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2020.04.21 16:32 LJ090860 Superstore Survey Results
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Appeals a lot more to young people
More females than males watch
Most favorited is Jonah, with Dina in second. Third, fourth and fifth is held by Glenn, Amy and Garrett
Least favorited is Mateo with Amy in second. Third, fourth, and fifth is held by Glenn, Jonah and Sandra
Most favorited is Marcus with Bo in second. Third and fourth is held by Justine and Sayid
Least favorited is Adam with a three way tie for second with Carol, Laurie, and Jerusha. Third is held by Bo.
People think Mateo getting taken was the most shocking
People like Glenn better as manager Season 1 had the highest rating of 8
Season 2 had the highest rating of 8 as well
Season 3 had the highest rating of 8 as well. Also someone taking this survey who clearly doesn't like the show, makes sense.
Season 4 had the highest rating of 9
Season 5 had the highest rating of 7
Here are the results I got from the nationality question
|American ||26 ||55% |
|Asian American ||1 ||2% |
|Australian ||2 ||4% |
|Belgian ||1 ||2% |
|British ||2 ||4% |
|Canadian ||1 ||2% |
|Caucasian ||5 ||10% |
|Chinese ||1 ||2% |
|Hispanic ||2 ||4% |
|Irish/German ||1 ||2% |
|Italian ||2 ||4% |
|Mexican-American ||1 ||2% |
|White/Filipino ||1 ||2% |
|Swedish ||1 ||2% |
The top three actors/actresses who were favorited the most (in order) are:
- Lauren Ash (Dina)
- Ben Feldman (Jonah)
- America Ferrera (Amy)
The top three actors/actresses who were favorited the least (in order) are:
- N/A (many people didn't have one)
- America Ferrera (Amy)
- Nico Santos (Mateo)
There were a lot of people who responded to the most funniest scene, so obviously it would take a lot of time to type them all, but what I counted the most of were: (not in any specific order)
- Jonah pranking Garrett with the app
- Jonah's Antics and his lines
- Sandra "dating" Jeff
- Staff room scenes (Easter one, etc.)
- Customer moments
- The accuracy of the workplace
There was also a lot of responses to least favorite scene, so like above, in no specific order, I'm listing the most I counted of:
- Over political sometimes
- Amy things (like her actions and always needing to be involved)
- Jonah and Dina Romance
- Sandra and Carol storyline
- Not enough of Jonah and Amy's relationship
- Carol and Sandra's cat
Also, the favorite random shopper moments. I will be keeping the same formula as the last two:
- Lady that bites the candle
- Kids being stuck in display cases
- The murderer testing out the knives
- The toothbrush guy from the tornado
- Halloween ones (like myrtle with the grim reaper)
- A lot of people said all of them
Finally, last but not least, the most heartwarming moments. I will be keeping the same formula for this like the last three, again, in no specific order:
- Glenn letting Mateo off the hook when he ran his social security number
- Amy and Jonah things, like during the tornado, golfing, etc.
- The store trying to help Mateo and being there for him
- Jonah's moment of beauty from the first episode
- Walkout for Glenn
- A lot of things with Amy's kids, like Parker's birth, Jonah and Parker, and Emma and Amy interactions
And that'll do it! I wanna thank everyone who took the time to take this survey. It was really fun for me to do and I hope you all find interesting observations from this.
2020.02.24 05:27 charliegriefer Things to Do This Week in Phoenix (February 24 - March 01)
Week of: February 24
- March 01
This is a weekly thread of some of the goings-on in and around the Phoenix metro area. Feel free to subscribe to our public Google Calendar
of meetups and events as well.
This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list. Such a list would be large and unwieldy. If there is an event that you don't see posted here, please add a comment below. In the comment, include the event, date, time, cost (if any), and location. A brief description would also be dandy. Please upvote people who share good/interesting events, even if it may not be something you will attend.
Don't see anything of interest? Click on any one of the dates to be taken to a comprehensive listing of events for that day over at the Phoenix New Times' web site
If you organize or know of a meet-up that you'd like to promote, please PM the mods and we'll look into getting it added to the calendar. We'll post these events up to six weeks out. At that point, we ask that you ping us again. This just helps to ensure that the events stay fresh and no defunct events appear on the calendar.
With that said, the moderators of Phoenix
(including but not limited to their families, friends (ha!), pets, and possessions) are not responsible for errors in these listings. Please take the time to verify the date, time, location, and cost of an event before you head out. Monday February 24 Tuesday February 25 Wednesday February 26 Thursday February 27 Friday February 28 Saturday February 29
Sunday March 01
- 🎤 Comedy
- Adam Ferrera @CB Live, 7:00PM, 9:30PM ($22.00)
- Deon Cole @Stand Up Live, Phoenix 7:00PM, 9:30PM ($30.00+)
- 🎥 Film
- 🍔 Food & Drink
- 🎵 Music
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2019.08.06 00:15 DarkAuditore11 Race Report - First Olympic Triathlon
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* **What?** Lucky Triathlon* **When?** August 4th, 2019
* **How far?** 1500m OWS, 40K Bike, 10K run
* **Where?** Woodland, WA
* **Website:** [https://whyracingevents.com/the-lucky-triathlon/#date
* **Finish time:** 2:51:14
Goal Description Completed?
A Complete First Olympic Triathlon *Yes*
B < 3.5 hours *Yes*
|Split ||Time |
|Swim ||29:41 |
|T1 ||4:45 |
|Bike ||1:25:31 |
|T2 ||3:02 |
|Run ||48:18 |
About two years ago I was watching an interview with an actress that I really enjoy watching, America Ferrera and she was talking about how she had trained for and completed her first Olympic Triathlon. At the time I had done a few Sprint Triathlons but watching her excitement and dedication to doing so much AND completing an Olympic triathlon motivated me to pursue this next challenge! Although my training was not the best due to traveling and other issues I put in the time and felt fairly comfortable for race day.
THE BATHROOM LINE GOT ME!!! Had a good meal the night before, woke up earlier enough, got the course with enough time to relax and prep but those dang bathroom lines. About 10-15 mins before start time I had to use the bathroom so I hurry over but the line was a little longer than I had hoped. Well I'm waiting in line and I ask the person next to me for the time and I've got like 5 minutes until start time! Use the bathroom real quick, run (not walk) to Horseshoe lake, dive in and then they start the 30 second count down ! You could say it was LUCKY of me to make it on time.
AND HERE WE GO....
Swim: Very little time to warm up in the water (per the section above) but took off at a decent pace. I started this one off near the back end of the other athletes because in a previous sprint triathlon I had done I got very overwhelmed being pushed, kicked and punched at the start of the swim. Once I got my rhythem down it was just putting in the effort and getting to that next leg
T1: Dry off, change, grab bike and head out
Bike: This was a two loop course and although I feel strongest on the bike I hadn't practiced too much with a lot of wind resistance in my training. This was a flat and fast course so when I would make those turns into the wind my speed considerable slowed down. Pushed through though and on to the final transition (didn't get stopped by the train too which was awesome)
T2: Leg cramp mid-change so needed a few moments to stretch before the run
Run: Mentally I was starting to lose focus after that cramp. In previous tests of during my training I was running about 8:30 min mile pace after the swim and bike portions. Can you imagine how shocked I was than when I came in through my first mile I was going 7:00 min miles pace! I didn't want to burn out too quickly so I slowed a little down coming in at an average of 7:46 min mile. Again another flat course running mainly on gravel and pavement, I would say worst thing was that it was hot even though it was early afternoon. Still though buckled down and did it!
This was my first Olympic Triathlon and my goal was to complete. AND I DID! I wasn't too worried about timing or placement but was so happy with myself afterward. Performance wise, I think I did fairly well on the swim even without a proper warm up. I did significantly better on the run than I could've imagined so that was awesome and shocking! I think the bike is where I could make the most improvement. I think I did more run and swim workouts than bike workouts because I think mentally I was like "pshhhh... biking is no sweat". Silly me, right? With a better workout schedule and more time I think the next Olympic Tri (whenever / wherever that may be) will be even better! Cannot wait for that day to come.
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2019.03.02 05:38 Heald THE RETURN OF THE SCHMOEDOWN REDDIT LEAGUE! 3/2/19!
Whelp, it's been a while.
Sorry for dropping this like a sack of shit a few months back, life got hectic and my brain turned to mush however it's now reformed into a somewhat solid state so we're back baby! Old name new rules, pretty straight forward I say touching every piece of wood I can find.
Instead of the previous way of having half the questions be from past matches and half new instead they will be all new questions however each week a letter from each of the 10 answers will form an Schmoedown related anagram. You will not get a point for it however if you are struggling on an answer figuring it out would give you a hint. The way that works is that for a movie title A or The is ignored (so A Walk to Remember would be W and The Ring R), a full name will be the surname (John Smith is S) for a decade it'd be just written out (the 2000s will be N for Noughties because how many words can you think of containing z?!) and a full year will be the last number (so 2018 will be E for the eight). Any confusion or suggestions for tweaks will be more than welcomed.
We'll be running weekly so league wise we will have an weekly, monthly, seasonally (3 months) and yearly. So even a johnny come lately can still have something to compete in. For monthly and above as a prize we'll do a custom flair so if you wish you can flaunt your superior knowledge around the joint.
If you miss more than 2 weeks in a row you will be taken off the tables for the sake of making it not be massive full of one timers, however if you miss a few weeks and come again your previous score will be carried over and you'll be added back on.
If you want to play all you need to do is post down with a comment of your answers and I will give them a mark as soon as I am free to. This is obviously trust based, I can't see if you Googled or looked at other people's answers before you entered but I don't think anyone is too much of a jerk here to cheat. There's no secret prize if you win this is just for a laugh so don't be that twat. You aren't the Messiah you're a very naughty boy.
- 80s - Al Pacino suggests people “say goodnight to the bad guy” in which 1983 film?
- Oscars - In 2013 Alexander Payne was nominated for best director for what film?
- Comedy - Who directed the Rush Hour trilogy?
- Action - In Mr and Mrs Smith, what is the first name of Angelina Jolie's character?
- Arnold Schwarzenegger - What was the first sequel Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in?
- Romance - In The Fault in Our Stars where does Augustus choose as his Make a Wish for himself and Hazel to visit?
- Classics - In what film does Marlon Brando play failed boxer Terry Malloy?
- Animation - America Ferrera voices Astrid in which animation franchise?
- New Releases - Who plays Irish date Sarah in Game Night?
- Comic Book - Black Panther starts out in 1992 in which US city?
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2018.09.20 08:50 LittleYellowFish1 Pitch - A 6-Episode She-Hulk miniseries for the new streaming service.
Episode 01 - All Rise
The episode begins with a cold open showing the day after the Harlem Battle between the Hulk and the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, with an independent nuclear research team arriving at the remains of the area. The leader of the team is Mary McPharren (played by either Bryce Dallas Howard or Kelly MacDonald) who, with her assistant Jeff Hagees (Kevin Hart), plan to find traces of gamma-radiated DNA.
They are stopped by SHIELD personnel led by Phil Coulson, who reveal that they will be taking over this investigation. As they are removed from the premises, Hagees takes a single sample of Hulk's blood and stashes it in his jacket. That night, he reveals it to Mary, who is watching a news report showing the Destroyer in New Mexico during the events of Thor. Sensing an opportunity, Mary tells her remaining lab workers to get out the chemistry sets for a new project.
After the intro, we cut to the present, where newbie lawyer Jennifer Walters (Lizzy Caplan or America Ferrera) is in a court case against Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). Matt ultimately wins the case, but is impressed by Jennifer's confident efforts and offers to take her out for coffee as a gesture of goodwill.
As they talk after the case, Jennifer reveals to Matt that she is Bruce Banner's cousin, but has not spoken to him since he first ran away after his "accident" back in 2006, and mentions that he didn't even visit her during the Battle Of New York. The conversation also subtly alludes to Murdock's double life, before he suggests that Jennifer try to get in touch with Bruce again.
A few days later, Jennifer goes to a nuclear science convention in New York and finds Bruce there. As they reconnect after all this time, Bruce introduces her to the other scientists there, including the famous (and implied to already be superpowered) Reed Richards (Cillian Murphy) and Sue Storm (Kristen Bell).
As Banner is speaking on stage, the compound is suddenly attacked by Jeff Hagees, who is now a masked criminal called 8-Ball. He shoots Banner, which provokes him into becoming the Hulk. The Hulk makes a conscious effort to stop 8-Ball from hurting people, but in the fight accidentally causes Jennifer to become buried under a pile of rubble.
Hulk reverts back to Bruce as Sue attempts to keep Jennifer alive. With her being unconscious and losing blood quickly, Bruce injects Jennifer with his own blood in an effort to save her.
Episode 02 - If It Pleases...
