December 29, 1987 |
Mark Carrier probably would like to forget the first game he ever played for USC. But he is being reminded of it this week. A redshirt freshman, who missed the 1986 season because of a broken foot, Carrier was the starting free safety Sept. 7 against Michigan State at East Lansing, Mich., in a Labor Day nationally televised special at night. The game wasn't very special, though, for Carrier and the Trojans, who were beaten, 27-13.
November 18, 1987 |
When I woke up this morning, USC-UCLA was on my mind. And before my feet hit the floor, I knew one thing for sure: That I was picking USC to win. This was bound to trigger a series of events. For starters, it would freak out just about every man, woman and child in Westwood, where insinuations would be made that I had gotten out of bed not on my feet, but on my head. That not only had I wronged UCLA, but that I probably couldn't spell UCLA. Next, it would make me a big hero at USC.
November 22, 1987 |
A year ago at this time, they were carrying Ted Tollner out on a shield, or at least hoping he might fall on his sword in some corner somewhere. But this is the Larry Smith Era at USC, so when Athletic Director Mike McGee introduced Smith at his postgame press conference, here is what McGee thought of the occasion: "It is an unbelievable honor,' McGee said. Times sure have changed at USC. Let's see, according to Troy Time, it's the Rose Bowl again. And you do know about the Trojan watch?
October 7, 2010 |
Johnny Vander Meer's remarkable 1938 feat of pitching consecutive no-hitters probably won't ever be topped, but throwing two in a row in the playoffs might qualify. ? Roy Halladay has a shot. ? Don Larsen never truly had a chance, his next postseason start after his perfect game in the 1956 World Series not coming until a year later ? in the '57 World Series. ? Larsen gave up a leadoff single to Red Schoendienst on his way to a Game 3 victory over the Milwaukee Braves.
July 31, 2004 |
A former top television publicist was arrested Friday on a charge that he illegally eavesdropped for 2 1/2 years on confidential weekly executive staff meetings at the FX cable channel that had earlier fired him. Los Angeles County law enforcement officials said Randolph Steven Webster, 38, faces one felony count of illegal wiretapping for using a toll-free number to dial, undetected, into meetings held by top executives at the Fox cable channel.
October 14, 2002 |
Just to be safe after last year's terrorist attacks in New York and the Pentagon, Steven Brooks Webster and his friends canceled a long-planned surfing trip to Fiji. This year, they decided to go for it -- but picked the surf-rich Indonesian island of Bali. Webster and one of his friends were inside a Bali nightclub Saturday night when a powerful car bomb exploded, a terrorist attack that killed more than 180 people and injured hundreds.
November 11, 1987 |
College football players are motivated for many reasons--a traditional rival, a pay-back for an embarrassing loss, personal satisfaction. But did you ever hear of abandonment? That apparently is Arizona's motivation for Saturday's game with USC at the Coliseum. The Wildcats are playing the Trojans, but their attention is directed at Larry Smith. Smith coached Arizona for seven years until he became USC's coach last January, replacing Ted Tollner.
October 26, 1988 |
USC's status is unchanged after an idle weekend. The Trojans are 6-0 and retained their No. 3 national ranking. They're also tied with UCLA for the Pacific 10 Conference lead, each with 4-0 records. A comfortable position, to say the least, but USC Coach Larry Smith is far from satisfied with his team. The No. 3 ranking could be 33 as far as he's concerned. He doesn't put much stock in it.
September 20, 1989 |
The first time USC tailback Ricky Ervins heard the roar of a Rose Bowl crowd, he cut to the right, hit the brakes, zoomed left and kicked it back into gear. Nobody laid a hand on him. Of course, nobody could, because he was behind the wheel of his car at the time. Ervins was leaving his job as a Rose Bowl parking lot attendant that day. An all-state running back at Pasadena's Muir High School, Ervins was picking up some extra money while, inside the Rose Bowl, Arizona State was beating Michigan.