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?
November 23, 1987 |
It seems that USC tailback Steven Webster wasn't destined to play against Michigan State this season. Webster missed the season opener Sept. 7 that the Spartans won, 27-13, because of a sprained ankle. Now he'll miss the Rose Bowl game Jan. 1 against Michigan State. He underwent surgery Sunday at Huntington Memorial Hospital to repair ligament damage to his left knee. Webster suffered the injury against UCLA Saturday on the last play of the first quarter. It was a modest three-yard gain.
October 3, 1987 |
It would be easier for USC Coach Larry Smith to prepare his football team for tonight's Coliseum game with Oregon State if the Beavers hadn't lost to Texas last week, 61-16. Smith also has to reckon with the fact that USC beat Oregon State, 63-0, in 1985, the last time the teams met. Tonight's game would appear to be a mismatch, but sometimes strange things happen.
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.
October 10, 1987 |
In 1914, at the outbreak of World War I, USC's football team, coached by Ralph Glaze, played three consecutive road games. The Trojans of that era beat Redlands, then lost to Pomona and Oregon State. No other USC team has had a similar schedule since. But now, 73 years later, the Trojans will be away from home for three straight weekends, starting with today's game against Oregon at Autzen Stadium.
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 6, 1987 |
On Stanford's first day of practice last August, Brad Muster stepped out of the Heisman Trophy picture. The 6-foot 3-inch, 226-pound Stanford tailback severely sprained his left ankle on a routine play with minimum contact. Since that unfortunate day, Muster has tried to run on the injured ankle. But he has been able to play in only 11 quarters of eight games. With the season almost gone, however, Muster is active again and will play against USC Saturday at the Coliseum.
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.