Saturday, June 30, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 63 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we are now at 63. The year 1963 was a tragic one. On November 22, this nation saw its leader, President John F. Kennedy, murdered in Dallas, Texas at the age of 46...

One of the darkest days in the history of our country, as well as one of the most controversial. I'm not going to get into the talk about a conspiracy, or the "Third Gunman" story, I wasn't there so I don't know what really happened that day. I'm just here to honor the man. The United States was on the verge of World War III during the Cuban Missle Crisis in 1962, but Kennedy played a major role in preventing what could have been Armageddon. Despite becoming the youngest man to be elected United States President in 1960, his regime oversaw many other important events including the Space Race and the Civil Rights Movement.

So here's to you JFK, a true American hero...

Fight On!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 64 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we have arrived at 64. Our representative for this day will be the Ford Mustang, which debuted in 1964...

This car represents everything that is American and just flat-out exudes greatness. Nevermind all of these wimpy foreign cars, somebody get me a car like "Eleanor" from the Nicolas Cage film Gone in Sixty Seconds.

Fight On!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

ROJO has arrived

Highly touted Ronald Johnson has officially arrived on the USC campus and is now working out with the team. Rojo will NOT redshirt this year and if he doesn't see the field as a returner or flanker, Carroll will definitely throw him into the defensive back mix. We, here at USC Sport Talk, are very high on Johnson and expect him to contribute this season. While we feel he won't see as much time as Everson Griffen or Joe McKnight, he is a game breaker by all means. Whether he simply replaces Steve Smith or becomes a shut-down corner, Johnson has a very bright four years in front of him. Or until the NFL comes calling. [photo:]

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 65 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we have arrived at 65. We present to you a man who needs no introduction, the one who restored the glory that had been long missing at USC, head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll has led the Trojans to 65 wins in just six seasons, compared to only 12 losses (6 of those losses came in his first season). That's good enough for a winning percentage of 84.4 percent, best among coaches with a minimum of 5 years...

His USC teams have finished with a record of no worse than 11-2 since the 2002 season, going 59-6 in that span, including 34 straight victories from 2003 to 2005. To sum it all up, this is how great these past five years have been under "Big Balls" Pete:

2 National Championships (2003 shared, 2004 consensus, 2005 runners-up)
5 consecutive Pac-10 Conference Championships
5 consecutive BCS Bowl Games (4-1 in those games)
5 consecutive Top 4 finishes in the polls
3 Heisman Trophy winners (C. Palmer, M. Leinart, R. Bush)

We are in the middle of one of the greatest runs not just in college football history, but in sports history, and we must continue to cherish these days. There is no reason to believe that this year will be any different. This team is hungry and will be looking to reclaim their college football throne, and they have PC.

Fight On!

Peyton Manning visits USC

Scott Wolf reported on Tuesday that Peyton Manning visited campus after shooting a commercial at the Coliseum.
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Apparently, Peyton wanted to get a workout in to stay sharp. This cat was on a business trip shooting a commericial and wasn't even at his team's practice facility, or throwing to his own WR's, yet he still wanted to get some work in. Wow! No wonder he's the NFL's MVP and probably the greatest QB ever. It's great that some of our players got the privelage, even if just for a few moments, to be around a guy like Peyton. Hopefully they soaked in some of his knowledge, especially fellow QB John David Booty, and learn how to deal with pressure and how to perform on the big stage.

Click on this link to see a short video of Mr. Manning's workout at USC's Cromwell Field, courtesy of TrojanWire.

Fight On!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 66 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we have now arrived at 66. Wearing jersey #66 for the Trojans is returning starter at offensive guard, Chilo Rachal...

The redshirt junior measures in at 6'5" and 300 lbs, and will be a member of what should be the best offensive line in the country this season. Rachal, like the rest of the offensive seemed shaky at times last season, but he now has a year of starting experience under his belt. Look for him to open up some big holes in the running game.

Fight On!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 67 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we are now at 67. The date was November 18th, 1967, a day that will long live in college football lore, when USC took down their hated cross-town rivals in what many have called the "Game of the Century."