In the cold open, 8-Ball, who has collected a single strand of the Hulk's hair during the fight, brings it back to McPharren, who has secretly synthesised a beta version of the radiation from the other DNA samples.
The serum enhances her strength, speed and agility without visibly affecting her body chemistry, and she performs robberies of radiation sites using the alias Titania. She then receives a call from an unheard contact, having become employed as a secretary not long before the events of the series, and has to leave while the updated formula is completed.
After the intro, Jennifer is shown waking up in the ICU, having survived and healed from her injuries. She sees Bruce before he leaves, who warns her to avoid stress at all costs. Jennifer goes home and goes to bed.
The next morning, she has her usual routine of waking up, getting dressed and going to work, but certain things that upset her cause her to become more and more unstable, to the point where her eyes briefly flash green. When she is dizzy and distracted, she embarrasses herself in front of Matt and some high-profile lawyers and storms out.
She leaves and goes home, getting more and more angry and aggressive during her trip home, before becoming a green-skinned, Hulk-like creature when her anger reaches breaking point. Unlike the Hulk however, Jennifer remains in control, and goes to find Bruce for help. When she gets there, she's initially angry and violent, the shock of this causing Bruce to become the Hulk.
After they calm down, Jennifer and the Hulk sit down and talk about the problems with their condition, and Jennifer is amused when Hulk refers to her as "She-Hulk". The Hulk realises that Banner is the one who's help Jennifer needs, and Bruce promises to find a cure for her condition.
In the final scene, Jennifer gets a call from Matt, who reveals that he has a new case regarding stolen nuclear samples dating as far back as the Harlem duel. He wants Jennifer to present the case with him, and is open to having Bruce consult them with his expertise.
Episode 03 - Move To Strike
Bruce meets with Matt and Jennifer continually over the next few days, giving them information about the case while teaching Jennifer to control her stress and even how to handle her regular life as She-Hulk.
One night, Jennifer is helping Matt with investigating their case and goes to the bathroom, only to see 8-Ball committing another robbery on the other side of town. She quickly leaves to Matt's confusion, as she turns into She-Hulk to stop 8-Ball. She chases 8-Ball and encounters Titania, who tries to get away with her latest samples.
Titania is unsuccessful because of Jennifer's interference and Jennifer is able to save the samples, taking them back to Matt to use as evidence to the latter's suspicion.
When she and 8-Ball return to their base, McPharren throws away her other samples with the exception of one, having become obsessed with having She-Hulk's DNA instead. She injects herself with her final sample, which causes her to act more aggressive towards Hagees and the others, similar to a steroid user.
Episode 04 - You May Inquire
Over the next few weeks, Jennifer becomes more and more used to balancing She-Hulk in her life, carrying out many of her daily routines in her She-Hulk form, though she remains as Jennifer Walters when she's working with Matt.
Every time Titania and 8-Ball try to get more nuclear samples, She-Hulk is there to stop them and take the samples as evidence, though she still isn't any closer to finding out who either of them are. Titania is desperately trying to do the same, wanting to find She-Hulk and take her blood, and decides to set a trap for her to obtain the sample.
Mary's backstory is shown in this episode. Being born prematurely, she was bullied all throughout her childhood because of her weak and sickly condition, but became obsessed with improving herself after reading about Erskine's Super Soldier Serum.
Jennifer tracks Titania and 8-Ball to an abandoned SHIELD research centre outside of New York, where she and Titania fight. The brawl results in the radiation nearly being leaked out, but Jennifer defeats Titania and is able to stop the radiation from being released over New York, seeing Titania's unmasked face while this happens. As they escape, 8-Ball shoots Jennifer with a special bullet, allowing Titania to collect a blood sample.
Episode 05 - Recess
Bruce promises Jennifer that he'll send the relevant authorities after Titania and 8-Ball, before revealing that he has finished the cure for Jennifer's condition. She expresses reluctance, but is eventually convinced by Bruce, being injected with the serum. Much like in The Incredible Hulk, she begins to turn into She-Hulk because of the stress involved, but is sedated to allow herself to return to normal.
With her condition supposedly cured, Bruce suddenly reveals that he's not planning to talk to Jennifer again, fearing that he's putting a negative influence on her. With him breaking off contact, Jennifer returns to her normal life, not having any outbursts during this time. However, she finds herself bored with this life and becomes miserable and depressed, prompting Matt to offer her dinner.
Jennifer accepts and gets ready for the meal the next night. She arrives at Murdock's office and is greeted by his secretary, who she immediately realises is actually Mary McPharren.
Mary, however, does not recognise Jennifer and remains friendly towards her, revealing that she will be driving Jennifer and Matt to their dinner. Much like in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Mary slowly figures out in the car that Jennifer is She-Hulk, and briefly holds her back in the car to talk with her. Jennifer explains that she's been cured, prompting Mary to reveal that she has made a new serum out of the blood she took from She-Hulk in their fight.
As Mary drives away, Jennifer decides to leave the dinner to confront her, prompting more suspicions from Matt as the episode ends on a cliffhanger.
Episode 06 - A Verdict
As Jennifer leaves the restaurant, she is confronted by 8-Ball, who attempts to kill her on Mary's orders. However, Jennifer is saved by Daredevil, who accidentally reveals to her that he's Matt after knocking out Hagees. Jennifer warns him about Titania and they take a cab (driven by Stan Lee or Darryl) to Mary's old lab, where she is duplicating the serum for future use.
Matt is separated from Jennifer when in the lab, forcing her to confront Mary alone. Mary scoffs, mocking Jennifer about her life choices and her relation to Banner, before shooting Jennifer and causing her to fall out of the window and into the river. Mary then injects herself with the serum, giving her similar strength to She-Hulk.
Matt attempts to fight Titania but is badly beaten. Jennifer is close to drowning as this happens, only for the shock of the coldness to reawaken her She-Hulk form, allowing her to transform again. She gets out of the water, calling Titania out to fight her one-on-one before the latter can unmask and kill an unconscious Daredevil.
Titania, revelling in her newfound power and wanting to prove her superiority to common humans, attacks Jennifer and their fight spills into the New York streets.
The fight is notably grittier and more brutal than the previous action scenes due to their more evenly-matched chances, with the two ploughing each other through buildings and using cars, lampposts, ATMs and manhole covers to hit each other with.
Both have each other's necks in their grips, with Mary nearly strangling Jennifer. As Jennifer is about to fall unconscious, Titania takes the time to mock her again, saying that she doesn't belong in the superhero world. This provides Jennifer with enough rage to become stronger, allowing her to overpower Titania and nearly beat her to unconsciousness, leaving her a bloody mess on the ground.
Before Mary is taken into custody by the police, Jennifer jokes that she'll let Matt know Mary can't make it to work on Monday, before leaving to avoid being seen by the helicopters.
A week later, Mary's exposure and arrest has resulted in Matt and Jennifer winning their case, with Jennifer now keeping her She-Hulk form even when in court. After the final judgement, they're both called to the Avengers compound, where Banner reveals that he's completed a new serum to reverse the effects of Mary's serum on herself. He offers to give it to Jennifer, but she turns him down, deciding to keep her She-Hulk powers.
Banner understands and promises to keep in touch, before giving both Jennifer and Matt applications to join the Avengers. Jennifer keeps her application for later while Matt throws his away without a second thought.
The episode ends with Jennifer getting ready for work, before hearing on the news that 8-Ball has broken out of jail. She grins at the camera as her eyes glow green.
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2017.08.18 23:45 autobuzzfeedbot 24 Celebrity Instagrams You Missed This Week
- Gisele was ready to party.
- Chris Hemsworth celebrated his birthday.
- Kerry Washington said it all with her shirt.
- Oh, Hello met Portlandia.
- Kim Kardashian posed with baby Dream.
- Kathy Griffin took her wig off for a photo with her famous friends.
- America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn had a mini Traveling Pants reunion.
- Josh Groban got a meal with William Shatner and Tom Bergeron.
- Jessica Biel posed with a kebab.
- Jason Momoa climbed a wall.
- Amy Adams and Debra Messing had a Wedding Date reunion.
- Kate Hudson sang her heart out with a glass of wine.
- Cara Delevinge posed on a yacht with her friends.
- Justin Bieber solemnly swam.
- Demi Lovato posed in an elevator.
- French Montana and Scott Disick chilled.
- Mindy Kaling is already slaying with her pregnancy style.
- Sterling K. Brown saw Hamilton.
- Andy Cohen jumped into a pool.
- Busy Philipps found something that resonated with her.
- Rashida Jones posed with flowers.
- Ed Sheeran and Scooter Braun prom posed.
- Amy Schumer went to a taping of Judge Judy.
- And Karlie Kloss found her zen.
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2017.07.25 14:50 BogeyTeam Guide to the 17/18 Belgian Pro league part 2
- 1) The take-over by Vincent Tan has not yet lead to succes, on the contrary last season was one of the worst in years (lowest finish since 08/09 and smallest point total since the return to the first division). The future is uncertain as little progress is made on promises like a new stadium and receiving talented players from other Tan clubs like Cardiff City and FK Sarajevo. Idriss Saadi illustrates that such transfers can be succesfull. Whitin the club there is a lot of people (people apointed by Tan, sporting director Belocine, the actual coach) trying to influence the direction the club should take sporting wise. This has resulted in comical situations with people not having the right qualifications. For years the club has been losing its best players in the summer. They often have been replaced by players who were unknown but panned out in the end. This season is no different but they don't have the excellent coaching skils of Vanhazebroeck or Vanderhaeghe anymore. If things go wrong with this years transfers, it might be the end of the story in the first division. If that happens it is not sure whether Tan will stay. Him leaving might leave the club in problems it will take many years to recover from. The city is part of the Eurométropole, the agglomeration around the French city of Lille. But a language barrier (dutch speaking vs french speaking) prevents the club from capitalizing on the fan-, sponsor- and talentpotential that lies in the agglomeration. The club is at a juncture in its history: disapear in the anonymity of the lower division or secure its spot as a stable first division club.
Goal: Top half
- 2) Key players: Elohim Rolland, Hannes Vander Bruggen, / Thomas Kaminsky
- 3) Talents: /
- 4) Hounours: /
- 5) Stadium: Guldensporenstadion, Cap: 9 399
- 6) Notable former players: Ivan Santini
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
| Bennard Kummordzi || KRC Genk ||Free transfer ||CDM |
| Abdul Ajagun || Panathinaikos ||Free transfer ||CAM |
|/ Bryan Verboom || SV Zulte-Waregem ||Loan ||LB |
| Pylyp Budkivsky || Shakhtar Donetsk ||Loan ||ST |
| Cristophe Lepoint || SV Zulte-Waregem ||? ||CM |
| Sébastien Bruzzese || Club Brugge ||? ||GK |
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
|/ Lars Veldwijk || FC Groningen ||€375 000 ||ST |
| Gertjan De Mets || SV Zulte-Waregem ||Free transfer ||CDM |
| Sidy Sarr || LB Châteauroux ||Loan ||CAM |
| Xavier Mercier || Cercle Brugge ||? ||CAM |
| Joãozinho || CD Tondela ||? ||LB |
- 1) The glory days under Peter Maes (getting top 6 consistently, 2 Cups and a succesfull EL group stage) lay behind them. If they were an american sports franchise they would currently be in the rebuilding fase. Some important players in recent past have left, even club/league/Ivory Coast legend Copa has been moved on. Incomming transfers have been somewhat unsuccesful recently and this year only one player (Marzo) who played first team football on a similar level has been brought in. Thus the others are a gamble. Coach Kristenson will have to use all his ability to create a working unit. Hopefully this will mean some of the players in the youth setup also get a chance, something what was lacking under Peter Maes. Owner Lambrecht is nothing short of a cult figure and is not afraid to fire people when things aren't going well. But he might not be around for long as he is looking to sell the club due to his old age. Offers from abroad have come in but Lambrecht would rather sell to somebody from Belgium who he trusts more. Whoever the new owner is, has a daunting task to continue the legacy. He will also find a club which isn't served by the circumstances of modern football. Being located in a smaller city and with a stadium located in poor spot. Already the result of the merger between 2 clubs, talks about merging with local rivals Waasland-Beveren have been subject of many discussions. With a merger the local competition would be eliminated therefore increasing the commercial potential. Lokeren will have to choose between being true to their roots or selling their soul for succes in more ways than one.
