God bless the USC Trojans

CODY!!!!!

Remember the blog I wrote on Thursday about how I love the USC Trojans? (If you haven’t read it, click here) Well, the USC Trojans delivered and brought tears of joy to the fanbase, knocking off #4 Stanford 20-17 and in the process, Interim head coach Ed Orgeron is making a strong, strong case to be the next coach of the USC Program. Cody Kessler had a coming out party to the national media/audience, and guess what? These aren’t your USC Trojans from September. Simply put it like this: this team has bought into the  one heartbeat, one team motto, and for the first time in a long long time, as a fan, I feel really good about where the program is headed.

Kessler threw for 288 yards, and a TD, while controlling the game and making the plays when USC needed them. Crazy isn’t it? I was watching this game with my homie for life, Adam and both of us were stressed, but not a bad stressed. All credit to Stanford. That’s a top 10 team and I hope the polls don’t drop them too far. Stanford’s defense (Skov and Murphy are All-Americans) is ridiculous. There was one point where USC had 15 yards rushing in the 2nd half. But USC, this USC team didn’t fold like previous teams. SC forced the key turnovers, and made all the plays with the defense and special teams. From the Chad Wheeler blocked field goal after the Kessler fumble, to the Dion Bailey and Su’a Cravens picks (Kevin Hogan made one of the most boneheaded plays I’ve ever seen. 2nd and 2, and you throw it up for grabs as you’re about to get dragged down? Thank you, Kevin. Hope to see you next year) to Andre Heidari finally making a kick that wins it after Kessler threw a slant route to Marqise Lee, and then got a big completion to Nelson Agholor.

LOOK AT MY DUDE PAT!!!
LOOK AT MY DUDE PAT!!!

As a fan, this was sweet to beat Stanford this year. No, not because it’s been 4 years since the Trojans have beaten them. Everything that the program has been through this year, from the NCAA being lol worthy, to the Kiffin firing, this, this win tonight from USC is the reason they’ll always be my team for life. It’s crazy to me. Like words can’t describe how much this win means to not just me, but to everyone. I cried last night. Just emotional tears of joy because when you see a team battle and compete through adversity, it makes me proud as hell to be a fan. I’ve been a fan since elementary school, and this might be my favorite team ever. No, this team won’t be like the 2003 or 2004 teams and win National Titles. But this 2013 USC Trojans team has done everything right. They’ve played hard for Coach O, and truly fought on. 

USC has 8 wins. 5-1 since Coach O was promoted the coaching gig. USC, in a “down” season a month and a half ago has the same amount of wins as the other team across town. Sit on that for a second. USC, with UCLA’s (And a little help from Arizona) help could play for the Pac-12 conference title. At the end of September, I would have never guessed this. But now? It’s purely possible that the USC Trojans could finish the season with 10 wins. Ay yi yi.

THE STEPFATHER OF THE PROGRAM

No matter what happens long-term or in the short-term, All hail Coach O forever. Coach O for Pac-12 coach of the year. Hell, Coach O for National Coach of the Year. If USC goes 7-1 to end the regular season, how does he NOT get at least one of those? Seriously. I wasn’t that big of a believer at first in Coach O, but after the Arizona game, I bought in with it. If he’s not around the SC program next year, it’ll be okay. The way this season has gone, he’s forever a legendary Trojan in my eyes. Not only is he a leader, he’s letting the guys have fun because he is……… #TheStepfather of the USC program. Fight On, forever Coach O.

So pretty much, USC, thank you for one Saturday on reminding me that no matter what, we’ll always be USC. It’s too early to say that I can smell roses because we don’t even control that (Ironically, UCLA does), but we’re 8-3. With a big time win on National TV for everyone to see that even though we have tough times, we’re USC. God bless, SC. Forever and ever.

#FightOn. #BeatTheBuffs 

USC Football, I love you forever

buck allen swag

If you would have told me a month ago that the USC Trojans would be playing a national televised game on ABC on Saturday Night against Stanford, I would have laughed at you. Seriously. Not just laughed. I probably would have told you to “kiss my ass” and have a slap cam on you.

If you would have told me that Javorius Allen would be called by his actual first name, and not his nickname “Buck,” and would actually be playing (and playing like we need to start the #BUCKFORHEISMAN2014 campaign) instead of riding the bench because the old coach didn’t want to play him, I’d be confused on why he was even playing in the first place.

If you would have told me that Ed Orgeron would actually look like a legit head coach and have the USC Trojans playing like a top 20 team in the country with JUST 47 scholarship players, I’d give you a confused look. Seriously. Knowing Coach O’s history as a head coach, I would have been like, “What the hell are you smoking?”

