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TORONTO TROJAN TRIPLE TRIP-UP TRASHES TEAM IN ALL-STAR TILT

DeRoze and Fall of Troy — In the final minute of the 2018 NBA All-Star game, Toronto Raptor and ex-trojan DeMar DeRozan misses a Free Throw, throws the ball away for a Turnover, and fails to get the final, potentially game-tying shot off before the buzzer (it was a brick anyway) in a 148-145 loss

Remember when the term “goat” DIDN’T make people think “Greatest Of All Time?”  Forget Tom Brady and Michael Jordan — “goat” used to mean the guy who choked away a game.  And in tonight’s 2018 NBA All-Star game, the undisputed goat for “Team Curry” was u$c’s own DeMar DeRozan.

With the score tied at 144 with 40 seconds left, the Raptor Guard missed the first of two Free Throws, which opened the door for “Team LeBron,” as LeBron James promptly made a lay-up to put his team up 146-145.  But DeRozan had a chance for redemption.  With 16 seconds left he drove the lane, but he had no shot, PANICKED, and threw a wild pass that no teammate had a chance at, and the ball went soaring out of bounds for a costly Turnover.

Team LeBron knew they were going to be intentionally fouled, so they passed the ball quickly up court, and BRUIN Russell Westbrook grabbed the ball on the run and took it to the hoop himself, expecting the foul.  But unlike his ex-trojan counterpart, Westbrook FINISHED successfully, dropping the ball into the basket for two points, and no foul was committed.

That gave the LeBrons a 3-point lead with 10 seconds left — plenty of time for the Currys to tie it up.  The LeBrons did not foul intentionally to keep the Currys from attempting a game-tying three.  But what they DID do is double-team Stephen Curry, forcing him to pass the ball to DeRozan in the corner.  Unfortunately for Curry, DeRozan did NOT have the awareness to KNOW how many ticks were left on the clock.  Instead, DeRozan hesitated too long, then heaved up a tightly-guarded prayer, just AFTER the final horn sounded.  But it wouldn’t have mattered if he had beaten the clock — the desperation attempt never had a chance, and clanked off the rim.  So DeRozan’s SECOND chance to redeem himself Continue Reading »

HOLIDAY WIN EXPRESS(LY)

Bluish Holiday — Bruin star Aaron Holiday is the concierge of UCLA’s thrilling 86-78 overtime victory, sending the Quacks packing with 29 Points, 6 Assists, and 5 Rebounds, as he starts his probable permanent vacation from Pauley Pavilion

Aaron Holiday is only a Junior, but Senior Day at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday was most likely his last home game as a Bruin.  Seniors Thomas Welsh and Gyorgy Goloman won’t be back for sure, and Holiday is as good as gone.  He leads the Pac-12 in Scoring and 3-Point Shooting, and is one of the Assist leaders as well.  Qualifications like that usually lead to a high NBA Draft projection, and an early exit.  If this was Holiday’s last game in front of a Pauley crowd, he certainly made it one to remember.

Aaron hit FOUR early three-point shots, as the Bruins were on fire from outside, allowing them to take a 40-35 lead into Halftime.  They bumped the lead up to 11 in the Second Half, and it looked like they were going to cruise to an easy revenge win against Oregon.  But that’s when Holiday got in foul trouble and it became apparent just how valuable he is to the team.  Oregon went on a Continue Reading »

CAN’T SPELL “DOMESTIC ABUSE” WITHOUT U-S-C

J.L. to ja-il? — Trojan Joseph Lewis, the Nation’s #1 High School Wide Receiver of 2016, is arrested for FELONY Domestic Violence with bail set at $50,000

Well, at least he didn’t murder two people.  Yet another trojan athlete has run afoul of the law in a very serious way.  This time it is Wide Receiver Joseph Lewis, who was booked on Felony Domestic Violence charges yesterday at 2pm.  He is suspected of inflicting “corporal injury” on a spouse or cohabitant.  “Corporal??”  Isn’t that what they used to call it when a parent spanks a kid, as in “corporal punishment?”  Was this just a misunderstanding of a sex game?  Since when is spanking your woman a felony?  Some people really like being spanked.

