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Friday, August 01, 2008

Around The Sister City -- Coach Carroll Wants YOU!

::insert dreamy sigh::

The feeling is mutual, Saint Peter...er... I mean Coach Carroll.

from the USC RipsIt blog:

The presidential candidates have been invited, some of L.A.’s most prominent leaders will be there and Coach Carroll will be leading a ground-breaking rally to enact further change in the streets of inner-city Los Angeles.

But one question remains: Will you be there too?

Saturday’s L.A. LivePeace ’08, a peace rally and “march for kids,” will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Coliseum, as A Better LA, Unity One and other civic movements aim to further transform the gang-ridden communities of South Los Angeles.

And the “strength in numbers” adage applies directly to this event. The more people that come to support the cause, the better. “We want as many people as possible to come out to LivePeace, since we can all make a difference in our community,” Carroll said. “Just by showing up, you will help change the culture of these communities around us.”

So join Carroll and other L.A. leaders as they continue to make L.A. a better, safer city on Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Coliseum. For more information, e-mail livepeace@abetterla.org or call 213-749-0405.

By the way, Trojan football fans --

Fall camp opens in three days...

Fight On!

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't Galaviz, the former President of Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council work at USC? Why trust anyone there?

August 01, 2008 12:23 PM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Pete Caroll could run for Mayor Tony V's position and kick his ass all the way back to South Bend, but why would he want to?, He's the King of LA and So Cal and when Pete talks everyone listens.

GO Trojans!

August 01, 2008 12:41 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Sorry to Hate,.....naught!!

A San Diego judge this morning denied a motion brought by attorneys for former USC star Reggie Bush to settle a lawsuit against him through arbitration.

The decision by Judge Joan Lewis means the suit, brought against the New Orleans Saints' running back by would-be marketer Lloyd Lake in connection with a failed business deal, appears headed for trial.

Reggie Bush As Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo cases loom,...Background on Reggie Bush, O.J. Mayo cases
Trojans need to control themselves

Lewis' ruling is good news for NCAA investigators hoping to gain access to potential evidence in the case. They are closely monitoring developments in order to determine whether Bush or USC broke college rules. Lake has alleged that Bush's family accepted free rent and that Bush enjoyed other prohibited extra benefits from start-up marketers while the Heisman Trophy winner was still playing for USC.

Arguments in the case are still being heard concerning other matters.


......and a "Eight Clap"

August 01, 2008 12:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh Spot puh-leeze, small potatoes compared to your boy Neuheisel - or "Slick Rick", as he is often known.

from fanblogs.com:

By some counts, Neuheisel has more than 50 NCAA violations on his resume. His Colorado teams were placed on two years probation for recruiting violations and Neuheisel was fired at Washington over NCAA gambling allegations

In hiring Neuheisel, UCLA addressed his checkered past.

"I know there are some issues in Rick's past that concern our constituency. We have discussed those at length with Rick and have investigated those issues with the NCAA. It has been at least five years and, in some cases, more than 10 years since the incidents occurred. We believe Rick has learned from those incidents and that he is more mature and experienced in the areas of compliance."

Neuheisel also addressed the concerns of many Bruins fans.

"I am thrilled to be returning to my alma mater as its head coach. UCLA is a special place and I want to thank Dan Guerrero and Chancellor [Gene] Block for the opportunity to come home. We are going to build a program our supporters will be proud of, both on and off the field. I can't wait to get started. I made some mistakes earlier in my career and I take responsibility for those mistakes. I have learned from that experience and I would never do anything that would reflect negatively on UCLA."

The only question now is... can he win clean?

August 01, 2008 2:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Stain - I will see your 8 clapp and raise a powder blue football blouse, I mean jersey.

We can also talk about Daryl Henley, former ucla football player convicted to life for putting a hit on a judge or my favorite rumor Sam Gilbert.

August 01, 2008 6:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

While he never finished earning his degree at UCLA in the 1930s, Sam Gilbert became devoted to the school, especially its athletic program.

