Sunday, December 27, 2009

Emerald … Nuts?

Well, the USC Trojans did okay in their bowl game. At least they didn’t embarrass themselves in the low-tier Emerald Bowl against Boston College.

I had a sinking feeling in my stomach however, after BC almost tied it up in the second quarter. “Here we go again,” I muttered to myself. But then, BC self-destructed in the second half and USC prevailed in the end, 24-13, thanks to a couple of reviewed calls that went the Trojans’ way.

By the way, this was USC’s 32nd bowl win, the most ever for any college football team. Alabama has a chance to tie it if they beat Texas in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7.

I’d never heard of the Emerald Bowl until this year and suspected that Emerald Nuts had something to do with it. Well, they did, in a subtle way. The major corporate sponsor is Diamond Foods of California, which makes Emerald Nuts.

Perhaps they could have named it the Diamond Bowl, but it doesn’t matter. It’s probably a good thing that they didn’t name it the Emerald Nut Bowl, which elicits visions of crazy green people running around the football field.

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