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USC drum major upset about "abolished" sword tradition

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02:55 PM ET 11.16 | Under fan pressure, UCLA opted not to let USC's drum major perform his traditional pregame routine, which involves jamming a sword through the midfield logo, whether at a home or road stadium. In response, the Trojan laments not being able to lead his team into battle in the customary fashion.

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November 16, 2012  03:05 PM ET

This is just another step in UCLA "Breaking The Monopoly On Southern California Football Prowess" or whatever it was Nieuheisel said in his famous newspaper ad, which was what, about 2-3 years ago? Slow process fellas, but progress is progress...

November 16, 2012  03:24 PM ET

Makes sense to me...why should a visiting mascot be allowed to thrust a sword into the home team's logo? UCLA should have done this year's ago.

November 16, 2012  03:27 PM ET

Ah, cross-town rivalry... yeah, buddy.

November 16, 2012  03:27 PM ET
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Makes sense to me...why should a visiting mascot be allowed to thrust a sword into the home team's logo? UCLA should have done this year's ago.

Exactly!!.. I don't get what all the fuss is about.. UCLA is FINALLY showing some back-bone.. do you think Florida would let the Florida State Seminole warrior do the same thing.. I don't think so!!

November 16, 2012  03:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This is just another step in UCLA "Breaking The Monopoly On Southern California Football Prowess" or whatever it was Nieuheisel said in his famous newspaper ad, which was what, about 2-3 years ago? Slow process fellas, but progress is progress...

I agree, Mora has done a damn good job at UCLA!!!

November 16, 2012  03:37 PM ET

remember how P'd off Notre dame was when MSU put their flag in the ground. I don't see this being any different, that is straight up disrespect putting a sword in your teams logo. I am an MSU fan and that move sickened me.

November 16, 2012  03:40 PM ET

I think the ban is more a demonstration against senseless violence and to cease the blatant disrespect shown to Iron Age inhabitants of Asia Minor by USC.

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November 16, 2012  04:17 PM ET
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remember how P'd off Notre dame was when MSU put their flag in the ground. I don't see this being any different, that is straight up disrespect putting a sword in your teams logo. I am an MSU fan and that move sickened me.

Not our proudest moment, but then, John L never really had control of the team. I still think Lou Holtzs' reaction on ESPN was hilarious.

November 16, 2012  04:39 PM ET

Ninja'd by many, but I was surprised to find out that other teams allow the sword to be "thrust" into their logo at mid-field...asinine if you ask me....

November 16, 2012  04:41 PM ET

So the heaux meaux's in Westwood finally decide to grow a pair??? Good for them. Guess we will have to run he score up. And don't you guys give Lane any crap for doing it. It's a phu ckin rivalry game, that's how it goes.

November 16, 2012  05:17 PM ET
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So the heaux meaux's in Westwood finally decide to grow a pair??? Good for them. Guess we will have to run he score up. And don't you guys give Lane any crap for doing it. It's a phu ckin rivalry game, that's how it goes.

If oyu can, do it...the Vegas line at 2

November 16, 2012  05:18 PM ET
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If oyu can, do it...the Vegas line at 2

The Vegas line at 2 1/2 tell me you can't

November 16, 2012  05:30 PM ET
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The Vegas line at 2 1/2 tell me you can't

I do respect the Vegas line. I do think we pull away late in Q3 and win by about 20.

November 16, 2012  06:07 PM ET

Good hype. Should be a good game. Don't count UCLA out. (Man, that Nina Agdal keeps assuming the position. Jeez.)

November 16, 2012  06:50 PM ET

Oh just make him use a rubber sword, that way no one gets pregnant,, I mean hurt.

November 16, 2012  06:52 PM ET
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I do respect the Vegas line. I do think we pull away late in Q3 and win by about 20.

How often has Notre Dame gone after UCLA in November Mr Ice?

November 16, 2012  06:55 PM ET

And exactly what happens if he does it anyways?? Kind of like Miami and the smoke thing at the Orange Bowl.

 
November 16, 2012  07:20 PM ET

Hey they are not giving us a reason to bash coach Lane Kiffin, what gives?
This tread wont last but 20 some post without some dirt on coach Lane.

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