Goal: Top Half
- 2) Key players: Kilian Overmeire, / Mijat Maric, Tom De Sutter, Davino Verhulst
- 3) Talents: Branislav Ninaj, Bob Straetman, Joher Khadim Rassoul, Mohamed Ofkir
- 4) Hounours: 2x Cup (last 13/14)
- 5) Stadium: Daknamdtadion, Cap: 12 000
- 6) Notable former players: Alfreð Finnbogason
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
|/ Tracy Mpati Bibuangu || Union SG ||€160 000 ||RB |
| Luciano Slagveer || SC Heerenveen ||Free transfer ||RW |
| Robin Söder || Esbjerg fB ||Free trasnfer ||ST |
| Stefano Marzo || SC Heerenveen ||? ||RB |
|/ Juan Torres ||New England Tea Men ||? ||CM |
|/ Samy Kehli || KSV Roeselare ||? ||CAM |
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
| Ayanda Patosi || Cape Town City ||Free transfer ||LW |
| Nikola Jambor || NK Osjiek ||Loan ||CDM |
- 1) After narowingly missing out on top 6 last year the ever ambitious coach Yannick Ferrera will look for improvement this season. The club continues to make progress every season since the financial troubles in the early 2000's but is still a long way from what it once was. The fans have always continued to support the club (and even saving the club with their own money). Thanks to the unique design (safe standing lenghtwise instead of behind the goal) of the renovated stadium, the atmosphere is something special. The bad apples who where in the squad last season have been sold in the summer. Replacing them are young players and players who have performed at the club in the past. If Kolovos and Pedersen can find the form prior to their injuries, it can be the x-factor to push them towards top 6. The youth setup has provided multiple first team players in recent years. This has been more neseccity rather than choice as star players continue to move to bigger teams in the league. Stopping that from hapening is a priority if the club wants to challenge the traditional top teams consistently. The situation with Bjelica is exemplary: being one of the clubs better players, he wants to move to a bigger club. But the club has received no offers to their liking, meaning he's staying. This is not to Bjelica liking who has spend preseason faking injuries, intentionally performing poorly and mocking the staff in the progress.
Goal: Top Half
- 2) Key Players: Colin Coosemans, Mats Rits, Seth De Witte, Uros Vitas
- 3) Talents: Elias Cobbaut, / Andy Kawaya, Rob Schoofs, / Ahmed El Messaoudi
- 4) Hounours: 4x Champion (last 88/89), 1x Cup (86/87), 1x European Cup winners Cup (87/88), 1x European Super Cup (88/89)
- 5) Stadium: AFAS-stadion (Achter De Kazerne), Cap: 18 477 (further renovation/expansion in progress)
- 6) Notable former players: /
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
| Rob Schoofs || AA Gent ||€1 Mill ||CM |
| Dimitrios Kolovos || Olympiakos Piraeus ||€700 000 ||CAM |
| Nicklas Pedersen || KV Oostende ||Free trasnfer ||ST |
| Ahmed El Messaoudi || Lierse SK ||? ||CDM |
| Boureima Hassane Bandé ||Salitas ||? ||ST |
| Stefan Drazic || FK Vozdovac ||? ||ST |
|/ Andy Kawaya || RSC Anderlecht ||? ||LW |
|/ Faycall Rheras || Heart of Midlothian FC ||Free transfer ||LB |
Royal Excel Mouscron
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
| Jordi Vanlerberghe || Club Brugge ||€1,9 Mill ||CDM |
| Jens Naessens || KVC Westerlo ||Free transfer ||ST |
|/ Reda Jaadi || Royal Antwerp FC ||Free transfer ||CAM |
| Nils Schouterden || KAS Eupen ||? ||LM |
| Nicolas Verdier || KAS Eupen ||? ||ST |
| Jordy Peffer || KVC Westerlo ||Loan ||ST |
| Alexander Corryn || Royal Antwerp FC ||Loan ||LB |
- 1) Winning the annual legal battle with the league has secured the place in the first division. Mouscron keeps assuring that player agent Pini Zahavi is not the owner (which is prohibited), but the league has its doubts so it is up to BAS (Belgian version of TAS) to make the decision and it has ruled in favor of Mouscron. Unfortunately the problems don't end there, because almost the entire first eleven was on loan they are gone. So far they have been replaced by players from the U21's and some players they were able to get on loan. With the transfers of Bailly, Godeau and Mbombo they have some players who have played in the league before. Another problem which needs tackling is the poor home support. The league introduced a new rule saying tv-cameras have to be pointed at the most filled stand, in Mouscron they'll have a hard time choosing as neither of the stands are filled more than 25%. The lack of identity has not helped the club in attrackting fans, especially in area with Lille, Lens, Valenciennes, Kortrijk and Zulte-Waregem in close proximity. On paper the squad there is now has no chance of survival, so coming the transfer deadline we'll see the arrival of multiple new players who happen to be part of Zahavi's network. Whether that will be enough is dependent on the motivation of every one involved and considering no one has a personal connection with the club that motivation will need to be something other than club love/loyalty.
Goal: Avoid relegation
- 2) Key Players: / Aristote Nkaka, Filip Markovic
- 3) Talents: / Aristote Nkaka, / Mërgim Vojvoda
- 4) Hounours: /
- 5) Stadium: Le Canonnier, Cap: 10 832
- 6) Famous former players: Demba Ba, Maxime Lestienne, ( / Nabil Bentaleb, but never played in the first team)
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
| Logan Bailly || Celtic FC ||Free transfer ||GK |
|/ Yannis Mbombo || Örebro SK ||Free transfer ||ST |
| Jean Butez || Lille OSC ||Loan ||GK |
| Omar Govea || FC Porto B ||Loan ||CDM |
| Clément Libertiaux || RSC Charleroi ||? ||GK |
| Jonathan Bolingi || Standard Liège ||Loan ||ST |
|/ Selim Amallah ||AFC Tubize ||? ||CAM |
| Bruno Godeau || KV Oostende ||? ||CB |
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
| Theo Defourny ||AFC Tubize ||Free transfer ||GK |
| Thibault Peyre || Union SG ||Free transfer ||RB |
| Deivydas Matulevicius || Hibernian FC ||Free transfer ||ST |
| Corentin Koçur || CS Fola Esch ||Free transfer ||CM |
| Fejsal Mulic || Hapoel Acre ||Free transfer ||ST |
| Mickaël Tirpan || KAS Eupen ||? ||RB |
| Daniel Graovac || FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo ||Loan ||CB |
- 1)Investor Marc Coucke will be eager to see his team play in Europe for the first time. Despite the lack of European history they will hardly be out of place, many of the players have played EL and CL football at previous clubs. In recent seasons they have shown to be capable of destroying the top teams in Belgium what should mean they can win against anyone if underestimated. Other than reaching Europe an other step was made by sale of 2 young talents. Dimata and Marusic (and Lukaku the season before) moved for sums and to clubs normally only seen at the top clubs in Belgium. Incomming wise they attracted a mix of experience and young talent. If Lombaerts can stay fit, he should be one of the best players in the league and therefore a serious asset. So a step foreward was set, but will Coucke be satisfied or will he want more. The obvious next step is challenging for the title. To achieve that further investments will be needed, bringing new problems. European football means abiding by financial fair play, not an easy feat considering the high wages being paid compared to the small revenue from the fanbase. So Oostende will have to sell their best players every season or increase the fanbase to reach FFP-targets. Increasing the fanbase is easier said than done in an area dominated by Club Brugge. Oostende has been an asset to the league since its promotion and will likely continue to play an important role in seasons to come.
Goal: Top 6
Europe: entry: EL qualifiers 3rd round, goal: reach EL group stage
- 2) Key players: Silvio Proto, Sebastien Siani, Franck Berier, Knowledge Musona, David Rozehnal
- 3) Talents: Antonio Milic, / Hasan Özkan
- 4) Hounours: /
- 5) Stadium: Versluys Arena (Albertpark), Cap: 8 432
- 6) Notable former players: / Jordan Lukaku
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
| Nicolas Lombaerts || Zenit St. Petersburg ||€1,5 Mill ||CB |
|/ Nicolas Rajsel || Union SG ||€400 000 ||RW |
| Thomas de Bie || Cercle Brugge ||Free transfer ||GK |
| Ibrahima Sory Bah || Standard Liège ||? ||ST |
| Emmanuel Banda ||Esmoriz ||? ||CM |
| Ramin Rezaeian || Persepolis ||Free transfer ||RB |
| Logan Ndembe || Royal Excel Mouscron ||? ||LB |
|/ Richairo Zivkovic || AFC Ajax Amsterdam ||? ||ST |
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
|/ Nany Landry Dimata || VfL Wolfsburg ||€10 Mill ||ST |
| Adam Marusic || Lazio Roma ||€6,5 Mill ||RB |
| Fabien Antunes || Sint-Truiden VV ||Free transfer ||LB |
| Jean Chopin ||Titus Petange ||Free transfer ||GK |
| Nicklas Pedersen || KV Mechelen ||Free transfer ||ST |
| Nicolas De Preville || Lille OSC ||€4,5 Mill ||CAM |
| Bruno Godeau || Royal Excel Mouscron ||? ||CB |
- 1) Not every club can say it has fared well by being part of the Duchatelet network, but is definitely the case for Sint-Truiden. Not only has the stadium been renovated, they continue to receive players who have an impact. A transfer policy of singing (loan or permanent) young players who were not given a chance at better clubs in Belgium or abroad has paid dividends. Both Gerkens and Peeters were sold at a serious profit. During the renovation of the stadium the choice was made to play on an artificial pitch. Being the only club in Belgium doing so has given the club an extra home advantage. It is not certain it will last as artificial pitches have come under scrutiny influenced by developments in the Netherlands. The benifit of the pitch is higher when playing a certain style of football (combination of short passing and trying to beat your man). Coaches have often been appointed because they are playing that style, so one should expect new coach Tintin Marquez to do the same. The dressing room is also cleaned up by getting rid of the dick-flashing stiker, the crowdfuded striker and the right wing who likes to break teammates noses. Continuity should be the number one priority and so far this summer has provided it. Goal: Avoid relegation
- 2) Key players: Steven De Petter, / Igor Vetokele, Cristian Ceballos
- 3) Talents: Steve Ryckaert, Kurt Abrahams, Babacar Gueye
- 4) Hounours: /
- 5) Stadium: Staaien, Cap: 14 600
- 6) Notable former players: Simon Mignolet
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
| Fabien Antunes || KV Oostende ||Free transfer ||LB |
| Marten Schevenels || KRC Genk ||Free transfer ||GK |
|/ Jordan Botaka || Leeds United ||Free transfer ||RW |
| Charilaos Charisis || PAOK Thessaloniki ||Loan ||CM |
| Stelios Kitsiou || PAOK Thessaloniki ||Loan ||RB |
| Samuel Asamoah || KAS Eupen ||Free transfer ||CM |
| Babacar Gueye || Hannover 96 ||Loan ||ST |
| Cristian Ceballos || Charlton Athletic ||? ||LW |
| Jorge Teixera || Charlton Athletic ||? ||CB |
| Kenny Steppe || SV Zulte-Waregem ||? ||GK |
Royal Standard de Liège
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
| Stef Peeters || SM Caen ||€1,5 Mill ||CAM |
| Pieter Gerkens || RSC Anderlecht ||€1,5 Mill ||CM |
| Nick Proswitz ||? ||Free transfer ||ST |
| Donát Zsótér || Újpest FC ||Free transfer ||RW |
| Fabien Tchenkoua ||? ||Free transfer ||RW |
| Panagiotis Kynigopoulos ||Panachaiki Patras ||Free transfer ||ST |
| Soma Novothny || Újpest FC ||Free transfer ||ST |
| Pierrick Valdivia || Nîmes Olympique ||Free transfer ||CM |
| Wolke Janssens || Lierse SK ||Loan ||ST |
| Jorge Pulido || SD Huesca ||? ||CB |
| Rúben Fernandes ||Portimonense SC ||? ||CB |
- 1) Life is never boring if you are a Standard fan. Past years have been a spectacle involving multiple owners, 9 coaches in 3 years, about 50 players and multiple fines/punishment because of fan behaviour. Although Sint-Truiden fared well under the reign of Duchatelet, the same can not be said about Standard. Under his ownership the best players were sold and the recruitment was questionable to say the least. The club was subsequently taken over by Venanzi a local businessman and longtime fan. He found a club not only in trouble football wise but also financially. It is still unclear how bad the situation was/is, luckilly they caught a break with the Batshuayi's transfer to Chelsea as they had a serious sell-on clause agreed with Marseille. This season the club looks on the way back: key players have stayed put and players were brought in. Pocognoli and Mpoku are key figures from the past and should be among the best players in the league in their respective positions (which also should be the case for Ochoa). If the team starts performing, two more problems need being dealt with. First and foremost is the fan behaviour, spurred on by poor performances the fans have build up an infamous reputation. Throwing pyrotechnics at opposing fans, players and the officials, trashing their own and the opposition's stadium and a controversial tifo were among the fans antics. Something what might calm the fans is better usage of academy players, which was somewhat lacking. The Dimata scenario (moved to Oostende after not getting a chance and was sold for 10 million only a year later) is a nightmare nobody at Standard will be keen on reliving. If Venanzi and new coach Sa Pinto can bring stability, Standard should be able to reclaim its spot among the league's elite.
