USC Morning Buzz: Let Freshmen Be Freshmen

I’m going to post three videos from the spring game and then make some comments.

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The videos each contain freshman linebacker Tackett Curtis (No. 25).

If you watch them, he looked like a typical freshman in his first spring game. Still learning. No problem.

It doesn’t mean he won’t have a good freshman year. It doesn’t mean he won’t play a role this season. It doesn’t mean he won’t be a contributor. Some readers will forget this part later, of course, so I had to bold it.

It means USC coach Lincoln Riley, linebackers coach Brian Odom (and some eager-beaver media) got way ahead of their skis when talking about him heading into spring and then during spring practice. Riley was the worst offender when he said Curtis was the best linebacker in the country from the Class of 2023.

That unfairly raised expectations and makes you think a baby-Junior Seau is about to roam the field at the spring scrimmage. It’s not like he’s playing an easy position (wide receiver) where freshmen naturally excel. He’s playing linebacker.

If it wasn’t for those three parties (Riley, Odom, media), then whatever Curtis did right now wouldn’t really be an issue. But they made it a central focus of the spring game. And now? Crickets, of course.

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56 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Let Freshmen Be Freshmen

  1. hi john,sum wun menshunned a wirld war wun,u now abowt this,i hird of wirld war to i thinck but gnaht wirld war wun,iz this a reel thing,thanx alot

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    1. Good morning Ed, how’s the peenus doing, do you have anymore stories about it? Btw, I’m going to learn how to misspell my words on purpose just like you, because I’d like to come across as a Dumb Fuc, too. 😀👍🏼. Ok, have a good day, I’ll talk to myself later! 😂

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  2. The only thing I know is for real around this blog is when Scott Wolf posts
    because he would not stand for a fake Scott Wolf
    And Scott, you need not put your wisdom in bold lettering,
    when you speak it is as if Moses coming down from the mountain with God’s tablets

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  3. Nothing else going on, Tirebiter hasn’t told a joke in 24-hours,
    Gabby gets off a good doctor joke, there is another one–
    A doctor calls his patient, “Robert, the tests came back
    and I have bad news and very bad news.
    Upset Robert asks, “What’s the bad news doctor?”
    Well, you have 4-Stage cancer
    Robert asks, “What’s the very bad news?
    Well, I was supposed to have called you yesterday….Robert…Robert”

    Yes, yes, I know, as Johnny Carson was prone to say
    to an audience’s poor reception of one of his monologue jokes-
    “These are not all gems folks,” or “That was my reaction to that joke too”

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  4. Hey, Wolfman(bark @ the moon), when it comes to Xs and Os you’re absolutely clueless, perhaps worse than the blog dunce(pathetic). If you’re going to cherry-pick a few plays to support your narrative, at least understand what “assignment football” is. Have your “coach” buddy educate you.

    It’s quite obvious no one comes here to read about your high football IQ. Your pettiness never seems to fade

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      1. LOL! So true!

        Don’t ya love the way he tries to convince himself that he doesn’t annoy the shit out of most people on the blog? First, he claimed I was the one threatening him under another name and now he claims you’re me!

        His denial is hilarious! He’ll never get the help he so desperately needs.

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      2. poor poor…..slo troll…..always the victim who reeks of desperation and acceptance to the point where he converses with a fake Gabby…..He’s taking senile to another level…..toooo funnnny!

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      3. When my fist clenches, crack it open
        Before I use it and lose my cool
        When I smile, tell me some bad news
        Before I laugh and act like a fool

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  5. The blog dunce complains about the price of EVERYTHING yet claims to have gone to Coachella with the shar pei at $650 a ticket($1300)…. another lie….Must suck living off SS with no discretionary income.

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    1. What feud? Slo troll is just cheap sideshow entertainment. It’s 100% a joke to me. I truly take pleasure in bantering with him. The fool takes the bait every time.

      He’s evolved into Biden’s #1 fan!

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    2. I’m sure he could do without them, as most of us could.

      But the Village Idiot loves to show why he earned that name. No matter how many people state it, he’ll deny it. He lives in an alternate reality.

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      1. I’m sure he could do without them, as most of us could.

        But the blog dunce loves to show why he earned that name. No matter how many people state it, he’ll deny it. He lives in an alternate reality.

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      2. In my reality I am beloved, inflation is low, the borders are secure and Biden is mentally competent.

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      3. And now our oil reserves are depleted while My President instigates war around the world. I love Bidenomics and Biden foreign policy working together.

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  6. i heard ethan white not coming to USC?

    so maybe they re-shuffle and put Michael Tarquin at right tackle, and Monheim moves to right guard and Kingston to left guard and then they get that transfer portal OT for left guard.

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    1. White seems to be a mystery. He’s not back on the Florida roster and nothing on the internet about him defecting. Perhaps Scott can pull through with some inside info.

