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HUSKIES RAISE BRUIN SPIRITS, NON-HUSKIES RAISE EVERYTHING ELSE

Oh, buoyant!The UConn Huskies beat Kentucky to keep UCLA 3 ahead of the Wildcats in the battle for most NCAA Basketball Championships ever (11-8), 2 days after the not-husky-at-all USC Song Girls raise a million dollars for physically-challenged student-athletes, thereby raising the Spirits of everyone with a heart

UConn beat the Con Man, all to the benefit of UCLA.  The Bruins are the all-time leaders in NCAA Basketball Titles with 11 Banners, but the University of Kentucky has 8, and was in the Finals against the University of Connecticut on Monday night, as a 3-point favorite.  The Wildcats boast a starting 5 that is comprised of all Freshman Phenoms, and are coached by the sleazy John Calipari, who has been caught cheating at both of his previous coaching stops.

Calipari embodies what is wrong with today’s College Basketball scene — embracing the one-and-done mentality, at the expense of the “student-athlete.”  Despite being seeded 8th, Kentucky progressed to the Title Game.  It wasn’t easy, as big comebacks and last-second shots were required for them to survive in most of their games.  And it didn’t get any easier on Monday night, as the Cats fell behind 30-15 in the 1st Half.

Calipari’s young superstars didn’t quit, battling back to within one point of the Huskies.  But they never got over the hump, as UConn Continue Reading »

DEEP-POCKET POOL PARTY

Diving in, For The WinThe point is it's not a waist to spend your bottom dollar on this causeFloating funds to those in need The Color of Money, right on Cue — At the 2014 “Swim With Mike” Charity Event, Trojans and friends (and frenemies) Rack Up over one million dollars to fund scholarships for physically challenged athletes, as the 34-year total Breaks FIFTEEN million

Minnesota has Minnesota Fats.  Southern Cal has California Sveltes.  On Saturday, the fit and trim USC Song Girls led the 34th Annual Swim With Mike Fundraiser to new heights, by donning sexy pink bikinis, and inspiring attendees to plunk down over $1,000,000 to put physical disabilities behind the 8-ball.

That 7-figure take increases the overall total raised by this worthwhile charity to over $15,000,000.  All this money helps athletes who have endured devastating injuries like paralysis, to go to college and continue to live happy, normal, productive lives.  Many of these students matriculate at USC, but lots go to other schools as well, like Texas and UCLA.  So it’s not just Trojans raising this money and participating in the ongoing education of these admirable, courageous recipients — Bruins, Longhorns, and several other schools’ fans and alumni make this cause a thriving success.

So once again, in the name of a truly worthy cause, I observe a Rivalry TRUCE this week, as I HONOR the USC cheerleaders, for their willingness to Continue Reading »

FOUR ON THE FLOR-IDA

Stalled — Frigid-from-the-perimeter UCLA gets knocked out of March Madness by #1 overall seed Florida, again — the fourth time in less than a decade that the Gators have ended the Bruins’ season, 79-68

No shame in losing to the overall #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after reaching the Sweet 16 for the first time in 6 years… but why did it have to be Florida, again?  Is it just coincidence — the (bad) luck of the draw — or does the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee have a sick sense of humor and a hatred of their Sport’s most storied Program?  Why do the Bruins keep getting matched up with the Gators?

This year, the Bruins were matched up with Florida in the Sweet 16, but they didn’t match up well with the Senior-laden team with a 28-game win streak, a physical front line, and a smothering Defense.  Florida led through most of the first half, as UCLA’s star players were debilitated by Continue Reading »

AUSTIN LOSS? AWESOME SAUCE!

UCLA goes 30 minutes without a Turnover, and dishes out 22 Assists, to  puree the Lumberjacks into maple syrup, 77-60

Stephen F. Austin won 29 straight games?  The only question is HOW??  The Bruins have just ended the Nation’s longest winning streak, by totally dominating SFA 77-60.  The victory sends UCLA to the city of Memphis, where they will face Florida in the Sweet Sixteen.  3 of their last 5 NCAA Tournament appearances have been ended by Florida, including once in the Championship game, and another time in the Final Four.  Most experts predict that this will make it 4 out of 6, considering the Gators are the #1 overall seed.

On the flip side, the Bruins will be playing with nothing to lose, as an underdog who has already achieved a respectable Sweet Sixteen goal, the first one for the school since 2008.  Memphis will be like a home atmosphere for the SEC Gators, who have the Nation’s most lauded Defense, so it will take a perfect game from the Bruins to make this a contest.

