In this space, I’ve written about the disappointment and condescension that comes with being a lady football fan – from the heinous NFL products to the offensive “Football 101 for Ladies” tutorials that appear like clockwork before each Super Bowl.
I’ve talked about how Philip Rivers is not good at his job.
I’ve shared stories upon stories upon stories of the Chargers’ attempts to strong-arm San Diego into forking over hundreds of millions of taxpayer money for a new stadium.
I’ve linked to arguments that high school football should be abolished.
This week’s epic Rose Bowl win by USC brought me more joy than I can remember experiencing from one moment, apart from my wedding, in the last 10 years. I’m still floating. Every video clip of that last-second field goal soaring through the cold night air in the most beautiful stadium in the world has wrung out some tears. I can hear Clay Helton’s words rattling in my head – “What you did this season is what Trojans do – they fight. They fight until the bitter end. There is no quit, there is no give up; it will be a lesson you’ll need for the rest of your life” – pushing me to inch out of the hole that 2016 dug for me.
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Interesting that the Rose Bowl stadium was one of the facilities that the NFL was looking at for a potential temporary home of a relocated team back to the L.A. area. The city of Pasadena (or whoever operates the Rose Bowl stadium) said thanks--but no thanks. They didn't want the NFL there. Which leaves the Chargers (should they relocate) the options of playing in the L.A. Coliseum as third fiddle behind USC and the Rams, or playing at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center.
And yes--the Rose Bowl game this year was a great game.