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End of an Era: Pete Carroll & USC 2001-2009

January 11, 2010

Football Fiends,

All weekend the rumors have been flying around the Internet and ESPN. Beloved USC Coach Pete Carroll – in talks with the Seattle Seahawks? Say it isn’t so Pete! But alas, it is so.  Carroll officially handed in his resignation at USC on Sunday evening.

All week I will do a retrospective of the Pete Carroll years here on Gridiron Goddess. Most Trojan fans look at his era as having two distinct periods 2001-2005 and 2006-2009.

Carroll brought glory back to the USC football program. After mediocre runs by Ted Tollner and Larry Smith and the second coming of John Robinson, USC football found itself in the dark period known as the Hackett years. Paul Hackett was disastrous for USC football.

When Pete Carroll came in, he turned it around. He exuded the boundless energy and enthusiasm of a teenager. He embraced USC’s traditions and customs and forged a few of his own. Open practices, famous alumni stopping by for pep talks,  his infamous pranks – Carroll embodied everything we love about USC for nine years.

He will be missed. All weekend my Trojan friends and I have been in mourning. How can you replace Pete? You can’t. You just move forward. You remember what it was like when you had the perfect coach for your team. We’re incredibly grateful for the run we had with Carroll at the helm.

In his nine seasons at USC, Carroll went 97-19, winning two national championships,  coaching three Heisman Trophy winners, playing in seven consecutive BCS Bowls and winning seven Pac-10 titles. He’s sent a crazy impressive 53 Trojans to the NFL over eight seasons. Expect 10 or more to join those ranks this year as well.

The entire USC family owes Coach Carroll a debt of gratitude. Never has it been more fun and more exciting and more spirited and more USC than in the Pete Carroll years.  He leaves a gaping hole where his giant personality and huge heart resided. Heritage Hall will be quieter without Pete. Sure, we’ll get a new coach and we’ll be a great team again. USC is still USC with or without Pete Carroll.

But it will never be the same.

Pete Carroll and the University of Southern California were a perfect match for each other. The kind of kismet that happens once in a lifetime.

Next up: A look at Pete’s  introduction to USC and his 2001-2002 Trojan football teams.

-Your Gridion Godddess

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NFL Picks – Week 3: Not sure about that Indy-AZ game

September 24, 2009

Week 3 Final 10-6

Week 2 Final: 9-7

Week 1 Final: 12-4

Hey Football Fiends!

I am so not sure what to do about the Indianapolis-Arizona game. Not sure at all. As of the moment of writing this post, I’m going with AZ. However, I MAY change my mind before game time. It’s only fair to let you know. My Pick Em league lets me change my pick up to 5 minutes before the start of the game. If I do change my mind I will note it with an asterick.

TN over Jets – am not changing again. Decided no team of Jeff Fischer’s is going to lose 3 in a row.

Texas over Jax

Eagles over KC

Baltimore over Cleveland

NY Giants over Bucs

Redskins over Lions

Green Bay over Rams

Vikings over San Fransisco

New England over Atlanta

Chicago over Seattle

New Orleans over Buffalo

San Diego over Miami

Pittsburgh over Cincinatti

Oakland over Denver

Arizona over Indianapolis

Dallas over Carolina

-Your Gridiron Goddess

Bears

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NFL Picks Week 2

September 18, 2009

Week 2 Final: 9-7

Week 1 Final: 12-4

Hey Football Fiends-

Here are my picks for NFL Week 2.  With McNabb and Urlacher and Polamalu out, to name a few–picking was tricky. Especially in the NO-Philly game. And as much as it pains me to pick against my Bears – there is no way Cutler & company can keep up with even a Polamalu-less Steelers D.

Oakland over KC

Tennessee over Houston

New England over Jets

Green Bay over Cincinnati

Minnesota over Detroit

New Orleans over Philly

Atlanta over Carolina

Redskins over Rams

Jax over Arizona

Seattle over SF

Buffalo over Tampa Bay

Denver over Cleveland

San Diego over Baltimore

Pittsburgh over Chicago

Giants over Dallas

Colts over Miami

-Your Gridiron Goddess

Bears

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NFL Preview: 2009 San Diego Chargers

September 14, 2009

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I think I’m missing something – it may be presumptuous to declare a team the Super Bowl champions before the first game of the season, but isn’t it an annual tradition now for all the commentators and analyst to rave about the San Diego Chargers’ embarrassment of overflowing talent? Could this really be the year the Chargers live up to their promise and dominate?

