Ah, the life of a Trojans fan when your team has fallen flat on its face after years of excellence.
Mired in the gloom of disappointment, you search for some form of rooting interest that makes the BCS National Championship Game interesting.
At the same time, the disconcerted Trojans fan looks for a way to channel his or her rooting interest into some sort of glorification of our beloved, yet underachieving, Men of Troy.
These are the challenges I find myself wrestling with as I ponder my rooting interests in watching the BCS National Championship Game between the Texas Longhorns and the Crimson Tide of Alabama.
Please understand that for a Trojans fan, rooting for any team from the SEC is a tall order.
On a personal level, I have been the recipient of many hostile comments from SEC fans when I have displayed the temerity to challenge the supposed superiority of any of that conference's teams, specifically Florida or Alabama.
Even when I have lent my support to Alabama this year, I have had to wade through some fairly obnoxious supporters of the Crimson Tide, even a couple of writers here at B/R.
Nonetheless, I am throwing my support behind Alabama for the title game.
Of course, this is borne of a selfish love of my USC Trojans.
First, I must acknowledge the accomplishments of Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.
In my opinion, Alabama has now become the preeminent program in the nation.
Following up last year's impressive showing with an even more dominating performance in 2009, Alabama has supplanted Florida as the hottest program in the last two years.
Of course, Texas isn't too far behind.
Which brings me to my newfound allegiance to the Crimson Tide.
As any good USC fan will tell you, the Longhorn victory in the 2005 Rose Bowl sticks in our collective Trojan craw.
We will acknowledge the Texas victory, but there ain't a damn one of us who will say that the Longhorns were a better team that year.
Instead, we will mutter something like, "Yeah, but it took a once in a lifetime performance by Vince Young to get it done."
This is our Trojan mantra for that game, and forever shall Trojan nation fly it high.
Here is the other thing that has turned me into a Tide fan.
In the first decade of the new millennium, there are four teams that can claim superiority over the last 10 years.
Florida, Texas, LSU, and of course, my USC Trojans are those four teams.
Each of these teams, with the exception of Texas, has won two national championships.
Before you indignantly rush to the comments section to tell me that USC has won only one BCS championship, spare me.
Without a playoff system to truly crown a champion, all of this is a mythical title anyway.
Besides, that isn't the point of this article.
The point is that I don't want Texas included in the argument of who is the best in this last decade.
And for that to happen, Alabama must beat Texas this year in the Rose Bowl.
Thus, my new allegiance to the Crimson Tide.
And I'm not alone.
Today, I read an article in the Riverside Press-Enterprise proposing the exact same thing and calling for all true Trojans fans to throw their support to the Crimson Tide.
I have included the link to the article for those fans of the Crimson Tide who doubt the veracity of your new Trojan friends.
So there you go, fans of Alabama.
You now have support for your boys from all the way over on the other side of the country.
From all good Trojans fans: