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Oregon Ducks Foil USC Trojan Men

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Big games like USC vs Oregon bring out big names.

In college football the biggest names belong to Heisman Trophy winners.

Since Oregon’s trophies are in the future, the Heisman Box in LA’s Memorial Coliseum was crowded with Trojans.

Baby Boomers remember the greats of the USC gridiron like it was yesterday.

Some of the players probably wish it was yesterday too, from the way things turned out.

There was Mike Garrett’s Heisman ’65 chair. Since the team is coming off severe NCAA penalties imposed during his tenure as USC Athletic Director, the chair looks like it’s taken an equally severe beating.

Next to Garrett’s rented seat was O.J. Simpson’s electric chair. The Simpson Heisman ’68 perch sat empty but for a trading card from his 2000 yard NFL season. If O.J. watched Oregon run on USC, he saw it from Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Center where ol’ Number 32 carries a thirty-three year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping. He is proof that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

A small white couch served as the Charles White Heisman ’79 lounge area. It was donated by a Cleveland-area drug dealer. While not a player of Juice’s stature, White did show it’s possible to overcome a cocaine habit and become a productive player in the NFL. He even returned to coach at USC.

The Marcus Allen Heisman ’81 bench sat in a corner. It has burled figures on the surface because it’s made of driftwood. O.J. and his wife picked it out before their separation. Driftwood construction was the consensus choice all around.

Carson Palmer’s Heisman ’02 tiger striped chair was in the middle of a new paint job. The Bengal motif was changing to Raiders’ silver and black, baby.

Instead of a chair in the LA Memorial Coliseum Heisman box,¬†Matt Leinart has a Heisman ’04 hot tub. Next to it is a miniature hot tub in case he brings his son to a game. USC co-eds reserve the seats in Matt’s pool.

The last USC Heisman Trophy winner doesn’t have a seat, but there is an outline of where it was. Reggie Bush’s ’05 Heisman is also gone, with a similar outline in the Trojan trophy case. Missing in the USC football record are the last two wins in ’04 and all the wins in ’05. Most great athletes stay true to their school. The main word between USC and Reggie Bush is “disassociate.”

Boomerpdx Lesson: If Oregon adds seven Heisman Trophy winners, hope they follow Notre Dame’s lead.

Better Boomer says, no award can restore a reputation trashed by negligence. It takes regulation inflated balls to do it right.



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