USC Morning Buzz: ESPN Provides Pac-12 Title Game Humor

Utah will play USC without tailback Tavion Thomas, who injured his toe against Oregon.

Thomas announced Nov. 25 he would skip the rest of the season and prepare for the NFL Draft.

But apparently, no one told ESPN yet, as this video from Wednesday shows.

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  • USC defensive coordinator Alex Grinch on facing Utah tight end Dalton Kincaid a second time. Kincaid had 16 catches for 234 yards in the first meeting vs. the Trojans.

“As a competitor, it certainly doesn’t take playing them again to be reminded, it’s a constant anytime someone has a career game against you, and there’s a level of embarrassment about it,” Grinch said. “But also, if a guy scores 40, in a basketball game, then you’ve got to go play him again, you can’t assume he’s gonna score 40 again.”

  • Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, died Wednesday following a brief illness. She was 79.

McVie wrote and/or sang several of their hits including “Don’t Stop,” “Over My Head,” “You Make Loving Fun” and “Say You Love Me.”

“A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away,” Stevie Nicks wrote in a handwritten note on Instagram. “I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night.”

96 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: ESPN Provides Pac-12 Title Game Humor

      1. MACRON VISITING BIDEN
        I LOVE FROG LEGS !!!!

        THE NICKODELL RESTAURANT ON MELROSE AVE NEXT TO PARAMOUNT STUDIOS ALWAYS HAD DELICIOUS ONES !!

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    1. You sure, GT?– I like to hedge my bet by betting on both teams, so if I were betting I’d lay $100 on SC and a quarter on Utah

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  1. Death is always sad for those left behind that loved the deceased, but as Buddha replies, Life is to Death as is the river flowing into the sea, or something like that

    So Scottie found a tv announcer lying, how unusual, and by the way is it true Utah is pleading for the return of the referees from the last Utah-SC game?– Wouldn’t that be ‘a sight for sore eyes’

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      1. Ed.G, I have warned you about this before, but his name is not ‘john’ it’s Scott, your messages keep coming to me instead of to Wolfie

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      2. What makes you think I am not writing a book, Georgie-Porgie,
        I have written many short stories but I am putting together a real book called something like “Remembering the 2022 Extraordinary SC Trojan Football Season From a Different point-of-view,” a book that has already been written on this blog the past months, and by the way a book you too could put together if you saved your Wolf clippings this past season.

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      3. HAH
        NOW I REMEMBER YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT BOOK BEFORE LJ

        DO I GET A COMP ???

        PS I WROTE A SHORT BOOK ABOUT HOW TO PLAY THE RACES
        AND
        ACTUALLY SOLD SOME COPIES IN 1973

        BUT MY SYSTEM WENT BROKE BRO !!

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    1. The ref I didn’t want to see again has retired….
      #….SoThere’sThat
      P. S.
      Liked the Buddha quote. Pretty close to what Socrates had to say at Hemlock Time. On a less profound level, I like Sir James Barrie’s line from Peter Pan, “Death —what an adventure!”

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      1. Well, he was trying to reassure Wendy when they were stuck on that rock with the tide rushing in…
        #I’mSureYouWouldaDoneTheSame,John….

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      2. Kahlil Gibran had that line is a poem, not Buddha

        Then Almitra spoke, saying, We would ask now of Death.
        And he said:
        You would know the secret of death.
        But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
        The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
        If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
        For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

        In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
        And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
        Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
        Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
        Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
        Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?

        For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
        And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

        Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
        And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
        And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

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    1. SC players were so good against ND Wolfie would have been obligated to hand out a few A- grades which is not his style, so he said ‘forget the whole thing’

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  2. Utah can have Puddy, Mothershed, McCall and all the bad refs they need. They’re not winning this game. It’s not just Caleb, it’s a whole group of boys that have showed up to play like men.

    Some healthy linemen would really calm my nerves though.

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  3. I WONDER HOW ADVANCED MY ALZHEIMERS IS ————OWNS OR TEBOWOBAMA ARE NOT INVITED TO REPLY CUZ
    I ALREADY KNOW WHAT THEY GONNA SAY

    AT LEAST MY WIFEY STILL LOVES ME !!

    AND I HAVE MY TROJAN FRIENDS HERE ON THE BOARD

    YOURE A BRUIN FOR FOUR YEARS

    BUT YOURE A TROJAN FOR LIFE!!!!!!

