Saturday Buzz: Track Pays Price For Stacking Roster

USC women’s track-and-field, which won the national title 2 of the past 3 years, only had one athlete score points at the NCAA championships today.

The Trojans finished tied for 30th in the team standings as Jasmine Jones’ second-place finish was worth all 8 points.

Now ordinarily, I might criticize such a showing, but there were mitigating circumstances. With COVID-19 eligibility rules that allowed athletes an extra year, USC brought all its seniors back for a second season last year and took advantage of that to win an NCAA title.

The downside is that a huge number of athletes graduated a year ago, leaving the cupboard pretty bare this year, which helps explain the poor showing at the NCAA’s.

The USC men’s finished 12th overall and have finished in the top 12 for 14 of the past 16 years.

The men’s highlight was winning the 4×100 relay.

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The irony here is USC won with Johnnie Blockburger running the anchor leg. Former USC track coach Caryl Smith-Gilbert fired Blockburger’s father as an assistant coach a few years ago but luckily for the Trojans, Blockburger transferred from Arizona to USC after Smith-Gilbert left.

55 thoughts on “Saturday Buzz: Track Pays Price For Stacking Roster

  1. ugh,preznint iz dowing a grait job,itz y u cant voat fir a librull cuz he gonna taik ur babeys and ur munneys,we gotta keap bidin preznint ya now,

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    1. Ed –We just came off a post featuring umpteen back and forths on politics, Scott stops by Saturday to give us something else to talk about and you set the table with this….?
      [Well, you give me no choice: Let’s all stipulate Biden won fair & square — and gets to go down as the worst President in American history]…
      #That’sHisPrize

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      1. The prize also goes to the media that helped him “win” by covering up the family’s corruption and Joe’s mental decline. Without the hundreds of millions Dementia Joe received in the way of free advertising, he goes down in flames. In fact, Bernie would have likely been their nominee.

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      2. IF you are unhappy with the media now, So Cal –just wait till a repub investigation in January/February 2023 produces clear evidence of Joe’s actual, out in the open conflicts of interest….and Hunter’s untaxed millions…..
        #IHonestlyCan’tWaitToSeeHowNYTimes&CNN&MSNBCSpinsTHAT

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      1. Ed’s spent so much time analyzing the loophole issue from every angle that it’s left him unprepared & a bit vulnerable on the abortion issue….
        #…ButRememberWe’reTalking’Bout2Issues&He’sOnlyONEPerson….
        #ThePoorGuyIsStretchedThin

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  2. There should be a betting-line on how many abortions Hollywood actresses have had such Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, et al. Roe v. Wade gets overturned!? Won’t miss a beat in California. Ed it’s all good ✌️

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      1. ..and, with those 8 words, Charles cleverly blunted any planned Folt lawsuit…
        #WellPlayed,Charles
        #Carol(ToHerPersonalAttorneyOnPhone):”NeverMind”

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  3. WOLF SLEPT REALLY REALLY LATE TODAY. I WAS GETTING WORRIED ABOUT HIM. GLAD HE IS OK. THIS BOARD IS ALWAYS MYFIRST READ TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT USC AND ABOUT POLITICS.

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    1. Scott’s Full Page Ad In L. A. Times:”InsideUSC–THE Place To Opine on USC’s O-Line & Whether Or Not Biden Is A Communist Stooge”

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  4. I NEVER HEARD OF DEBRA MESSING UNTIL I SAW HER IN A SILLY WEDDING MOVIE WITH AMY ADAMS ANDDERMOT MULROONEY. MY SPELLING ISOFF ON THOSE NAMES BUT MY POINT IS. MAN. SHE LOOKED SOOO SEXY. ITS AN OLD MOVIE THO. LOL. MUCH BETTER THAN EVEN AMBER. WHERE IS LJ WHEN HE IS NEEDED TO COMMENT?? MICHAEL. YOU AREGREAT AND ONE REASON IS YOU ALWAYS COMMENT. I LOVE IT.

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      1. HAHAHA. YEAH WITHOUT MAKE UP THEY SOMETIMES LOOK LIKE SHIT. ANYWAY DEBBIE MUST BE IN HER FIFTIES BY NOW. OR CLOSE TO SIXTY. ONE GIRL I COULDNEVER STAND WAS MADONNA. UGH. EVEN WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG. UGH. I SAW HER ON DAVID LETTERMAN WITH SANDRA SOMEBODY UGH TIMES TWO. SORRY TO SAY. MAYBE BI SEXUAL ??

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  5. ALL POSTERS HERE GO TO BED EARLY EXCEPT FOR THE OL DOG. RANDOM THOUGHTS. JOY REID CAN BE A VERY DIVISIVE PERSON. JAMES BALDWIN HAD A GIFT FOR WRITING EVEN IF YOU DIDNT AGREE WITH HIM. RIGHT MICHAEL ??

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    1. James Baldwin wrote the most beautiful prose of the 20th century. It was, in fact, indistinguishable from poetry. I do remember the essence of a line, not the exact words but the inner thought, he wrote for Esquire magazine —something like “every morning I wake up in Paris –alone, penniless and ugly —but I never lose hope & that’s what’s made me into James Baldwin.” He wasn’t into the ‘woe is me!’ mindset of the modern leftist –he knew life was often unfair and cruel –but the knowledge made him kinder and stronger. Like many old time leftists —who I admired (Vidal, RFK, Mailer) —the Biden administration would leave him with a knot in his stomach.

