Who will win when USC plays Miami today in the NCAA Tournament?
It all depends on what you think of the Hurricanes?
I’ve made it clear what I think of Andy Enfield, so when USC gets into the tournament, its best chance is to either overwhelm a team with its talent (Drake), hope the team is overrated (Kansas) or lays an egg (Oregon). That sums up last year’s tournament victories.
If Miami falls into any of these categories, forget it. If Miami is well-coached and has its act together, USC could be in trouble.
- Here is your viewing guide for today’s NCAA Tournament games:
- USC and Greenvile, S.C. have something in common: The same clock towers.
- The Hollywood Bowl is celebrating its 100th anniversary and part of that will be a June 11 free concert that includes the USC and UCLA bands.
- USC 800-meter runner Isaiah Jewett will be the USC Bovard College commencement speaker. Jewett competed in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics; earned his bachelor’s from USC and is graduating this year from the masters project management program.
Jewett went viral at the Olympics after he was tripped from behind by Botswana’s Nijel Amos and the two collapsed on the track. Jewett got back up and helped Amos to his feet. Amos apologized for the mistake, Jewett put his arm around him and the two finished the race together.
- USC board of trustees chair Rick Caruso is going for Hollywood endorsements first in his run for L.A. Mayor. Fill in your own punchlines.
And now for some history:
Here are some first-time color photos for this blog.
- I’m always up for a color photo of Willie Brown with John McKay. This photo is between 1961-63.
In the 1963 Rose Bowl, No. 1 USC played No. 2 Wisconsin. Brown had 108 yards receiving, returned kickoffs 41-and-31 yards and made perhaps the key play of the game with an interception in the end zone.
- I’m also happy when I can find a rare color photo of wide receiver Bob Chandler. This is from 1969. Chandler’s helmet has the 100 on it for the 100th anniversary of college football.
I’ve run pictures of past Playboy All-American teams but this is the first time I’ve run this photo of the 1982 offense. That’s Don Mosebar (72) and Bruce Matthews (66). You want to tell me Lincoln Riley has USC back? Wait until he has offensive linemen like this.
- Some readers who grew up in the San Gabriel Valley tell me they used to like El Poche Cafe in San Gabriel.
- The Velvet Turtle had at least 12 locations throughout Southern California.
- Van de Kamp’s coffee shop and bakery had their windmills throughout the Southland.
- OB’s Pub and Grill in Manhattan Beach has the “Julie’s Sandwich” on the menu, a “grilled roast beef and cheese on sour dough sandwich with Au Jus. A tradition for over 50 years.” This is the same sandwich that featured at Julie’s restaurant at USC for many years and was the most-popular item on the menu. OB’s used to be owned by Steve and Jim Obradovich, who also ran Julie’s.
Julie Kohl opened her restaurant in 1941 and sold it in 1975 but it remained unchanged until it closed in 1997.
- Here’s a color photo of Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, which was at 42nd Street and Avalon Blvd. See the homes in the background?
One night, a woman was taking a bath in one of the houses. Steve Bilko, the famous slugger for the Los Angeles Angels, hit a home run that broke through a bathroom window and landed in the bathtub. The ball was cut from the glass. The woman was unharmed.
One of the first appearances of John Wayne in a John Ford film: as an extra in Hangman's House (1928) pic.twitter.com/6XkcZZ8bw3— Silent Movie GIFs (@silentmoviegifs) March 9, 2022