Blasian), but me being a Cal alum, this has made for constant bickering. So, although I may not have time to get my thoughts on paper, I’m not completely out of the game.

These are comments The Bearded Man and I wrote to The Blasian, which followed in a standard harassment of The Blasian.

The Bearded Man So turns out USC went all Memphis and didn’t play in the national title game against Texas, and won’t be able to go to a bowl
game in your two years there, Enjoy!

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The Blasian

Bet you just got all moist with anticipation to write this on my wall!! HATER!! I can read..I know…and ohh always..Kill Urself!!

The Bearded Man

Im confused why I would kill myself, I don’t have to put up with no bowls, vacated wins, and decreased scholarships. I just have to deal with scalping some tickets and being in the Mountain West in the near future. USC has just been setup to lose top billing in their own conference, decreased recruiting then add Texas and Oklahoma and Kiffin (12-21). Again I am confused why I would kill myself

The Sand-Rant I just wanted to congratulate you again on getting into USC.

The Blasian

Please see the response I wrote to The Bearded Man…although…urs is a lil more understandable seeing as how now ur excited that Cal probably has a chance to win a conf title in football now…MAYBE!! FIGHT ON!!

The Sand-Rant

Please see the response The Bearded Man wrote to you.

The Blasian

That’s ok…We will appeal and still going to be beat you guys the next two years

The Sand-Rant

I don’t know, we can recruit quite a few people with our full use of scholarship money and benefits, and we’ll have a bit more bowl game experience than your team.

The Blasian

Well you’ve had full scholarships and money and benefits before but that hasn’t really done you guys any favors…so…we’ll see how it goes…and I wouldn’t get too cockey about that bowl experience thing…I mean hey u never know by the time we get off probation u guys still might have the same number of bowl game experience..NONE!!

The Sand-Rant

Something about the fact that we’ve been to a bowl game the last 7 years, that we’ve been to a bowl game under Tedford all but Tedford’s first year, and that the two big teams in the Pac 10 just screwed themselves up the asses majorly is making me feel OK about our bowl chances.

The Blasian

First rule of investing..the Past is not an accurate predictor of the future…Same applies here..but we’ll see…point is I’m not worried…Loss of scholarships, 2 yr Ban…we will still beat Cal!!

The Sand-Rant

We don’t need the past to predict the future. We know the future…it’s that you guys have none for two years. I think you’re missing something about what’s happening here. We get to play. You don’t. Your recruiting will take a major hit from this. Now we all have chances at the players you guys are gonna lose.

The Sand-Rant

Just do me a favor and re-read what The Bearded Man wrote. Pretty much sums up the situation nicely.

The Blasian

How do you figure??..our recruits are still not going to go to CAL…b/c they never they’ll go to Texas or UCLA, UW, or Oregon all of which are better programs than CAL’s and our recruiting class for this year was top ten..the kids who have already committed for next year (given they stay are top 10) and I don’t know why they wouldn’t b/c… See More they’d only be on probation for 1 yr….but it’s good you have soo much hope and realize that you basically need to handicap the rest of the Conference to win…and then the year after that…The other teams come into the Pac 10 meaning you guys will slip further down the totem pole..If I were you..I’d go ahead and cry…Poor thing..I’ll let you come to USC games with me if you want!!

The Mark

The two years is just a start. I’m sure Lane Kiffin can dirty things up in the next couple of years.

The Blasian

😀 I can only hope and pray!

The Bearded Man

Idk about this first rule of investing, I think you must have been following a different set of rules if you google the first rule of investing two things are common: 1) Don’t lose your money-Buffet and 2) stop listening to professionals-Peter Lynch

The Blasian

Read Graham and Dodds: Security Analysis the original 1930’s press version…Who by the way those are the guys that taught Warren Buffet (literally was his professor at Columbia) and he basis his investing style of Value Investing on….but what’s up with all the attacking today? Yall aint got shit else better to do?..or does it just give you guys … See Moreso much pleasure to rile me up?

But take a look didn’t make it up..this site lists it as a number 5 although in the book its listed as one of the most important concepts to realize….

The Bearded Man

I know that Graham was one of Buffet’s early go to’s as a prof, working at his firm, and making him apart of his family. I will stick with Buffet though based on the money he ended up making, maybe he can buy the Big 12 and force Nebraska to remain.
As to why I am coming at you: you referred to USC as we and our, but mainly cause its fun and I never have shit to do

The Blasian

I expect nothing ELSE and the last thimg I’m going to say FIGHT ON!! That’s aight I can already see it..The 2012 Yr USC and Memphis both crowned National Champions…Ahh going to be soooooo sweet!

The Sand-Rant

The reason we’re all coming after you is cause you make it far too easy. And Edward, you’re alone on this one. Your response to The Mark doesn’t make sense cause he was commenting on the fact that you guys just took a huge hit in your coach. From Carroll to Kiffin is gonna hurt.
And the handicap comment doesn’t make sense cause as I said we’ve made it to bowl games the last 7 years running, along with being a regular on the top 25.