But here we are. It’s about to be the 3rd weekend in the month of November and USC is heading into a showdown on Saturday Night Football against the #4th ranked Stanford “A Tree is our mascot” Cardinal.  As a fan, this season has been ridiculous, and yet SC is still relevant. Once Lane Kiffin was fired for being Lane Kiffin, this team has looked like a different team. Watching SC now is actually fun. Win or lose (They’ve lost one game since Coach O has taken over, btw), this team just looks confident and loose, something that wasn’t seen when Kiff was coaching.

the stepfather
the stepfather of the program

No, I’m not saying Lane Kiffin isn’t a bad coach, Kiffin stans (Okay, maybe I am because since the Arizona game last year in the desert, I don’t know what the hell happened to Lane Kiffin. It’s like he left his own corpse in Tuscon ),  I’m simply saying that clearly, his style of coaching wasn’t working for these guys. It’s one thing to be uptight like, say Nick Saban. But in the midst of Saban’s childish temper tantrums, he’s actually a leader. It’s clearly obvious that he (Kiffin) wasn’t a leader. And while Coach O might be an interim head coach, but he’s shown leadership, which is exactly what this team has needed.

Coach O’s motto has been “One heartbeat, One team.” And that’s what it is. Let’s be honest here. 47 scholarship players. Injuries to almost everyone including all-world stud, Marqise Lee. Yet, no complaints or excuses about it from Coach O and the team about it. They just go out, and control what they can control on the field. Think about it, how bad as USC played at the beginning of the season, the horrible loss to Washington State, and the game that got Kiffin fired in Tempe, USC is actually 7-3. In fact, If Andre Heidari could get himself out of his feelings and make kicks, USC would be ranked right now (It’s probably better that they aren’t. Because we aren’t in #GodsConference).

nelson da gawd

So Saturday. Right…. Saturday. I was watching the Champions Classic two nights ago, and I came across the commercial:

and needless to say, I didn’t bop. I did the money dance.  USC hasn’t beaten Stanford in 4 years. At some point, I’m expecting that to end. Last year, I might have jinxed my boys with this,(https://shaunhoward.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/matt-barkley-its-time/), but it’s a new year. Yes, I expect the football nerds   to show up and play well. Because that’s what Stanford does. They play their game. Power. Power. Play Action. Hogan quarterback keeps. Power.  Stanford’s running back last week had 45 carries against Oregon. 45.

1544712_sp_usc_arizona_022_LS

But do I expect the Trojans to play well? Hell yes. Do I expect USC to win? Hell yeah, I do. One of my Twitter followers told me a month ago that even in dark times, SC will always rise up. And that’s happening. With everything that’s gone wrong, this, this season looks like maybe it’s gonna go right. Win or lose on Saturday night, I’m already proud of how these guys and how they’ve proved a lot of people wrong, and have actually fought on under Coach O.

I’m ready for Saturday. I’m ready to watch Cody ball out. I’m ready to this team grow and show the country that no matter how bad the NCAA screwed us over (Seriously though. The NCAA is full of you know what. Reggie Bush’s parents get a house, not him and USC gets the near death penalty. Miami has a dude in the program, and they only lose 9 scholarships for three years. Penn State got their scholarships BACK. But USC can’t get theirs back? Lol, I bet the NCAA is sick that USC is gonna play in another bowl this year even though we’re MAKING them money for being a somewhat decent team for being good with 45 guys. Kiss it, Mark Emmert), no matter the drama surrounding the program and AD Pat Haden looking for the next coach, and all the injuries, that USC is still here. We’re still relevant, and we’re coming for your ass, Stanford (and maybe the rest of America in due time).

It’s time to watch this team party in the endzone. No matter what happens on Saturday, I love you USC. Forever and ever. Fight On. Beat the Farm.

BUCK ALLEN!!!

Follow me on Twitter: @kingshaundiz

Where do we go from here, USC?

“trips right bubble screen” 

Psst. USC. Psst. Lane Kiffin.  Psst. Pat Haden.

Being a USC fan for the majority of my life, I can say that I’ve been spoiled. Spoiled of watching great players put on the cardinal and gold, and actually having a head coach who was competent of putting together a decent gameplan, and not being afraid of just playing football and having fun.

When I watch USC now, I get none of that. The sideline isn’t animated. The coach just stands there with his playcard and reads it like it’s a restaurant menu. The games are so boring, I even find myself dozing off. I don’t get it. What the hell happened to us, USC? What happened from 2010 to now, Kiff? Was Matt Barkley THAT big of a difference for you?

Lane Kiffin was quoted as being an “offensive mastermind” that throws the ball down the field, and is aggressive. That’s not Lane Kiffin now. Lane Kiffin now is a guy who doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing. Watching USC games now and watching his idea of an offense is like watching the Two Girls and One Cup video. Disgusting. Ugly. Pathetic. People act like we as USC fans should WANT to make excuses for Kiffin to get his head out of his butt. The two excuses that make me laugh are “well, we’re still down 10 scholarships, we have no depth in certain areas” and “These guys don’t have game experience, he’s just trying to ease them in.”