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    1. TIREBUMMER, I wouldn’t wish Alzheimer’s on my worst enemy, including AH, towel waving, Clown U rah-rah’s. My ex-wife succumbed to horrible years of ugly oblivion and an early age death because of Alzheimer’s.

      I met my ex when she was 14, I was 16; and, the last time I saw her she was so physically hideous that I broke down and cried. I was unable to bear her toothless, shriveled presence for longer than 10 mins.

      Alzheimer’s is nothing to joke about BUMMER. If you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I’m truly sorry for you and your family.

      #Still, f**k SUCC

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      1. The humanity always lurking behind an Owns’ post all comes out into the open….
        #…ExceptForTheMandatoryHashtag…WhichCanBeForgiven

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      2. Some Posters here throw fastball-type insults out there whereas you and I have always thrown softball jibes at each other in good fun,
        I think, but I feel for you having lost your best friend in such a hideous fashion, reminding us that as we age it is better to have the body slowly compromised than to have the mind slip away

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      1. Yes it’s true. He is the hero of the day for saving USC football almost single handed. We all know Sosna was the brains though

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  4. Scottie should thank his lucky stars you fellas show up every day. You are the collective straw that stirs the drink.

    Shane Lee has become a force since getting that cast off his arm, Gentry is back, Shaw is healthy, Bullock is outstanding and still improving, what a great centerfielder he is, and there are only so many times they can hold Tuli and not get called for it.

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    1. Ha! I just got censored for agreeing with you, 67!
      P. S.
      Pac 12 Officials’ Thought Balloon:
      “The Nation will be watching — we gotta save our non calls on Utah holding to plays on which Utah scores!”

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      1. No way!
        Scott and posters = Arthur and Knights of the Round Table.
        #CanIBeSirBors?….
        #…He’sTheOnlyNonVirginToReachTheChapelOfTheHolyGrail
        #[IThinkIt’sBecauseHeGotTrickedByASheDevil]

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      2. Scottie’s ancient blog software is the automotive equivalent of a 1974 AMC Gremlin, painted orange (but without the racing stripes):

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      1. I peeked at your December 2 “to do” list, Gabby —were you really planning to buy my pal So Cal a double deck ice cream cone and feed ducks at Thousand Oaks Lake on the ride home after the game?
        #BeatTheUtes!

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      2. I took my 15-year old son to get his flu shot a couple of weeks ago to an old school pharmacy that served 31 flavors up the checkout, the ice cream in the same old 3 gallon containers from back in the day. He said “Dad, what’s up with the ice cream in a pharmacy? And what is ’31 Flavors’?”

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      3. There’s a gas station chain(Funny’s) here in Las Vegas, that serves the “Thrifty” brand of ice cream in their convenience stores. As a young kid, Thrifty “bubble gum” was my favorite flavor.

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      4. Wow! Time does move on. [When I finished my box boy chores at Hugh’s Market back in the day I headed straight to 31 for a chocolate fudge cone]….

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      5. Yeah, Gabby had a few things he wanted to show So Cal like a long ride out into the ‘Vegas desert where Gabby was going to show So Cal his new ‘home’

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  5. This is a very refreshing situation USC is in and the way it should be. Unlike the BCS/Political Crap that screwed over the 2003 & 2008 teams that had Pete’s best defenses, Win and You’re In. Lose and You’re Out.

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  6. “Today is a good day to die”

    An expression indicating that one should not live with any regrets, or tasks left undone.

    The phrase is frequently attributed to war leader Crazy Horse but was actually said by the Oglala Lakota chief Low Dog (c. 1846 – 1894)

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      1. dingle-berry: a piece of shit that hangs on one of your ass hairs and won’t fall off.

        “Damn dingle-berry is still there and I wiped twenty times!”

        Good one, Steve!

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  7. According to multiple reports, the Rose Bowl has amended its current contract, paving the way for a 12-team playoff beginning the 2024 season.

    A 2024 expansion had originally been thought of as an outside chance, but the Rose Bowl’s new agreement has made it a reality

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      1. It’s my understanding, the format will feature 12 teams. The top 4 will get a bye, and the remaining 8 will start the first round.

