This started as a tradition between me and my father. One year I wrote a poem about the USC football team for his birthday. Since 2003, I haven’t missed a year. Here is this season’s edition:
The 2009 season has just begun to fade
When USC received more news than they had in decade.
From Tennessee, arrived Kiffin and Co.
Including the one and only “Coach O.”
They came and assembled a star studded crew
Helton, Craig, Barry
And Kennedy Pola too!
There wasn’t much time before the recruiting deadline
Yet the signed future stars they knew would shine
With spring ball came the message that things were not the same
“Toughness and Discipline” were enforced with “laps of shame”
But it was Coach Baxter that taught us to be the hammer, not the nail
And if Trojans played like sharks
They surely would prevail.
Then came that fateful day that echoed through Heritage Hall
When the NCAA made their final call
The media surrounded the new coach and QB
“We’re gonna try to win all 13 games”
Proclaimed the now veteran Barkley.
It was the longest off season in USC history
With appeals and departures
And more than a handful of injuries.
When finally September arrived
The Trojans planned to do more than just survive
And thus they began with a very predictable 4-0 start
But with the rest of the season, came the tough part.
More than one game had us on the edge of our seat
Win or lose, the Trojans vowed to compete.
Some games were lost by a field goal or won by a touchdown
But by the end of the season
Los Angeles was still our town.
Woody and RoJo anchored the aerial attack
While Baxter and Tyler ran the “wildcat.”
Mustain had his moment in the sun- I mean rain
And against UCLA, Bradford brought the pain.
One thing was certain,
No matter what went wrong
The Trojans lived by two words this season