Goal: Top 6
- 2) Key players: Ishak Belfodil, Alexander Scholz, Orlando Sa, Mathieu Dossevi
- 3) Talents: Corentin Fiore, / Ryan Mmaee, Razvan Marin, Jerome Déom, / Edmilson Junior
- 4) Hounours: 10x Champion ( last 08/09), 7x Cup (last 15/16), 4x Super cup (last 09/10)
- 5) Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne (Sclessin), Cap: 30 032
- 6) Notable former players: / Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel, Steven Defour, / Michy Batshuayi, William Vainqueur, / Eliaquim Mangala
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
|/ Paul-José Mpoku || Chievo Verona ||€1,8 Mill ||LW |
| Sébastien Pocognoli || West Bromwich Albion ||Free transfer ||LB |
| Guillermo Ochoa || FC Malaga ||Free transfer ||GK |
| Uche Agbo || FC Watford ||€2,5 Mill ||CDM |
| Merveille Bokadi || TP Mazembe ||? ||CDM |
| Christian Luyindama Nekadio || TP Mazembe ||? ||CDM |
| Jonathan Bolingi || TP Mazembe ||? ||ST |
| Moussa Djenepo ||Yeleen ||? ||CM |
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
| Ibrahima Cissé || FC Fulham ||€2,5 Mill ||CDM |
| Guillaume Hubert || Club Brugge ||€350 000 ||GK |
| Alassane Diallo || Újpest FC ||Free transfer ||CM |
| Birama Touré || AJ Auxerre ||? ||CDM |
|/ Samy Mmaee || MVV Maastricht ||Loan ||RB |
| Jonathan Bolingi || Royal Excel Mouscron ||Loan ||ST |
| Mohamed Yattara || AJ Auxerre ||? ||SY |
| Darwin Andrade || Deportivo Cali ||? ||LB |
| Benjamin Tetteh || FK Bohemians Praag 1905 ||Loan ||ST |
| Jean-Luc Dompé || SC Amiens ||Loan ||LW |
- 1) It has been a quiet summer so far for the club, other than the arrival of the new coach and one notable transfer nothing has happened. It's a break with the past as fans often had to use a cheat sheet to remember all the new players. New players will likely still come in and hopefully they'll continue their transfer policy of young Belgians signed from the league's U21 teams. By giving them a chance those players have often started performing. But a young team will always be inconsistent and make silly mistakes, those are not caracteristics you are looking for in a relegation candidate. New coach Phillipe Clement was destined to be the new Club Brugge coach, but choose a project out of the spotlights. But his job won't be any easier, many coaches have fallen trying to save the club from relegation. If the club's money isn't going towards the team, i hope they are fixing the ugliest stand of the league. The stands are not the only ugly thing, the kits are a mess of diferent sponsors. It's shame they can't capitalize on the club's proximity to one of the most important economic areas in Europe. The Port of Antwerp has a large share of big company's who's sponsorship would work wonders. As evidenced by the name the club is the result of the merger between 2 teams (Red Star Waasland and KSK Beveren). This still results in unease among the fans, former fans of KSK Beveren have started their own club in the lower divisions, further dividing the already small fan base.
Goal: Avoid relegation
- 2) Key Players: / Zinho Gano, Rudy Camacho, / Ibrahima Seck, Laurent Jans
- 3) Talents: Laurent Jans, / Jonathan Buatu Mananga, Nana Opoku Ampomah, Olivier Myny, / Zinho Gano
- 4) Hounours: 2x Champion (last 83/84), 2x Cup (last 82/83), 2x Super cup (last 84/85) (all these are won by KSK Beveren which legally doesn't exist anymore)
- 5) Stadium: Freethielstadion, Cap: 13 290
- 6) Notable former players: Yaya Touré, Gervinho, Emmanuel Eboué, Arthur Boka
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
| Ryota Morioka || Slask Wroclaw ||€275 000 ||CAM |
| Jur Schryvers || Club Brugge ||? ||GK |
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
| Kjetil Borry || KSV Roeselare ||? ||CB |
- 1) The rise of the club has largely been the work of one man, coach/manager Franky Dury. He has lead the club from the second division to the first, won 2 cups, was 30min. away from a title and will play EL group stage for the second time this season. All this has happened under difficult circumstances, the club has a limited budget and has to sell it's best players to survive. This is especially the case now as funds are needed to complete the renovation of the stadium. Unsurprisingly the club has parted ways with almost the entire first eleven from last season. Yet again Dury has build a team by finding bargains and (ab)using the loan system. He has an unparallelled ability to rehabilitate youngsters who have lost confidence (when Meite came to the club, Dury asked him were he wanted to be. Meite said: "at Man United", to which Dury responded: "lets get started"). If the team is strong enough to have an impact in the EL or the league remains to be seen, but the narrow defeat in the Super cup should give confidence that they are competitive. The sale of players plus the money from Europe should be enough to finish the stadium. When finished it will be only the second modern stadium in the country and give them a leg up on the competition. That should mean the next step is made and they hopefully won't have to sell their stars every season. The fact that Dury choose to stay despite having offers from Ligue 1, Bundesliga and La Liga is vital for the club.
Goal: Top Half
Europe: entry: EL group stage, goal: be competitive
- 2) Key Players: Onur Kaya, Timothy Derijck, Brian Hamalainen, Davy De fauw
- 3) Talents: Yoan Severin, Julien De Sart, Sander Coopman, Idrissa Doumbia, / Aaron Leya Iseka, Aliko Bala, Kingsley Madu
- 4) Hounours: 2x Cup (last 16/17)
- 5) Stadium: Regenboogstadion, Cap: 12 250 (renovation/expansion in progress)
- 6) Notable former players: Thorgan Hazard, Theo Bongonda, Nikica Jelavic
- 7) Transfers:
|Player ||From ||Fee ||Position |
|/ Nill De Pauw || EA Guingamp ||€350 000 ||LW |
| Michaël Heylen || RSC Anderlecht ||€200 000 ||CB |
|/ Sandy Walsh || KRC Genk ||Free transfer ||RB |
| Gertjan De Mets || KV Kortrijk ||Free transfer ||CDM |
| Ivan Saponjic || FC Benfica B ||Loan ||ST |
| Ben Reichert || Hapoel Tel Aviv ||? ||CAM |
| Peter Olayinka || AA Gent ||Loan ||ST |
| Idrissa Doumbia || RSC Anderlecht ||Loan ||CM |
|/ Aaron Leya Iseka || RSC Anderlecht ||Loan ||ST |
| Sander Coopman || Club Brugge ||Loan ||CAM |
|Player ||To ||Fee ||Position |
|/ Soualiho Meité || AS Monaco ||€2,9 Mill (30% of 8 Mill) ||CDM |
| Lukas Lerager || FC Girondins Bordeaux ||€3,5 Mill ||CM |
| Henrik Dalsgaard || FC Brentford ||€1,1 Mill ||RB |
| Christophe Lepoint || KV Kortrijk ||? ||CM |
| Kenny Steppe || Sint- Truiden VV ||? ||GK |
|/ Charni Ekangamene || KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk ||? ||CM |
| Stephen Buyl || Cercle Brugge ||? ||LW |
| Karim Essikal || KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk ||? ||CDM |
|/ Bryan Verboom || KV Kortrijk ||Loan ||LB |
| Jakob Ankersen || Aarhus GF ||? ||RM |
The change of the league system has been controversial, but for the neutral fan it has been positive so far. European performances have improved and the league is more competitive than it was before. But it is to early to tell whether the introduction of the play-offs was the main cause for it. It is possible that teams perform better in Europe thanks to having multiple high stake, high intensity matches in play-off 1 and because the play-off alow the to focus on Europe early in the season.. It is also possible that european performances have improved because countries with similar league's (Greece, Turkey, Ukraine and Portugal) have had both football and non-football problems plaguing them in recent years. Whether the league is more competitive because of small-teams receiving extra revenue from playing play-off 1 or because of sheer coincedence also remains to be seen. Even if the system has been a positive, work remains to be done. The way play-off 2 is done, is a bit of a mockery (theoreticly it is possible for the number 4 of the second divison to reach european football). But it is hard to find an alternative that doesn't screw the smaller teams or totally invallidates the regular season. If the league wants to solidify its position among the top ten in Europe then it should work on its markething. There is still (like most things in Belgium) a lot of negativity around the league. People think it's shit and rather watch one of the top leagues. This has always seamed strange to me as those league have plenty of horrendous matches too. The league should do a better effort of getting local people supporting Belgian clubs. But the market is limited with only 11 million people the league will theoreticly never be able to compete with the Ukrainian or the Turkish league, let alone the top 5. However there is stil plenty of untapped markething potential in the rest of the world. The league has an incredible amount of active national team players, particulary in Africa. Africa remains somewhat unknown territory (with Latin america focused on themsleves, Spain and Italy, and Asia focused on England and Germany). Should the league play its cards right, it could get a head start. The rise of the national team has already done the league favors in more ways than one but also had its perverse effects. Young Belgians are being poached from teams's academys by top teams around Europe. Many have left with big expactations only to find disillusion years later. Still some (Januzaj, Musonda, Bakkali,...) refuse to return despite it being benificial for their development. Stopping talent from leaving at an early age should be a priority, but one which needs to be done a European level. One last problem still needs solving: the infrastructure. Many teams play in stadia dating from the previous century and aren't suited for modern football. Progress has been made in recent years: AA Gent has their new arena and smaller teams have started renovation. Almost all teams have plans for a new arena or renovating the old one, but progress is slow as the Belgian legal/political system isn't friendly towards big projects. The proposed Eurostadion is an excellent example. Brussels, being the capital of Europe, knew it had an unique opportunity to get their bid selected for Euro 2020. But typical Belgian games involving poor planning, multiple goverments and big ego's have so far undermined the project. The future of the project looks bleak as Anderlecht refuses to be the tennant, there is no permit to start building and Brussels's politics are in turmoil. So although progress is been made in recent years towards the league's development, serious challenges still remain. But in the mean time an enjoyable league filled with drama has arisen. All statistics are from transfermarkt or wikipedia
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|1) What's the favorite project you have been involved with? 2) Have you ever had a crush on one of your co-stars in a movie or show? 3) Have you ever accidentally hurt someone during a stunt, like kicked them in the balls or something? ||I can't remember hurting anybody. I'm sure I have, but I can't remember it right now. |
| ||I've never fallen in love with a costar. I actually get highly allergic to people once they are my costars. It almost feels like it becomes a brotherly love instantly. And, as for my favorite project, I think it has to be Telenovela, because I developed it all the way from idea to inception to production to marketing...the whole thing. And so, for me it's probably the thing I'm most proud of because I've worked so hard on it, and I think it's so funny. |
|Whats the story behind your worst audition? ||Oh my god, one time I auditioned for The Love Boat. The new Love Boat obviously because I was too young for the old one. And they asked me if I could sing, and I wanted the roll so bad I said yes. And they go, "Okay! Like, go ahead!" and I was like, "Ohhh, right now?" I didn't think they would make me sing in the room. And I did. They probably looked at me like, "She thinks she can sing?" I obviously can't even sing Happy Birthday. |
|What inspired you to start the Eva Longoria Foundation and what has the success rate been like? I also appreciate what you do for people with special needs! ||Aw, well thank you! Thank you so much. I actually have a special needs sister who's mentally disabled, so for me it was vital that I help the communities that gave back to me and my family. My foundation has been doing amazing work. We have some successful programs with parental engagement, education, and entrepreneurship. So it's definitely something I'm passionate about; something that will be my life's work. I never really "got the idea", it was always something I knew I would do. |
|Do you still get confused with Baseball legend Evan Longoria? ||Yeah! When he was a rookie, people would shout, "Eva! Eva! Eva!" in the stands, and I felt so bad that we shared nearly the same name. Everybody asked him in interviews all the time about whether or not we were related. And he is such a good baseball player, I think he wanted to be known for that, but reporters would ask him if he was related to me. But yeah, people still think we're the same person. |
|Do you ever wish you were not famous? What do you think you'd be doing as a career? ||I never thought I'd be famous, nor did I ever wish to be famous growing up. I decided to move to LA and become an actor, and then everything just kind of happened. I would probably work in corporate America somewhere, because I like deadlines, and quotas, and measurements; clear measurements of success. |
|Also, any tips to improve my headshot. ||For the headshot, I would definitely want a more contemporary headshot. That one looks like an old-fashioned photo. |
|What was it like working with Andy Samberg and the rest of the cast on Brooklyn 99? ||Oh, I love Andy Samberg. It was my favorite comedy, obviously before Telenovela. I had said that in an interview, and I guess somebody saw it because the show called me to be on it. And I said, "Yes of course I would love to be on it!" I was friends with Andy since I'd worked on SNL over 10 years ago. It was just such a fun gig to do, being surrounded by all those funny, talented people. |
