Dawg Pack Dirt: USC

Dawg Pack Dirt, Volume 5, Issue 13, University of Southern California, January 22nd, 2009

By Nate Taggart and Aaron Bean

Our FIRST PLACE HUSKIES start a huge stretch of games this Thursday with a matchup against USC. The basketball team has done just about everything right to this point which is all the more reason to be loud and do the things necessary to get this team where we all want it to be in March.

Also, if you haven’t heard yet, Brandon Roy’s jersey is being retired on Thursday before the game at 7:45. We want the Dawg Pack to be crowded because the arena is going to most likely be sold out for this historic event and we don’t want to disappoint the greatest basketball player in UW history. Bring signs and anything you can think of to commemorate this great event.

The Game:

-USC Trojans at Washington Huskies

-Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. PST

-Brandon Roy Jersey Retirement Ceremony at 7:45.

-Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion

The Team:

-USC is 3-2 in the PAC-10 and 12-5 overall.

-The Trojan’s losses have come at the hands of Seton Hall, Missouri, Oklahoma and the Blake Griffin Show, Oregon State in OT, and UCLA.

-USC is coming off of a couple of really quality wins against Arizona State and Arizona.

The Coach:

-Head Coach Tim Floyd is best known as being the coach that failed miserably after he took over for the Bulls after Jordan, Pippen, and Rodman all left. I’ve always thought that he is going for the extremely stressed out, ulcer pressing on my insides, pool of sweat, loose tie look.

The Players:

-Fr. F #10 DeMar DeRozan is the much heralded freshman from Compton that was supposed to be competing for the best player in the PAC-10 this year. While he’s been solid, he hasn’t come close to the hype and his dreams of being a one-and-done NBA lottery pick may be in peril. Hopefully, during warm-ups he’ll show us the dunk with which he won the McDonald’s All-American Game Slam Dunk Competition, which he calls “Tap-the-Baby!” Currently, he’s shooting 1 of 15 from 3-point range. There have also been reports that he may be in the same kind of one-and-done agent scandal that O.J. Mayo and Reggie Bush were in. USC sure knows how to get the good ones. You can read about that here:

If you wish to contact the second coming you can reach him on AIM at CptJumpMan23 or email him at CptJumpMan23@yahoo.com.

-Fr. F #14 Mamadou Diarra has no real dirt but his name reminds me of The Muppet classic song “Mah Nà Mah Nà”. You can hear that song here:

We really think that we should adjust the words a little bit and sing a little for Mr. Diarra. MA-MA-DOU! Do-doo-do-do-do…

-Fr. G #3 James Dunleavy is the son of Los Angeles Clippers head coach, Mike Dunleavy. Poor kid lists the Clippers as his favorite NBA team. He’s played 1 minute in 1 game and has missed 1 shot out of 1 attempt.

-Jr. G #13 Daniel Hackett got a good laugh last year when someone brought a sign of him being bunched in the face by O.J. Mayo. Now that O.J. is gone, Hackett can go into the gym without having to worry about his jaw being broken in a vicious assault by his point guard. I heard he can still be a little jumpy though. WATCH OUT DANIEL! O.J.’S BEHIND YOU!

-Jr. G #21 Dwight Lewis was questionable for the game but Coach Floyd announced today that he’ll try to play. We better ask him how is ankle is feeling. His favorite movie is the award winning “How High” featuring Method Man and Redman. He can be contacted via AIM at lostcity504.

-Fr. G #15 Percy “Romeo” Miller. Wow, where to start with this one. Well, if you hadn’t heard Percy Miller; better known by his stage names Lil’ Romeo and when he reached puberty, just Romeo; is the youth rap sensation that passed Michael Jackson as the youngest person to have a number #1 hit on the charts with his single “My Baby”. His father is the famous Master-P.

Listening to the songs performed by Lil’ Romeo is just about as entertaining as you’d expect listening to a pre-adolescent child rap about his Michael Jordan-like game can be.

Romeo acted in the movie “Max Keeble’s Big Move” amongst other movies I’ve never heard of. He starred for 3 seasons in his Nickelodeon television show, “Romeo!” which apparently took place in Seattle. Looking and reading about his game makes me think that he’s really nothing more than a shooter with D-II type skills. Many people say that the only reason the millionaire child earned a full ride scholarship to play ball at USC was because he was DeMar DeRozan’s friend and if Romeo didn’t go to USC, then neither does DeMar. That’ll be fun for USC when DeMar leaves after one season and they are stuck with Romeo for 4 years. You can watch Romeo get ready for college life here.

-So. G #20 Marcus Simmons is a guard with a 1/5 assist to turnover ratio. Nice…

-So. G #35 Donte Smith is shooting 23% from the field and 21% from 3.

-Fr. F #5 Nikola Vucevic was named the best young player in Montenegro. From some reason that doesn’t seem too impressive given the fact that Montenegro ranks amongst the smallest and least populated countries in the world. In high school, Nikola was ranked as the 26th best fifth year senior in the country. I had no idea they ranked such things…

-Fr. F #4 Leonard Washington loves red beans and rice. Do with it what you wish.


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