USC and UCLA haven’t been relevant in terms of a national championship status in years. I can’t even remember when, but mostly because my brain turned to mush a long time ago. They tell me that USC has an excellent QB prospect in Caleb Williams, and yet, every time he shows up in a big game, he doesn’t seem to do much. I only know this because there are a fair amount of people here in Chicago who can’t wait for the Bears to draft him, when either A) his dad rightfully won’t let him come here or B) just another one of the dozens the tire fire of former Bears QBs that wasn’t the answer as the team continues to be buried in the quagmire.
Anyway, none of this is important right now. USC-UCLA still ends up being very enjoyable TV as neither of them take off their “away” jerseys. Don’t wear white either. Their main colors don’t clash, so they just wear them. And it looks fantastic.
Look how great the UCLA blue appears among the Trojan red. Or how violently the USC colors would jump out of a sea of UCLA blue at the Rose Bowl. Honestly, that’s probably the only reason anyone cares about this game.
The colors matter. Michigan and Ohio State might be college football’s biggest rivalry, and a big part of that is how different their colors are. Scarlet and gray against maize and blue. There’s no reason both of these teams couldn’t wear their home jerseys every year.
College football, the NFL, the NHL, should take the NBA’s cues and do away with home and road jerseys. Wear your main look unless it conflicts. More colors are better. No reason Chiefs-Raiders can’t be red and black. Eagles-Giants for the green and blue. It just looks better. And unlike hockey, football doesn’t have to worry about their equipment guys carrying around two sets of jerseys and equipment because it’s only once a week.
This is the way forward. Always wear your colors.
The Vegas Grand Prix finally happened
Is an event a success when it end up in a class action?
Formula 1 finally ran its Las Vegas Grand Prix after what seemed like weeks of build-up, even if there wasn’t much on the line. The race itself can’t do much for a lack of drama as Max Verstappen wrapped up the championship weeks ago. It probably could have used something other than Verstappen cracks everything about it on the eve of the race.
The race itself was good, but it couldn’t overcome the absolute mess leading up to it. It started with the fact that very few wanted to pay the exorbitant prices to be there, and even more stories of residents being boned and their lives made more difficult just to install a race that is not for them.
This was only made worse as it became clearer that no one in F1 had discovered that Vegas gets cold at night in November because it’s in the desert. Which was difficult for drivers and teams to overcome to keep or get their tires warm, affecting grip.
But the lasting cock-up will be the lawsuit stemming from everyone who wanted to attend Thursday’s practice session, which ended after eight minutes when Carlos Sainz’s car was punctured by a manhole cover that wasn’t properly secured. This caused a multi-hour delay, and by the time it was over, everyone had to get out just before 3am due to security shift changes.
Considering the prices everyone paid (or was supposed to pay before many of them got much cheaper tickets on the secondary market or just after they had to abandon them), it’s not nearly enough to make eight minutes of entertainment don’t get The race will iron out the kinks in the coming years, at least the ones it can, but there are more than enough of them to iron out. Might want to start with the sport’s biggest star not acting like the whole thing is a nuisance.