|Hi Eva, what do you enjoy doing on your time off? Do you get much time off? ||I probably have a good amount of time off when I need it. When I'm in vacation mode, I'm in vacation mode. When I'm in work mode, I'm in serious work mode. I love to stay home and cook. I also love spa days, I love massages, I love facials. But really just staying home and opening a nice bottle of wine. |
|Hi Eva! What's the best concert you've been to? ||Best concert? Oh my gosh, I went to a Heart concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which was so much fun. And then, just last night I went to see the Broadway play On Your Feet, which is basically all of Gloria Estefan's real-life stories to her songs. So that was pretty amazing! |
|Hi Eva. What's your favorite spooky story? As a follow up, do you prefer skeletons or ghosts? ||Oooh, I don't know what you mean by "prefer", haha! Neither? But I definitely like scary movies, and I love the tale of La Llorona, which translates to "the weeping woman." It was a scary folk tale I grew up with that always scared the crap out of me as a little girl. |
|Hi! What is your favorite food in the whole world? How do you keep in shape? ||Mexican food is my favorite food. I'm a runner, so I run a lot, although I haven't been doing it for the past couple weeks. I exercise. Other than running I did pilates, I trained in yoga, I do weights. I try to mix it up because I get bored so easy. |
|What was it like working on Foodfight! ? Did you ever watch the movie after it was done? Who pitched the idea to you? ||No! I never watched the movie, nor did I meet any of the other actors in the movie. I just worked on it in a sound booth and then I never saw it. But I loved the idea and the concept; it was such a cute script. Charlie Sheen and Hilary Duff were in it! |
|I've heard of your famous guacamole recipe -- the world wants to know: what is it? ||Well, you have to buy my cookbook. Haha, no just kidding. |
| ||The key to guacamole is to use fresh-squeezed lemon instead of lime, and to use serrano peppers for the heat if you want it spicy, instead of jalapenos. The rest, just basically whatever you want. |
|Will the season 2 of #Telenovela be out? ||We won't know until April or May if we get a season 2. But our season finale is this Monday. And if you miss it, you can binge watch online at nbc.com or the NBC app, or Hulu or iTunes. There are sooo many ways to view it now! |
|What sort of things do you usually sew? ||I love to sew! That's a deep dark secret nobody knows about me, I love to sew. I love to sew dresses for all of my friends, and Halloween outfits for my nieces and nephews. |
|In what way are you most like Gaby Solis? ||I'm actually the exact opposite of Gaby Solis! She is selfish and narcissistic, and I would hope I'm not those things. Although, she was so much fun to play, and I do miss her. |
|Hi Ms. Longoria, you were absolutely incredible on Desperate Housewives. If you could go back and film any episode of Desperate Housewives again, which episode would you choose? Thank you so much! ||My favorite episode to date is still the pilot. I don't know if it was because of the excitement, or the newness, but it's my favorite episode because of the mowing of the lawn, and the introduction of all the characters. By far my favorite. |
|Hello Eva, Where would you go in the world for the most romantic dinner if travel time was not an issue? ||Oooh, that's a good one. Probably Paris. I love eating in Paris. I think it's the most romantic city in the world, with some great cuisine. So for me, I would go to Paris every day for dinner. |
|Do you have rituals that you do to keep yourself sane with your busy schedule? Ex: Wake up to Hanson - Mmmbop every morning, 10 min meditation, activia at 2pm, pray before bed... ||Oh yeah. I definitely pray every morning and every night. Running is meditative to me, so I usually have a better day if I get to get up and run. But yeah, definitely praying is something I do in the morning and at night. |
|Is a hot dog a sandwich? ||No! Why? What's the definition of a sandwich? I mean I don't even know the definition but...no a hotdog is a hotdog. Its own category. |
|Hi Eva! You were my absolute favorite on Desperate Housewives. Do you still keep in touch with your former cast mates? ||Yes, I keep in touch more with Felicity Huffman, and Marcia Cross, and of course my husband, Ricardo Chavira. I love them to death; they were my family for nearly a decade. |
|Hi Eva - I'm a big fan! My question is in regards to your impressive schedule and your ability to manage producing, directing, and acting. Which of these do you prefer and do you find yourself having to cut back on one to pursue the other? ||Not as far as acting, producing, and directing, but I do usually have to juggle a lot of my personal life around my jobs. I love working but I also love vacationing, so I am pretty efficient with my time management. |
|Loved your Golden Globe skit with America Ferrera a few weeks back. What are you most looking forward to in 2016? ||I had so much fun with America at the Golden Globes. I'm looking forward to my new show going to a second season, and probably directing more. |
|How large is your support team? It seems like you're accomplishing way too much for one mortal person. ||Pretty large! I have a great team of people who have organized my life and keep me on time and on track. It definitely takes a village. |
|Hi, Eva! My name is Gabriela Sanchez and I'm from Brazil. I'm such a huge fan! Ok, let's go! Would you like to work with Lana Parrilla one day? It would be awesome to see you both working together! Lots of love. ||Yes! I love Lana, she's a dear friend of mine. We definitely have to find something to work together on. She's one of the sweetest human beings alive. |
|I remember reading something a long time ago that you identify with cats more. Would you call yourself a cat lady? =) ||No, when I was younger I was more of a cat person. I actually love all animals now. |
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2016.02.17 06:35 amici_ursi New PoliticalDiscussion mention by ramblinwriter in hillaryclinton: "News and Announcements, 2/17/2016 (3 Days to Nevada + Early Voting Info!)
New PoliticalDiscussion mention Link: http://www.reddit.com/hillaryclinton/comments/466rw0/news\_and\_announcements\_2172016\_3\_days\_to\_nevada/?ref=search\_posts Subreddit: /hillaryclinton Author: ramblinwriter Title:
"News and Announcements, 2/17/2016 (3 Days to Nevada + Early Voting Info!)" Body:
3 days to Nevada - this week, commit to phonebanking or writing an LTE! Upcoming Voter Registation Deadlines:
UpcomingEarly Voting Opportunities (info here might not be complete, let me know if I missed anything):
- Missouri: Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Register online
- Maine: Friday, February 19, 2016. Link for details
- North Carolina: Friday, February 19, 2016. Link for details
- Nevada: Saturday, February 20, 2016 (Same-day caucus registration allowed). Register online.
- Arizona: Monday, February 22, 2016. Register online.
- Utah: Monday, February 22, 2016. Register online.
- Vermont: Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Register online.
Upcoming Contest: Nevada Caucus
If you're in the Nevada area and want to help:
- I'm sure everyone's already seen our fundraising pageon Hillary's campaign site and Reptar4President's announcement post- I just wanted to point them out again because I think it's just _awesome_what we've accomplished so far, and i can't wait to see what else we accomplish soon.
- Millenials looking for a place to hang out with other Hillary-supporting millenials, don't forget to swing by /hillennials!
- And we'll be back to business with another megathread for Thursday's MSNBC/Telemundo Nevada Democratic Town Hallon Feb. 18.
The official schedules are constantly being updated - check out Hillary's Events page to find an event near you.
- February 17: Chelsea's in Overland Park, KSand Omaha, NE;
- February 17: Hillary's in Chicago, IL;
- February 18: Chelsea and America Ferrerawill be in Boulder, COand Denver, CO;
- February 18: Democratic Town Hallin Las Vegas, NV.
- February 20: Nevada Caucus
- February 20: Hillary might be in Houston after the caucuses? Nothing firm that I can find;
- February 22(?): Bill Clinton will be in Dallas and Laredo, TX.
Polls (Don't trust recent Nevada numbers, they're being skewed by a recent faux-poll)
RealClearPolitics Nevada Poll Average: Clinton +11.5
FiveThirtyEight Nevada Polling Average: Clinton +0
RealClearPolitics National Poll Average: Clinton +13.7 (+0.4)
Huffpost Pollster Nevada Poll Average: Clinton +0
Huffpost Pollster National Poll Average: Clinton + 11.1
PredictWise Aggregate: Clinton 83% probability to win (National), 54% probability to win (Nevada)
Betfair Prediction Market: Clinton 80% probability to win (National, +1), 53% probability to win (Nevada, -2)
Hillary On the Issue: Human Rights and Human Potential
We must light a fire of human potential through access to education and economic opportunity. Build the foundation, lift the ceiling, and light the fire all together, all at once. Because when a person has food and education but not the freedom to discuss and debate with fellow citizens, he is denied the life he deserves. And when a person is too hungry or sick to work or vote or worship, she is denied a life she deserves. Freedom doesn’t come in half measures, and partial remedies cannot redress the whole problem.
But we know that the champions of human potential have never had it easy. We may call rights inalienable, but making them so has always been hard work. And no matter how clearly we see our ideals, taking action to make them real requires tough choices. Even if everyone agrees that we should do whatever is most likely to improve the lives of people on the ground, we will not always agree on what course of action fits that description in every case. That is the nature of governing. We all know examples of good intentions that did not produce results, some that even produced unintended consequences that led to greater violations of human rights. And we can learn from the instances in which we have fallen short in the past, because those past difficulties are proof of how difficult progress is, but we do not accept the argument by some that progress in certain places is impossible, because we know progress happens.
Hillary Clinton, 12/14/2009
Support Downballot Democrats: Ted Strickland
The Democratic senate primary in Ohio hasn't taken place yet, but signs are pointing toward Ted Strickland being the nominee - and with good reason. A resident of Ohio from birth, Ted knew his share of hardship: his family was poor, and they suffered through the loss of three consecutive houses - the first to a flood, the second to the bank, and the third to a fire. He credits his experiences growing up, along with his faith, with giving him a sense of responsibility to help those less fortunate. After becoming the first person in his family to attend college, he acted on this sense of responsibility, successfully running for the House of Representatives in 1993 and 1997, and for governor of Ohio in 2006, before being replaced by John Kasich in the tea party surge of 2010.
Now, he's running for Senate, challenging Republican Rob Portman. Ted's committed to campaign finance reform, wants to support unions and raise the minimum wage, and will protect and improve the Affordable Care Act - solid support on the issues that will matter most in the upcoming election.
If you want to support Ted, you can sign up on his official page, donate, or volunteer; you can also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube.
And don't forget to support our favorite "up-ballot" Democrat - sign up, commit to vote (and don't forget to register), donate, or volunteer!
That's all for today -- let us know what you think in the comments. See you around the sub!
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2015.12.01 03:35 Dorkside Superstore - Series Premiere Discussion Thread [SPOILERS]
Workplace comedy starring America Ferrera and Ben Feldman about a unique family of co-workers at Cloud 9, a supersized megastore
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|/Superstore ||NBC ||November 30, 2015 ||Monday 10:00 PM EST ||- |
- America Ferrera as Amy
- Ben Feldman as Jonah
- Mark McKinney as Glenn
- Lauren Ash as Dina
- Colton Dunn as Garrett
- Nichole Bloom as Cheyenne
- Nico Santos as Mateo
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2015.03.01 23:49 Reflex1101 /r/SquaredCircle Primer: ROH 13th Anniversary: Winner Takes All
Tonight Ring of Honor showcases its third pay-per-view from the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arguably this is the best of the first three ROH PPV's on paper with a whole host of recognizable names, buckets of talent and a return to ROH which, to compare as an example, is akin to Brock Lesnar returning to the WWE (will explain more below). Titles will be defended, dreams and hopes will get smashed and at the end of the night, who knows who will stand tall at the top of Ring of Honor.
Here's your 13th Anniversary Primer! High Stakes Four Corner Survival; The Champ's Throne Is In Jeopardy
Jay Briscoe has not been pinned in two years. That is legitimate. Not pinned, not made to submit, the only times his name and the word "loss" have been close to one another is if his younger brother Mark takes a fall in a tag team match, someone else takes the fall in a multi-man match or it takes Adam Cole the entire Kingdom to retain in Ladder War. Jay Briscoe is the unstoppable, unmerciful, bad ass to the core reigning and defending ROH World Champion, but tonight he does not need to be pinned to lose the ROH World Championship.
His opponents in this match are Hanson, 2014's Top Prospect Tournament winner who has been taking the ROH roster by storm since his War Machine partner Raymond Rowe was injured in a motorcycle accident seven months ago. Tommaso Ciampa, the mentally on edge, walking firecracker of intensity, who feels like his time is the now and will do anything to become ROH World Champion. And Michael Elgin, the disgraced former ROH World Champion suffering from paranoia, believing that the world is against him and the world needs to be taken down.