Or… maybe it’s a little more serious than a slap on the fanny.  “Corporal” in this instance means he inflicted BODILY injury (as opposed to just emotional injury). So maybe he was more than just a pain in the ass.  Lewis is only 18 years old, and barely played for the trojans as a Freshman.  Despite his elite National #1 recruit status, he caught only 4 passes all season long.  He was expected to have a breakout year this coming campaign, but that may be in doubt, as his court date falls on the first day of Spring Practice.  As of now, he has been suspended from Continue Reading »

EMBRACING UNIVERSITY

Embracing Doughversity — The rampant proliferation of recreational hugs, Vodka, and tasty appetizers keep a dispiriting announcement from putting a damper on a hugely successful fundrai$er for the illustrious UCLA Spirit Squad

Pork Dumplings can fix almost anything.  Combine them with a mashed potato bar, grilled cheese sandwiches dipped in tomato bisque, and sweet & sour meatballs, and you might not even notice the apocalypse.  Throw in Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Vodka Lemonade, and you may feel like you are in Heaven — especially when you are surrounded by angels.

And that’s what I experienced on Saturday at the Pavilion Club in iconic Pauley Pavilion:  Pure Heaven.  All that great food, those refreshing libations, and of course, the wall-to-wall beauty.  Not to mention the fun of silent auctions and opportunity drawings, and the engaging COMPANY of families like the Continue Reading »

SATURDAY IN THE PAUL’ WITH GORGE(OUS)

Greet is Good — This coming Saturday at 1:00pm in Pauley Pavilion is the annual UCLA Spirit Squad All-Access Reception.  Come eat hors d’oeuvres, drink cocktails, win prizes, and meet Bruin Athletes, Coaches, National Champions, and of course, the best Cheerleaders in the Country

It’s that time of year again — One of the best events of the whole calendar year:  The UCLA Spirit Squad All-Access Reception.  Held this Saturday at 1:00pm in the Pavilion Club inside iconic Pauley Pavilion, this Meet n’ Greet features the opportunity to speak with the members of the legendary UCLA Dance Team, Cheer Squad, and Yell Crew.

That would be enough right there to justify attendance, but there’s a lot more.  Great food, including fancy appetizers, beer, wine, and alcoholic lemonade-type drinks are all included in your admission, the cost of which goes entirely to SUPPORT the squad.

In attendance will be certain Bruin Coaches and Athletes (Josh Rosen came last year), all usually willing to take selfies with you, talk Sports, sign autographs, etc.  There will also be opportunity drawings where you can win all sorts of great prizes, many of which are Bruin-related.  I have won things in the past, including the honor of being a judge for the Cheerleader Tryouts.  I have also won a basketball autographed by the whole Bruin team.  My point is, Continue Reading »

WELSH CARRIER

Trojans shot down like dogs — UCLA’s Aircraft Carrier Thomas Welsh carries the Bruins to victory over u$c 82-79, scoring 21 Points including UCLA’s last 5 — a 3-pointer to give them the lead, and 2 Free Throws to go up by 3 with 11 seconds left;  Aaron Holiday (23 Points, 9 Assists, 6 Rebounds, 1 Steal, 1 Block) was Aar-Craft Carrier #2, with crafty play that helped carry UCLA back from deficits of 11 in the first half and 9 in the second, because these Bruins Never Surrender!

The Welsh Terrier is a breed of dog that was originally bred to hunt rodents, and today, UCLA’s Welshie exterminated the trojan vermin with his Senior Leadership and last-minute clutch shooting in a dramatic, come-from-behind (twice) 82-79 triumph at Pauley Pavilion.

With the score tied at 77 with 54 seconds left, Bruin Point Guard Aaron Holiday notched his game-high NINTH Assist by feeding Welsh at the 3-Point line, where Thomas calmly swished the trey.  Sc hit a couple of Free Throws to cut the deficit to one, and got the ball back after a missed Bruin Free Throw, but missed a wild shot and Welsh secured the rebound.  They fouled him, and with 11 seconds left in the game, Welsh — who was celebrating his 22nd Birthday — came through in the clutch, draining both Free Throws.  Troy still had a chance, but, down by 3 — even though UCLA chose not to foul them to prevent a potentially game-tying three — Continue Reading »

BRUINS BURN DOWN TREE BILLBOARDS INSIDE WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Ebbing away from Misery — UCLA gets revenge on Stanford 89-73 with Award-Winning Shooting, including 52% from Distant Location and 92% from the line (23 straight Golden Globes after 2 Rotten Tomatoes), as Lead Actor Aaron Holiday (21 Points, 8 Assists) and Supporting Cast Kris Wilkes, Prince Ali, Jaylen Hands, and Thomas Welsh Direct the no longer SAG-ging Bruins to an Epic 16-Point Tour de Force with lots of Action but little Drama

Cut, print, moving on!  New Deal!  That’s a Wrap on a weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools for UCLA.  Following up a depressing tear-jerker of a three-game losing streak flop, the Bruins are back on track after beating Cal on Thursday and Stanford on Saturday.  UCLA avenged their earlier overtime loss to the Cardinal with tonight’s 89-73 slashing.