To say this game had championship drama would be an understatement. A Rose Bowl appearance, and thus a chance at a national title, was at stake for both teams, as top ranked UC-Los Angeles (7-0-1 overall) took on the Trojans (8-1 overall) who were ranked 2nd (Coaches) and 4th (AP), respectively. An interesting sub-plot, as seen by the SI cover above, was the race for the Heisman Trophy between bruins QB Gary Beban and USC tailback O.J. Simpson. Though he finished 2nd for the Heisman, Simpson used this game as a spring board to the 1968 Heisman Trophy which he won the following the season (see previous post). The Trojans triumphed over the bruins once again by a score of 21-20, with O.J. rushing 64 yards for the game-winning TD. Here's the link to view highlights from the entire game and below is a clip of Simpson's amazing run...

USC would go on to win the Rose Bowl and be crowned National Champions.

Fight On!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 68 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we have now reached 68, and to represent this number is USC's 1968 Heisman Trophy award winner O.J. Simpson. The College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana has a display featuring art portraits of every Heisman Trophy winner, and below you can see O.J.'s...

Say what you will about this guy, but he is easily one of the top 5 running backs ever to play the game. This blog is celebrating his time at USC, especially the year 1968, in which he brought home the program's 2nd Heisman Trophy award. When someone mentions Tailback U, the first player that comes to mind is usually Simpson. He ran for 1,709 yards and 22 TDs during that 1968 season, which was good enough to win the Heisman by a record margin of 1,750 points that still stands today. He also took home the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award that season, and was an All-American.

Fight On!

Nick Young Update

The NBA draft is less than four days away and every major sports magazine/newspaper/website is predicting that Nick Young will be a top 20 pick. The majority have Young going in the top 15, however there are some sports analyst predicting that Young may crack into the top 10. Two of the most popular online mock drafts, provided by and, are predicting that Nick Young will be drafted at #13 to the New Orleans Hornets. If Young was to join the Hornets he would team up with the 2005-2006 NBA Rookie of the Year, Chris Paul.

This would be great for Young, playing alongside such a talented young point guard, and the New Orleans Hornets. The last time the Hornets made a trip to the playoffs was back in 2004 when Tim Floyd was the head coach. In this article by the The Times- Picayune,Tourney Tim discusses what his team was lacking back in 04' and how he thinks Young can contribute to the current Hornets team...
"It was apparent to me that a very important part of playoff basketball was the ability to create a shot, because teams know your (system)," said Floyd, who now coaches Southern Cal. "At some point, you've got to be able to put the ball on the floor and make a play. And Nick can certainly do that."
The NBA Draft is this Thursday, June 28th, and airs live on ESPN at 7:00 pm ET

We wish the best of luck to Nick Young, Gabe Pruitt and their families


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 69 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we are now at 69. Sorry for getting a little bit behind, but we're back and rolling. We present to you senior offensive tackle Matt Spanos, who will be donning jersey #69 this season for the Trojans.

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Spanos measures in at 6'5" 295 lbs and is currently listed as the starting center, when Coach Carroll unveiled his post-spring depth chart. As you might remember, he missed the 2006 football season due to academic issues. He had a great spring, and won the starting center spot, provided that he straighten things out in the classroom. According to Carroll on Scott Wolf's blog, Spanos did "great" in the spring semester and will be eligible for the Trojans this fall. I am really excited about our offensive line. With Spanos and Jeff Byers back at guard, and Hershel Dennis being granted a sixth year of eligibility, the Trojans are welcoming back a trio of players with all-world talent and experience. God I can't wait for September 1st...

Fight On!

Target 2008: T.J. Bryant

Here is the first installment of our series, Target 2008, which profiles USC recruiting targets for 2008. We kick it off with T.J. Bryant, a 6'1" corner from Tallahassee, FL. A relatively good sized defensive back with 4.4 forty time is exactly what Pete Carroll has been looking for. Bryant doesn't shy away from contact by any means, but more importantly has shown the athleticism to be a lock-down corner in college football. Its no secret that Pete Carroll covets cornerbacks, or defensive players for that matter, from the South. While the SEC dominates the recruiting landscape in the South, Pete Carroll has shown the nation that he will not only bone your wife and kick you in the nuts, but take the best players as well (see Keith Rivers, ROJO, Joe McKnight, Everson Griffen, and Mike Williams). This is critical since T.J. Bryant is in Florida, Florida State, and Miami's neck of the woods. According to, Bryant has the entire SEC on his list, but USC is one that he is very much looking forward to visiting. My guess is that PC rolls out the red carpet.

