I am in the process of completing my second Masters degree from Cal State Northridge and am considering the pursuit of my PHD in social studies/history. Along the way, I have developed a passion for USC football, which I have followed for more than twenty years. In a somewhat less myopic state of mind, I also follow all things college football and most sports in general. My other passion is politics and I am very involved in following the day to day workings of the Washington DC movers and shakers...but my first love is sports and, as such, motivates my meager attempts at prose.

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  • J MAINE posted 204 days ago


    Michael Castillo on Reign of Troy says: Langley is playing safety.

    Have you heard this? I know you didn't touch on this on 09JUL.

  • J MAINE posted 207 days ago


    Found a definition of Blueshirt:

    Basically, a blueshirt is a player who arrived on campus as a "preferred" or "recruited" walk-on and then eventually earns a football scholarship.

  • J MAINE posted 207 days ago


    We got a K today. What's a blueshirt?

    Chris Sailer Kicking rates Matt Booermeester a 5-star and #5 in the 2015 class.

    His review: Matt is an outstanding kicker He has a big time leg and hits an excellent ball. Very pure off the ground. Smooth and accurate. Kicks with tons of confidence. One of the most ready kickers we have seen. Kickoffs are also college ready. He will be one of the very best junior college prospect in the nation this upcoming season. Also a developing punter. Has a great attitude and work ethic. Big time prospect. Huge pick up for USC!

  • J MAINE posted 286 days ago


    Players I’d like to see USC offer: LBs DJ Beavers and Ben Humphreys, RBs Soso Jamabo, Bradrick Shaw, Chris Warren, Tim Irvin, Cameron Scarlett and Malik Roberson.

  • J MAINE posted 310 days ago


    Hey, I'd love to see an article stressing the importance of the 2015 class. Who we bring in in 2015 is VERY VERY important because we lose a ton of people at the end of that season -- all 22 of 2014 JRs and RSJRs are starters or possible starters this year. They will all be gone in 2016, so we'll need a lot of FR on the field in 2015. BTW: Good Job Lane Kiffin, a great class! (too bad you blew it in so many other areas!)

  • Shaboom posted 336 days ago


    Hey Rick, my friend... Where for art thou? I hope that your absence here on B/R is because you're on vacation. As I've mentioned before, your co-writers do a good job keeping us fans updated with the latest Trojan activities. However, you have a style of writing that keeps me interested and wanting more. Anyway, hurry back, will ya? You're missed.

  • Daniel Bell posted 337 days ago

    Daniel  Bell

    Rick, hope all is well with you an the family. The site misses your writing big time

  • Travis D posted 407 days ago

    Travis D

    Rick had a thought for a article.
    Comparing College Coaches who have gone to the NFL among the College Conferences.
    Pac12vsSECvs.....and how successful they have been. Don't know if you would be the one to write it or if you think it is worth a write.
    But would like to read about it.
    Either way,
    Thanks as always for your great work.

  • Ahmd AbdAllah posted 419 days ago

    Ahmd AbdAllah

    .,..,.((( Don't miss it please )))



    Influential section - Yusuf Estes with a young Christian


    ((( O mankind! Say No God But Allah, Achieve Eternal Salvation )))

    " Laa ilaaha illallah " ( There is none worthy of worship except Allah )

    ( Introduction to Islam )


  • Travis D posted 444 days ago

    Travis D

    Rick instead of comparing how teams from the Pac12 match up with the SEC.
    How about an Article comparing how the PAC12 Ranks/Compares to SEC Coaches.
    I almost would say the PAC12 wins in this area now?

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