Led by Senior Team Leader Aaron Holiday (once again), the Bruins went on a 14-0 spurt in the first half, took a 13-Point lead into Halftime, and never looked back.  Stanford got the first bucket of the Second Half to cut the deficit to 11, but they never got closer.  Behind Holiday’s 21 Points and 8 Assists, the Bruins pulled away and cruised to victory.  The Bruins won for two main reasons:  They shot well, and they hustled.  The Bruins made 4 three-pointers in the first few minutes of the game, and ended up 10-19 for the game.  But even more impressive was their Free Throw shooting.  After Thomas Welsh missed two early, UCLA sank 23 straight.

In addition to this sharpshooting, the Bruins moved well (making the Cardinal players look like stationary billboards), and moved the ball well.  The Bruins tallied NINETEEN Assists, including a career-high TEN from Jaylen Hands, Continue Reading »

SPRAIN OF TERROR

Knee High After Skirting Disaster, Twice — UCLA survives a Thomas Welsh knee sprain and a very slow start against lowly Cal, as the Bruins come back from 13 down and Welsh comes back from injury for a 70-57 victory;  Losing that game — or losing Welsh permanently — would have probably knocked UCLA out of NCAA Tour-Knee consideration

Do the Bruins play better when facing adversity and the expectations are low?  They beat Kentucky when few expected them to, they played great last week after falling way behind in Oregon and no one expected them to make a game of it, and on Thursday night in Pauley, down by double-digits when Star Center and Senior Leader Thomas Welsh went down with what looked like a serious knee injury, they really stepped up.

The spurt that mostly occurred right after Welsh was helped to the locker room ended up as an 18-0 run against Cal, turning a 13-point deficit into a 5 point lead.  UCLA held Cal scoreless for over Continue Reading »

SHAKING IT OFF

Bad news comes in three’s — Not only is UCLA Basketball on a three-game losing streak after losing by three to Oregon, but both NFL teams with three Bruins get eliminated from the Playoffs

Bad News Bruins.  I feel like singin’ the Bru’s.  After the Bruins lost last week at home in Pauley Pavilion to hapless Colorado, they followed that up by getting swept up in Oregon this past week.  First they got beat by the lowly Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis 69-63, then they traveled to Eugene and were defeated by the Ducks, 94-91.

There were only three bright spots in this whirlwind vortex of negativity:  (1) The Bruins showed heart in coming back strongly from an 18-point deficit against the Ducks, having a chance to tie the game at the buzzer.  Therefore, the Bruins are coming off a very solid half of Basketball and could roll that into positive momentum this week when the Bay Area schools visit Westwood.  And (2) Freshman Chris Smith finally had the light go on.  Smith had two of his best showings of the season back-to-back.  For the first time all year, he went two whole games without making a costly decision.  Finally (3) the Bruins got a commitment from 5-Star Center Moses Brown for next season.

Those three positives will take some of the sting out of the NFL results yesterday.  Jacksonville blew a double-digit lead to go down to Tom Brady and the Patriots, 24-20.  The Jaguars’ roster includes Bruins Continue Reading »

BARR, ‘BATH, AND BEYOND

Last-Second SAIL — Minnesota’s Bru-CREW Anthony Barr, Kai Forbath, and Eric Kendricks play crucial ROWS as the Viking Ship stOARms past the Saints into the NFC Championship 29-24, with a final-play, miracle 61-yard Touchdown Pass as time expires;  Meanwhile, time expires on Pittsburgh and ex-trojans Juju Smith-Schuster and Xavier Grimble, thanks to Bruin Myles Jack and the Jaguars

It took a miracle of epic proportions, but the Minnesota Vikings are advancing to the NFL’s version of the Final Four, with their dramatic and improbable 29-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints.  The Vikings’ Defense, led by Bruin Linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks, totally dominated the Saints in the first half, taking a 17-0 lead into Halftime.  Late in the first half, the Saints’ QB Drew Brees was driving the team down the field looking for a crucial score, but Barr snagged a tipped pass for an Interception that killed the drive.  Ironically, the ball was tipped by the Vikings’ lone ex-trojan, Everson Griffen.  Griffen also tallied a Sack and forced fumble, but the Saints recovered it.  And Griffen had only ONE other tackle the whole rest of the game.  In contrast, Barr had FOUR Tackles to go with his INT, and Eric Kendricks led all Tacklers with TEN.  Of course, Linebackers are in a position to get more Tackles than Defensive Ends, but still…

Also late in the half, Bruin Kicker Kai Forbath missed a 49-yard Field Goal for the Vikings, which at the time, didn’t seem like a big deal.  But later, in the Second Half, after Drew Brees had rallied the Saints to make a game of it, that Forbath miss looked like it could be the difference in the game.  Even though Forbath redeemed himself by MAKING a 49-yarder in the 4th Quarter to put the Vikes up 20-14, when Brees threw a TD pass with 3:01 left to give the Saints their first lead at 21-20 — over the solid, tight pass defense of Kendricks — it looked like that early miss might haunt Forbath for the rest of the off-season, like that TD would haunt Kendricks.  They both must have been hoping for Kai to get one more chance, and he got it.

With 1:29 left, Forbath lined up for a FIFTY-THREE yard Field Goal, and he nailed it, giving Minnesota a 23-21 lead.  But 1:29 is way too much time to give Brees in crunch time.  Brees promptly Continue Reading »

IT’S NOT NICE TO HAVE MET-U

The Nutcracker (Right in the Sugar Plums) — On a day when Pete Carroll’s Seahawks are eliminated before the Playoffs, Jack Del Rio is fired by the Raiders, and UCLA comes back from 14 down to beat the Huskies by 21, the most dramatic Rivalry news comes when trojan Chimezie Metu punches a Cougar in the balls

Are you convinced yet?  The trojans are dirty.  They recruit dirty, they coach dirty, and they play even dirtier.  Just watch the tape of Chimezie Metu from last night (New Year’s Eve), when u$c was blowing out Washington State.  A Cougar player got open for a three-point shot, and Chimezie Metu was late closing on him.  AFTER the shot was clearly out of the shooter’s hands, Metu finally approaches him.  As he does, he extends his arm, and punches the poor guy right smack in the scrotum.

Maybe players facing sc should start wearing cups to protect their privates, because when this guy got struck in the sack, he went down like a sack of potatoes, and the refs threw the SCumbag out of the game.  You may like to think that this was just an accident, or an isolated incident, but this is actually the THIRD separate time that Metu’s lack of integrity and class has been on display.  One time he Continue Reading »

SC SUCKS, 24-7 (…365)

Cotton Bawl — Trojan fans are crying as their team totally chokes in the Cotton Bowl to Ohio State 24-7; SC managed to score only once, after a muff gifted them the ball at the Buckeye 15-yard line, otherwise, over-rated QB Sam Darnold committed 3 Turnovers including a Pick 6, and allowed himself to be sacked EIGHT times, in a total blowout that allowed the OSU Offense to drive in cruise control for the entire second half

u$c started the season with National Title expectations, with a Heisman Favorite at the helm.  How did that work out for them?  Let’s just say that they failed to reach those expectations.  Miserably.  A shocking loss to Washington State, a nasty spanking at the hands of rival Notre Dame, and finally an annihilation in Prime Time to Ohio State makes the Championship dreams seem so ludicrous in retrospect.  And as far as that Heisman — Quarterback Sam Darnold DID lead the Country in one category:  Turnovers!  After his disastrous 3-Turnover performance in the 24-7 Cotton Bowl defeat, he ended the year with TWENTY-TWO giveaways.  NOT ONE SINGLE PLAYER in the entire Nation had more.

It is undetermined if Samantha will return to “school” for another go-round, or whether he will take a pay cut, and turn Pro early, where he might even be the first pick in the draft.  Of course, that honor is actually a curse this coming year, since the hapless Cleveland Browns own that pick.  Usually I would hope that Josh Rosen (assuming he declares for the Draft) gets selected prior to his trojan counterpart, but I would never wish that organization on someone I like, so now I’m rooting for Darnold to declare, and earn the love of Cleveland.  After all, Cleveland is where former trojan QB Cody Kessler went to die.

However, Sammy going #1 seems unlikely now.  Darnold was SO pathetic on Friday night, that he may decide to stay at SC, just to redeem himself after this debacle.  And if he does decide to come out anyway, Continue Reading »

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