I’d make a horrible professional athlete. Aside from the fact that I can’t run fast, order jump high, throw hard or accurately, I’m also rather shitty at, well… talking shit.
I didn’t say anything about today’s UCLA vs. USC game online or in person. When my dad called me this morning and asked if UCLA was going to win, I told him it was probably a longshot.
But even longshots become reality.
UCLA started off the game looking good. By the end of the first quarter, UCLA had already scored a touchdown fueled by some unexpected rushing on behalf of the quarterback, Patrick Cowan. UCLA held on to the lead for most of the first half until USC scored on a safety and then a touchdown to make the score 9-7.
The second half was a nail biter, but UCLA kept USC from scoring again. In the mean time, UCLA helped itself by scoring two field goals by veteran kicker Justin Medlock.
With only a narrow 4-point lead through the fourth quarter, I got extremely nervous. It all worked out though.
I’m happy. I haven’t seen UCLA win in a game against USC since 1998, when I was a mocosa trombone player in the band. I remember thinking that it was cool to see UCLA win 34-17, but the game was rather boring. At that time, I didn’t think I’d have to wait 7 years before the Victory Bell came back to UCLA.
In 1998, the University of Miami played spoiler to UCLA’s hopes for a championship title and the Rose Bowl became the consolation prize.
In 2006, UCLA thwarted USC’s hopes for another chance at the BCS championship game and the Rose Bowl is their consolation prize.
It’s a good day to be a UCLA fan. Not only did we win against USC for the first time in 7 years, but we also severely upset a lot of ‘SC fans.