Sunday Buzz: USC Breaks Tradition . . . Again

The news at Saturday night’s Salute to Troy was that wide receiver Jordan Addison will wear No. 3, which was retired after Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy.

Mike Bohn said Palmer gave permission for Addison to wear No. 3. But that’s really irrelevant. USC needs to decide if a number is retired or not — no exceptions.

But it can’t because all it does is cater to the whims of athletes.

Besides, what is a former athlete going to say if asked if someone can wear his number?

What’s next? Someone wearing No. 32? Bet that never happens.

USC is shameless when it comes to retired numbers. Jordan McLaughlin wore No. 11 after it was retired for Bill Sharman. Max Agbonkpolo wore No. 23 despite it being retired for Harold Miner. A couple years ago, Quinton Adlesh wore No. 10 even though it has been retired TWICE! (Gus Williams, DeMar DeRozan).

Someone will also bring up that Mike Garrett let Darnell Bing wear his retired No. 20. That was wrong too.

78 thoughts on “Sunday Buzz: USC Breaks Tradition . . . Again

  1. As long as Coach Riley doesn’t pull a Kiffin and put 3 or 4 #3’s on the field at once I think we’re good to go.
    Hey, G.T! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    #…WhileWe’reOnTheSubjectOfTraditions…
    #…CelebratingGT’sBirthdayNeedsToBecomeAnAnnualEvent!

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    1. Mike, that happened 3 times in 2020 under Helton. They were penalized for it in crucial situations. Classic game management form him. That will show you just how much attention to detail that staff had. Remember when they were 112 out of 125 D1 teams in both penalty yards and penalties per game? He said he was going to personally correct that. The result the next year, 117 out of 125. During his term they averaged 111th. You almost never find a team in the top 15 final pole outside 40th.

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    1. O J FOUND INNOCENT BY A JURY OF HIS PEERS !! JOHNNY COCHRAN DID A HELLUVA JOB AS DID ALL HIS ATTYS. THEY DID HAVE A LOT TO OVERCOME. BUT HAVING THE TRIAL IN LA GAVE O J HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

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      1. Dear George — I remember when my grandpappy turned 77 he said “well, just when I’m starting to figure out some of the answers it’s time to go.” I wish I could have told him he had 20 more birthdays to go….
        #BreakTheRecord,G.T!

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      2. Nope, he was found “not guilty” which is NOT the same as innocent. A ‘not guilty”means the government did not meet its burden of proof. An “innocent”verdict means the defendant has been absolved of guilt and does not possess any criminal liability. Big difference.

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      3. I know a lot of fools like to claim he wasn’t found innocent. But the simple fact is you are INNOCENT until proven guilty. He was not found guilty, therefore REMAINS innocent.

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  2. HI MICHAEL. HEY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANX FOR YOUR WISHES ON THE PREVIOUS THREAD. YOURE THE BEST BRO. AS FOR MAKING IT AN ANNUAL EVENT LAS VEGAS ODDS ARE EVEN MONEY THAT THIS IS MY LAST ONE. LIFE IS REALLY SHORT BRO SO ENJOY IT AND LIVE EACH DAY AS THO ITS YOUR LAST ONE. FINALLY LIVE TO SERVE AND HELP OTHERS. FIGHT ON. !!

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    1. GT, I hope Vegas loses this time but more importantly I hope everyday is a good one. And to all of Scott’s misfits, please make a so long message to us part of your estate plan. Don’t ghost us (like Lawyer John). Appoint someone to post a message to us so we can celebrate your contributions to this site. I have an arrogant & liberal UCLA alumni in mind for my final post and I hope you will harass him for me. No insult is off limits. But for the time being I am here so hold your fire.

      GT, have a great birthday and I look forward to hearing about your celebration tomorrow. The dialogue on here has been great but the humor is priceless, and you’ve been a big part of it.

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    2. One of my favorite takes on what lies ahead is “Meet Joe Black”. Great performances by Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt.

      And oh baby! Claire Forlani is so hot in that movie, GT!! She’ll make you forget about Amber Heard, at least for a little while.

      The score is amazing. It’s one of many soundtracks I own. If you don’t have a chance to watch the movie, go to YouTube and pull it up as you relax.

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GT!!!!

      P.S. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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      1. Happy dad’s day, SoCal! Hopkins is a great actor. He is autistic, which he has embraced and has tried to weave into his performances.

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      2. Meet Joe Black —wonderful film—got killed in reviews by the ‘intelligentsia’ —same for The Right Stuff. What else is new, right?
        btw, when Hopkins asks Pitt if he has anything to fear from death, Pitt says “a man like you?!” —watch the subtle, single shake of the head (signifying ‘nothing to fear’).

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      3. 67 — My favorite [very poignant] Anthony Hopkins story: As a kid Anthony had zero friends —so no birthday parties. His mother felt so sorry for him that on his 9th birthday she made him a sausage sandwich, lemonade and lemon pound cake to take on one of his “private picnics”. As soon as young Hopkins sat down under his favorite tree to eat, a bunch of tough kids appeared, beat him up and stole his lunch. When he got back his mother asked him how he enjoyed his lunch. Ever the gentleman he said “it was the best ever.”

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      4. One of my favorite movies also.
        Great script. Great dialogue.
        And yes, Claire Forlani was gorgeous in that movie.