A perfect game was not needed to beat SFA.  The Bruins missed way too many lay-ups and Free Throws, and they allowed SFA to get to the hoop repeatedly, to get lay-ups of their own.  But SFA’s lack of height and lack of outside shooting allowed the Bruins to take control in the 1st Half, and pull away early in the 2nd.  Norman Powell was the key player for UCLA, with 16 Points, including three electrifying dunks, and it was Powell who spurred the key runs that flattened the ‘Jacks.

But it was the TEAM PLAY of UCLA, and the crisp execution, that gave them the edge.  22 Assists, and only 2 Turnovers (both by Bryce Alford) before garbage time equaled an offensive onslaught with which the ‘Jacks could not compete.

There’s an A-P-P for that!

Your best player is having a subpar night?  No problem — Just download Adams, Powell, and Parker, and you will thrive and survive

4th-seeded UCLA played #13th seed Tulsa on Friday night in San Diego, in what’s called the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.  Bruin fans were not worried going in, as a 9-point favorite, because they knew they could rely on Super-Soph Point Guard/Power Forward Kyle Anderson to carry them in times of trouble.  But on this night, it wasn’t Anderson who came through — It was Jordan Adams, Norman Powell, and Tony Parker.

It’s not like Anderson didn’t contribute to the eventual 76-59 victory.  He did tally 8 Points, 6 Rebounds, 6 Assists, and 4 Steals.  But he missed 8 of 11 shots and turned the ball over 5 times.  That unexpected ordinary-ness allowed the Golden Hurricane to stay close to the Bruins, despite Continue Reading »

YIPPEE KYLE A., MOTHERF**KER!!

Welcome to the party, pal!

Die?  Hardly! — Tournament MVP Kyle Anderson, with 21 Points, 15 Rebounds, and 5 Assists, leads UCLA to the 2014 Pac-12 Conference Championship, with Jordan Adams’ last-minute Three-pointer saying Happy Trails to Arizona

For the first time since 2008, the UCLA Bruins are the Official Pac-12 Champions.  In Steve Alford’s first year as Coach, the Bruins outplayed the highly-ranked and FAVORED  (by 5 points) Arizona Wildcats 75-71 to take the 2014 crown.  UCLA overcame a horrendous shooting slump during the last 6 minutes of the game, missing about 12 out of 13 shots, but with just under a minute left, tied at 68, Alford called their money play, for a Jordan Adams 3-pointer, which Adams sank to put the Bruins ahead for good.  Arizona airballed a baseline 3-pointer that could have tied the game, allowing UCLA to put the game away with 4 straight made Free Throws.

Sinking those 4 Free Throws highlighted the game’s biggest disparity.  The Bruins finished at 21-25 from the Charity Stripe, while the Wildcats went 6-16, missing 8 of their last 9 attempts down the stretch.  So while the Bruins went ice cold from the field, the Cats were just as bad from the line, and that’s what cost them the Championship.

Despite a Las Vegas crowd that was Continue Reading »

HAVE A NICE TRIP, (U-S-)C YOU NEXT FALL

One ex-trojan admits receiving free luxury trips, including to Fiji, while playing for $C, a Pro player falls, thanks to a punch in the throat from another ex-trojan, and the current $C Basketball team ends their year in the first round of the Pac-12 Tourney, finishing a dreadful last-place campaign with a 2-17 Conference record in their hot-shot new Coach’s inaugural Season

 What a week for the trojans!  It started with an article/interview with u$c’s former Running Back Dillon Baxter.  Overhyped as a recruit, Baxter admits that he came to South Central U feeling that he had already “made it” to the big time.  He implies that he was virtually showered with luxuries, including one very special first-class, all-expenses paid vacation in the exotic locale of the Fiji Islands, all courtesy of AGENT Teague Egan.

