Horns and Plenty — Come to the Texas game, where the UCLA players will show their heart, and the Bruin Cheerleaders will steal yours
This Saturday at 12:30pm, the #23 Longhorns, deep from the heart of Texas, will stampede through the heart of Pasadena, to battle the UCLA Bruins in a game between two underperforming teams looking to show who has enough heart to enter the hearts of their schedules with some real momentum. But I heart the moment 3 hours earlier, when I wear my heart on my sleeve, as the UCLA Cheerleaders make their entrance into the Tailgating area outside of the Rose Bowl, to pose for photos, interact with fans, welcome the team to the stadium to pump them up, and ultimately, perform at the pregame rally, getting everyone’s hearts really pumping.
Only 50,000 tickets have been sold to this game so far, or a little over half of the stadium’s capacity. So you can get tickets at the door, or if you want good seats, you can go online to lavatickets. But the important thing is that you come, and come early. The way the last few seasons have gone, the pregame rally is often the best part of the day.
UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel is not announcing who his starting Quarterback will be, preferring to make the Longhorns prepare for two slightly different styles. Meanwhile, Texas Head Coach Mack Brown has said that Case McCoy will start, but will share time with David Ash, so that the Bruins also have to study two different playcallers, neither of whom have ever started a game before. The Texas new 3rd-stringer is Garrett Gilbert, who UCLA beat last year, and who I hope gets inserted into the game. It is conceivable that 6 different QB’s could play for the 2 teams, with none of them receiving a hearty vote of confidence. For a professional preview of the game, try espn.
With all the uncertainty surrounding the Quarterback position on both sides, the pointspread has settled around 3 and a 1/2, with Texas being favored. But UCLA has a long history of getting fired up for big-name schools who strut overconfidently into the Rose Bowl. The Bruins have knocked off more than a few favored fat cats in this situation, so even though Texas is looking for revenge for last year’s humiliating loss to UCLA in Austin, it might not be as easy as they might think after watching the San Jose State and Houston tapes. UCLA is only consistent in their inconsistency: It seems like every year they win a game they’re not expected to, just like they invariably lose at least one game that they aren’t supposed to. The only thing you can really count on is that the spectacular UCLA Spirit Squad will be victorious in their efforts to entertain and fire up the crowd.
Here are 34 more brand new photos of the Spirit Squad from last Saturday’s game. Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them, especially the horizontal ones. And it sure would be nice if you took a few seconds to write in and comment on the pics… as long as you have something NICE to say… and how could you NOT?