Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Halftime | by Jay

At one of the breaks in the SC game, ABC showed a clip from the Trojan pep rally from the night before. Right after the rally, on the eve of the biggest game of the season, the players had a little "pep circle" of their own, hootin' and hollerin' and having a good time.

That's Petey on the far right.

Maybe our players do this kind of stuff to stay loose as well. I don't know. I don't want to extrapolate too much from just a minute of footage, but for the first time in the Pete Carroll era, color me a little envious. Here our team struggles and plays tight, while their team looks like they're having the time of their lives. Our man shows up on 60 Minutes cursing players out left and right, while their man pops out in a Wonderbread jumpsuit.

There's no question Petey runs a terribly loose ship. But say what you will about his gumchewing, backslapping, goofball antics, somehow he keeps his team relaxed and confident for the big games.

The Trojans are in the midst of one of the great runs in college football history. They're 47-3 since 2003, having won three Heismans and 1-1/2 national titles. They're probably in the title game again this year. And they're having a blast doing it.