WHAT?!?!?
WHAT?!?!?

Do you realize that when you make an excuse for Lane Kiffin, a small child in Africa dies a slow and painful death due to starvation? Yeah, USC is still on probation and that’s up after next season. But my goodness, 7 points on one of the worst teams in college football? Then that whole, “ease in the quarterback” talk…….. Do people believe that? Do you really believe that the sanctions are preventing USC to score more than 7 points? Do you really believe the sanctions are preventing USC to actually look like a College Football team? Let’s just save ourselves here.

Lane Kiffin is one of the worst coaches in College Football.  In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the crowd that stayed to see USC lose in the most embarrassing way chanted “Fire Kiffin” so loud that I heard it on my grandparents TV and I started chanting it too.

Listen, I used to like Kiffin after that whole 2011 season. In fact, I defended Kiffin twice last year on this blog, but now? Nothing has changed with his playcalling, and him. It’s all drama all the time, and it’s embarrassing. Kiffin took a team with pretty good talent last year and had them lose 6 games, and had them look dead in a bowl game where he pretty much proved how much of a joke he was. Pat Haden, I’m SURE you remember that.

Kiffin told reporters that he was going to close practices because that’s what the other top programs in the country do. They close practices. Well guess what, good white brother? Fine. Close practices, but when we see the games, it makes everyone wonder, “what does this team work on? Do all they do is work on perfecting the bubble screen?” Closing practices is one thing. Closing practices to hide… what? This is USC 2013. Everyone knows how to prepare for bubble screens and running back dives.

Kiffin then said that he “didn’t” know who the starting quarterback was, and that both guys would “play” in the first two games of the season (He finally picked one in Cody Kessler an hour ago, which should have been named back in August for his morale). Then last week, he said that he “told” the team who was going to be the starting quarterback, but he wouldn’t tell the media because he didn’t want the story to be on them. Guess what, Kiffin? THEY PLAY AT USC! THE STORY WILL ALWAYS BE ON THEM, YOU IDIOT!!!!!

At the time, people thought this was a brilliant idea. Me? I sat in confusion. Lane Kiffin, this “offensive mastermind” was creating another sense of drama that wasn’t needed. If he says to the media, “this is my starting quarterback” instead of playing these stupid Jedi mind tricks on everyone, including your team.

YOU GOTTA PRAY TO GOD BREH
YOU GOTTA PRAY TO GOD BREH

Now here’s the aftermath of this. Kessler started the game on Saturday night against Washington State, but the “offensive mastermind” decided to play the game on the “safe” side because the defense was playing out of their minds. Fine. But guess what? Playing it safe to 7 points? 54 yards passing between 2 quarterbacks? USC has gone from an elite program to a joke in the span of two seasons.  USC has Marqise Lee, arguably the best receiver in the country, and he has 7 catches for 27 yards against one of the worst secondaries in College Football. People are like, “Well Kessler threw a pick 6.” He threw a pick 6 because the WSU DB knew a slant was coming because it was so predictable.

Psst. Lane.

I was going to give this guy another chance. I was. I thought things were going to change after that disastrous Sun Bowl. But sadly, once again, I was wrong.  Kiffin has failed to develop both quarterbacks, and probably has ruined their confidence all in a nutshell because he lacks the confidence in both of them to call plays that allow both guys to show that they can throw the ball down the field. People say that football is a “team” game. Yeah, it is. And the team lost on Saturday night. But guess what? When a defense holds a team to just 3 points, you should expect to win every time.

It’s gotten to the point in my head that USC could win out (Not happening by the way, they’ll lose at least 5 more), and I’d still want him out. Something has to change. People say that “you don’t know football if you’re blaming Kiffin for this, he’s a scapegoat.” Well I guess I don’t know football because when I look at USC now, I see a program that’s about to suffer even more because their coach simply is clueless when it comes to football, and clueless when it comes to calling plays.

So Pat Haden, are you listening to your boosters? Did you hear the student section chant how they want him gone? Where do we go from here? Do we go from bad football to worse football? Are we gonna see more games of a quarterback throwing 20 bubble screens?

When I watch other teams on Saturdays, I see these true freshman quarterbacks throw the ball and have confidence, and it makes me wonder, “Why can’t USC do that?” Kiffin has two redshirt sophomores, who’ve sat and waited their time, but he doesn’t have any type of confidence in them. So guess what? Kiffin not only lost me as a supporter and trying to right the ship, he’s lost all hopes I’ve had of him actually getting his act together.

#FireKiffin #FightOn #LetsScoreMoreThan7PointsOnSaturdayCluelessKiffin

Leave a comment if you want, I’m sure they’ll be plenty or probably none. *shrug*

ME DOING THE MANZIEL TIMES 2