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    1. …exactly —which is why I’ve suggested fabricated stories of fist fights and drunken orgies breaking out in the wide receiver living quarters…
      #ItWouldHelpUsThruJune…
      #..AndThat’sWhatMatters,Right?

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      1. Funny, how all of a sudden there are so many headlines about one shot & killed, two shot & killed. As if we have a Uvalde type shooting every day. They are going to milk guns & abortions so much until November, to try and distract from all of the real disasters they’ve created.

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  6. Speaking of track, a buddy of mine sent the following from a runner’s website he follows. It is about the 440 relay team that USC set the WR at Provo (high altitude, tough for setting a WT). Check out the individual times of the USC runners, this is from one of the posters on that website:

    “Earl McCullouch a stud world class hurdler, future NFL WR led off

    Fred Kuller a former JC 100 yard record holder 9.3 ran second

    Smpson ran third, he was a legit 9.4 guy

    Lennox Miller who would win silver/ bronze for Jamaica anchored, 9.2/10.04ish guy.

    Simpson would take a sixth in the NCAA 60 and 100 yards while at USC.

    Fastest running back we had ever seen up to that era.”

    And here are the times and personnel of the other teams. Check out Tennessee. Does anyone remember Richmond Flowers? I think he played for the Cowboys

    1967

    (Provo, June 17, 1967)………………………………………………………………(A)

    (8 teams; no heats)

    1. USC …………………………………………………………………………..38.4+

    (38.6y WR, CR, MR)

    (Earl McCullouch, Fred Kuller, O.J. Simpson, Lennox Miller’)

    2. Tennessee…………………………………………………………………..40.1+

    (Bob Dickson, Russ Whitenack, Carroll Thrift, Richmond Flowers)

    3. Rice……………………………………………………………………………40.3+

    (Conley Brown, Fred Cloud, Doug Belzung, Dale Bernauer)

    4. Ohio U………………………………………………………………………..40.5+

    (Roger Pape, Roger Hosler, Jerry Rhodes, Emmett Taylor)

    5. Washington…………………………………………………………………40.8+

    (Dave DuPree, Tom Temple, Marty Walsh, Dave Williams)

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    1. Open Letter to Sooner Fans –Riley is intensely sentimental about his time at Oklahoma —and he never says his rosters “weren’t good enough” —he just points out the obvious: Given the present NIL realities, USC is The Place To Be…..

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      1. Riley: “… you know NIL is going to be a factor going forward. We’re at a place that you know can position your guys to be able to capitalize off that, and there are so many different routes to capitalize off it in LA. You’re talking about things for guys that can be long-term things. This isn’t just like a small car dealership in a small-market town. You’re talking about doing deals with major, major entities, especially for guys that have a chance to play in the NFL, that could be 20-year arrangements.”
        https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34065677/lincoln-riley-oklahoma-exit-appeal-usc-college-football-changing-landscape

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  7. An Arizona Highway Patrol officer stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit.  He starts the stop by asking the biker his name. 
     
    ‘Fred,’ he replies. 
     
    ‘Fred what?’ the officer asks. 
     
    ‘Just Fred,’ the man responds. 
     
    The officer, in a good mood, thinks he might just give the biker a break, and write him out a warning instead of a ticket. The officer presses him for the last name.  
    The man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it. 
     
    The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. ‘Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?’ 
     
    The biker replies, ‘It’s a long story, so stay with me. I was born Fred Johnson. I studied hard and got good grades. When I got older, I realized that I wanted to be a doctor. I went through college, medical school, internship, residency, and finally got my degree, so I was Fred Johnson, MD. 
     
    After a while I got bored being a doctor, so I decided to go back to school. Dentistry was my dream! Got all the way through School, got my degree, so then I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS. 
     
    Got bored doing dentistry, so I started fooling around with my assistant and she gave me VD, so now I was Fred Johnson, MD, DDS, with VD. 
     
    Well, the ADA found out about the VD, so they took away my DDS. Then I was Fred Johnson, MD, with VD. 
     
    Then the AMA found out about the ADA taking away my DDS because of the VD, so they took away my MD leaving me as Fred Johnson with VD. 
     
    Then the VD took away my Johnson, so now I am Just Fred.’ 
     
    The officer walked away in tears, laughing.

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      1. So Cal,
        It’s worth a try …. it sounds more true than any of Biden’s ‘when-I-was-a-lifeguard’ stories…..

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      2. Best of the bunch ….”When I wore my maiden form training bra to NATO conference and introduced myself as First Lady….”

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      3. Let me provide more context. So cal has a VIN plate on his ride that reads – Harley Wheelchairs S/N 99DIC99

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      4. How did you get our Maui Branch Library Password?!
        #NowSoCal&MeHaveToApplyForANewCard

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      1. Thanks for the Ratings context!
        Double thanks for the Fake Breast alert… (I got so disgusted I went back to Scott’s blog 48 minutes later]…..

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  8. For the snarkers:
    UGA men finish 5th, taking their number ONE ranking into the meet.
    Many of their points scored by sixth-year Seniors.
    UGA women finish 45th.
    CGS has her work cut out for her. The Gators

    Cheers to QW for a pretty good first year.
    NIL is the “name of the game” and the Trojans need to leverage their place in the market–esp with the sprinters, maybe some mid distance, definitely field.

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