Sunday, September 18, 2005

Yesterday was fun

Went to OU-UCLA, tailgating starting at 8:30am. 3 hot dogs and 3 cheeseburgers and a complete annihilation of the OU defense later [edit: and about 10 beers], I got dropped off by the caravan at the Coliseum for the USC-Arkansas game. 25 minutes of football and 42 USC points later, we left, and I have three comments (pics to be uploaded later):

1) The Pac-10 is really good. Won't be surprised if they're the best in the nation by the end of the year. I'm not going to say they're the best just yet, but clearly better than the Big 10 and Big 12. And there are those who believe the offenses are so good that it should overcome any defense in the land right now, but I'm not convinced that anything besides defense wins games. I haven't watched last night's Florida-Tennessee game yet, so I'm withholding judgment on how many decent teams the SEC has. Even still, I'd consider the SEC at six deep (LSU, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, and Alabama) as better than anyone else.

2) I really think this USC team could compete with the worst NFL teams. People shrug it off as nonsense but back in the days when the College All-Stars would play against the NFL in one game a year, at least once they beat them. And right now, USC is essentially the nation's all star team. And they will be discussed among the best ever.

3) The L.A. Coliseum, while impressive in that it conjures up images of gladiators in ancient Rome, is a rather terrible venue. The lighting is awful! The entire endzone opposite the makeshift stands has no lighting. That whole swath of people were in the dark. The corners near the other end of the stadium (where we sat) also have very poor lighting. And given how far we were from the field (again, pics later), makes for a somewhat frustrating experience. Also, from our end of the stadium, you have no idea what the down and distance are! The tiny digital scoreboard on the opposite end only shows the score and quarter. The down and distance are on the giant scoreboard adjacent to the one jumbotron in the stadium, which we were too close too to see (if that makes any sense - we were on the side of it). I can certainly understand why no NFL team would play there.

4) There are a lot of attractive women at USC. I'd forgotten this.


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