While USC is stacked at the skill positions, such as quarterback and running back, this 2008 class is one where the USC staff seems to be targeting defensive backs, offensive linemen, and athletes who are versatile. While the state of Florida has loads of talent, USC will be hunting them down one by one, and no doubt T.J. Bryant is one who Carroll not only wants to have, but needs to have. USC is already close to stealing defensive back Patrick Johnson, a Miami commit, who is now a bit shaky in his commitment to the Canes. Elite defensive backs are rare and getting Bryant to commit is the first step to keeping our defense one of the best in the country.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 70 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we are now at 70. We present to you senior offensive lineman Alatini "Tiny" Malu, who will be wearing jersey #70 this upcoming season...

Tiny is actually pretty damn HUGE, 6'5" 340 lbs to be exact, and will be a reliable backup at guard. Tiny played great in the Trojan Huddle and has some experience, since he started a game last season.

Fight On!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 71 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we now arrive at 71. Wearing #71 for the Trojans this year will be offensive tackle Charles Brown...

Here's a nice article from rivals about the progress of Mr. Brown, a 6'6" 298 lb. redshirt sophomore, who figures to be one of the top backups on the offensive line this upcoming season. The return of Jeff Byers and Matt Spanos means that depth on the offensive will not be an issue this season.

Fight On!

Carroll Snags Another 5-star Lineman

According to Moreno Valley, CA Rancho Verde offensive tackle Tyron Smith will commit to USC tomorrow morning. The 6'6" 264lb 5-star offensive tackle is ranked as the 11th overall player in the class of 2008 according to Rivals and is one of the top offensive linemen in the country. Smith will join fellow 5-star OT Matt Kalil at USC.

We didn't see a better lineman on the NIKE Camp tour than Smith this year. In fact, he might have been the best lineman we saw two years ago when he was just a rising junior. Smith is far more than just a workout warrior however, he's equally as dominant on the field and when you combine his great frame, athleticism with how hard he works off the field and the mean streak he plays with, you can understand why he's so highly touted.
Click here for the entire story from Rivals

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 72 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we are now at 72, which is the jersey number that true freshman Martin Coleman will use this upcoming season...

The 6'6" 300 lb offensive tackle from Huntington Beach was part of the 2007 recruiting class, but elected to enroll a semester early. Coleman arrived at 'SC this past spring in order to take part in winter and spring workouts and get a head start on his freshmen teammates.

Unfortunately, Coleman re-aggravated a high school injury to his shoulder and will miss the 2007 season after undergoing surgery to repair the torn labrum. But he's still cool enough to hang out with your average Joe. Get healthy big guy, hopefully we'll see you back next spring.

Fight On!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

2007 Season to Air in HD

He's definitely not the newest back, but he can still put on a show like a 1080p DLP HDTV.

According to WeAreSC and Scott Wolf, the NCAA has approved a sixth year of eligibility for Hershel Dennis. Hersh is a favorite of all the contributors here at USC Sports Talk (see the header). Here are our thoughts on Hersh...

RG3- We throw the word "beast" around a lot here when talking about sports. No one embodies the true meaning of that word the way Hersh does. That guy is a BEAST!! Dennis is a combination of power, speed, and "trucking" ability. He'll bounce it to the outside or flat out run through people to gain those tough yards. Do you think Hersh would have been brought down by Michael Huff in the 2006 Rose Bowl on that crucial 4th and 2 play? Fuck no. He would have trucked Huff, gotten the two yards and possibly broken it for a touchdown. If only we had Hersh last season in that game in December where CJ Gable proved to be inept. There would have been another crystal ball over at Heritage Hall...

Before we had Thunder and Lightening, we had Hersh.