Here is the bullet point breakdown of this match: - Jay Briscoe doesn't need to be pinned to lose - Each of the three challengers have pin fall victories over one another in the last four months - Underdog Hanson has became a viable contender in this match, having not lost in his last 11 matches - Jay Briscoe's title is in danger and if he loses he only has himself to blame, as he told Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness to make this match
- There are a number of names in the ROH locker room with close eyes on this match as to who will leave ROH World Champion, including AJ Styles, Jay Lethal, Roderick Strong and maybe even a certain "Samoan Submission Machine" Jay Lethal Defends the ROH World TV Championship Against ALBERTO ÉL PATRON... but you already knew that!
In what may be the most publicized match on the card, Jay Lethal faces his biggest threat yet since becoming ROH World TV Champion eleven months ago, but Lethal has not held back on his intentions to defeat Él Patron and cement his legacy as the most important champion in Ring of Honor. Jay Lethal fully believes that he holds the most coveted title in the company and that Jay Briscoe's title means nothing compared to what Lethal has made the TV Championship. A contender like Él Patron challenging for it may back up that claim, but if Lethal thinks this is going to be as easy as some of the people he has defended the title against, such as Will Ferrera or Cheeseburger, he's in for a major, major surprise, Perro!
Here's the bullet point break down for this match: - This is the first time that the reigning AAA World Heavyweight Champion will challenge for an ROH title in history - If Alberto Él Patron can win tonight he will hold a title in three different countries, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States - Jay Lethal has defended the ROH World Championship a record setting 24 times since becoming champion, but a lot of those victories came due to dirty tactics of manager Truth Martini - The winner of this match will face Top Prospect Tournament winner Donovan Dijak on March 7th at ROH's TV taping in Baltimore, Maryland. If Él Patron wins ROH have said he will be in Baltimore on March 7th The Modern Day Rock 'n' Roll vs Midnight Express Continues as reDRagon and The Young Bucks' War Returns to American Soil!
reDRagon vs The Young Bucks is a feud that has raged on not only in our United States but also Japan, the two teams have now traded the ROH World Tag Team Championship's twice and the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championships once. They are arguably the two best tag teams on the planet today and they both walk into Las Vegas with the only intention being to prove that they are "the one" people refer to as such. On a recent episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, reDRagon insulted The Young Bucks image and family, which may add some fire to The Bucks strategy.
Here's the bullet point break down for this match: - reDRagon have three wins over The Young Bucks while The Bucks have defeated their opponents once. At The New Beginning in Osaka, The Bucks regained the IWGP Jr. Tag Team Championships but they got the fall over KUSHIDA to do it. - The last time these two teams faced in ROH was All Star Extravaganza VI in Toronto, Canada in a 2 Out of 3 Falls match in the main event. reDRagon hailed supreme that night, can they tonight? - On March 6th last year The Young Bucks defeated reDRagon to win the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Almost one year to that day can they do the same?
- The Young Bucks have vowed to steal the show - do you really want to doubt them? AJ Styles Looks To Do The Impossible, Shut ACH Up!
ACH is always talking. Always. He never shuts up. ACH ran his mouth and called out "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles. Styles responded and told ACH if he wanted to do it, then he was game. Since this ACH has mimicked Styles, impersonated Styles and even taken some of Styles' moves and signature poses as his own. AJ hasn't responded yet but one would imagine that he is coming to Vegas to shut ACH up once and for all. This is almost guaranteed to be a barn burner.
Here's the bullet point break down for this match: - AJ Styles is the current IWGP Heavyweight Champion. He's like really, really good if you haven't heard - This will be the first time these two face off, should be good
- If AJ Styles can beat ACH he will turn his attention to the ROH World Championship, which he has promised he will win in 2015 One Dirty Briscoe (O.D.B.) Is Out to Get Revenge on Maria Kanellis and Finally Conclude The Briscoe/Kingdom War
The Briscoes and The Kingdom have been at odds since The Kingdom formed in April of last year. They've put one another through tables, beaten one another up, used chairs, used thumbtacks, used ladders, Matt Hardy was killed by Jay Briscoe, there has been public embarrassment and more. The one person untouched in all this is Maria Kanellis. After Matt Hardy took possession of Jay Briscoe's customized ROH World Championship, he gave it to Maria and Maria turned it into a pink, fluffy "Title of Love". Nobody has been able to touch Maria, but now The Briscoes have found someone who can in O.D.B. One Dirty Briscoe looks to take out Maria and shut The Kingdom up once and for all.
Here's a bullet point break down for this match: - This will be only Maria's third competitive match in her four year run in Ring of Honor - This will be O.D.B's second match in ROH in her career
- Mark Briscoe will be in O.D.B's corner and Michael Bennett will be in his wifes And There Is So Much More!
Roderick Strong vs BJ Whitmer: Together they helped form The Decade, but now Roderick Strong and BJ Whitmer are going to settle their differences like men and fight! BJ has been a bully in ROH since forming The Decade, Roderick Strong believed that allowing Adam Page join the group was wrong and Whitmer, Page's mentor, stuck up for his protegé to Strong's disdain. Whitmer has been running from Strong ever since Roderick split from the group, but now they come toe-to-toe to finish the issue once and for all.
Moose vs. Mark Briscoe: Former NFL star Moose has quickly ascended the ranks of ROH and shown himself to be a major threat. In Atlanta he got his biggest win to date when he defeated ACH in dominant fashion. Now he wants to prove himself even further and defeat ROH veteran Mark Briscoe. Moose has said he sees Mark as a "stepping stone", Mark says hes shot a moose before and he isn't afraid of this one.
The Kingdom vs. The Addiction vs. The Bullet Club: The Kingdom are off the back of their biggest win yet after beating The Briscoes in Atlanta. The Addiction still has their eyes on the prize, the ROH World Tag Team Championships and want to use this match as their first step in getting another shot at those titles. The Bullet Club are coming to Las Vegas to takeover and reign supreme. They want to show ROH, America and Las Vegas, that when you mess with The Bullet Club, bad things happen, Hoot!
Matt Sydal vs. Cedric Alexander: There is no back story here, simply put, it has the potential to be an awesome match. AND FINALLY.... HE'S BACK!
ROH's 13th Anniversary is today 7:30EST/4:30PST live on pay-per-view. Ring your local pay-per-view provider and order now and don't miss what is sure to be an awesome event.
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2014.09.13 10:51 SpookyMaidment SpookyMaidment: #38 It's A Disaster (2012)
Date Started: 07/08/14
Today's Date: 13/09/14
It’s A Disaster [2012, Dir: Todd Berger]
Todd Berger’s high concept dark comedy sees four couples, seven friends and a newcomer, sitting down to Sunday brunch, completely unaware, at least to begin with, that a series of dirty bombs have been set off in major cities up and down the country. Featuring a host of subtly brilliant performances - of which, America Ferrera and Julia Styles are the cream of the crop – and a tight script that builds to a “psychologically fulfilling” conclusion, It’s A Disaster is a delight from start to finish, an understated master class in how to bring outlandish situation comedy to the silver screen.
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2014.06.27 01:53 MatDayman MatDayman: #10 Drinking Buddies (2013), #11 It's a Disaster (2012)
After watching Safety Not Guaranteed, Netflix recommended Drinking Buddies. I saw Olivia Wilde and Anna Kendrick and immediately said "yes, please'. The movie is about and Luke and Kate (Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson) who work together at a brewery. They are obviously close friends, but the relationship ends their as they both have romantic relationships with other people, Chris and Jill. Things change when a double date (add in Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston) weekend in the woods winds up with Chris and Jill hitting it off.
I'll be the first to admit that this movie isn't fantastic, but I really enjoyed watching it. Maybe it was because there was so much beer to watch (and a few to drink) or maybe it's because I'll watch Olivia Wilde play checkers for two hours if given the opportunity. The actors were great and the chemistry between Luke and Kate is a lot of fun. I highly recommend this as a quick movie for anyone who enjoys independent comedies.
It's a Disaster
I'm obviously on an Independent comedy kick over here. I'm going to allow IMDB to explain the premise: "Four couples meet for Sunday brunch only to discover they are stuck in a house together as the world may be about to end."
Intriguing right? Add in David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, and round it out with a kick-ass ensemble of actors and you have a new favorite of mine. I cannot stress enough how enjoyable the cast was. Each character had a unique personality yet I never questioned why these people were friends. David Cross stood out as the newest member of this group of friends and, as always, did a great job.
I'm always interested in end of the world scenarios so this movie really had me going. It's filled with great humor and sadness, making you think about your own mortality in the process. Honestly I think the movie is worth watching if only for a scene where Julia Stiles does possibly the coldest thing I've ever seen in film. I couldn't stop laughing.
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2013.06.18 21:25 jonathan22tu 132+ Teams in 132+ Days: USC Trojans
University of Southern California (USC) Pacific-12 Conference Year Founded: 1880
Location: Los Angeles, California
Total Attendance: 38,010 (approx. 17,000 undergrad and 21,000 grad)
So why name your team after glorious warriors who were defeated in battle? It makes sense if you put USC into the historical context of the region: modern California first developed around the Bay Area. When USC was founded in 1880, LA was a backwater with a population of 20,000. For some perspective, here's a rare aerial balloon photo of LA from 1887 (north is roughly to the left); USC was founded on the southern edge of (town off the photo to the right) next to a fair ground called “Agricultural Park” (now Exposition Park). Meanwhile, despite being founded 8 years after USC, Stanford jumped ahead in every category because it was closer to the wealth and population. This gap translated into sports: although USC established itself as the most respectable regional program in contests between Oxy, Pomona, Whittier, Caltech and Loyola, it would routinely get crushed by Stanford and Cal.
During those early years the school had unofficial names like the Fighting Methodists or Wesleyans (which is odd because the school was never particularly religious and dropped it altogether not long into its history, more on that later). Finally, in 1912 (during a stretch where all California schools dropped football for rugby), a reporter assigned to cover an intercollegiate track meet noted that the USC players were competing hard despite an obvious lack of financial resources in a noble battle for the sake of sport. He said they “fought like Trojans.” The name quickly stuck. Soon afterward, Los Angeles and USC quickly grew up in size and relative power, and the Bay Area and their schools continue to hate both to this day. As Beano Cook once put it: Stanford and Cal want to beat each other, but they hate USC. Interestingly, the feeling isn't mutual. If you want to understand LA, the Big Lebowski and LA Story captured the blase feeling about anything... Dude, let's go bowling.
Official: Traveler – USC's mascot is actually the white horse... a Trojan horse, if you will, named after Robert E. Lee's trusty steed that rides around the stadium pregame and after touchdowns. Before the track was removed from the LA Coliseum, Traveler would gallop around the track. When Al Davis had the stadium renovated into something more NFL-friendly, they removed the track causing Traveler to run along a much more crowded sideline. Honestly_ was at the 2000 game where that galloping tradition ended as Traveler knocked down a totally unwitting guy on the sideline (the guy was okay). Now the horse has spotters who run ahead of him and clear a path, but it's still not quite as majestic as it used to be.
But Traveler was only the mascot since 1961... what was the USC mascot before that? A dog. But not just any dog: George Tirebiter. In the 1940s, students noticed a mangy stray chasing cars on a street through campus. They adopted it and the student body made it a mascot. Despite a penchant for biting tires, opposing mascots and a few people, folks were willing to look past his faults. He was even dognapped and drugged a few times by UCLA students. Alas, Tirebiter I got even more ferocious over time so he was forcibly retired, only to die a year later doing what he loved the most—chasing cars (such is the life of a true hunter).
"QamvIS Hegh qaq law' torvIS yIn qaq puS!"
He was followed by several other Tirebiters until the school went with the horse. Still, despite his 50+ year absence, he remains an icon at USC, and his cool statue, complete with a stack of tires, has a prominent spot on campus, on the same street he used to chase cars (which is now pedestrian-only).
Unofficial: Tommy Trojan, as represented by the Trojan Shrine at the heart of campus. The statue is the campus icon. Just don't try to pose like him: he's impossibly flexing every muscle in his body at once. Due to Bruin scheming, Tommy is usually mummified in duct tape during UCLA week, but occasionally they strike during off weeks. Meanwhile, the band's drum major is also decked out in an elaborate uniform and conducts the band with a sword. He plants his sword at the center of the field before every game, to the roar of the crowd.
Cheerleaders USC Song Girls!!! USC doesn't have cheerleaders, we have a dance squad. Here are the 2012 photos from their famed, annual summer Tahoe adventure. Because what's better than a Song Girl? A wet Song Girl. Meanwhile: we used to also have the all-male Yell Leaders (super-preppy guys that could walk on their hands), but they were phased out for a generic co-ed “Spirit Leaders” that deserve no further mention.
