Saturday, December 21, 2013

Let's Hear It for The ... Laxative Bowl (?)

Today, on the first day of post-season bowl games, my University of Southern California Trojans face off with the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. At first I was puzzled at the name. Then I remembered when it was simply the Las Vegas Bowl. The bowl has been played since 1992.

USC (9-4), ranked #25 in the BCS poll, is favored by 5.5 to 6 points over #20 Fresno State (11-1). However, the Trojans are playing for their third coach this season.

Coach Lane Kiffin was fired mid-season, interim coach Ed Orgeron resigned after the regular season when he wasn't picked as Kiffin's successor, and new interim coach Clay Helton (offensive coordinator) is trying to get the team motivated for the bowl game.

Problem ... running backs Silas Redd and Tre Madden are not expected to suit up because of lingering injuries.

Personally, I think the game is a toss-up. Still, one just never knows. Fight on!

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Royal Purple is the name of the game's sponsor; it manufactures automotive lubricants., Lubricants? As in ... er, laxative? Nah, can't be, of course not. But think about it. Laxatives are lubricants.

I sure hope the Trojans play smoothly in the game with a lot of good movement and slide out with a win.

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