Yes, this is the same trojan putz who got Baxter busted for accepting from Egan a golf cart ride across campus.  Baxter got temporarily suspended from the team for this rules violation.  At the time, I reported that Baxter had “put the cart before the (trojan) horse,” a headline which the Los Angeles Times promptly stole, one day after I received correspondence from a Times Sportswriter in reference to my article.  Plagiarism aside, it was a big story when Baxter got busted.  IF THEY ONLY KNEW that the golf cart ride was only the tip of the tentacle!  One little harmless, worthless cart ride to class (yeah, right, “class”), versus the thousands of dollars worth of air fare and hotel stays that Baxter was racking up, all on a CERTIFIED NFL AGENT’S tab.  And you think Egan didn’t have his hooks into several more players on the trojan team?  The cheating and rule-breaking was undoubtedly Continue Reading »

DON’T GO (BREAKING MY HEART)

Goodbye (not "sorry") is the hardest word to say“Like a candle in the win(d)” — The 2013-14 UCLA Spirit Squad makes their final Home appearance as the “Sun Goes Down On” them, but the Bruin Basketball team gives the “Tiny Dancers” a Win to “Levon,” damming the Beavers to 69 in a comeback 5-point victory

On Sunday night during the Oscars, there was another, much smaller event going on near Hollywood, and it was, like the Oscars, packed with emotion.  After trailing the game by 11 in the Second Half, UCLA came alive to beat Oregon State 74-69, avenging a loss in Corvallis earlier in the season.

It was Senior Day at Pauley, the last home game for Aubrey Williams (of whom you’ve never heard) and for the Wear Twins (of whom you’ve heard plenty, some good, some bad).  The Wears have been good ambassadors for UCLA, good citizens, good students, and hard-working, easily-coached players.  Unfortunately, they never lived up to their true potential, due to a certain “finesse” approach for front court “bigs.”  But they have each had some great highlight moments in their UCLA careers, so bidding farewell to them on Senior Day is still emotionally charged… Continue Reading »

FRED D. GOT FINGERED

Ex-trojan Tight End Fred Davis gets suspended indefinitely by the NFL — for the SECOND TIME — for violating the League’s Substance Abuse Policy, AGAIN

Do trojans ever learn?  Even after getting busted, they show no remorse, they complain about the rules/laws, and they refuse to admit fault.  Once again, another trojan — former u$c Football player Fred Davis — has been busted as a repeat offender, yet he is — ala Brian Cushing — denying responsibility.

Back in 2011, Washington Redskin Tight End Davis was suspended was 4 games for failing a test for Marijuana.  This time, it is expected he will be suspended without pay for 6 games, and it is being reported that once again, it was a Pot Test that Davis failed.  Davis now admits that back in 2011, he had a Marijuana problem, but that he cleaned up since then.  He is now denying that he smoked Weed recently, announcing that he has not failed a Ganja Test since 2011.

But reports say that Weed was found in his system in a recent test.  So faced with this damning evidence, you would think Davis would be forced to fess up and take his medicine.  But no, that’s not how they do it at u$c.  Davis instead is using the tried and true excuse that he took a legal supplement that happened to contain a substance that is on the Banned List.  He is saying that some health and fitness expert recommended this product for him, and that Davis had no idea that it contained a banned substance.

How many times have we heard this excuse before?  It will be interesting to see what he says if it is made public that THC (the active ingredient in Pot) was found in his blood.  If it turns out that it was NOT THC but some performance enhancing drug, then CBS’ NFL Reporter Jason La Canfora will have egg on his face, but Davis will still be suspended for whatever substance it WAS, and most rational observers will still believe that Davis is lying about not knowing what he was ingesting.  These guys’ bodies are Continue Reading »

EDIBLE FUND-IES

Fun-raiser!

Food, folks, and funds… LOTSA funds — The UCLA Spirit Squad All-Access Reception is a runaway smash success, as superstar appearances, silent auction online bidding, free alcohol, yummy appetizers and even yummier Cheerleaders bring in unprecedented attendance and overwhelming financial support

Sometimes inflation is good.  For instance, one item in the UCLA Spirit Squad All-Access Reception Silent Auction that went for $150 last year, instead raised over $900 for the Squad this year.  In fact, that $921 bid came in with several hours left in the auction, and with another estimated 20 bids coming in after that, for all I know the final bid might have been around $3000.  Final tallies weren’t released to me, but with trips to Paris complete with hotel stays, Spa Retreats, Ski Vacations, Reno Trips, fancy restaurant meals, autographed balls, and other assorted prizes available, God and Mollie only know how much the Spirit Squad raked in.  Since the auction was ONLINE this year, that meant that not just Reception Attendees were allowed to participate, and the extra easy access to bidding equaled astronomical new highs collected this year.