Band: The Spirit Of Troy, aka The Trojan Marching Band, aka "The Greatest Marching Band In The History Of The Universe". A contingent of the band has performed at every USC football game, home and away, since 1987, and the entire band always travels to South Bend for Notre Dame. This is Hollywood's college band, having appeared in a variety of shows and movies, ranging from the Naked Gun, to playing Alabama's band in Forrest Gump, to Glee. The band has played multiple Academy Awards (my favorite was “Blame Canada” in 2000), multiple Grammys (with Outkast and Radiohead), on American Idol, at Coachella and travels internationally every other year. The band famously had a platinum record in 1979 when Fleetwood Mac asked them to perform and record Tusk (official music video); it went platinum again in a later, live recording also with the USC band. They also make up the house band for the Lakers thanks to late-alum/owner Jerry Buss.
Fight Song: Fight On. If you play us, you'll hear it... a lot. The lyrics and tune are catchy, and it was used by American soldiers during the Pacific Theater of WWII.
We're also known by our opponents for Tribute to Troy, better known as “This is the only song we know!” (fans love it). I think the best way to hear the fight song and the almost Ben Hur-like sound of our band is to hear it as they play it at the beginning of every football game: combined as Fanfare, Tribute To Troy, and Fight On. Fanfare makes you want to grab a sword and charge.
We have two other signature songs that deserve mention: Conquest was actually written as the main theme of the 1947 epic film the Captain from Castile, for which the score was nominated for an Academy Award. During the pauses at the beginning of the song the fans all yell “Beat... the [opposing team's nickname]!” and start imitating the trumpets at the end. The other is Tusk, which was originally created and performed by Fleetwood Mac and the USC band for the eponymous album. It's best known for the chant “U-C-L-A SUCKS!” Part of the reason is while the UCLA fight song Sons of Westwood actually mentions USC, our fight song was written before they were relevant at sports so Tusk filled the gap.
First Season: 1888
Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607 capacity): The only stadium to host a combined: 2 Olympiads ('32 & '84), Super Bowl, World Series, Democratic Convention (Kennedy accepted the nomination here), Papal Visit, porn movie(s?), Hollywood movies, numerous GameDay and All State commercials, monster truck rallies, X-Games, international FIFA exhibition games not involving the US (hey, it's LA!), and much, much more. The Olympic cauldron/torch is lit at the beginning of the fourth quarter at all USC games.
Stadium Location: Los Angeles, California, right across the street from campus in Exposition Park. Now you can understand how odd it was when UCLA had it as their home stadium. The stadium is technically a public building, and until very recently was directly managed by the Coliseum Commission, made up of an even split of City/County/State appointees. After years of bungling, corruption (cough-cough, Bernard Parks), and delayed renovation in hopes of luring a new NFL team to do it all for them, USC lawyers skillfully wrested the Master Lease away from the Commission and into the hands of the university. Improvements are coming. Exposition Park also has a lot of cool museums and the popular rose garden. The neighboring Sports Arena used to be the home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and USC arena sports until everyone moved out--USC now plays out of the Galen Center (most recently seen as the site of Microsoft's infamous E3 conference).
All-time Record: 779-313-54 (.703)
Conference Championships: 38
Bowl Games: 31-16 (24-9 Rose Bowl record)
National Titles (11 claimed): 1928, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003, 2004*
*BCS and FWAA titles vacated; sorry Auburn, we kept the AP trophy
- For a long time an entire generation of Trojans grew up knowing USC had eight national championships: 1928, 1931, 1932, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974 and 1978. After USC won its first title in 25 years in 2003, the Athletic Department claimed 1939's 8-0-2 season using something called the Dickinson System. It's dubiously legit, or legitimately dubious. Here's what happened: Texas A&M won the AP Poll, an undefeated and unscored upon Tennesee team came second and USC came 3rd. In those days the title was awarded before bowl games. USC and Tennessee played in the Rose Bowl which USC won 14-0. A&M defeated #5 Tulane in the Sugar Bowl, 14-13. (this is why we needed a playoff). So basically we got two titles in one season (one if you ask LSU fans.) With the 2004 title being vacated by everyone except the AP and USC some would say that the Trojans earned three titles nobody recognizes in the span of two calendar years, which might be a singular feat in college football. (Looking at you, Bama!)
Notre Dame – USC's greatest rival, most respected foe, historical brother-in-arms, yada yada yada. The entire nation gets shovelfuls of this stuff every odd October and even November... and USC fans love it. This really is an amazing rivalry, one that makes little geographic sense but has produced more national titles, Heisman winners and illegal forward motion assists than any other. Notre Dame leads the series 44-34, with the longest non-losing streak in the rivalry (13-0-1 between 1983-96). The Trojans are currently on a one game losing streak to the Irish. The winner of this game gets the Jeweled Shillelagh, which kind of looks like a knotted emerald and ruby penis (they're actually on the second trophy after the first filled). Little known fact: Brent Musburger has twice collapsed from a priapism (1999, 2005) while calling this game, and each stadium's press box has since been retrofitted with blood pumps to make sure the flow from the venerated announcer's brain to his nethers is even and uninterrupted.
UCLA – The largest intra-city FBS rivalry, the intensity of this match-up is somewhat mitigated by everyone having to constantly text each other to see which freeway to take to the game. Separated by a mere 11 miles and a solid hour of traffic, these two schools embody everything you could ask for in a dichotomy: private vs. public, rich vs. slightly less rich (you may be surprised which is which), red vs. blue, one is good at football and one is UCLA, etc. The Bruins enjoyed national and local relevance under Terry Donahue (1975-96) and Bob Toledo (1996-2002) as well as an eight game winning streak vs. the Trojans during the nineties, but USC leads the series 46-29-7. After two tumultuous coaching changes UCLA is currently enjoying a one game winning streak over USC under new coach Jim Mora. The two school shared the same home stadium until 1983, when UCLA moved to the Rose Bowl which is even farther away from its campus (USC remains closer to both stadiums). The winner of this match up gets the Victory Bell, which gets gonged obnoxiously and joyously by the victor during the rivalry game before it's rolled away into fratish secrecy. Both programs have recently agreed to a return to pre-1983 tradition by wearing their home colors for the annual tilt, making this the handsomest non-Saban rivalry in the nation. The rivalry extends to all sports, and even non-sports.
Stanford – Unbeknownst to the rest of the nation but knownst to both the current generation of Trojans and anyone who lived prior to 2002, this is an ugly, bitter hatred. Stanford is USC's oldest rival and, during the early and middle parts of the twentieth century, enjoyed regional and national success that pitted it against the West Coast's premier power in USC. That rivalry was renewed with 2007's epic upset at the hands of Jim Harbaugh's Cardinal, somehow using a quarterback named Tavita Pritchard – who is not a lesbian ceramics professor – to defeat a Trojans squad that was favored by 837 points. Harbaugh would go on to hand USC it's worse loss in 43 years by going for two in a 55-21 beatdown. Stanford has won the last five of six against USC, two of them in memorably late fashion. The two bands genuinely hate each other. The victor of this rivalry receives Smugness +1.
[“The Weekender”, takes places each year when USC plays Stanford or Cal up north, and includes a major rally in Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Alumni in the Bay Area are joined by throngs of SoCal fans and students who make the trip up. This tradition between the three schools (plus UCLA) is what allowed the schools to lobby and stay in the permanent yearly rotation despite being in different divisions... again, where there's a will, there's a way when it comes to scheduling your rivals]
Cal – The Bears enjoyed a mid-2000s renaissance, nearly winning the Pac-10, a berth to the Rose Bowl and a national title appearance like, 17 times, but stupid Texas something something. No, seriously, there was a rivalry here under since departed Jeff Tedford, with Cal playing USC nail bitingly close in a four year span with national implications in each game, the highlight of which was the 23-19 USC win on their way to the 2004 national title. The intensity of this rivalry was rekindled after the Trojans' 2003 triple overtime loss in Strawberry Canyon, Cal's last win in the series. This is an old match up dating back to 1915, but it is thoroughly lopsided with USC leading the series 64-29-5. Although it's not really relevant here's Marshawn Lynch riding a cart.
2012 Season, aka The Horror
Record: 7-6 (21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in 2012 Sun Bowl)
Coach: Lane Kiffin
“Look, Brohams, I know how last season looked but just don't fucking start with me, m'kay?”
- Matt Barkley (Sr. QB) - In many ways, Barkley did more for USC than any other quarterback in the school's long history. He holds the USC and Pac-12 career records for touchdowns (116 passing, 122 total), passing yards (12,237), completions (1,001), attempts (1,562) and total offense (12,214). He has beautiful golden hair and does charity work because he's a good person and could totally boff your sister but wouldn't because he's a gentleman, and also his AMAs are pretty good. And although he never won a Heisman or a national championship you'd be hard pressed to find a USC fan who didn't hold Barkley in the highest regard. As a true freshman starter he helmed the Trojans through a shocking change from Pete Carroll to Kiffin, providing hope and oddly humorous immobility within the pocket during a tenure of pre-sanctions uncertainty and then terrible, soul destroying certainty. Barkley turned down a probable first round draft selection to return for his senior season in anticipation of a special campaign, which was special but not in that kind of way. Although we are all regretful he didn't get the pay day he deserved, Barkley is probably too busy smiling at a sunflower to care.
- Matt Barkley's Shoulder (RS Sr.) - Though the season didn't rest entirely on MB7's Shoulder, in the end it was The Shoulder that decided the season. A disastrous campaign could have been salvaged with season ending wins against UCLA and Notre Dame, continuing a winning streak and knocking the Irish out of the title game, respectively. Instead we got an unceremonious and frankly horrifying look at the future as RS Fr. QB Max Wittek took the stage and quickly took a big fat dump, followed by an even bigger, fatter dump. Little did we know that it was The Shoulder that wielded the Toilet Paper, and for four wonderful years we were protected by His Throwing Arm Mandate. But now The Shoulder is gone, and with it the Bum Wad. Please ignore any confusing metaphors.
- Marqise Lee (So. WR) - He was not the most heralded. He was, in fact, the least heralded of a remarkable group of Gardena Serra HS wide receivers recruited to USC starting in 2010. Now Lee has shattered the single season Pac-12 receiving record with his 1,721 yards in 2012 winning him the Belitnikoff Award. Lane Kiffin designed every manner of screen imaginable to get his star receiver the ball and probably would have had Lee hike the ball to himself if it were legal. Lee will enter the 2013 season as the face of the team and on a short list of "most dynamic" players in the nation, which is to say he'll be a Heisman hopeful until they give it to a QB or RB. But that new award for Most Similar To A Cyborg Gazelle? Lee's going to win that.
- Robert Woods (Jr. WR) - In many way Woods is the perfect symbol of the 2012 season. A consensus All-American in 2011 with a conference record 111 receptions for 15 touchdowns and 1,292 yards, he was on the short list for the Belitnikoff and everyone's preseason All-America. He finished 2012 with 76 receptions for 11 touchdowns and 846 yards, good for second team Pac-12. It was an otherwise good year but fell far short of expectations, prompting Woods to declare early for the NFL draft. When asked how much Lee's ascent factored into his decision, Woods said "Not much. I mean if the coaches wanted to keep me another year they would have probably got me the ball..." His comments echoed fans' misgivings over Kiffin's play calling and proved to be a fitting and sad coda for what was widely believed to be the start of one of the greatest offensive careers in USC history.
Thanks to the @Hawaii rule, we have 13 regular season games with a potential total of 15 games if we win the Southern Division and are bowl eligible. As per tradition: No FCS, ever.
Aug. 29 at Hawai'i
Sept. 7 Washington State*
Sept. 14 Boston College
Sept. 21 Utah State
Sept. 28 at Arizona State*
Oct. 5 Bye Week boo NCAA!
Oct. 10 Arizona* (Thurs)
Oct. 19 at Notre Dame*
Oct. 26 Utah*
Nov. 1 at Oregon State* (Fri)
Nov. 9 at California* (The Weekender)
Nov. 16 Stanford*
Nov. 23 at Colorado*
Nov. 30 UCLA*
- 1967 vs. #1 UCLA, "The Game Of The Century" - Gary Beban won the Heisman despite one of the most famous runs in college football history as OJ Simpson and the Trojans beat their city rivals 21-20 to gain a berth to the Rose Bowl and an eventual national championship. Simpson wins the Heisman the following year.
- 1970 vs. #16 Alabama - Trojan FB Sam "Bam" Cunningham ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns to lead USC past an all-white Alabama team in Birmingham. All six USC touchdowns were scored by African-American players. Bear Bryant had previously flown to LAX to briefly meet with John McKay and secure the game. The Bear knew what he wanted and the loss reportedly gave him the ammunition to speed up the full integration of his team, leading to the slightly overwrought, possibly mythical quote: "Sam Cunningham did more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years."
