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Trojans face their sixth ranked opponent this season!


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Make no mistake about it… Jim Harbaugh is the real deal Holyfield when it comes to coaching.  After getting out of pro-coaching, Harbaugh became the head coach for our local USD Torreros and took them to two back-to-back Championships before becoming the Stanford head coach.

 

At the Pacific 10 Conference media day on July 26, 2007, Harbaugh praised the Trojans, stating “There is no question in my mind that USC is the best team in the country and may be the best team in the history of college football.” The declaration, especially in light of his earlier comment, garnered more media attention.[3][4] Later in the season, Stanford defeated #1 USC 24-23 with a touchdown in the final minute. With USC being the favorite by 41 points, it was statistically the greatest upset in college football history.

 

Today is Homecoming for the USC family.  In order to make it a happy one, the Trojans will have to take this game very seriously.  For the first time in years, the Trees are bowl illegible.  Stanford has beaten two ranked opponents already, Washington(24) and Oregon(7).  The Trojans(11) are the third ranked team Stanford will play this year, but the Trees(25) are the sixth ranked opponent the Trojans will face this year.  NO OTHER TEAM IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAS PLAYED SIX RANKED OPPONENTS!  That is a credit to the Pac-10 and USC.  Granted, The Torjans have lost two games this season… both to currently ranked teams.  The BCS computer can manipulate the standings for SEC teams and Big 12 teams all it wants, but in the end the Trojans will have faced the TOUGHEST COLLEGE SCHEDULE IN THE COUNTRY when all is said and done.

I dare you to take a look at the cream puff schedules Florida, Alabama, and Texas played.  There are teams I have never heard of like Louisiana-Monroe, Charleston Southern, FIU, Chattanooga, etc.,  yet the east coast biased media drools all over them even though they load their schedules with non-BCS teams that couldn’t beat USC’s practice squad.

 

Well, here’s to a USC victory in the Colosseum on Homecoming.  FIGHT ON!

 

Pac 10 teams play in toughest college division.


Say what you want, but when it comes down to brass tax, the Pac 10 is the toughest division in college football.  Unlike the other divisions, Pac 10 teams have to play every team in their conference.  The Pac 10 is tied for the most ranked opponents in any division, but there is one major difference.  Pac 10 teams have to battle each other and play every team in the division.  The other top ranked teams in the country did not have to play every team in their division.  Instead Texas got to cherry pick garbage teams like Louisiana-Monroe(5-4), Wyoming(4-5), UTEP(3-6), and Florida got to play FIU(2-7) and Charleston Southern(4-5) which is in something called “champion subdivision”… this basically means they are not a BCS team.

Pacific-10 Conf All
Oregon (14) 5-1 7-2
Arizona (18) 4-1 6-2
Stanford (25) 5-2 6-3
USC (11) 4-2 7-2

THE PAC-10 WAS 5-0 IN BOWL GAMES IN 2009

There is a glaring east coast bias in this country because no one on the east coast can stay up to see how good the Pac 10 really is.  ESPN is based out of Bristol, Connecticut and you’re kidding yourself if you think they are going to give the West side its due recognition.  The Pac 10 gets no respect and you can say there are just as many ranked teams in the Big-10, but one thing is for certain and that is the glaring fact that they don’t all play each other because of their schedule cherry picking.

Any unbiased person would make the argument that every division should play all of its division opponents.  This would make every division more competitive and it would make it tougher for teams like Texas, Florida, Alabama, Ohio State, and Oklahoma to get recognition and rankings they just don’t deserve.  This would go a long way toward making the BCS more competitive, fun, and unbiased.

Or they could just implement a playoff system and get rid of this argument all together!

Will Strasburg Pitch Sunday?


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I liked Tony Gwynn’s original plan of starting Tyler Lavigne on Friday in order to have him available for Sunday, but that would be way to Tony LaRusaesque.  Only a mad man or a gambler would’ve benched Strasburg in favor of Levigne against Virginia.

#1 Irvine lost yesterday and SDSU’s hopes are still alive today.  The question now is,  who will start for the Aztecs at 4:00PM PDT?  Strasburg is a power pitcher and TG says it takes him longer to recoup.  So what now?

Tune in at 4:00PM PDT to find out!

SDSU Advances to NIT Final Four


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In case you missed it, our very own San Diego State Aztecs advanced to the Final Four of the NIT tournament by defeating St. Mary’s.  They will match up against Baylor at Madison Square Garden on March 31st, 2009 at 7:00PM EST.

If this surprises you, it shouldn’t.  This is arguably one of SDSU’s best teams under Steve Fisher and many felt that the Aztecs were snubbed by the NCAA tournament this year.  Fortunately for SDSU alumni and San Diegans, the Aztecs came to the NIT to ball it up and prove that they deserve to be considered in the future because whether the networks like it or not, SDSU and San Diego are relevant once again.

A healthy CONGRATULATIONS is in order and hopefully, this will get Aztec’s minds off of their football team which went  9-27 in three seasons under Coach Long who was hired in December 2005 with no previous head coaching experience.  I am no expert… well no more than the rest of you, but it looks as if you hire a coach with experience, it might actually translate in to wins and excitement.

Bill Grier is Staying at USD


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Thanks for a great year Bill and thanks for representing the true San Diego mentality to the rest of the United States!  Money isn’t everything… especially in San Diego!

 

“I have decided to stay at USD because I strongly feel in my heart that this is what is best for me and my family right now. USD is a great place and I look forward to working with our staff and players to continue building on what we have started here.”

 

Seriously though… Would you take an extra $350,000 – $1M to move away from San Diego and up to Berkley or Washington?  What is that extra cash going to buy you?  It will not buy you San Diego weather, it will not buy you San Diegans, it will not buy you a life in America’s Finest City!  People that are not from San Diego, just cannot understand, nor do we want them to.  Silent Pride Bill, silent pride!

 

We look forward to next year and we appreciate a man of his word!

The Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines January 21-27


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PGA Golf is in San Diego.  Come see pros like Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini, Chris DiMarco, Freddy Couples, Vijay Singh, Charles Howell III and Tiger Woods this weekend at Torrey Pines golf course.

 

In case you have never heard, Tiger Woods is good at golf.  He owns this tournament.  He is the defending champion and has won the event 4 of the last 5 years.  John Daly won in 2004.

 

Other reasons to attend;

 

Great scenic views of the Pacific Ocean,

Golf courses smell better than Qualcomm stadium,

Hot golf sluts(men & women),

It is good exercise to walk the course,

They serve beer,

Never pass up an opportunity to drink and exercise at the same time.

 

http://www.buickinvitational.com/

 

The 2008 US Open will also be played at Torrey Pines June 9-June 15.

 

-Homer Freer