The Healing Power of Sports

I love sports.  I love almost every sport out there.  I love college football the most, followed by professional basketball.  I am practically addicted to NFL's The Red Zone on Sundays (or, "ADD Football," as I endearingly call it) and I love my USC Trojans.  I've been known to spend more than 12 hours in front of the television watching the Wimbledon tennis tournament.  And, my husband says I'm probably the only wife in America who grabs the Sports section of the newspaper before her husband does....more

Will the Nittany Lions Survive?

I’m sure everyone in America has heard the news about Penn State: the university received the harshest penalties this side of the “death penalty” for the despicable crimes committed by a member of their football coaching staff.  On top of a $60 million fine, the school is banned from post-season play for four years, is on probation for five years, loses scholarships and must vacate every win since 1998, transforming Joe Paterno overnight from college football’s winningest coach to twelfth on the list since 111 of his wins were vacated....more

The Only Rivalry that Matters: It’s UCLA vs. USC on Saturday!

Those who know me know that I'm a Trojan.  I've been one my entire life.  So, nothing gets me more excited than the Clash of the Crosstowns, otherwise known as the Big Game, the annual gridiron match between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins.  This annual game determines who "owns" the city for the next year and which team can lord it over the other for the next 364 days.  It decides which coach gets the better football recruits.  It determines who gets to take possession of the Victory Bell....more

College Football Without USC is Just Plain Boring

It’s another Saturday afternoon, there’s college football everywhere and yet the day is grim and dull.  Why?  I’ll tell you why.  It’s because the USC Trojans don’t factor into the post-season.  (Full disclosure: I am a Trojan fan and have been a dedicated Trojan fan for many years.)  The football program is in the second year of a two-year post-season ban, which means they aren’t part of any screwball BCS rankings and they can’t play in a bowl game.  But, what this also means is that the Trojans are nobody’s evil menace; they aren’t fodder for national analyst...more

WHEN IS A LOSS REALLY A WIN?

Last Saturday, I was one of 93,000 people at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.  I was wearing Cardinal and Gold and I was on my feet for almost four hours, cheering for the USC Trojans to beat the Stanford Cardinal.  For the weeks leading up to this game, winning it was deemed an impossibility, so as I stood during the third overtime period, I could hard believe we were not only still in the game but had a good chance of winning it!...more