Now's he back. Can't stop... won't stop...

Joey- Great news if you are a Trojan, but bad news if you play for a Pac-10 defense, Nebraska, Idaho, Notre Dame, or Florida. Unlike CJ Gable or "Wannabe Bush" Moody, this guy actually has passion and "gameness". Along with C-Dub, thunder and lightning are back. Other running backs are fuckin scenery; this guy is whats its all about. The NCAA is going to regret this decision when HD rushes for over 1200 yards and helps USC become the juggernaut that everyone is hoping they don't become. These games are going to be disaster for TV ratings because the score will be so lopsided; people are going to be tuning into Saturday Night Live instead all because of one guy. HD motherfuckers.

mel kiper fan- What more is there to say? His play speaks for itself: power, speed, amazing vision, great acceleration out of his cuts, good hands as a receiver, solid in pass protection, experience and leadership. He recently told WeAreSC: "My knee is great...everything is healthy. My body is in shape." Best news I've heard in a while...

Fight On!

Countdown to Kickoff: 73 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we've now arrived at #73. The 2007 Heisman Trophy will be awarded to its 73rd recipient this December, and USC QB John David Booty has emerged as a leading candidate...

Just 73 more days until Booty kicks off his 2007 Heisman campaign. Should he win it, it would be the 8th bronze statue for the Trojans, who are currently tied with Notre Dame and Ohio State for the most all-time with 7 each.

Fight On!

Percy Miller Highlights

A lot of people were skeptical of Romeo Miller's game when he accepted an offer to play basketball at USC, myself included. I had my doubts about whether or not he would be able to compete at the collegiate level. rates Romeo as a 2 star prospect and has him listed as a 1 star prospect.

Regardless of ranking, I never once doubted the benefits of having a multi-millionaire rapper/actor on our basketball team. The benefits are obvious. "Welcome to USC Renardo. I'd like you to meet your host, Romeo Miller." Enough said.

Recently I realized I was doubting a player that I had never seen play. I never read a scouting report or seen a highlight reel. (The fact that I couldn't find a scouting report or a highlight reel only added to my skepticism). Today however I ran across this highlight video from of Romeo at USC's Elite Camp, providing me with my first look at the young star.

First impression? Very impressed with his defense, passing, and playmaking ability. I'm looking forward to seeing his game improve over the next year.

Keep up the good work Tourney Tim!

Fight On!

Donte Smith Commits to USC

USC landed the top junior college point guard in Donte Smith this past weekend, as some of you may have seen over at USChoops. Smith, from Mt. San Antonio College, spent this past weekend at USC's Elite Camp. The 6'0" 180 lb point guard averaged 18.4 points per game as a senior at Diamond Ranch High School in 2006. The talented guard also averaged 3.2 steals per game, 4.2 assist per game, and shot 58% from 3-point range. Smith will likely spend another season at Mt. Sac before enrolling at USC in 2008, making him the 4th commit for the class of 2008.

To view more pictures from the camp visit this link from

Monday, June 18, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 74 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, #74 on our list takes us back to the 1974 season, and what a year that was for the Trojans...

Though the Trojans won a national championship that season, 1974 will probably be remembered most for the game simply dubbed, "The Comeback" (watch the highlights below).

It was November 30 as the 6th ranked Trojans hosted #5 Notre Dame. The Irish got off to a 24-0 lead, until it became the Anthony Davis show. Davis scored on a 7 yard TD pass from QB Pat Haden just before halftime, cutting the deficit to 24-6. He then ran back the opening kickoff of the 2nd half 102 yards for a touchdown, and opened the flood gates. USC went on to score 35 points in the 3rd Quarter and a total of 55 unanswered points en route to a 55-24 win. Davis ended up scoring 4 TDs, and coupled with his six TD performance against the Irish in 1972, earned him the nickname "The Notre Dame Killer." This game should have won Davis the Heisman Trophy, who finished second to Archie Griffin, but ballots were due prior to the game. Instead Davis was robbed of the trophy, and voting for the Heisman was then postponed until after the regular season following the tragedy of that season. Here's the highlights of Anthony Davis' legendary performance:

The 1974 season was capped off by an appearance in the Rose Bowl, where the Trojans triumphed over the Ohio State Buckeyes 18-17, which then led to USC winning their 8th national championship. The title did not come easy though, as the Trojans trailed 17-10 late in the 4th Quarter and began their final drive at their own 17 yard line. After reaching the Buckeye 40 yard mark, the Trojans converted a crucial 4th and 1, even despite losing star tailback Anthony Davis to injury. On the very next play, QB Pat Haden hit Johnny McKay, son of head coach John McKay, for a 38 yard TD pass with 2:03 left in the game. Rather than kicking the PAT and tying the game up, McKay chose to go for two and the win. USC converted and held on for the victory. Below is a highlight video from that epic 1975 Rose Bowl game:

Fight On!

Countdown to Kickoff: 75 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we present to you #75, USC's starting defensive tackle Fili Moala...

The 6'5" 300 lb. junior should have a BIG season this year. Moala played well last year, when given the opportunity, but now must elevate his game even further, following the loss of Chris Barrett due to academic problems. However, no defensive player will benefit more from his supporting cast than this guy. Having guys like Sedrick Ellis next to him at tackle, and explosive pass rushers off the edge in Lawrence Jackson, Kyle Moore, and potentially Everson Griffen, should allow Fili to just wreak havoc on opposing offenses. USC Sports Talk is really excited about the defensive line, because they have a chance to be the best unit in college football.

Fight On!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 76 Days (Father's Day Edition)

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, which is now 76 days away, we take this chance to celebrate Father's Day...

Though men often shy away from showing any type of emotion, there is a unique bond that is formed between a father and son. Whether its picking you up from school, or driving you to little league baseball practice, or spotting you some money while in college, you just know that he'll be there for you. So here's to you Dad, thanks for all of your love and support. None of us would even be alive if it weren't for our fathers, but obviously that's not what makes them special. As Laurence Fishburne said in the 1991 film Boyz n the Hood:
"Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children."
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I've included some pictures of some notable fathers, though a couple of them are fictional, they all provided some valuable lessons, and were an inspiration to me growing up...

George Washington, the Warrior and father to our country

Anakin Skywalker with son Luke, from Return of the Jedi

Mufasa with son Simba, from Disney's The Lion King

Pete Carroll, father to his children and of the USC Dynasty

Fight On!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 77 Days

As we continue our countdown towards the 2007 season, I'd like to take a moment and honor the greatest movie ever made: Star Wars. On May 25, 1977, Star Wars was released and it quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. George Lucas created, directed and gave birth to the greatest story ever told. Star Wars is the story about a young farmer named Luke Skywalker who leaves his home planet to help fight alongside the Rebellion against the evil Galactic Empire. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 30 years, then you all should know what I'm talking about.

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Star Wars is my favorite movie and is loved by billions of people around the world. The story is captivating and the wide variety of characters and worlds create an interesting universe. Who can forget Chewbacca's growls, the loyalty and devotion of R2-D2 and Darth Vader's breathing?

Star Wars brings us the world of the Jedi, guardians of peace and justice in the universe. Luke fights alongside Han Solo and Princess Leia to defeat Darth Vader. The visuals in the first film were revolutionary at the time. The original Star Wars set the bar high for special effects in movies. This epic movie also involves the grossest composer of all time. No, I'm not talking about Beethoven or Mozart or any of those old farts. I'm talking about the master himself, John Williams. That guy is a BEAST, plain and simple.

George Lucas is a USC alumni of the School of Cinema and this is a testament to his genius. Lucas recently donated 175 million dollars to the School of Cinema and it is a travesty that they didn't name the school after this great man. Hopefully his generosity won't go unnoticed and USC will make a shrine of him somewhere on campus. I think it's only fitting that he be honored for creating the best movie ever made.

So here's to you Mr. Lucas and to your badass franchise. Star Wars shaped my childhood and it remains my all-time favorite movie.

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The master at work.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 78 Days

Continuing on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we present to you #78 on our list, USC legend Anthony Muñoz...

