November 8th, 2012 at 1:27 AM ^

I don't know if this is actually his fault, but this seems like the place to say this. I assumed that Al Davis was just bonkers and wrong, but his assessment of Lane Kiffin was probably his most lucid and prescient moment of the last decade of his life. What a scumbag.


November 8th, 2012 at 1:38 AM ^

But he deflated his balls (ha, ha). Oregon has their own pair (ha,ha) so giving up tht many yards of offense is irrelevant isn't it?

Also what's the advantage of deflated balls (ha, but seriously)?


November 8th, 2012 at 10:41 AM ^

I didn't make that very clear.  Let me try again, this time with visuals!


Deflation scale:

1 |--------------5--------------| 10


For throwing to be effected (more difficult to throw), the deflation number would need to be at least a 5.

For catching to be effected (easier to catch), the deflation number would need to be at least a 2.


QED as long as the footballs aren't deflated too much, everything should check out.

Gob Blueth

November 8th, 2012 at 1:43 AM ^

But I was browsing the roster, and noticed that Jack Kennedy may graduate with a 100% completion rating, 158.8 passer efficiency rating, and averaging 6 ypc (1/1 passing, 1 carry for 6 yards)

His Dudeness

November 8th, 2012 at 8:07 AM ^

"Everybody gets pinched. But you did it right. You told 'em nothing and they got nothing...I'm proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and you learned the two greatest things in life...Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut." - Lane Kiffin

lexus larry

November 8th, 2012 at 8:30 AM ^

That didn't help Paulie Cicero or Jimmy Conway.

And Henry's life afterward:  "And that's the hardest part. Today everything is different; there's no action... have to wait around like everyone else. Can't even get decent food - right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody... get to live the rest of my life like a schnook. "


November 8th, 2012 at 9:41 AM ^

about that ending is that in a world where movie gansters often want "out" and become desperate to dissasociate themselves from their past (Godfather, Heat, etc.), Hill never identified how inherently flawed and unsustainable "the lifestyle" was.  He viewed being allowed to not go to prison and actually just "live" as an insult, like he was being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment above that which a gangster should ever being forced to withstand.  That was what was fascinating about both that book and movie.  He just never got it.

As for Kiffin and USC, what did you expect?  The WORST HIRE EVER.  That guy is just trouble.

State Street

November 8th, 2012 at 8:48 AM ^

A) There is no way this kid went rouge and did this without being told to.

B) I wonder how much it would cost to get the fired manager to talk on the record about it.


November 8th, 2012 at 9:06 AM ^

Lane's wife's hotness is inversly proportional to his morals. This guy has already left more than one fan base hating him, and I feel like the list will grow like a wildfire before all is said and done. How many years until he's run out of USC? Who knows...


November 8th, 2012 at 9:29 AM ^

Based on the sentiment out here right now...probably not too long. This fanbase was convinced they'd have a national title and a Heisman trophy after this season. Now it's almost certain they'll have neither and will likely finish with 4-6 losses. Yeah, people aren't thrilled with Kiffin right now.


November 8th, 2012 at 10:38 AM ^

I follow the team pretty close and he's safe unless there is something huge on the violations front. He's an outstanding recruiter. People's expectations were maybe not in line with reality this season. There were lots of road games and the PAC is a lot better league than when Carroll was running over it every year. USC is mostly a young team and will have 17 starters back next year. Plus they'll have really only 3 difficult games with two of them at home and no Oregon.

We all saw the difference the home-road thing made this season with Michigan.

Now if he goes 8-4 next year, the seat might be heating up. 

This offseason don't be surprised if there are staff changes made including his dad retiring as defensive coordinator and maybe hiring an offensive coordinator/quarterback's coach.  My understanding is his relationship with Barkley is unnecessarily prickly and a buffer between the quarterback and coach might be in order. These changes will be an almost certainty if they don't beat UCLA and lose the south.


November 8th, 2012 at 12:07 PM ^

Yeah, I agree he won't be canned after this year, but if they lose even one more game (and they play two teams ranked above them) his seat will be hot. SC fans will not put up with many 3 and 4 loss seasons, especially when they know they out talent every team they play.

They'll probably only lose 3 starters on each side of the ball after this season, but they'll likely lose 5 each after 2013, with depth starting to become an issue. If they have another 3+ loss season next year, people will be calling for Lane's head.