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USC Trojan Fans, What's There to be Thankful For?

Paul PeszkoSenior Writer INovember 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 14: Defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo #98 and linebacker Will Powers #42 of the Stanford Cardinal tackle quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  Stanford won 55-21.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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That time of year is upon us once again when we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.

This year Trojan fans might think there’s not very much as far as football goes to be thankful for, but I disagree.

First of all, we should be thankful that Stafon Johnson pulled through surgery and is in full recovery mode.  Also, Brian Baucham was able to return from his harrowing motorcycle spill on the 110 freeway.

As far as the season is concerned, we should be thankful that the powers that be scheduled Ohio State and Notre Dame earlier in the season.  So, the Trojans were able to maintain their dominance over both of those schools.

It’s never nice to wish ill on anyone, but perhaps we should be thankful that all three teams that beat the Trojans this year lost their next game.  That shows they had to put such a huge effort into beating USC that they had little left in the tank for their next opponents.

Again, in the “it’s never nice to wish ill on anyone” category, we should be thankful that Stanford blew it’s chance to win the Pac-10 and play in the Rose Bowl with Andrew Luck’s last minute interception at Cal.  

How’s that for karma?  That will teach Jim Harbaugh to go for a two-point conversion when Stanford’s in the midst of crushing an opponent.

Speaking of Harbaugh, let’s be thankful that Uconn beat the Irish in OT last Saturday. That sealed Charlie Weis’ fate. 

Now that Urban Meyer has said he is not interested in the position, the Irish will no doubt offer the job to Harbaugh within minutes of Stanford’s victory over Notre Dame.

Having Harbaugh at Notre Dame and not at Stanford is something all Trojan fans can look forward to.

And, above all, be thankful that Mark Sanchez is with the New York Jets instead of quarterbacking the Trojans this year.  Just look how horrible he has been.  Aren’t the Trojans fortunate to have Matt Barkley instead of Sanchez?  I’m sure Coach Carroll and Jeremy Bates are extremely thankful.

Also, let’s be thankful that Coach Carroll and Jeremy Bates have stuck with Barkley even when he has played poorly instead of inserting Mitch Mustain or Aaron Corp into a blowout just to see what they can do.

What?  You detect a tone of sarcasm in my writing?  Never.  You have been sucking down too much egg nog, my friend.

Oh, and let’s be most thankful that the UCLA game is being played after Thanksgiving, so all of us can enjoy our holiday feast and festivities.

Now that’s sarcasm.


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