Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Midweek notes
A USC victory over Stanford Saturday will have long-range effect on what bowl game the Trojans will play in. If results go in their favor, and that means Oregon losing two more Pacific 10 games while USC wins three straight against the Cardinal, UCLA and Arizona, the Trojans could be in the Rose Bowl after all against the Big Ten champion.


Stanford tailback Toby Gerhart, the second-leading rusher in the country and the heart of the Cardinal offense, reminds long-time football watchers of John Riggins of Kansas and Washington Redskins fame. Their style of running is remarkably similar and if form holds, Gerhart should have long and productive NFL career.


Dodgers announcer Vin Scully is becoming the Walter Alston of broadcasters. The late Hall of Fame manager was known for signing one-year contracts throughout his career. Scully has announced that he'll be back for the 2010 season, his 61st with club, and then will make a decision on his future.
One gets the strong feeling that Scully, who has cut back his schedule to calling all home games and those played in San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona and Denver,
will call it a career after next year.


Finally, here's a Veterans Day salute to all U.S. servicemen and women around the world, especially to my nephew Lt. Gavin Scheibe, who is stationed at a U.S. Army helicopter base in northern Iraq.

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