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Pete’s Arboblog: Ready for Washington

by Pete Arbogast, the voice of the Trojans:

I really like the way this team acts on the field and around each other. There are some burgeoning team leaders who are becoming quite vocal with their position groups, and this team seems to be al business, and setting the table for years to come.

I love our chances against a young Washington team that ought not be able to keep up with what they’ll see on both sides of the ball tomorrow night.

I talked with Sark yesterday for the pre-game piece and he seems very focused and very energetic and rarin’ to go against his old team, with some melancholy for the boys he recruited to play for him there.

Seeing as it’s a Thursday game at 6 pm in LA, I’m going to get there about 2. No tailgating on campus as you probably know by now.

What a great piece of news in getting Jonah Matthews from Santa Monica HS for basketball. Now we are starting to put together a good underclass group to go with the upper class laden team that next year ought to pay dividends in the form of a high conference finish and trip to the NCAA tournament. I project this year’s team to be a surprise NIT selection.

I got the flu shot yesterday and felt just horrible all night. Better now.

I’m prepping for ND starting today, won’t have a lot of down time when I get there next week, as my wife, Jenny, is attending for the first time ever, flying out on her own. I’ll get to see my oldest kid, Stephanie who lives in Cincy but is coming to South Bend for the first time also.

Last week, the refs absolutely stole a game from dear old Marshall High. We gave up a TD with 31 seconds left to fall behind, but rallied to drive the ball to the 4-yard line (miracle plays to be honest) and spiked the ball to kill the clock with 2 seconds left. A la ND and the Bush Push game ten years ago, the home clock operator at Franklin let the clock run out. The refs were going to kill the game there but decided to give Marshall the ball with the 2 seconds on the clock. However, during their discussion they had picked up the ball to walk off the field and when they re-spotted it, they put it on the ten-yard line.

Our QB ran a naked bootleg and appeared to have scored landing on his head on the goal line while being flipped upside down. Side judge said he was down at the one-inch line (films show otherwise). Had the ball been correctly spotted to begin with, he would have walked into the end zone. We complained before and after the play, They ran off the field. I hate refs.

Can’t wait for tomorrow, though!

Fight On!

Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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