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  3. Jersey retirement and number retirement are two different things. Sports uniforms used to come in a numbered set and when the team honored a player, they took that jersey and removed it from the set.
    In 1934 the Toronto Maple leafs were the first to retire a number permanently. But retirement isn’t always permanent, the player so honored may allow another issue of the number.
    So, what’s Scott’s beef? USC is issuing a retired number before the player has earned it. I mean sure he won a major award, but that was at Pitt- practically high school by Scott’s standards.
    Also why not reissue a number? It’s not like new numbers are growing on trees. There are only so many numbers available, and if a number is unavailable due to retirement, there fewer numbers to issue. (According to captain obvious)
    Is nothing sacred? Next thing you know USC will be wearing black jerseys with players names on them while playing error free football. What is this world coming to?

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    1. Ghost –you hit on it! It IS time for new numbers! USC needs to start giving out numbers from their OWN number system ….
      #NIL…MoveOver!

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  4. IMHO, retired numbers should stay retired. Bringing numbers back just to entice and keep recruits happy is lame.

    The other thing about numbers I am more concerned with is that USC should let certain numbers stay with their positions if there is alot of tradition and history associated with it. 55 should always go to a linebacker at USC, not like to say, a center (Loser HC Sark, SMH). 42 to a defensive back. 71 to a stud OT. I’m sure there are other cherished USC numbers so let’s hope Riley figures it out and honors it.

    #I’mWaitingForTheDayWhenSomeoneAtUSCRequestsNo.5ToSeeWhatUSCWillDo

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      1. Speaking of #5, I re-watched the Fresno St. game the other day. Arguably, one of the greatest individual performances in the history of college football. PURE MAGIC!

        #CutisAnserina (goosebumps)

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      1. LOL! I mistakenly thought it was Pasadena who recommended the Angel’s Envy.

        As I posted below, tried to find some yesterday. No luck. I’ll try again in a month or two.

        In some of the reviews, that vanilla finish was a bit much for some, but many liked it. I’m very curious.

        thanks again for the suggestion. When it comes to liquor & wine, a lot of people like to stick to the same thing all the time and that’s ok. But I enjoy having a nice long rotation of flavors. Heck, in this day & age that kind of flexibility helps to avoid disappointment from empty slots on the shelf.

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      2. I’m not a huge beer person. But when I do indulge, I lean towards dark stuff. Many whiskey drinkers do.

        My favorite is Belching Beavers Mexican Chocolate Stout (7.5%). Sin Tax (8.1%) is another favorite. Has a light peanut butter finish.

        If you prefer a stronger peanut butter finish, Belching Beaver has a Peanut Butter Stout. And staying on the peanut butter theme…Screwball Whiskey!

        I have only shot it. Some mix it with Chambord for a PB&J thing. Chambord is my favorite additive for a margarita on the VERY rare occasions I have one. But I haven’t tried the PB&J thing yet.

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      3. A wee sip of Woodford’s Double Oaked Bourbon, my friend.
        It was a fantastic Father’s Day with my wife, son, and his beautiful GF!

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  5. My son tells me that FRANCIS MAUIGOA, a 5 star OT is likely to commit to USC.
    And this one is for Tebow/Obama – Riley held a Polynesian-themed dinner/BBQ at his house last night.

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  6. You SOB’s just rented out Staples (Crypto.com arena or whatever) to have a recruiting breakfast!? That’s cheating. You A-holes have at least 7 of the top 25 HS players at this “breakfast”. I can just see some super wealthy/ high powered Alumni waiting in the Lakers locker room with duffel bags of cash. I suspect there will be some verbal commitments within the next 24-48 hours.
    #Cheaters

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  7. Pasadena, I believe it was you who suggested Angel’s Envy. I stopped at BevMo today and they were all out! If not you, my apologies to whomever it was.

    I got a bottle of my new favorite Longbranch and a couple of others I haven’t tried yet, Dead Guy Whiskey and Yellowstone. (I’m a huge fan of the show. Surprised I haven’t tried it before.) Once I’m finished fiddling in the garage with the toys, I’m going to clean up and have a sip or four.

    If I happen to see my Mexican next door, I may have to pop the Gran Patron Platinum I was recently given. Not a huge tequila guy, but I know he enjoys it occasionally when not enjoying a cold cerveza.

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    1. “Sam Gilbert. A business man, who owned a very prosperous construction company in Southern California. Building custom homes and commercial buildings. He was extremely wealthy. Lived like a king. How does Sam Gilbert fit in all this? Gilbert came onto the scene at UCLA somewhere around 1963. Wait, that’s when Wooden and UCLA won their first title. Exactly. If it seems suspicious, that’s because it is.

      Gilbert, through the years, paid players, provided players with cars, apartments and things such as jewelry. Also, paid for clothes, paid for prostitues and weird enough, paid for some of their girlfriends abortions. All the while John Wooden knew that Gilbert was doing these things, matter of a fact that’s what he wanted and why he brought Sam in.

      You see, Wooden was and is viewed as a saint by the general public. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The wife of UCLA great Bill Walton, Susie, expressed that the discipline minded coach allowed her husband and Wooden’s star play player to freely smoke marijuana. Not the average players… Just Bill, the star player.”

      -Tyler Cox 2014

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      1. Wooden could have saved Walton’s mind. But he looked the other way & allowed him to slowly sink into depravity. Cable viewers will pay the price for as long as Walton lives…
        #TheHorror

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      2. He’s a goofball and I love when he’s calling games.

        But I can understand how an actual basketball fan wouldn’t.

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