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    2. Your question sent me to the other boards looking for an answer. I have found out one thing. Inside USC isn’t inside USC (a coach I spoke to told me that)
      What I found is confusing, but I am guessing USC turned cold on White when more O linemen became available. One site said White won’t transfer until the summer (USCfootball.com) but I think the article I read is continuously being updated, so…
      Anyway maybe the players visiting this weekend are more attractive (skill wise).
      I would start something between Gabby and SoCal, but I’m tired of it. It would be easy though to mention that White looked at the governor of each state and decided to stay in Florida where a prison is being built next to Disney World. As for the Gabby (real) and Gabby(s) (wrong avatar) thing goes, I hope wrong avatar’s Sega Genesis gets fixed soon so he/she can go back to playing The Lion King game. The real Gabby needs to stop feeding the trolls, it makes them bolder and stupider.

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      1. The Ethen White situation is truly a mystery. There is really no available information on why he isn’t coming to USC. Wolf just’s pastes a link from a third-party source(typical). Looks like Riley will find another comparable replacement.

        That Desantis is some special guy. It takes a real genius to screw with Disney. Walt Disney World is not only the most visited amusement park in the world, but it is also the largest single-site employer in the world. As of 2022, a staggering 75,000 employees work for Disney in Central Florida, more people than anywhere else on the face of the earth. The tax revenue they generate for the state is huge.

        Thanks for your advice on the fake avatars.

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      2. You’re not the only one tired of it, Ghost. But she always has to start shit. She’s got a pitiful life.

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      3. He’s mocking you…..So if you’re tired of it, why do you continue to take the bait…..you’re too senile to comprehend….go find something productive to do…..

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      4. Reply to Gabby – So you like people who bow down to powerful corporations? I havent paid attention to what DeSantis is doing with Disney, so cant say I would agree with it, but I like a politician who will take on a powerful interest once in a while.

        I thought part of the beef was that Disney had a special tax exemption. I am frankly tired of rich companies and people who get special favors. It isnt like they are going to move DisneyWorld out of Florida.

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      5. TV: So you like people who bow down to powerful corporations?

        The correct question coming from a Republican, I am assuming you’re one, excuse me if you’re not, should be “So you like people who don’t bow down to powerful government”….. typical Republican likes small government and more capitalism, right?

        Here’s a link to help educate you on the situation

        https://www.nytimes.com/article/disney-florida-desantis.html#:~:text=His%20efforts%20have%20widely%20been,background%20on%20the%20yearlong%20dispute.

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      1. I’m manic depressive and obsessed with sniffing young children like my role model Joe Biden.

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  7. Get off Tackett’s back. The defense was playing by Marquis of Queensbury Rules – no tackling below the waist in spring practice game. Did you ever try and bring down a running back who can go 4.4 in the 40 with an arm tackle? Wait until Fall Camp and the first few games to assess any players. And the defense lives and dies as a unit – not individuals.

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    1. I think you’re right. It seems to me that he got up after the missed tackle and chased down the running back. He didn’t give up. So much of our defense (in the past) would give up as if their attempts to stop the ball carrier were the same as being out at the plate when they missed. The comparison to past defensive greats is obviously his motor. He didn’t quit.

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      1. SC’s offense scored on the first team defense in 3 plays and 44 seconds and Wolf is the problem?

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  8. Since someone mentioned dumb jokes….

    Guy’s going 10 mph over the speed limit and sees a cop. He floors it, goes 150 mph and then gets pulled over.

    Cop says, “I’ve been working 20 years, give me an excuse that makes me laugh and I’ll let you go.”

    Guy says, “My wife left me 20 years ago.”

    Cop says, “How’s that funny?”

    Guy says, “She left me for a cop. I thought you were bringing her back.” 🤣

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    1. Speaking of a wife joke!

      So Cal was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really angry. She told him “Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!” The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway. Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, bringing the box back into the house. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

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      1. Why would ANYONE be jealous of a woman who looks like a shar pei….. you senile troll. Let’s meet up, my wife and mom would love to meet up….

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      2. I met your mom years ago. Heck, you could be my son.

        But then again, there are thousands who could be your daddy.

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      3. I remember you! She told me all about it…..you were the guy she had to repeatedly ask if it was in yet. I think she called you “mushroom cap”

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  9. Me thinks the Wolfman may be wrong in this case. The guy has got to be pretty good. After all, Arch Manning was picked as the #1 player in the country and yet he was only the 2nd best player in Louisiana(Tackett was #1). When Tacketts high school played Mannings High School, Tacketts HS won.

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    1. great point!……The second video shows #39 as the “edge rusher” who drops back into coverage and Tackett steps up to contain the “edge”…..how do you knock a kid for following his responsibilities? I call it low football IQ

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