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November 23, 2006
Not all of the old stories about the USC-Notre Dame game involve touchdown passes or last-second field goals. As the Trojans and Fighting Irish prepare to renew their rivalry Saturday, former players offered memories of a more personal nature -- some touching, some funny, others embarrassing -- in interviews with Times staff writer David Wharton: Never a tall tale Before Pat Haden and J.K. McKay became a quarterback-receiver duo at USC, they were friends.
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SPORTS
November 2, 1991
After hearing Bill Walsh's expert color commentary during the USC-Notre Dame game, I have only one comment: USC, hire the man! ALICE SHEQUEN La Crescenta
SPORTS
October 18, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Desmond Reed, a multidimensional running back and special teams standout for USC, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury suffered against Notre Dame, Coach Pete Carroll said Monday. Reed tore the anterior cruciate ligament and also sustained other damage to his right knee when he turned awkwardly while attempting to field a kickoff during the Trojans' 34-31 victory.
SPORTS
December 5, 1992
Sure and b'gorra, t'will be a dark and dismal day the day that Jim Murray hangs up his word processor! It will take more than a pint to wash away the tears that all sports fans shed on that sorry day. Hopefully, that won't happen for many years. Murray's annual eavesdropping on an imaginary group of Fighting Irish rooters after the USC-Notre Dame game gets funnier each year. WILBUR PECK Sherman Oaks
SPORTS
August 17, 1996
Congratulations to The Times sports department for setting a college football record--and the season hasn't even begun. The record? Earliest mention of the USC-Notre Dame game, a.k.a. "Will the Surgeons ever beat Notre Dame again this century?" The new record: Aug. 10, 1996, 16 weeks (112 days) before the game and 15 days before the season opener. ROB DURKEE North Hollywood
SPORTS
December 6, 1986
This letter is being sent to correct the distorted reporting by the press of what occurred after the USC-Notre Dame game. The booing started only when Ted Tollner's picture was projected on the large replay screen. Once his picture was removed, the booing stopped. When his picture reappeared, the booing returned. The team was not the subject of the fan's displeasure. KEVIN M. BOETHLING Anaheim
SPORTS
September 7, 1999 | MAL FLORENCE
Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times, writing on Sammy Sosa's request to restructure his contract with the Chicago Cubs: "Write the contract for $120 million. Place it on a silver platter with the finest caviar and hand-deliver it to [him]. Bring belly dancers, offer to shine his shoes, bow repeatedly. And hope he doesn't swat you away like a Milwaukee curveball. "That should be the swift approach of the Tribune Co.
SPORTS
November 23, 2006
Not all of the old stories about the USC-Notre Dame game involve touchdown passes or last-second field goals. As the Trojans and Fighting Irish prepare to renew their rivalry Saturday, former players offered memories of a more personal nature -- some touching, some funny, others embarrassing -- in interviews with Times staff writer David Wharton: Never a tall tale Before Pat Haden and J.K. McKay became a quarterback-receiver duo at USC, they were friends.
SPORTS
October 18, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Desmond Reed, a multidimensional running back and special teams standout for USC, will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury suffered against Notre Dame, Coach Pete Carroll said Monday. Reed tore the anterior cruciate ligament and also sustained other damage to his right knee when he turned awkwardly while attempting to field a kickoff during the Trojans' 34-31 victory.
SPORTS
November 26, 2004 | LARRY STEWART
Within a five-day span last week, sports viewing included an actress losing her towel and jumping into the arms of a wide receiver and an NBA player losing his mind and jumping into the stands. The taped "Monday Night Football" skit with Nicollette Sheridan and Terrell Owens was generally deemed inappropriate for family viewing. Ron Artest's stunt last Friday was more than just inappropriate, it might have been criminal.
SPORTS
March 10, 2002 | T. J. Simers
The folks at USC were not happy with me a few months ago, so an anonymous source in the athletic department told a student writing for the Daily Trojan he had some real dirt on me that might lead to my dismissal and get me off the school's back. He told the student I had taken my 23-year-old daughter to a USC-Notre Dame game two years ago, and had gotten her into the press box at the Coliseum. That was true, of course, and while I had permission from USC and The Times to take my kid to work for a day and the Daily Trojan made no mention of that, I'd have taken her without it because I hope to introduce her one day to a gifted athlete who will make big money and set me up for life.
SPORTS
September 7, 1999 | MAL FLORENCE
Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times, writing on Sammy Sosa's request to restructure his contract with the Chicago Cubs: "Write the contract for $120 million. Place it on a silver platter with the finest caviar and hand-deliver it to [him]. Bring belly dancers, offer to shine his shoes, bow repeatedly. And hope he doesn't swat you away like a Milwaukee curveball. "That should be the swift approach of the Tribune Co.
SPORTS
August 17, 1996
Congratulations to The Times sports department for setting a college football record--and the season hasn't even begun. The record? Earliest mention of the USC-Notre Dame game, a.k.a. "Will the Surgeons ever beat Notre Dame again this century?" The new record: Aug. 10, 1996, 16 weeks (112 days) before the game and 15 days before the season opener. ROB DURKEE North Hollywood
SPORTS
December 5, 1992
Sure and b'gorra, t'will be a dark and dismal day the day that Jim Murray hangs up his word processor! It will take more than a pint to wash away the tears that all sports fans shed on that sorry day. Hopefully, that won't happen for many years. Murray's annual eavesdropping on an imaginary group of Fighting Irish rooters after the USC-Notre Dame game gets funnier each year. WILBUR PECK Sherman Oaks
SPORTS
November 2, 1991
After hearing Bill Walsh's expert color commentary during the USC-Notre Dame game, I have only one comment: USC, hire the man! ALICE SHEQUEN La Crescenta
SPORTS
November 26, 2004 | LARRY STEWART
Within a five-day span last week, sports viewing included an actress losing her towel and jumping into the arms of a wide receiver and an NBA player losing his mind and jumping into the stands. The taped "Monday Night Football" skit with Nicollette Sheridan and Terrell Owens was generally deemed inappropriate for family viewing. Ron Artest's stunt last Friday was more than just inappropriate, it might have been criminal.
SPORTS
March 10, 2002 | T. J. Simers
The folks at USC were not happy with me a few months ago, so an anonymous source in the athletic department told a student writing for the Daily Trojan he had some real dirt on me that might lead to my dismissal and get me off the school's back. He told the student I had taken my 23-year-old daughter to a USC-Notre Dame game two years ago, and had gotten her into the press box at the Coliseum. That was true, of course, and while I had permission from USC and The Times to take my kid to work for a day and the Daily Trojan made no mention of that, I'd have taken her without it because I hope to introduce her one day to a gifted athlete who will make big money and set me up for life.
SPORTS
October 21, 1989 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Quick, name L.A.'s greatest sports rivalry. Lakers-Celtics? Dodgers-Giants? Rams-49ers? If tradition and numbers are the yardsticks, you're not even in the ballpark. Try USC-Notre Dame. In 1931, Notre Dame, undefeated for 26 games and never beaten in South Bend by the Trojans, was leading USC with a minute to play. Enter Johnny Baker, who kicked a 33-yard field goal to pull out a 16-14 victory at South Bend.
SPORTS
November 26, 1988 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Seldom has there been a regular season-ending college football game of more magnitude than the USC-Notre Dame matchup today at the Coliseum. There have been 23 previous games involving the nation's top two ranked teams. Some of these showdowns were in bowl games and two of the more memorable--Army-Notre Dame in 1946 and Michigan State-Notre Dame in 1966--were late-season games.
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