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  8. RE TOMORROW NIGHT
    IM CONFIDENT
    BUT NOT OVERCONFIDENT
    JUST LIKE OUR TEAM IS
    WE HAVE REALLY IMPROVED A LOT THESE LAST TWO OR THREE GAMES
    BUT WE CAN PLAYEVENBETTER
    NO MIRE FIRST AND GOAL WITHOUT PUNCHING IT IN LIKE WE DIDLAST WEEK THO
    I THINK WE WIN BY TEN OR MORE
    BUT WE NEED TO BE FIRED UP AND PLAY OUR BEST
    I THINK WE WILL !!

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    1. Yes, George! If Coach Riley can’t get the team ready for their “close up”, nobody can…
      ….We just want Caleb to play for the “W”….not the Heisman…
      #CuzTheHeismanComesWithThe”W”!

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      1. HI MG
        I JUST CHECKED WITH THE HEISMAN TRUST
        THE VOTES ARE ALREADY IN AND CALEB WON IN A LANDSLIDE !!

        AND

        JUST TALKED TO CALEB
        HE GUARANTEES A WIN
        ITS EVEN PAINTED ON HIS FINGERNAILS !!

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      1. The utes will be facing a totally different USC team. There is a noticeable change in their performance, their energy, their intensity, beginning with the Colorado game.

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  9. hence – First CFB NCG set for Monday 20th January 2025 in Atlanta
    1st round seeds 5 – 12 played at higher seeds home stadium set for
    Saturday 21st December …
    four winners play 1 – 4 quarter finals at Fiesta, Peach, Rose and Sugar
    Semis game sites not named yet

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  10. Fleetwood Mac performed at my high school while i was there. It was just before the Tusk Album. I drooled over Stevie Nicks May she RIP. I took myu children to see them at the Staples Center and the SC band showed up and played Tusk with them.

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  11. Another reason that I think SC will beat Utah is because Utah is not the same team when they are NOT playing in Salt Lake City. In the last 34 road games, Utah is 17-17. Compare that to their home record. If you leave out the 2020 covid season (where Utah only played 5 games and most of those games they had half the team out with covid) Utah is 22-0 in the last 22 games at home. Add the 2020 season and they are still 24-1 at Rice -Eccles. The only game they lost was to SC. Once they go on the road, it is a different team altogether. Plus, Utah is banged for this coming game.

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    1. This just in rents: USC is #4 playing in the PAC12 title game and in the driver’s seat for the CFP!

      #OUCH!, that’s got to sting……LOL

      PS….He’s ranked #567……great catch!

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      1. Damn Crabs, somewhere on earth it’s 13 mins to 9 am or pm. Little Petey was shell shocked.

        SUCC FB at the Crumbling Mausoleum vs the 41 point ‘dog Stanford. Little Petey still doesn’t know what Harbaugh’s deal is/was.

        With 10 minutes to go and up 12 points, Little Petey’s bozo FB team snatches defeat from the jaws of victory vs Tixas at the RB. Curiously, the Tixas QB Young scored the winning TD untouched (sound familiar Clownster’s) in the game’s waning seconds to win the NCAA FB NC.

        #Crabs, SUCC has plenty of time to choka, choka, choka, choke vs Utah.

        #Clown U “Shocks the World” losing ugly to Alabama 52 – 6.

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      2. Rents….Like LJ said, try living in the NOW! Enjoy the Las Vegas Bowl. I might attend the game to cheer on your opponent. I’m sure I’ll find deeply discounted tickets on Groupon!

        But hey!!!!…. One shared natty(1954 ouch!)……feel extra proud!

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    2. That was a rather quick recovery from your doldrums’ state, J.O.,
      but it is probably best ‘to keep our chin up when facing either ‘the best of times’ or the worst

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  12. D lineman Grant Bucky decommitted and committed to ucla, the little school. My guess is he was told his scholy isn’t secure, which means LR is making room for someone else. Just my guess, because who in their right mind would really WANT to go to little ucla.

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    1. ’49 auld stick, the “little school” UCLA actually receives more freshman applications for admission than any other University in the US. Generally the # of applications hover around 150,000 a year for something like 3500 available freshman admissions.

      But you knew that didn’t you ’49?……of course you did.

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  13. Responding to buddahkarma a-way-up-there, BK hit it out of the park by correcting me and “playing” one of Gibran’s best

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  14. Whatever Marcia Gay Harden CBS TV show I’m watching is liberal propaganda lies. Black person unjustly arrested. Totally made up.

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