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USC v. Idaho Saturday Night and Wet Song Girls
I've complained about the scheduling of my beloved Trojans' games in recent years. We seem to have had a lot of late starts. 5:00, 5:30, 7:30pm... someone seemed determined to maintain the oft-speculated upon "East Coast bias" by making sure half the country was getting into bed before USC had finished its first quarter of ball.
My feelings were reinforced when I saw that this year there are only three games that start by 1:30pm or earlier and two of those are road games. Sure, it means I don't have to wake up as early on Saturday. Loading up beers at eight in the morning only to start drinking by ten was sometimes disconcerting, but I still like to watch a game under natural light now and again.
The 7:15pm start for tomorrow's season opener against Idaho was sticking in my craw all week. Maybe I shouldn't feel so bad that the East Coast sportswriters might miss the opening game of a SC team that's been plagued by an unusual number of injuries in recent days. Maybe I should feel sympathy for the Vandals players who'll be spared the Sunday morning articles in the Eastern press on what should be a drubbing at the hands of the Trojans.
Wet Song Girls after the jump.
Well, it's 11pm and for the second night in the row the City of Angels is enjoying temperatures near or above 80 degrees. I have a fan blowing on me and I'm still sweating. Of course it's not nearly as bad now as it was earlier today when the temperature was crawling up near the three-digit mark. I think that was around 1:30pm.
I'm not going to endorse nighttime football, even if there is a critically acclaimed TV show promoting football being played under lights. Baseball fans know that you're supposed to play sports in the daylight under blue skies. So here in Southern California, when you can go to a game in November dressed the way Indians fans do for games in June in Cleveland, we should be cheering our teams in the afternoon.
However, I've seen the forecast for the weekend and it looks like the transcript of kid who's "it" counting backwards from 100. So, as the sun sets over Vermont Avenue and the Spirit of Troy Marching Band makes way for the 2007 Trojan football team on Saturday night I'll tip my cap and let the schedulers have this one.
But let's not make a habit of it.
Fight On & beat the Vandals!
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To cool you off (or heat you up), as promised: Wet Song Girls
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