It makes sense that Fox Owner Rupert Murdoch — who did a cameo in this episode of “The Simpsons” last night — would have the inside scoop on the impending NCAA sanctions, but “NO TEAM at the Coliseum??”
“Best Banner Ever.”
Last night on “The Simpsons,” the writers pointed their social satire bazookas at the City of Los Angeles, and what was probably meant as a simple, harmless jibe at the NFL and the L.A. Billionaire wannabe-Owners for not being able to tap in to the rich L.A. Football market, came off like a prediction of doom for usc. “Mmmmmm. Doom.”
The episode featured the L.A. Coliseum, with a banner that said “Proud Home of No Football Team.” Of course, they mean that the Rams and Raiders are gone, and no NFL team has come to replace them, in this lucrative Media mecca, for many, many, wasted years. But MAYBE, there is a Bruin in their midst. Maybe what the banner implies is that the Coliseum Commision — whose Members were PHYSICALLY THREATENED by trojan fans a couple of years ago over their voting on the lease — are simply NOT PROUD of the team that they DO host. After all, what’s to be proud of? Cheating, payoffs, steroids, SUV’s, cover-ups, and violent, vulgar, threatening fans? “D’oh!”
If the banner WASN’T a shot at sc for not being worthy of Pride, then maybe it was something much, much better: Since severe sanctions would dramatically decrease TV ratings for Fox Sports, is it possible that someone at the NCAA would leak something to Rupert Murdoch, who is the one who stands to lose? Maybe they wanted him to prepare himself. Maybe they told him as a favor, but he was so mad that he blew the secret during a highly-rated Primetime broadcast. Or maybe, some mid-level NCAA pencil-pusher thought he could ingratiate himself to the Billionaire by tipping him off.
Of course this is all too good to be true. There is little doubt that the Simpsons Writer had no idea that sc even played at the Coliseum. But if the NCAA calls a Press Conference tomorrow, and announces that sc gets the Dath Penalty, people can say that they saw it first on “The Simpsons”… or here.