Sunday, June 29, 2008

R.I.P. Uga VI

A tragedy occurred on Friday, June 27, 2008. The world was robbed of one of the best live mascots in all of college sports. Uga VI, the Bulldog mascot for the University of Georgia died on Friday due to heart failure. Uga VI served as mascot from 1999 to 2008. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the University of Georgia and all those who cared for Uga.

Uga V lunging at Auburn receiver.

Uga VI chilling balls.

Uga loved children.

R.I.P. Uga VI

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Countdown to Kickoff: 66 Days

With 66 days remaining until we kickoff the 2008 season... representing #66 on our countdown is former Trojan offensive guard Chilo Rachal. Rachal played a huge role in solidifying the offensive line the past two seasons. This past April Rachal was one of seven Trojans selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, going to the San Francisco 49ers in the 2nd round, 39th overall. Rachal decided to forgo his final year of eligibility at USC to help pay for his mother's medical expenses, who is suffering from a stomach tumor. USC Sports Talk wishes Rachal the best of luck in his rookie campaign and our prayers are with his family.

2008 NFL Combine

49er Off-Season Workouts

49ers Rookie Mini Camp

This season the #66 will be worn by 4-star freshmen guard Matt Meyer from Stockton, CA. Meyer, you may recall was the subject of Pete Carroll's latest April Fool's joke.

Fight On!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Countdown to 2008 Kickoff: 69 Days

We are 69 days away from the 2008 season,... That means we're only 69 days away from seeing these too...

Fight On!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Countdown to 2008 Kickoff: 75 Days

As we continue our countdown toward the 2008 season, we are 75 days away from beginning the march to Miami. We'd like to honor another real beast on the team, Mr. Fili Moala. This guy is a monster. Fili started all 13 games last year and was harassing quarterbacks and opposing linemen all season long.

Fili was recently named to Phil Steele's Pre-Season All-American First Team and is on the "Watch List" for the 2008 Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Award.

We are all expecting Fili to unleash his fury on opponents and help lead USC to the BCS Championship game in Miami. Whether it's watching Fili make a crucial sack or just watching him play with his grey pitbull "Harry", Mr. Moala is a favorite here at USC Sports Talk and we wish him well this season.

Fight On!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Countdown to Kickoff: 77 Days

Enjoy this Friday, the 13th of June, by knowing that we are now 77 days away from kicking off the season against the University of Virginia. And if you're bored or don't go out tonight, be sure to watch one of the horror or slasher flicks that are sure to be on TV tonight.

Fight On!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Countdown to Kickoff: 79 Days

With the 2008 season just 79 days away, it is time to pay homage to a Trojan legend who wore #79 and just ended his great career at USC in 2007, Sam Baker. A 4 year starter, Baker was a steady player for USC, opening up running lanes for USC's glutton of running backs and protected Matt Leinart and John David Booty from large defensive linemen. Sam will now be suiting up for my Dirty Birds down in the A-T-L where he will protect another high-profile QB and fellow 1st round pick in Matt Ryan. Thank you Sam for your hard work here at USC and for representing the university well. We will definitely miss his experience on the offensive line this upcoming season, but I'm sure Coach Carroll will find someone to step up. Congratulations again on being a 1st round pick Sam, we all know that you will do us proud with the Falcons.

Baker, getting up to speed a Falcons mini-camp

With the boss, Falcons owner Arthur Blank

Fight On!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Countdown to 2008 Kickoff: 84 Days

As we continue our quasi-daily countdown towards the 2008 season, we are only 84 days away from seeing the Trojans march into Charlottesville, VA and taking on the Cavaliers. We threw the term "beast" around pretty loosely during last year's countdown and this year will be no exception. The first true beast on the team as we countdown this year is none other than senior defensive end, Kyle Moore.

Coming off a solid junior season where he started 11 games and had 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery along with 35 tackles. Moore's presence on the field disrupted several of the offenses we faced last season and his uncanny athletic ability allowed him to wreak havoc along the trenches. Moore is expected to start at defensive end this coming season after recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery before the start of spring practice. Here's hoping to a speedy recovery to Kyle so he can be a part of a flat out nasty duo of defensive ends for USC. Coupled with Everson Griffin, USC will suit up two of the most athletic defensive ends in the country.

Fight On!

Countdown to 2008 Kickoff: 89 Days

Greetings from USC Sports Talk. We've been idle here on the blog for weeks now, but we had all sorts of stuff going on. Semester projects and finals got in the way of everything so we apologize for the lack of updates. We also had graduation spring up out of nowhere. Now that we've entered the lull of summer, we can keep our focus on chilling and counting down to the 2008 college football season.

As we start our daily countdown towards the 2008 season, we begin with the number 89. USC doesn't have anyone on the roster wearing that number, so I'll just throw a few select pics from the summer workouts going on at Howard Jones Field.

The Wizard of Aus

Rey on the prowl

It's also never too early to start the hating...

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