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Pineapple and Rosemary Glazed Ham.

first_img 52 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Pineapple and Rosemary Glazed HamThe ham generally refers to the cut of meat from a hog’s hind leg between the shank and the hip bone. There actually is such a thing as fresh ham, although what we think of is usually cured ham.Many factors contribute to the meat’s taste, including what the animal was fed and the spices used in curing the ham. Aficionados can quote chapter and verse for this cut of pork nearly the same way sommeliers describe their wines, but at the end of the day, ham, coated with mustard, pineapple and rosemary as it is here, or prepared some other way, is good eatin’.Nutrition Facts * Servings Per Recipe 16 to 24 servings * Calories305, * Total Fat (g)8, * Saturated Fat (g)3, * Monounsaturated Fat (g)4, * Polyunsaturated Fat (g)1, * Cholesterol (mg)74, * Sodium (mg)1898, * Carbohydrate (g)24, * Total Sugar (g)22, * Fiber (g)1, * Protein (g)33, * Vitamin C (DV%)12, * Calcium (DV%)4, * Iron (DV%)10, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.Ingredients1 8- to 10-pound cooked bone-in ham, rump half or one 4- to 6-pound cooked boneless ham1-1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar, divided use3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard2 tablespoons snipped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed1/2 cup pineapple juice1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard1 medium (4 lb.) pineapple, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped (4-1/2 cups) or three 20-ounce cans pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve 1/2 cup juice)1 recipe Grilled Pineapple Slices (see recipe below) (optional) DirectionsPreheat oven to 325F. Place ham in a shallow roasting pan. Score ham by making diagonal cuts, 1/4-inch deep, in a diamond pattern.Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of ham; the thermometer should not touch the bone, if present. Roast for 1-3/4 hours if using bone-in ham or 1 hour if using boneless ham.Meanwhile, in a bowl combine 3 tablespoons of the brown sugar, the 3 tablespoons mustard, and rosemary. Brush mixture over ham. Roast for 15 minutes more.Meanwhile, for glaze, in a 2-quart saucepan combine the remaining brown sugar, the pineapple juice, and 1/4 cup mustard. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove 1/2 cup glaze to brush over ham. Set aside.Bake ham 30 minutes more or until thermometer registers 140 degree F, generously brushing with the 1/2 cup glaze several times during baking.Meanwhile, add pineapple to remaining glaze in saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Transfer ham to serving platter. Slice ham and serve with pineapple sauce. Makes 16 to 24 servings.Grilled Pineapple Slices: Cut two peeled and cored pineapples into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Brush each slice on both sides with a little cooking oil; sprinkle lightly with some snipped fresh rosemary. Heat an indoor grill or grill pan. Grill pineapple slices just until they start to brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side, turning once.recipe source: BHG.com Food & DiningLifestyle Pineapple and Rosemary Glazed Ham. by: – April 18, 2011 Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Vote for your favorite donut shops, lakes, and unique sleeps in the state

first_imgStatewide — Voting is open for Visit Indiana’s 2020 Best of Indiana people’s choice campaign, which this year will coincide with The 20 IN 20. Voters can select their favorite Lakes, Donut Shops, and Unique Sleeps around the state. There are 20 places to choose from in each category, announced today in the latest The 20 IN 20 lists.Southeastern Indiana has made the list in all three categories.Donuts:Schmidt Bakery, BatesvilleSchmidt Bakery opened in 1963, initially selling both pizza and donuts. Now a full line bakery that no longer offers pizza, its donuts still steal the show. During select happy hour days, its delicious donuts are only 50 cents! Schmidt Bakery also whips up Cherry Thing-a-Lings once a year in February as a treat to its guests.Click here to vote on the best donut shops in the state.  Lakes:Brookville Lake, BrookvilleBrookville Lake is home to both Mounds SRA and Quakertown SRA and sits next to Whitewater Memorial State Park. Beyond its great boating opportunities and nationally known recreational and sport fishing, two great beaches make Brookville Lake an ideal family vacation spot. Check out Thistlethwaite Falls 20 miles to the north for some fossil hunting.Click here to vote on the best lake in the state.  Unique Sleeps:The Sherman, BatesvilleOne of the oldest buildings in Indiana, The Sherman (formerly the Sherman House) has been a unique dining and lodging destination since 1852. The recent renovations strengthened the historic charm of this German Tudor-style building. Updates also brought the additions of the Black Forest Bar and Sherman Biergarten, both eclectic in style. Schenck Mansion Bed & Breakfast, VevayIn the beautiful old river town of Vevay, there’s a haunted mansion with a lot of history. In fact, you can actually spend a night in this spooky (and awesome) Bed & Breakfast! Built in 1874, Schenck Mansion Bed & Breakfast rises gloriously over the city with its Italianate and Second Empire architectural styles. It sat empty in the early decades of the 20th century but opened to the public in 2000. Schenck Mansion has five romantic guest rooms, including a 3-room suite, that are each furnished with antique and reproduction furniture.Story Inn, NashvilleHave you heard about the tiny town in Brown County? That would be Story! The community dates back to 1851 as a lumber town founded by George Story with a church, grain mill, blacksmith shop, two general stores, a post office, butcher shop, and some homes. The entire town was purchased by Rick Hofstetter in 1999. Today, the centerpiece of Story is certainly the beautiful Story Inn. There are now 18 original rooms or cottages that were once homes or working facilities for Story’s original residents. Each is decorated with Victorian-era furniture, photos, and other antiques. Find the perfect room for you here.Click here to vote on the best unique sleeps in the state.last_img read more

