All week long, we heard the narrative, the hype, the history — all about this vaunted “rematch” between No. 4 USC and Texas.Never mind that it had been more than a decade since that infamous Rose Bowl game. Never mind that most of the players in Saturday’s game weren’t yet teenagers when Vince Young scampered in for that back-breaking touchdown to win the 2006 national championship. Never mind that USC is a playoff contender while Texas isn’t even ranked.None of that mattered to FOX, the network broadcasting Saturday’s matchup, which showed countless promos and flashbacks featuring that game. Or to either USC or Texas, both of which brought out their stars to Los Angeles. Matt Leinart. Vince Young. Matthew McConaughey.OK, one of those three didn’t play in that 2006 game. But randomly seeing the movie star and Longhorns supporter on the sidelines was quite a scene. And it very much contributed to the game’s buildup.“We tried to settle [the hype] down, but it kept coming back — TV commercials and everything like that,” redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins said. “It’s not like we don’t see those things. They always want to make that a big part of the game. They brought all their players back. We brought all our players back. They had celebrities on their sideline. We had celebrities on our sideline.”Concocting storylines in sports, though, rarely works out. Yes, this was a matchup between two storied programs that once combined for one of the greatest college football games ever. And yes, this is what probably drew over 84,000 fans to the Coliseum on Saturday.But it wasn’t what made the game special. Nobody is going to compare Saturday’s game to the 2006 Rose Bowl and argue that it was just as good, or that USC had “redeemed” itself in some way — because it didn’t. This USC team is not out to avenge the sorrows of the 2005 team; rather, it is trying to pave its own legacy, its own chapter of greatness. And Saturday’s thrilling double-overtime win over Texas that took every ounce of energy this team could muster was proof it doesn’t need to live in the glory days of the past to be a force in the present.“We knew [the game] was important to our fanbase, but it was 12 years ago,” head coach Clay Helton said. “To a lot of these kids, they were just 6 years old. It was more important for us, for our season.”Because let’s be honest: If this was truly a rematch of that epic game, then both teams’ first half performances were an insult to everything that the 2006 Rose Bowl represented. Nobody could convert on fourth down. There were fumbles and interceptions and pick-sixes and missed field goals and dropped catches and punts — lots of punts. It was an ugly game, a snooze-fest until the first points finally came with five minutes left in the second quarter, and then again in the second half until redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold came to life late in the fourth quarter and overtime and added to his legend at USC.Here’s what made this game special. It was the fact that USC overcame a hungry and feisty Texas team led by a head coach in Tom Herman, who entered the game 6-0 all-time against ranked opponents. It was the fact that USC found a way to win despite having no run game whatsoever and with Darnold MIA for a majority of regulation. It was the fact that, in a game in which USC could have easily seen its hype train careen off the rails, the Trojans stayed poised and patient, and hung in there despite not bringing their A-game.“In the middle of the second quarter, I was like, ‘Dang. This Texas defense really has our number, to be honest,’” Darnold said.And it did. To watch a dynamic talent in Darnold and a deadly 1-2 running back punch in junior Ronald Jones II and freshman Stephen Carr all sputter was frustrating, and the longer the struggles carried on, the more the thought that Texas could pull the upset crept into everyone’s head.The Longhorns, in fact, were 45 seconds away from doing so. They had already achieved their version of the Vince Young “he’s-going-for-the-corner” play when quarterback Sam Ehlinger found Armanti Foreman in the end zone to give Texas a 17-14 lead late in the fourth quarter.But this time, there would be no regrets for USC, no failed Reggie Bush lateral or Pete Carroll not putting Bush on the field on fourth-and-two. This time, there was only Darnold, with the game — and national championship hopes on the line — marching the Trojans down the field, throwing one clutch strike after another: a miraculous jump pass to Carr, a money throw to redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. that set up the game-tying field goal to force overtime as the Coliseum went delirious. “I don’t think I’ll ever forget in my life, the best two-minute drive I’ve ever been associated with,” Helton said. And then the touchdown bullet to junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett on the first play of overtime, the strip by redshirt sophomore linebacker Christian Rector in double-overtime, the game-winning field goal by walk-on freshman placekicker Chase McGrath that conjured up 2017 Rose Bowl flashbacks — pure ecstasy, even a bit of numbness wondering what the hell you just watched. So, perhaps there was something in this game for everyone. For the old-timers, there was the sense of satisfaction of finally beating Texas. For the newer crowd, there was a thrilling win, a gritty performance and a massive sigh of relief. But most importantly, for the players, it didn’t matter. “It’s a win,” Darnold said. “I don’t know where it ranks.” It would be hard-pressed to rank any game higher than the 2006 Rose Bowl. But then again, Darnold was 8 years old at the time. Right now, the 20-year-old Darnold and his teammates are carving out their own legacy. And more than just a rematch, Saturday’s game was another step toward accomplishing what the 2005 team couldn’t do.Eric He is a junior studying journalism. He is also the associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.