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The 6'6'', 278 pound offensive tackle was arguably the best player at his position during his playing career, which ended in 1992 after 13 NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Muñoz was a two-time All-American ('78, '79) at USC and helped tailback Charles White win the 1979 Heisman Trophy Award. He was such a dominant force for the Trojans that, even despite multiple injuries, he was chosen by the Bengals 3rd overall in the 1980 NFL Draft. The risk paid off as Muñoz went on to be selected to 11 straight Pro Bowls and All-Pro Teams from 1981 through 1991, and led the Bengals to two AFC Championships ('81, '88) as well. In 1998, Muñoz capped off a wonderful career when he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He is also very active off the field having founded a charity, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, and as a Mexican-American, I am proud to say that he has represented our race very well. Thank you Anthony, if only people in sports paid more attention to those contributing positive things to society than those knuckleheads committing crimes and "making it rain" at strip clubs.

Fight On!

D.J. Shoemate Update

WeAreSC caught up with Trojan commit D.J. Shoemate this past weekend as he participated in the Dana Hills Passing Tournament. Shoemate missed the entire 2006 season due to injury but is now healthy and ready to help lead his team to a State Championship. This season Shoemate expects to play receiver, running back, safety, and whatever other position his team needs him to play. Check out this interview from WeAreSC where Shoemate discusses the upcoming season and his commitment to USC.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 79 Days

As we continue on our countdown towards the 2007 season, #79 on our list honors USC's All-World Offensive Tackle Sam Baker...

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The 2005 All-American provides a security blanket for QB John David Booty, and can get nasty in the running game too (as seen above) as he opens holes for any of our 10 million running backs. Baker is a virtual lock to be selected in the top 10 of next year's NFL Draft, and will be key in getting USC's offense back to being explosive. I want to take this time to remind everyone how special this guy is. Everyone always talks about the so-called "skill positions" because they look pretty making plays and scoring touchdowns, but those guys wouldn't be shit without the big hogs up front. So here's to you Sam, as we all (especially us here at USC Sports Talk) are looking forward to seeing you pancake the opposition this fall. Your work will not go unnoticed.

Fight On!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 80 Days

As we continue on our countdown towards the 2007 season, we recognize #80 by taking a look at some notable celebrities born in the year 1980...

March 21 -- Ronaldinho, the Brazilian footballer is arguably the world's most impressive athlete (except of course for Vernon Davis).

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July 10 -- Jesse Jane, gotta love her "acting"

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July 10 -- Jessica Simpson, what an amazing body

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July 20 -- Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady is one lucky camper

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures...Fight On!

Derozan/Jennings Interview

Tourney Tim was so close to have both these guys on the floor at the same time. Like Derozan said... "it would be scary."

Monday, June 11, 2007

Hackett Helps Lead Italian National Team

Trojan guard Daniel Hackett helped lead the Italian National team to 4 wins last week while averaging 9 points a game. Hackett impressed a lot of people including the Italian head coach with his playmaking ability and maturity. Here's a quote from the USC Athletics hompage:
"I didn't think he would have been able to do the things needed to play on this level," said Italy coach Carlo Recalcati. The Italian basketball magazine "Superbasket" featured Hackett on the cover and referred to him as the playmaker of the future. Italian writer Gianni Pascucci said this about Hackett, "The true new name of the group has been Daniel Hackett, who showed a great maturity." It was also written if Hackett had not played his way on to the 2008 Olympic team, then he would be a definite selection for the next Olympics.
Look for Hackett to build on this experience and his post season success last season. We're going to have a very impressive back court this season with Mayo and Hackett.

Late Weekend Wrap

There wasn't much going on this weekend, particularly, here at the apartment as everyone was off doing random shit, like working and running errands. Being college students, we tend to be broke much of the time, so that limited me this weekend as far as nightlife and anything requiring money. So here's a recap of what did happen.

NBA Playoffs: Who gives a shit, really? At this point, I would rather watch gay porn than this awful Finals series.

Oceans 13: Anyone see it? Comments here.

4Play: Bed dances anyone?

