by Pete Arbogast, the voice of the Trojans:
Happy summer fellow Trojans!
Players-only workouts and summer all-star camps notwithstanding, my football season is officially underway.
I went to Staples and bought some four-color Bic pens. Thrilling, I know, but it marks the first football thing I did to get ready, and it came on June 25.
Shortly thereafter, I sorted through old folders of past seasons, cleaned out my traveling catalogue case I use during the season, and…
Bought two pre-season college football magazines. Of course those are printed so far in advance that Bryce Dixon is still on the team, but when you can’t wait anymore, it’ll do to pass the time.
Once all that excitement was over, I had lunch with Paul McDonald, whose youngest son Matthew is not only the starting QB at Mater Dei as a junior but is also getting fan mail from SC, Ucla, Oregon and Washington to name a few of dozens.
I recall he and I talking about young Matty, now a polished passer-runner at 6’3”/190 and better than the old man ”by far” (his words) at the same point in his career, being the signal caller at SC in 2018 and beyond. Wouldn’t that be something all these years later?
Next, I have finalized the speaking tour for pre-season with traditional season-opening stops at Harvey Hyde’s show of shows at Settebello in Pasadena on August 13 at 6 pm, Braemar CC in the Valley on the 20th and the San Diego TC on September 4, the day before the opener against Arkansas State.
Finally, yesterday, I had lunch with our radio boss Dan Shell at the Galen cafeteria and we talked about various small changes in the broadcast booth, and tweaks about how we want to do things this season—all good.
Oh yeah, for desert, I was interviewed by our sideline man Jordan Moore who is putting together an in-depth review of the Bush Push game for the ten year anniversary at South Bend this October. Can it really be ten years ago?
In the interim, Jenny and I ran a backyards arts and sports camp for local kids out of our backyard and house in Venice for two weeks, I had a fourth arthroscopic knee surgery and subsequently announced my retirement from competitive basketball, where it always seems to happen.
The surgery was easily the best of the 4, in that I did not wake up terribly groggy and did not have any “complications” from being put under. In fact, there was so little pain I never once took one of the jumbo pain pills made just for me for that moment.
Up and walking the next day, a little puffy in the knee, but no real troubles and I’m getting ready to start training again maybe next week in an effort to shed some of the pounds that have crept back in during my long wait to avoid knee surgery.
A lot of beach time, of course. What would summer be without that!!??
Now this Saturday I take my annual trek up the mountain to Camp Big Bear, to co-direct YMCA sleep-away camp….the 50th anniversary of my first visit as a kid, that time to Little Green Valley in 1965. It’s still an awesome and wonderfully fulfilling experience every single time.
Then there’s nothing left to do but start to hone in on the 2015 Trojan football season, with Pac-12 media day on July 31 and opening practice right after that.
Can’t wait to Fight On!