I went to see the movie "Blind Side." I had resisted going to see it, because I felt that I had seen every kind of movie like this. You know the story; downtrodden African-American gets help from someone, and then manages to succeed. I like the idea of the story, but I felt that I had already seen it at least 100 times. Having said that, I still went to see it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a well made movie, and I enjoyed it immensely. This movie is based on the life of Baltimore Ravens lineman Michael Oher. He was taken into the home of a wealthy white couple, and nurtured by them.
He became an outstanding athlete and a great student. He earned an athletic scholarship to Old Miss, and he was later drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. He is now being considered for rookie of the year honors. This movie is inspirational, and it has an important message, and I strongly recommend it.
Mike Garrett is the greatest Athletic Director that USC has ever had. The football team has enjoyed unparalleled success. Also, on his watch, the Galen Center was built, and now it is one of the world's most beautiful basketball venues. USC has been planning to build that Center for about 40 years. With Garrett's leadership, the dream became a reality. So the once woebegone basketball teams, should now become a thing of the past. It is well past time for Mr. Garrett and UCLA's Mr. Guerrero to remind their coaches, players, and fans, that they represent two of the greatest universities in the world. Therefore, it should not be acceptable for coaches to taunt each other, or to allow their players to do it. They should play the games as hard and as fairly as they can, and they should show respect for their opponents. That is one of the most important lessons that players can learn in college. So, while USC had the right to score a meaningless touchdown late in the game, the accompanying taunting was the wrong thing to do. The sooner there is a stop to this bad behavior, the better off the players will be.
The Lakers are odds-on favorites to repeat as champions of the NBA.