The Blasian

But you’ve made it to GARBAGE bowls…and with all 8 million bowls out there so what???! The truth of the matter is College Football, for the last couple of years has been about the SEC, Big 12 a couple Big Ten teams and USC…the rest of the conference is considered to be a wash..So what you made it to bowl games the last 7 years? Were you … See Moreplaying for anything important?? Nope!! Texas Tech has been to bowl games the last 10yrs…Nobody Cares b/c they were unimportant! Just like Cal’s..

and I don’t take anything The Mark says The Mark plan of just to chuckle at him, let him think he’s clever and then go about my business!

The Sand-Rant

And I’m really excited to see the Bowls you guys make it to the next to years.

The Blasian me when yall win something meaningful!!

The Sand-Rant

Call me when you get to a bowl game and get your BCS title back

Celeb Appearance

Go Huskies! USC what? Who? Never heard of them…

The Blasian

…seeeing as how we have 9 others and won the last one in 2003 (that one is not being taken away)…I’ll deal with it…maybe your long historic list of National Championships at Cal can keep your optimisitic too..

….Ur Yellow Jacket now!!! BOOOOOOO!

The Sand-Rant

To your comment: “the past is not an accurate prediction of the future”. That’s a quote I heard from someone once.
The future: “USC punished with two year ban” -ESPN headline.
And again, we’re not the ones with the ban.

The Sand-Rant

I think I’m just gonna put you on auto response:
“Cal is top 25. Your team cheats. Please see The Bearded Man’s response below for more details.” respond to that please if you’d finally like to make a valid argument about your team cheating.

The Bearded Man

I am not sure you know a ton about “your 2003 national title” season. You might be surprised, you might not that you will not see the BCS Trophy on campus (So I guess no one will be taking that away cause it was never there). In fact that year, USC played Michigan in the Rose Bowl not the BCS National Championship game. I am not sure you know the … See Morereason or not, but it is because “you” guys lost to a team that does not have the tradition, prestige, or violations from Northern California, a public university called University of California at Berkley. It’s weird that Pete Carroll’s one remaining championship has a loss to Cal and is held up only by the AP vote.

The Sand-Rant

I’ve never loved learning something so much. I knew we were the last ones to beat them during their undefeated streak, but that just made it so sweet. Thank you, Bearded Man.

The Blasian

…Ur statement is irrelevant b/c when it’s all said and done we were STILL National Champs for that year…be it split or whatever…and yea, so we lost to CAL that year in 3 OT game…still ended up being #1 in the polls at the end of the year….split Champs is Still CHAMPS

in none … See Moreof my statements did I point to the past as a proof we would be ok going forward!!..and Yea, you guys aren’t the ones with the Ban but ur also not the ones winning anything significant either…

The Sand-Rant

“…seeeing as how we have 9 others and won the last one in 2003 (that one is not being taken away)…I’ll deal with it”

The Blasian

Again..still not using that as proof that the future will be bright…didn’t say based on the other 9 Titles…I’m saying I’ll take solace in the fact that if 1 is taken we still have 9 Left!!

The Bearded Man

Yet still “you” do not have the National Championship trophy, besides a side plaque saying you finished first in the AP Poll? I guess “you” can call a split a championship if you want…My next is with your participation that warrants the use “we”and “you” I didn’t know you played, coached, or worked for the football at USC. If so isn’t that a violation cause you would have been a part of two undergraduate institutions at the same time, thus vacating another season.

The Blasian

LMAO..nope I never played in college therefore all of my eligibility remains!! BAM

The Bearded Man

So you will stop referring to USC as we then?

The Blasian

NEVER…FIGHT ON!! I’m going to be just like The Mark!!

The Sand-Rant

I don’t understand the The Mark comment, but I do have to hand you the USC pride already.
Just get used to hearing it: “Twice the price, half the education”. I know you’re there free, but looks like your football team won’t be able to say the same…


Before I post my Jersey Shore update I thought I’d put out an amber alert on one of the writers of this blog, Kennedy Wong.  He was last seen on the pages of writing his weekly/bi-weekly/monthly/quarterly/???? Simply RiCOCKulous on March 17, 2010.  Don’t get me wrong, I like not having to turn my speakers down to read his posts but he does add a unique perspective on things going on in and out of the world of sports.  

This guy is a Blasian but it's not Kennedy Wong


If you see him, please ask him to sit in front of his computer and come up with some witty comments like only he can.  Actually, if you see him, tell him to spend less time on Facebook and more time contributing to this site.  How will you recognize him?  Since he’s a huge hoops fan, he should have a Memphis Tigers jersey on or an NBA jersey of whatever team is hot at the moment.  Since he’s such a huge NASCAR fan, maybe he’s wearing his Dale Jr. jacket or something like that.  And since he’s a huge football fan, he’ll probably be wearing something USC related and talking about how great the Trojans will be since he’s going to be going to school there.  Whatever he’s wearing, you’ll also notice him by the decibel level in your area suddenly going up by a power of ten when he enters the room. 

