Show some love for the Women of Troy


Sunday was an important day. No, I’m not talking about the Super Bowl. I’m referring to another game that occurred just down the street from the Staples Center. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about: Yes, there actually was another game that took place at 1 p.m. that day. It […]

A Valentine’s Day love ballad for the ignorant


As Valentine’s Day approaches, I thought I would get an early start on my day-long celebration of commercialism and over-the-top flattery. This year, though, times were tough, so instead of going to the grocery store and spending my dimes on a glittery Hallmark card, I decided there was no better way to honor those who […]

NFL can’t change L.A. sports landscape


Sunday, like the rest of America, I arrived at a Super Bowl party. As I mingled with the other guests and wolfed down my second chili dog, the inevitable question arrived: Which team are you rooting for? I did what I do whenever I’m asked that question regarding an NFL game — I waffled. Yeah, […]

In my world, I would have been a recruit


In middle school, I came home one evening in the midst of a chronic shoe phase, when, for strange, stupid reasons, most adolescent boys become enamored with $150 Nike sneakers. It was wintertime, and an EastBay catalogue had been delivered in that day’s mail, packaged between utility bills and awkward postcards from relatives whose names […]

Free throws remain Achilles’ heel for USC


If you start reading this column expecting something about the holy day of signing, when 18-year-olds finally put years of doodling their signatures in the margin of their Algebra notebooks into practice (or not, in the case of Texas A&M recruit Floyd Raven, whose mom forged his signature on a letter of intent to Ole […]

Trojans still have a stronghold on L.A.


It was supposed to be a down year for USC football. After the program dominated the college football world for quite some time, the NCAA finally brought the Trojans down to earth. Former USC running back Reggie Bush was found to have received improper benefits. So, the NCAA decided to ram it down USC’s throat […]

Intent of comments ignored by fans, media


We live in an age in which people are easily offended. The most recent case of this modern day form of the blame game came from the visiting locker room of the McKale Memorial Center on Saturday night. After an embarrassing 82-73 loss to the Arizona Wildcats, USC’s star junior forward Nikola Vucevic was rather […]

Recruiting stars don’t always align right


Recruiting is the lifeblood of every college football program. With national signing day coming up Wednesday, prepare to hear the recruiting news spewing across every sports media platform. You’ll hear which team has the best incoming class, which teams missed out, which teams did the best at what positions and so on. Your appetite for […]

Recruiting monopoly alive and well in L.A.


Will UCLA catch up to USC? We’ve been asking this for years now, and even as both programs inch closer to national signing day Wednesday, nothing indicates that such a scenario is on the horizon. So the question has become, “Okay, will anything, even sanctions, derail the Trojans’ run of success? That’s where we are […]