Late Friday/Early Saturday: I watched Varsity Blues while engulfed in a cloud of smoke and realized how fat and stupid Billy Bob is. Seriously. Also,don't hate on coach Kilmer because the guy knows how to win. Remind you of anyone?

Sopranos Finale: While I appreciate David Chase's efforts and what he tried to accomplish in the long awaited, much hyped finale, nobody ever saw this shit coming.

Stay tuned this week for more news on the arrival of OJ Mayo, USC workout photos, Bruin hating and other related news. In the meantime, enjoy this photo. Its pretty random, but check out this Wolverine fan.

Countdown to Kickoff: 81 Days

Representing #81 on our countdown is Gerald Washington. Washington, a 25 year old college transfer, spent four years in the Navy after graduating from high school. Washington was to compete at tight end last season, however due to do various injuries he was forced to sit out the season using his redshirt. This spring Washington turned in his white jersey to help contribute on the defensive side of the ball, adding depth to the defensive end position. At 6'5" 260 lbs Washington is more than capable of being a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball.

Coach Holt was impressed with his new defensive weapon this spring. I often observed Washington stay after practice this spring to work on his technique with the rest of the defensive line. If Gerald Washington puts in as much time learning his new position and studying film as he obviously does in the gym he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 82 Days

As we continue on our countdown towards the 2007 season, #82 gives us a chance to honor Chris McFoy, another one of our beloved and departed senior leaders...

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Everyone is wondering this off-season how USC will replace the production at WR from Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith, but no one ever mentions Chris McFoy. McFoy was often lost in the spotlight, never getting the credit that Trojan greats Mike Williams, Keary Colbert, Jarrett and Smith had during their glorified careers. It seems that even USC fans didn't fully appreciate how clutch this guy was for us. When he wasn't getting hyphy on the weekends, he was providing leadership to the young wide outs that are looking to fill the void this year. So here's to you Chris, we here at USC Sports Talk will always be grateful for your services.

Fight On!

Protector of Troy

Introducing Prince Hector's (interim) replacement...

Provided by our friends at USC Hoops

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 83 Days

Continuing on our countdown towards to 2007 season, we honor the last two players to have worn jersey #83...Keary Colbert and Fred Davis.

As seen below, Keary Colbert scored 3 touchdowns against Michigan, and was successfully replaced by Steve Smith, who should be upped by the anticipated RoJo.While Keary is a legend at USC with "super glue" hands and clutch catches, Davis has another season to show Trojan fans he is worth the hype. As previously mentioned, Davis is a talented guy who has yet to play up to his predecessor, the Birdman. With a talented offense and a "take away" defense, Davis should get plenty of chances to shine this season.Nevertheless, all praise be to #83!! Fight On !!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 84 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, allow me to reintroduce to you Kyle Moore, who represents #84 on our countdown and poised for a breakout junior season...

Kyle Moore, a 6'6" 275 lb defensive end from Kathleen, GA, had to swallow some pride last season as USC's defense switched to a 3-4 scheme. The extra LB (Brian Cushing) replaced the weak-side DE from the traditional 4-3 defense, where Moore would have played and seen lots of minutes on the field. Pete Carroll was just playing to the strenghts of his team, which unfortunately for Kyle, was at LB. Now Moore will have to compete with highly touted incoming freshman Everson Griffen, a favorite of USC ports Talk's very own PCbestever. Regardless of how good Griffen can be, I expect big things from Moore this upcoming season. He had a great spring, and will look to build on that heading into fall camp. Here's a nice article from rivals that chronicles how Moore has just waited for his turn, and is now ready to tee off on opposing teams.

Fight On!

Another 5-Star Approaching

The moment we've all been waiting for is less than a week away. Another 5-star recruit is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday. This recruit however will be reporting to the Galen Center, not Howard Jones Field. OJ Mayo, The National High School Basketball Player of the Year, has graduated from high school and will arrive in Los Angeles on Wednesday according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

OJ Mayo is going to pack the house next year and it's only a matter of time before the Athletic Department reinstates the lottery for basketball games. I read somewhere that they took away the upper level of the student section. Does anyone know if they reallocated those seats by increasing the student section on the lower level or did they just reduce the total number?