This is probably hanging in Kennedy's closet


Blasian, I miss you, The Bearded One misses you and Sitting Pugs misses you.  Come back soon.

Too Bad, It's Over!

Now that the Olympics are over it is time for me to officially start my commentary on the NCAA basketball season. In our group it has been discussed that there is not a clear cut group of number ones and even more so, number twos. Based on the rankings right now (which seeding is not based on), Ohio State would get a 2 seed with 7 losses, that’s right seven, and West Virginia would get the final one with 6 losses. Really? There’s something for The Blasian to write about right there.  Ohio State lost to North Carolina, Minnesota, and Michigan (plus their quality losses). Wow they deserve to be in the top 10 like I need to be treated for anorexia.

This season does not make sense, pre-season we had Kansas at one (ok they are still around there) and Texas and Michigan State at two depending on the poll. Texas fell apart! 17-0 and since? 6-7.

Michigan State  at 22-7 also lost to North Carolina to add to their 16-14 record, apparently they had two quality wins out of their 16. I will take them over the Buckeyes in the rematch.  But that’s the Big 10.

Pac 10? Are you out there? There is a chance that everyone in the conference could have double digit losses. A stretch maybe, but still a possibility. I guess Cal gets in, but it depends on who wins the PAC 10 Tournament, they might only get two teams in.  Is this really the conference that has: Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, and USC?

Count on him down the Stretch!

SEC basketball is back, kind of, not really, but they have Kentucky and Tennessee. Do not count on Kentucky when it matters though, I mean they have Calipari, the worse close game coach around. He called a timeout the other day giving the opposing team a chance for a shot to tie or win. Afterwards, Calipari said “It’s the dumbest Timeout, I have ever called!” (True) but what about timeouts you haven’t called  JOHN?!? He’s bad on both sides of the decision making.

Now I am not going to fill out a bracket and post it on Reverse Oreo. Come on, some secretary is going to fill out a bracket based on colors and mascots and get 75% correct.  So I am going to take my likely final four, before the bracket is out and after its out.

Pre-Bracket Final Four

Kentucky – out in the final four because of Calipari

Syracuse- They have been pretty consistent

Kansas- They have two big games to wrap up the season before the Big 12 tourney (KSU and @ Mizzou).

Michigan State- They are mature and the held Purdue to 44 pts over the weekend

All I care to remember from the KBL

Korean Basketball:  We have talked about how terrible KBL guard play and wondered out loud why they haven’t brought over a foreign player to run the show. This is further confused by the history of the league that once banned foreigners over the height of 6’8″, which has since been abolished. Yet they have never shown an interest in guards from outside Korea. Still a foreign concept here, and I am left more confused after watching the daily games.

I leave you with this video, enjoy


The Bearded Guy

The Jim Mora Jr. era in Seattle is over, after only one year.  Funny, Mora was such a great choice that he was announced as the heir apparent to Mike Holmgren a year before Holmgren was finished.  No need to look elsewhere, Seattle had their man.  So, how do you follow-up that bad decision?  You make another equally bad decision. 

Pete Carroll is said to be nearing a deal to become head coach (and president?) of the Seahawks.  Way to go Paul Allen, just hand over the keys to someone who, while being successful in college, hasn’t proven himself in the NFL.  I don’t know if the other kids on this site remember, but his tenure with the New York Jets and New England was mediocre, at best.  Why does Allen think that Carroll’s success in college will suddenly translate to the NFL when it didn’t before?  Carroll could pick and choose his players at USC but in Seattle he’s stuck with the players who weren’t good enough this year and got Mora fired.  In the salary cap era it’s hard to turn a team around quickly.

This is also a bad idea for Pete Carroll.  He’s the BMOC at USC, won two National Championships and has been successful but to the fans in Seattle, “what have you done for us lately?”  Maybe now’s the right time to leave USC.  I think the player/booster/agent scandals are catching up with him.  He can’t keep denying any knowledge when his players show up in new cars with no discernable income.

Texas Forever!

Posted: January 7, 2010 by The Mark in NCAA Football
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Texas and Alabama will bring the bowl season to an end. The BCS Championship game should live up to the hype. Alabama is favored by 4 but I don’t buy it.

Sure, Bama put a damper on The Tim Tebow Show but I like Texas in this one. The spread is where is should be but things don’t always go as planned. Four years ago, USC was supposed to blow the Longhorns out of the water but someone forgot to tell Vince Young. This Alabama team is not the 2005 Trojans and Colt McCoy is not Vince Young but the outcome will be the same.

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram will get his yards but not as many as he’s used to. Jordan Shipley, with Colt McCoy’s help, will make things happen. Hook ’em Horns! Texas 20-13