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Black news from Pasadena - Sports - UCLA, USC, Mike GarrettSomeday, historians may look back on this Era and consider it part of the Golden Days of Sports. The Angels and the Dodgers are playing well, and they will be in the playoffs. The Bruins are having an incredible season, and there will be plenty of big-time college football at the Rose Bowl. There is one fly in the ointment: the Trojans have fallen to a new low.

UCLA - This was a game of mixed emotions for me. I always root for the Bruins, except when they play USC. The difference this time was that they were going to be playing the University of Texas Longhorns. They had recently hired Charlie Strong to be the head football coach. He is the first African-American to be the head coach at that institution, and I am hoping that he will succeed. I think that I would have been rooting for him and them, even if they had played the Trojans.

Late in the game, after the Longhorns had scored the go-ahead touchdown, I was thinking of a headline. It was, "Strong beats UCLA and wins Texas!" However, it was not to be, since the Bruins scored quickly and came away with a stunning victory. Make no mistake about it, UCLA has a solid team, and they may go undefeated for the rest of the season.

USC - The Trojans have always been known for their great running backs. At least they were, until they began to emphasize their passing game. They became fascinated with the idea of the quarterbacks winning the Heisman Trophies. Marcus Allen was one of the several running backs who carried the football for more than 200 yards in a game. It was the case of who the Trojans were, and what they did.

This year's team gained only 20 yards rushing against Boston College. I did not even bother to research this, since I already know that this must be the most number of yards gained by any Trojan team in the history of USC. Unbelievable! Also, let me remind you that they were not playing against the Green Bay Packers, the opponent was Boston College. This is a mediocre school with a less than mediocre team. How could this happen?

It seems like only yesterday when the Lakers and the Trojans were the rulers of our Sports Community. Then, almost without warning, the Clippers took over from the Lakers, and the Bruins are dominating the college scene.

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