By the 1960s, Gilbert had become a millionaire contractor in the Los Angeles area and had decided to give back to UCLA. During this time, he donated millions of dollars to UCLA academic programs and also began to form ties with the basketball team.

According to many UCLA players during the 1960s, Gilbert was known as Papa Sam. His home was always open to the Bruins and it was not uncommon to see several players lounging near his pool with him and his wife Rose on a weekend. The players trusted him as a confidant and a mentor. Players such as Sidney Wicks, Lew Alcindor, Larry Farmer, Bill Walton, and many others all came to Sam for friendship and counsel.

Sam was known to push the NCAA rules to the limit. If a player did not have money for books, he would arrange for the books to be purchased and delivered to the player. If a player needed an apartment, Sam always knew of an available one. Sam helped the players find the best deals on anything they needed.

Many people around the college basketball world have argued that Sam Gilbert committed infractions far worse than those above. Former Long Beach State and UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has stated how he believes that the only team in Los Angeles with a higher payroll than the Bruins in the 1960s and 1970s was the Lakers.

Tarkanian, along with a slew of others, believe that Gilbert provided the players with cash, cars, and whatever else they needed. Tarkanian’s program at UNLV came under suspicion of NCAA rule infractions and he constantly brought up that UCLA never faced as much pressure from the NCAA in regards to Sam Gilbert’s supposed infractions as his program did because John Wooden was untouchable. It was often noted that John Wooden knew that his players hung out at Sam Gilbert’s house but he had no personal relationship with Sam himself.

In 1981, the UCLA basketball program was placed on probation and UCLA was ordered to disassociate Sam Gilbert from the recruiting process. UCLA was told to disassociate Gilbert from the recruiting process because his name was used to co-sign a loan for a player’s car along with several other infractions.

Government officials report that a year after being forced away from the UCLA Basketball program, Gilbert began laundering money for a known drug runner in a scheme that supposedly made him $36 million. Coincidentally, when federal agents finally had enough evidence to arrest and went to his home on November, 24th 1987 in Pacific Palisades, they learned that he had passed away two days earlier of cancer.

Sam Gilbert remained a man of mystery all the way to his grave. Some former UCLA players say he helped the team out but did nothing to explicitly violate NCAA rules, others say he bought them whatever they needed. Some people claim the university was fully aware of what he was doing, other say he was doing nothing wrong. The same sense of uncertainty regarding Sam Gilbert was true with his alleged involvement with a drug runner. Many claim that Sam would never get involved with such people when he already had enough money while others remain skeptical of who his acquaintances were.

Regardless of Sam Gilbert’s involvement with the UCLA basketball team, nothing should be taken away from the spectacular accomplishments of the players and coaches.

August 01, 2008 6:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look Like Don Quackers aka Don BesaCulo arrived to claim his ass clown award.


August 02, 2008 7:55 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

Time for some "slash and cutting".

Orenthal James "O. J." Simpson (born July 9, 1947), also known by his nickname, The Juice, is a retired American football player, actor, spokesman and broadcaster, who earned infamy for having been tried for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1994. He originally attained stardom as a running back at the collegiate and professional levels, and was the first NFL player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.

Simpson was acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995 after a lengthy, highly publicized criminal trial. In 1997, a default judgment against Simpson was awarded for their wrongful deaths in civil court by an all white jury, but to date he has paid little of the $33.5 million judgment.[1] He gained further notoriety in late 2006 when he wrote a book titled If I Did It. The book, which purports to be a first-person fictional account of the murder had he actually committed it, was withdrawn by the publisher just before its release. The book was later released by the Goldman family and the title of the book was expanded to If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer (ISBN 978-0825305887).

In September 2007, Simpson faced more legal troubles, as he was arrested[2] and subsequently charged with numerous felonies, including robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary with a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon (which carries possible life sentence), coercion with use of a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit a crime.[

August 02, 2008 10:47 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Valley Doll:

What do Ohio State football and a stock-market scam artist have in common?

They both can't beat the SEC!!!!


August 02, 2008 9:25 PM  

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