Share StumbleUpon Share Mims Davies – UK SportsThe UK greyhound scene secures a much-needed uplift, as this morning the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed a new funding deal of £3 million for the ‘Greyhound Trust’, focusing on animal welfare, training and protections.The funding commitment will be paid for by UK bookmakers, with the UKGC securing a voluntary agreement with – Betfred, William Hill, Sky Betting & Gaming and Paddy Power Betfair.The new contributions, follow bookmakers Ladbrokes-Coral, bet365 and Jennings Bet who in 2018 outlined that they would back a new co-funded scheme for Greyhound racing.Updating stakeholders, new UK Minister for Sports, Mims Davies confirms that funding will focus on:-Developing a new veterinary staff training programExpanding greyhound injury recovery schemesEnsuring better and more active lives for greyhounds’ post trainingFinding more homes for greyhounds as they enter retirementImproving safety standards/provisions across the UK’s 21 licensed greyhound racing tracksBacking the new funding scheme arrangement UK Sports Minister, Mims Davies, said: “I am delighted to have reached an agreement with leading operators to ensure the welfare of our greyhounds is protected and improved through this fund.“As the sixth most watched sport in Britain, it is clear that the welfare and care of all racing greyhounds, from registration to retirement, must be a fundamental part of its successful future.“I strongly urge all remaining bookmakers that take bets on greyhound racing who have not signed up to this agreement to follow suit and support the sport.“Any greyhounds put to sleep due to medical treatment being too expensive, or poor prognosis is one too many – we must stop this.”Moving forward, UK bookmakers and further stakeholders will form the ‘Greyhound Commitment’ – a long-term strategic plan from the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, which will ensure animal welfare and the integrity of greyhound racing remain paramount in the sport.Mark Bird – Greyhound BoardMark Bird, Managing Director of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain, said:“The Greyhound Board are extremely grateful for the conclusion of the mediation and the commitment of the major bookmakers to contribute additional funds from their online businesses.“The GBGB has outlined clear ambitions, within our ‘Greyhound Commitment’ as to where this new income will be spent, with the majority supporting greyhound welfare standards and initiatives, both throughout their racing careers but also as part their homing process following retirement from the sport.” Related Articles Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020
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Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Hands On Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum, Washington’s award-winning youth museum, will launch Summer Splash! its third annual summer-long festival of fun this Saturday, June 23. Each month the Festival includes headline events, fire and water adventures, live performers, unique activities and special guests—all designed to keep children engaged and learning throughout the summer when learning loss is at its peak.To kick-off the festival, Hands On will close the street adjacent to the Museum for the Fire Rescue Spectacular, a one-day special event in partnership with the Olympia Fire Department.Young visitors can meet local firefighters and climb aboard giant fire engines, see a fireboat in action, tour the Spray Gallery and participate in the Junior Firefighter challenge that includes a bucket brigade, the chance to spray a real fire hose, and a hose rolling relay. Kids can also enjoy free mini ice cream cones and meet Sparky the costumed fire dog.“Creating quality, interactive learning experiences is at the heart of everything we do,” says Patty Belmonte, the Museum’s Executive Director. “This summer we are thrilled to give children the chance to experience a rich array of art and science guests and activities–so that they can learn something new each time they visit.”A highlight of the summer-long festival is the Riveropolis traveling exhibit featured for the first time in the Northwest July 19-August 17. The 35-foot moving river inspires endless investigation and experimentation. At nearby tinkering stations, children can build bridges and boats and use natural materials to explore how water works.The Museum of Glass Hot Shop, a mobile glassblowing studio, will be featured at Hands On August 9-11. Visitors can watch live glassmaking demonstrations by master glass artists and learn how molten glass can be shaped. Children can create their own glass inspired Shrinky Dink sculptures at a nearby activity station.Other event highlights include the Cork Boat Regatta July 19-22 and Aug.15-17, a live Canoe Carving Demonstration July 20 with Taylor Krise from the Squaxin Island Tribe, and exciting Stilts and Fire Spinning performances July 28 & August 18. The Rock Wall climb will be on site Aug. 1-4. Kids can Meet a Mermaid Aug. 11, make and cook in a solar oven during Solar Days Aug. 18 & 19, and explore a T-28 vintage airplane on loan from the Olympic Museum of Flight Aug. 22 & 23. The Giant Sand Castle will be featured all summer for painting daily, and Mud Pie Mondays will be offered every week. For a full schedule of Festival events and activities, visit www.hocm.org/summersplashfestival.Summer Splash! activities are free to the public with Museum admission or membership. EBT cardholders get free and reduced admission daily. The Museum also offers free admission to all from 5 to 9 p.m. on the First Fridays of each month.