I admit that I have been disappointed during the Mora era at UCLA to find a competent team that rarely created news fodder. They have a better record than USC (for now), are ranked higher than USC is (for now) and Mora has eliminated the whiner mentality that fostered “traditions” like ditching your final practice of the season if you are a senior, even if you have a bowl game.
I admit, they felt like a vastly different team than the one that backed into the Pac 12 Title game, got embarrassed, then petitioned the NCAA to be tied for the worst team to ever play in a bowl game only to lose it and own the dubious distinction of “worst team every to play in a bowl game” outright.
Frankly, after the ugly Mora comments about “students getting shot” at USC, I’ll admit he ran a tight ship.
Until this week when the master thesis of the Bearfighter was proven true: UCLA has whiner embedded in their DNA.
Bruins Nation, who I will not even link to because they have gotten enough traffic this week, has put out one of the whiniest requests to prevent our drum major from stabbing the 50 yard line before our game at the Rose Bowl because stabbing their logo makes them sad.
Possibly in response, UCLA has informed USC that if our drum major stabs the fifty yard line as he does everywhere, every game, including OUR OWN LOGO at home games, our band, the greatest in the world and frankly a treat for Bruin fans used to their 8-clap and fight song more fit for a carousel than a football game, will not be able to perform at halftime.
The choice is apparently ours.
Beyond the stupidity of the Bruin blog suggesting a Teague/Owens moment without realizing they are essentially asking a football player to tackle a student (that will fly well in court), the real stupidity is that if UCLA’s tradition was stabbing the fifty yard line, I’d welcome it and use it to fuel another 50-0 drubbing.
Where were you all these years, UCLA? You start 8-2 and suddenly you want to start poking your older brother in the ribs? You are the definition of what a whining, winless culture does to a fan base and the fact your school backed you up on this should make any college football fan sick.
Some of the coolest moments ever are when opposing bands do their thing. Stanford does everything short of have explosive diarrhea on our logo, who cares. Settle it on the field (and we’ve lost to them for about five years now, you don’t see me whining). Notre Dame’s fight song makes me want to rub a cheese grater on my junk every time I hear it (except when I am watching Rudy), but I LOVE that I get to see them do it.
You wore crappy white jerseys last year, you are messing with your colors again. I get it. It’s trying to abandon a culture of losing that has rendered the football program a joke since they were parking in handicapped spaces. All that makes sense…
Until you start whining about the other team stabbing your logo. Loser mentality. You can do an 8-clap and ring around the rosie by Tommy Trojan, I don’t care a little bit. I’ll take it out on you on the field.
Let me ask you a question, UCLA “nation”. Do you deserve the right to command a team that beat you 50-0 to do anything? How about you can start making demands when you score. I demand you guys start acting like people who watch football.
What you are doing is like if in Lord of the Rings when the orcs are about to storm the castle, some elf (that’s you, Bruin) calls out meekly “no head shots, kay? no swords to the face? we can agree on that right?”
You are owning the role of biggest whiner culture in the Pac 12. You could turn me into an Oregon fan with this because somehow I know those guys wouldn’t even be thinking about this. They definitely wouldn’t be doing anything to piss off a team that literally beat them 50-0 this year.
This goes beyond locker room material. You’ve pissed off the band. The fans. The alumni and probably anyone else that actually loves college football things like “tradition” and “competition”. People who understand these concepts want the opponent in all their glory, putting it all on the field from offensive traditions to classic uniforms and then they want to beat the shit out of that team on the field.
I’m sorry. You don’t deserve to be our rival any more. Oregon gets to be our Pac 12 rival. Notre Dame, as myopic as they are, they are our only true rival who respects tradition and rivalries.
You are just a bunch of whining children who don’t understand the concept that we aren’t stabbing your logo, we stab the fifty yard line. At Notre Dame, there’s no logo to stab. At home, we stab the field as well. Maybe question the fact you graffiti your field 200 gallons of baby blue paint. Maybe leave us some green to stab.
We’re sorry the Pac 12 promo video hurt your feelings. Probably not more than losing 50-0 did, which we will never ever do. Ever.
I implore you UCLA, do the football thing. Repeal your idiotic claim to have pride. Pride is earned on the field, not in prohibiting tradition. Do whatever you want to our field next year. Anything. All I’ll be counting is the game. Don’t ruin our rivalry any more than losing 50-0 did. Act like winners. If this was basketball, you’d understand.
Be tougher. Be cooler. Respect the game. Maybe instead of an old fart waving a white towel (seriously, waving a WHITE TOWEL), do something bad ass that we would see and think “oh man, let’s get these guys”. Make no mistake, we’d let you do it.
And advice from the Bearfighter… Stab the fucking field anyway. If that means no playing at halftime, pardon my French, but fuck you. You don’t get to hear us play. We’re stabbing the field and you can try and pay us back on the field. If you do, congrats. It will be the first honorable, non-child-hissy-fit action we’ve seen all week.
Stab the field, screw playing at halftime and let the football teams play.
The Bearfighter has spoken. Spread the word. Just because they want to be 11 year olds doesn’t mean we need to get sucked into their universe. Regardless, I hope the team is as pumped up to punish them as I am. Even the fact they asked is wrong.
Because I forgot, on the subject of asking us not to play TUSK because we sing UCLA sucks, we sing that when we aren’t playing you and if the band can’t play it, I suggest our fans in attendance just start playing it themselves.
If I were a reasonable Bruin fan, I’d burn my diploma because it’s now a tattoo that says “whining”.
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