Upadate (06.09.07 12:12am): Not that it makes a difference, but I heard from a someone within the athletic department that Mayo will arrive on Monday, not wednesday.

Cowherd Was Right...

"This is the honesty segment. Honestly UCLA and all those kids were dressed at the Gap. That is an Abercrombie and Fitch campus. You can't win a national championship in football when you have got more male cheerleaders than you should."

It appears that you can't win basketball championships with a "bunch of wussies" either.

Example #1 - Arron Awful-O

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 85 Days

As we continue on our countdown towards the 2007 season, let's keep the tight end position theme going...

Representing #85 is the sickest pound for pound athlete to ever play the game, I'm talking about Vernon Davis. This guy is an absolute BEAST! He's listed at 6'3" 253 lbs. and runs a 4.3 second 40 yard dash, which is why the San Francisco 49ers made him the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. I don't know what else to say, except that he is fucking sick. I'm sure you've seen him on those Under Armour "Click-Clack" commercials. It's a wonder how PC didn't get this guy to come to 'SC, he has all the physical attributes of a Pete Carroll type of player.

Vernon, even though you went to the University of Maryland, consider yourself a Trojan on this post.

Fight On!

Joe McKnight Has Arrived...

The highly touted Louisiana native arrived in Los Angeles late last night. McKnight wasn't expected to arrive in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks, however it is rumored that he left Louisiana early to avoid the backlash from LSU fans.

McKnight was up early this morning participating in the 7AM workout. It looks like it's going to take McKnight a couple of days to get accustomed to Coach Carlisle's physically demanding workouts, as he capped off his morning like Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday.

Mustain and McKnight (You need a Rivals account to read the whole article)

Early Predictions

I came across this article from late May, which had some early predictions on the bowl season this coming season. I wasn't surprised to see USC in the national championship game ( against the Cajuns), but I was surprised to see the UCLgay Bruins in the Rose Bowl against the overrated Wisconsin Badgers. Yes, you heard right, the NutJob-Bowl losers in THE- ROSE- BOWL- GAME. Bruin fans everywhere are creaming their pants thinking they have a shot at playing in the stadium built for winners.

While pre-season predictions and polls are good when people actually predict rationally, there is always some moron trying to get face time for some obscure prediction that doesn't have a chance in hell of happening. UCLA will lose at least 4 games this season, and the December 1st massacre will not leave a good impression on the Rose Bowl committee when there is possibly another team they could take if UCLA pulls out some miracles, such as the case in 2004 with Texas and Cal. In any case, Mr. Pete Fiutak needs to pull his head out of his ass and place UCLA where they belong, which is in the MPC Computers Bowl or the annual Bowl. Dump this horseshit. Take the prediction that matters and wipe your ass with the rest. Fuck the Bruins. Fight On!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Countdown to Kickoff: 86 Days

As we continue on our daily countdown towards the 2007 season, we take you back to that memorable 2005 Orange Bowl...

Representing #86 on our countdown is The Birdman, Dominique Byrd. The soft-handed big man was a huge weapon for the Trojan offense from 2003-2005. At 6'3" 260 lbs, Byrd had no problem laying out to make a play or leaping over a defender to avoid a tackle. We'll never forget his clutch catches against Oregon St. in the Fog Bowl and against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

Since Byrd's departure we have lacked significant production from the tight end position. Fred Davis has all the measurements and the necessary work ethic to be a great tight end. But until he breaks more tackles and picks up some YAC he'll struggle to break out of The Birdman's shadow.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Monroe Continues to Dominate

Greg Monroe continues to prove why he's the #1 ranked high school basketball prospect in the country. The 6'10" power forward turned in dominate performances in both the Kingwood Classic and the Nike Memorial Day tournaments. Here's an impressive video of Monroe at the Nike Memorial Day Classic provided by USC Hoops. Monroe makes his "peers," like fellow 5 star power forward Drew Gordon, look like Brian Cook.

Monroe's recruitment remains wide open. He has yet to list a top five nor has he named the school's that he will officially visit. Monroe is a big fish lets hope that Floyd, the "shark" in training, can lure him in.