Viscarra’s Vice: Ball still in spotlight even with Dodgers

As the Dodgers clinched the National League pennant Thursday night, there was just as much chatter on sports radio about Lonzo Ball’s debut with the Lakers that same night. Sorry, Dodgers, you’ve got no right to upstage the Big Baller Brand, apparently. Before the Lakers tipped off their 2017-18 regular season against the Los Angeles […]

Grinding Gears: Rough loss spotlights what USC is lacking

It started with a bad snap. It only got worse from there. The final score read 49-14 in favor of Notre Dame, and it was every bit as lopsided, every bit as painful, torturous and agonizing as one might imagine. USC rolled into South Bend on Saturday night as the 11th-ranked team in the country, […]

Poe’s Perspective: ESPN must correct Barstool mistake

It’s Thursday yet again, which means that it’s time for yet another column about yet another nationwide scandal involving sexism in sports. Again, I’m sorry. I wish I didn’t have to. But here we are, less than 48 hours separated from the debut of Barstool Van Talk, the newest show on ESPN that features the […]

Winter is still unsure for Rams and NFC

Week 6 of the NFL season proved that a fine line between winning and losing extends to all 32 teams, regardless of current momentum. It also gave reason to believe many squads can compete at similar levels until winter comes. Granted, since we’re not yet at the regular season’s halfway point, we don’t know how […]

Viscarra’s Vice: Dodgers flipping script this postseason

Oh yeah, something’s definitely different. The past five seasons of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball have reaped five divisional titles and three trips to the NLCS. But in each of those postseason runs, something was undoubtedly missing from those teams, hindering their pursuit of World Series glory. Dodger squads of postseasons past lacked something — something […]

Grinding Gears: Two-point stop keeps Trojans’ year alive

Two yards. That’s all that kept USC from its season being over, its College Football Playoff hopes narrowed significantly and national championship hopes dashed. But instead, redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris dove and tackled Utah quarterback Troy Williams as he ran for the end zone. Williams fell two yards shy, failing to execute the two-point […]

Weekend does not bode well for Trojans

Being frank, I thought USC looked its worst this season during last Saturday’s 38-10 win over Oregon State. The stats on the surface were strong: a four-touchdown cushion, 316 passing yards (three scores) for redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold and more than 500 yards of total offense. But the Beavers are a team in shambles […]

Rankings should not count the Trojans out

I don’t really understand how national rankings work. Of course, I understand the premise of voters and polls based on point differentials and strength-of-schedule statistics. I’ve read plenty of explainer columns that break down the variety of factors that are put into deciding the national rankings for teams every week. But when it comes down […]

T-Time: Could kneeling spread to college?

First off, please allow me to make my opinions clear. I think it is perfectly OK for athletes to protest in the form of taking a knee during the national anthem. They are influential figures in society who are taking peaceful actions against what they perceive as injustice — not the flag, the military or […]