- 1974 vs. #5 Notre Dame, "The Comeback" - Down 24 points to Notre Dame, Anthony "Irish Killer" Davis caught a touchdown pass from current AD Pat Haden with ten seconds left in the first half to make the score 24-6. Davis took the second half kickoff and raced to a touchdown, setting off a barrage of 55 unanswered points as USC defeated Notre Dame 55-24 in one of the wildest games in the history of the Coliseum. Bring up this game if you know an Irish fan older than fifty. With Traveler galloping around the track for seemingly the entire second half, Keith Jackson commented: "I'll tell you one thing that game did: It made Ara Parseghian hate all white horses."
- 2005 vs. #9 Notre Dame, "The Bush Push Game" - Billed as The Greatest Team Ever In The History Of Adverbs by ESPN, the Trojans entered South Bend faced with Charlie And The Touchdown Factory (self-dubbed) and his green jerseys. Trailing 31-28, USC was faced with a 4th-and-9 from its own 26 with 1:32 remaining. USC QB Matt Leinart audibled to WR Dwayne Jarrett for a 61-yard fade. A few plays later Leinart ran out of bounds as the time ticked off to zero and the fans stormed the field, only to be brought back as officials put seven seconds back on the clock. Carroll was shown on national television signalling for the spike as Leinart snapped the ball on a QB sneak. Made entirely of elbows and well sculpted hair, he was stopped short by the Irish defensive front only to be pushed into the endzone by Reggie Bush in what was later declared an illegal maneuver. An entire nation laughed, threw up in their mouths a little and prepared for another week of ESPN fawning.
- 2006 Rose Bowl vs. #2 Texas - In perhaps the greatest game ever played and certainly one of the most memorable national championships, Vince Young and the Longhorns prevailed 41-38 over #1 USC in a contest that saw multiple lead changes, several controversial referee decisions and a spirit devouring 4th-and-2 defensive stand by Texas to give them an opportunity to win the game, allowing Vince Young to lope past USC's secondary with 17 seconds left. The teams entered the game as season long #1 and #2, and Young's performance is the greatest bowl game effort in the history of history. Joke's on Texas though because that game doesn't count.
Greatest Players: 80 consensus All-Americans; 38 people in the College Football HOF; 475 NFL Draft picks; and a couple of football players who won Academy Awards. There are a lot of people to pick from.
- OJ's 64-yard run, see above
- Haden-to-Diggs - QB Pat Haden completes a two point conversion to WR Shelton Diggs to beat Ohio State 18-17 in the 1975 Rose Bowl to win a share of the national championship.
- Antuan Simmons' between the legs interception return - This high steppin' SOB somehow managed to pick off UCLA's Cory Paus in the first quarter of a game USC needed to win to qualify for a bowl game in Carroll's first year. The return of the Trojans' swagger after a long and depressing absence.
- Leinart's reverse TD seals USC's first title in a quarter of a century:
- USC scores 28 points on 8 plays for 246 yards in 1:28 - The epitome of the best offense in USC history, the Trojans ended its game vs. Arkansas in the first quarter. “Curses!”
- The Bush Push, see above
"Vacated--what does that mean, Heisie?"
- RB Mike Garrett (1965 Heisman)
- RB OJ Simpson (1968 Heisman) – hey, he went crazy long after he left campus.
- RB Charles White (1979 Heisman)
- RB Marcus Allen (1981 Heisman)
- QB Carson Palmer (2002 Heisman)
- QB Matt Leinart (2004 Heisman)
- RB Reggie Bush (2005 Heisman, since vacated) ಠ_ಠ
"It means he didn't fucking listen to me, Johnny. I told him: pay off that criminal asshole to shut up, but he's like 'oh, people will disrespect me' and I told him 'you idiot you're a top-3 NFL Draft Pick, ain't no one gonna care' but he was too busy shagging a Kardashian to listen to sense."
"Wait... I can bang a Kardashian with one of these?"
"Argh! ^ ...just remember to wear a rubber this time, Johnny.
- DB Ronnie Lott
- OL Anthony Munoz
- WR Lynn Swann
- OL Bruce Matthews (you might have heard of his nephew, Clay)
- DB Troy Polamalu
- LB Junior Seau
- Howard Jones (1925–1940) – 1928, 1931, 1932 and 1939 national titles, 121–36–13 overall. Jones put USC football on the national map. The Notre Dame rivalry started under his watch as his “Thundering Herd” squads smashed through schedules. He was known for being non-nonsense, and even bland, as he lived and breathed football. He died suddenly of a heart attack at age 55—who knows what he could've accomplished had that not happened.
- John McKay (1960-1975) - 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974 national titles, 127-40-8 overall record. Unlike Jones, McKay was witty off the field and known for his quotes. Following the 51–0 loss to Notre Dame in 1966, "I told my team it doesn't matter. There are 750 million people in China who don't even know this game was played. The next day, a guy called me from China and asked, 'What happened, Coach?'" Following a game in 1967 in which OJ Simpson carried 30 times, McKay was asked "Why are you giving the ball to Simpson so often?" He replied, "Why not? It's not heavy, and he doesn't belong to a union."
- Pete Carroll (2000-09) - 2003 and 2004 national titles, 97-19 overall record. Carroll was notably USC's fourth choice for the position after Mike Bellotti, Dennis Erickson, and Mike Riley all turned it down. Why? Because the pressure to succeed at moribund USC was so intense that it seemed like a no-win situation. Yet Carroll proved it could be done. His run at USC was nothing short of tremendous: the energy, passion, humor, etc. Here is the best article ever written about his tenure. It's hard to believe Carroll or anyone thought USC was going to get hit with the sheer force the NCAA opted to use. He always had an eye on the NFL, because his life was about “win forever” and after failing twice there was no way he wasn't going to take another swipe at the The League, but more on his own terms. He has seriously beautiful hair.
Campus and Surrounding Area
- The Victory Sign. USC fans love to give the V-symbol and pump their arms from the elbow.
- "Fight On!" is a battle cry among Trojans, written and spoken everywhere.
- No Names: USC players have never worn names on their jerseys. Those non alum a-holes wearing the fake #32 jerseys with "Simpson" on the back? We hate them too.
- Band concerts: The band plays a free concert before the game (at away games it's sometimes only allowed at the private alumni gathering). On campus it's done in front of our main auditorium and the band then leads the march to the Coliseum. After the game the band plays a post-game concert in the stadium, including opposing stadiums. If it isn't clear already, being in the USC band isn't a bad thing.
- Kicking the flagpoles: At the edge of campus, right before we cross the street to Expo Park, there are three flagpoles. Fans kick the bases for luck as they march by.
55: Traditionally given to only the most deserving linebacker, and sometimes not handed out at all. Famous #55s include Willie McGinest and Junior Seau.
- SoCal Spellout: A raucous chant that is getting harder and harder to understand because everyone gets so excited yelling it. S-O-U-T-H-E-R-N... C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A... SouTHERN... Califoooooooornia!
- 4th quarter lighting of the torch: Before the start of the 4th quarter of every USC home game, the Olympic Torch above the Peristyle end of the Coliseum is lit.
- Tailback U: The Trojans have been known as Tailback U after featuring five Heisman Trophy winners at the position in addition to numerous All-Americans.
City Population: 3,857,799 in the city limits, but they're weird and relatively small borders, the metro is 12,828,837.
Iconic Campus Building:
Where to begin, where to begin... this list will include the good options next to campus and some USC-friendly spots in LA.
- Tommy's (Wikipedia article): The original location of local chain Original Tommy's isn't near campus but is a classic among Trojans. Chili Burgers and Chili Fries. There are no seats, just tables you can stand at with plenty of paper towels. It's open 24 hours, so the original shack has no doors or windows. They bought the entire block so they can move work to another kitchen in the neighboring building whenever one or the other needs to be cleaned. They also bought the lots across the street for more parking. This is a place where they say you will rub elbows with everyone from politicians to prisoners... and over the years I did. If you go, order a Chili Cheese Fries, it's heaven.
- 901 Bar & Grill (website): The “Nine-O” is the USC neighborhood bar. Why go to th...wha...what were we talking about?
- Chano's (website): Right by campus, Chano's has been a go-to spot for all sorts of great, greasy Mexican food sold at the counter or drive-through. All the seating is outside.
- Philippe's (Wikipedia article): Inventor of the French Dip sandwich. Popular with USC fans and Dodger fans. Again, not near campus but heavily associated. Get a French Dip, double dipped, with their home made coleslaw (request it wet). The apple pie is solid. The mustard is kick-ass strong, but good on the sandwich.
- El Cholo (website): This authentic Mexican restaurant opened in 1923 next to the Coliseum, but then moved to Western Blvd (again, a drive); but it has deep roots with USC and used to offer a discount for students on weekdays. The food and margaritas here are dynamite.
- La Barca: Another popular Mexican restaurant not too far from campus. Has a very popular happy hour.
- Bacon-wrapped hot dog carts: While Roy Choi's Kogi trucks are widely regarded as the grandfathers of the food truck revolution that has taken the falafel you never ate and turned it into the organic kimchee falafel with avocado crema you are definitely now not eating, we know the truth. Before and after every game at the Coliseum roving bands of Hispanic owned carts – literally shopping carts jury rigged with sterno cans and baking sheets serving as flat top – supply a heavily drunken populace with the sweet, poop-inducing ambroisia of the Gods: the bacon wrapped hot dog covered in onions, mayo and, if you're lucky, some kind of spice out of a nondescript can. The police shut down as many as they can but, like the American spirit glorious and free, the bacon dog cart will never die. Unless somebody gets botulism or salmonella, in which case we'll die. But not the carts.
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- Trojan athletes have won 287 medals at the Olympic games (135 golds, 87 silvers and 65 bronzes), more than any other university. If USC were a country, it would rank 12th in most Olympic gold medals (and that includes the Winter Games, which we barely participate in). USC led the number of medals and golds in the 2012 Olympics among schools as well.
- USC leads the total number of NFL Draft picks with 479; rival Notre Dame is a very close second
- USC has a winning record against all other members of the Pac-12.
- Female USC teams are called the Women of Troy. The two most famous are basketball greats Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie.
- USC has won 120 team national championships, 98 of which are NCAA National Championships. Our men's teams are the most dominant: with the highest number of men's titles of any schools and 303 individual NCAA men's titles. Of those teams, 26 championships in track and field, 19 in tennis, 12 in baseball, 9 in swimming and diving, 7 in water polo.
- USC's first All-American (1925), Brice Taylor, earned the accolades despite not having a left hand. He was later the head coach of the Southern from 1928 to 1931, and was instrumental in starting would become the Bayou Classic against rival Grambling.
- The Super Fan: Although every school has their fan who has a streak of games, none anywhere come close to Giles Pellerin, who attended 797 consecutive USC football games home and away (including Tokyo) over a period of 73 years until his death at age 91. , He saw the Trojans go 532-225-40, win nine national championships, and play under ten different head coaches. He died in the same place he watched his first game: the Rose Bowl.
- USC has the world's best film school, established in 1929 with the MPAA. The admissions rate for the school hovers under 5%. Since 1973, at least one alumnus of the school has been nominated for an Academy Award annually, totaling 256 nominations and 78 wins. Also since 1973, at least one alum has been nominated for the Emmy Award annually, totalling 473 nominations and 119 wins. The top 17 grossing films of all time have had an SCA graduate in a key creative position. Steven Spielberg has donated a ton of money and he was denied admission twice. George Lucas donated $175m to the school in 2006, leading to a new complex that replaced the old one which was anchored by... the Lucas Building. USC student films have won the Palme d’Or and Academy Awards. The faculty is similarly well regarded.
- USC has the most International Students of any American university. USC maintains offices in Brazil, China (Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong), India, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan.
- Famous Trojans, in addition to OJ and Reggie (and leaving out football and the film school) include: John Wayne, Frank Gehry, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Darryl Hannah, Tom Selleck, Forest Whittaker, Dr. Drew Pinsky, John Ridder, LeVar Burton, Dexter Holland, Mark McGrath, Marilyn Horne, Macy Gray, DeMar DeRozan, Brian Scalabrine, Tex Winter, Paul Westphal, Mark Prior, Barry Zito, Randy Johnson, Mark McGwire, Jerry Buss, Salvatore Ferragamo, 16 astronauts, two Japanese Prime Ministers, two Jordanian Prime Ministers, the current President of Egypt, a South Korean prime minister, and the guy who founded Wham-O.
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2012.06.21 22:52 TemporaryEleanorR 33 W4M Los Angeles (NE side) - Dive bar date tonight?
My plans tonight cancelled, and I'm in the mood for a random conversation with a kind, smart, snarky soul.
- Nice but sarcastic.
- Could talk to a brick wall.
- Not a serial killer.
About what I look like:
About our possible date:
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- We could also talk about TV (Community, Mad Men, anything Whedon), movies (I see almost everything especially horror), L.A., music, good hiking spots, good drinking spots, the shitty economy, whatever.
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