Let’s see, Philip Rivers is last season’s highest ranked passer and signs a huge contract ($92m over 6 years with $38m in guarantees); LaDanian Tomlinson is healthy and plays pre-season to establish rhythm, Shawne Merriman returns healthy (and DA has dropped the charges), talented running backs & receivers galore,  the defense & special teams are notable, there is depth at key positions (Darren Sproles, Billy Volek, etc.). . . . . Shouldn’t this season be something of a non-stop highlight reel?

Okay, maybe it’s all that stiff competition in the AFC West – the Oakland Raiders pin their hopes on quarterback JaMarcus Russel (no Jeff Garcia? But Bruce Gradkowski even changed his number twice for Jeff) and running back
Darren McFadden (and maybe Michael Bush / Justin Fargas). However, they’ll be overcoming history (Chargers have won the last 11 meetings) and glaring team weaknesses.

The Denver Broncos fire Mike Shanahan on New Year’s Eve and trade (?superstar?) Jay Cutler for Kyle Orton (huh?). Josh McDaniels (former Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach for New England for past eight seasons) suspends Brandon Marshall (Shanahan has said he wanted to trade/fire him).

Is the emerging star of the Kansas City Chiefs really Dustin Colquitt (the punter)? Rookie Coach Todd Haley (former AZ Cardinal Offensive Coordinator) fired the Chiefs’ Offensive Coordinator two weeks ago and assumed his own play calling–just as franchise-hopeful Matt Cassel sprains his left knee preseason against the Seahawks. With cornerback Brandon Flowers inactive, veteran Dolphin linebacker Zach Thomas cut, Giants veteran receiver Amani Toomer released, veteran safety Bernard Pollard released, and veteran defensive end Alfonso Boone released … it’s pretty safe to proclaim this the “Rebuilding Season” for the Chiefs.

Therefore, other than the obvious necessity of actually playing this season’s games, I’m officially starting to save my pennies for play off tickets … who’s with me?

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Mid-day NFL musings

September 13, 2009
  • Donovan McNabb, God love him, is a fragile flower. He wnet down with a broken rib suffered in the Eagles’ 38-10 win over Carolina. Let the Kevin Kolb era in Philly begin. Vick cannot play until September 27.
  • Arizona, REALLY? Defending NFC champs go down to SAN FRANCISCO?
  • Best tweet I saw today from @jemelehill: Memo to Matt Leinart: Plz put down the Kurt Warner voodoo doll so I can get points out of Larry Fitzgerald.
  • Denver did not look as sucktastic as I expected. Although, the Bengals are not exactly an elite team.
  • I still miss John Madden.
  • Giants D looked TOUGH
  • Still waiting for evidence that Chicago has an offense.
  • Favre looked…well if not exactly good, certainly not bad… in the Vikes victory. That said, the win is due in large part to the Purple Jesus.
  • Mark Sanchez looked great in the Jets victory over Houston. The rookie out of USC threw for 272 yards, two TDs and one INT.
  • Another good tweet courtesy of @SignalToNoise: you replaced the Sex Cannon and the Neckbeard with the Sulk Cannon, Chicago. #foreverandeveramen
  • I truly didn’t think it was possible that someone could make the Sex Cannon look good, but somehow, Jay Cutler is managing to do just that.

That’s all for now!

-Your Gridiron Goddess

Bears

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NFL Picks: Week 1

September 10, 2009

Week 1 Final Results: 12-4 Wow did I ever stink on my picks this week. Sigh.

Hey Football Fiends!

Are you also humming “It’s the most wonderful time of the year?”  The NFL is BACK babies and we’re kicking it off right with Tennessee at Pittsburgh tonight. The reigning Superbowl champs should win this one pretty easily.

Thursday

Pittsburgh over Tennessee

Sunday

Miami over Atlanta

Cincy over Denver

Indy over Jax

New Orleans over Detroit

Minnesota over Cleaveland

Dallas over Tampa Bay

Philly over Carolina

Baltimore over KC

NY Jets over Houston

NY Giants over Washington

Arizona over San Francisco

Seattle over St. Louis

Chicago over Green Bay (bias alert)

Monday

New England over Buffalo

San Diego over Oakland

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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NFL Conference Championships Picks: I do not want an all PA Super Bowl.

January 17, 2009

Seriously football fiends. If it is an All Pennsylvania Super Bowl, I just might have to boycott. And it would pain me to miss the last football game of the season. The off season is just too damn long, you know?

I am struggling with the Cards-Eagles game. I’m having a hard time separating what I want from what I think the outcome will be. Plus, the Iggles, you just can’t trust them. McNabb has something to prove. But so does Kurt Warner.

So I’m going with:

Cardinals over Eagles

Steelers over Ravens

-Your Gridiron Goddess, who drank like a college student with an old college friend last night and OW. My Achin’ head today.

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