Congratulations to the ever-so-deserving squad, which will use the proceeds for uniforms, school, coaching staff, and travel expenses.  Thanks to your glorious and generous support, UCLA will continue to have the ultimate, elite Spirit Squad in the Nation.

On hand to help celebrate the Squad were Brett Hundley, Myles Jack, Norman Powell, Tyus Edney, and Baseball Coach John Savage, amongst many other Bruin athletes/celebrities.  Also in attendance was Continue Reading »

THE BRYCE OF SUCCESS

Have a Bryce Day!Luxury Sweet

Firin’ Bryce — Bryce Alford hits 4 straight 3-pointers during a second half run, giving the Bruins consecutive double-digit comeback wins, this time snuffing the Buffs 92-74, a victory keyed by another remarkable all-around performance by Kyle Anderson

On Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion, the UCLA-Colorado game tipped off at an unusually-early 6pm.  With all the construction on the 405, most people were still in their cars when the game began.  But that didn’t stop the Bruins from getting off to a blazing start.  UCLA raced out to an early lead, perhaps inspired by their horrid early play against u$c last week.   With the Wear Twins leading the way, UCLA jumped ahead 11-3.  Then complacency set in, and the Buffaloes found their rhythm, and then some.  Before anyone realized what was going on, Colorado built a 12-point lead at 33-21.

That’s when Kyle Anderson took over.  Anderson, who finished with 22 Points, 11 Assists, and 7 Rebounds, coolly led the Bruins back, cutting the deficit to 2 points, with a run that included Bryce Alford getting a Rebound, an Assist, and Field Goal in a very short time span.  A Buffalo slam at the buzzer gave Colorado a 36-32 lead at the break.  When play resumed, Alford must have felt confident, because he proceeded to nail 4 straight three-pointers, giving the Bruins a 10-point lead.  Travis Wear was also crucial to the Bruins’ effort, going 6-for-6 on the night for 13 Points.  Jordan Adams added 17 Points, despite going 0-for-5 from behind the arc.  Tony Parker also played a key role, getting a couple of big boards and a clutch put-back.

But it was Anderson’s floor leadership and multi-talented game that kept the Bruins grounded.  Those 11 dimes inspired great team passing, which led to a total of 25 Assists on the evening.  And it was Alford who became the true unexpected hero, with his hot hand in the second half.  Alford had been ice cold from the perimeter lately, but he has been better in Pauley, and he cherished the home court advantage on Thursday night.  The Bruins will need his good shooting if they hope to have a successful stretch run to their season.

You wanna know the real reason why I am so happy about Bryce’s hot streak?  Well, it’s like this:  There was a fat-ass blowhard sitting right behind me in the seats at Pauley, and right from the moment that Alford entered the game, this arrogant loudmouth perched behind me refused to shut up.  Every play brought more loud, obnoxious vitriol, ALL aimed at Alford, Continue Reading »

MEET AND GREET THE SWEET ELITE WHO CAN’T BE BEAT

You'd have to cheat to defeat this fleetEat a neat treat with  heated meat, take a seat then repeat — This Sunday at 4pm in Pauley Pavilion, you can come mingle with the Best in the Country QB Brett Hundley, and the Best in the World UCLA Cheerleaders, as well as the National Champion Baseball Coach John Savage, National Champion Tyus Edney, current members of the Bruin Basketball team and others, all while supporting the UCLA Spirit Squad at their annual All-Access Reception

Do you want to hobnob with the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner this Sunday?  Or would you prefer to schmooze with the most gorgeous co-eds on the Planet?  How about doing both, all in one place?  Well, then come on down to UCLA’s campus, and enter Pauley Pavilion, where you will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Brett Hundley, and any of the beautiful and super-intelligent UCLA Spirit Squad members.  And that’s not all — You can also meet Jordan Adams and Tony Parker from the Basketball team, John Savage (Manager of the National Championship-winning UCLA Baseball team), and many other Bruin luminaries including Tyus Edney, who helped bring the Bruin Basketballers a National Title in 1995.

But let’s say you are very shy, and don’t want to MEET anyone.  You would still have an unforgettable time, as many of these Bruin celebrities will give little speeches, before a silent auction and raffle drawings that could net you a TRIP TO PARIS, hotel stays, fancy dinners, movies,  football tickets, autographed memorabilia, BABYSITTING BY CHEERLEADERS, and a plethora of other killer, priceless prizes.  There will also be performances by the killer UCLA Spirit Squad.

In years past, this event has also included Continue Reading »

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