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Leinster ease past Connacht

first_img Following up on their 19-6 Dublin defeat of Ulster a week ago, Matt O’Connor’s men came good in the second half in Galway thanks to two Jimmy Gopperth penalties and a 73rd-minute converted try from Gordon D’Arcy. Fionn Carr’s second try in three league games had Connacht 8-3 ahead at the break, with Ian Madigan and Jack Carty exchanging penalties. Press Association In a game of few line-breaks, ex-Connacht hooker Sean Cronin got Leinster on the front foot before an Andrew Browne infringement allowed Madigan to open the visitors’ account at the third attempt. But Connacht responded on the stroke of half-time, Matt Healy and Browne gaining good ground on the left and Carty rewarded them by finding the posts from a subsequent penalty. Connacht maintained their lead during the early stages of a rain-hit second period, with Leinster having to bide their time. Gopperth, who came on as part of a trio of replacements, cut the gap to 8-6 with his first penalty attempt in the 57th minute. The New Zealander then added another six minutes later following a Jamie Heaslip charge from a scrum to give his side the lead. A late tackle by the Leinster captain on Parks then led to a kickable penalty at the other end, but the latter missed the target on the near right side. Heaslip, who was fortunate to avoid a yellow card for his shoulder-led challenge, was central to a strong spell of carrying that preceded D’Arcy’s decisive try. Leinster built from a lineout maul on the left and Heaslip, Devin Toner, man-of-the-match Jordi Murphy and Dominic Ryan all took the ball on before Gopperth slipped a pass away for the supporting D’Arcy to nip in behind the posts. Connacht felt the final pass was forward but television match official Jude Quinn ruled otherwise, and Gopperth’s simple conversion closed out a satisfying finish for Leinster. But with their bench having an impact, the visitors hit the front for the first time in the 63rd minute and replacement Gopperth set up D’Arcy’s first try since last April to seal the win. The result left Leinster three points adrift of leaders Munster at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12 standings, while Connacht slip to the foot of the table following Zebre’s win earlier on Saturday. Pat Lam handed 21-year-old fly-half Carty his first start, and Darragh Leader and Kieran Marmion also featured in a Connacht back-line that had an average age of just 22. A pinpoint early touchfinder settled Carty’s nerves, but Connacht failed to capitalise on an initial bout of pressure as both sides probed with the boot. Jason Harris-Wright was isolated for a 13th-minute ruck penalty which Madigan sent narrowly wide and the stalemate ensued for another nine minutes. It took a brilliant break over halfway from Robbie Henshaw to light up proceedings. With Brian O’Driscoll shooting up out of defence, Henshaw did well to evade Dave Kearney’s grasp before passing wide for former Leinster winger Carr to charge over in the right corner past Madigan’s covering tackle. Carty was unable to convert and full-back Leader missed two long-range penalty efforts in quick succession, while the crossbar denied Madigan on the half-hour mark. Leinster’s greater strength in depth helped them complete a festive derby double at the Sportsground as they got the better of a youthful Connacht side with a 16-8 triumph. last_img read more

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Friends in action plans golf outing

first_img Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Bio Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)center_img Fenceviewer Staff Friends in Action will hold its third annual golf outing on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor.Check-in begins at 8 a.m. with tee-off for the four-person scramble at 9. The cost — $80 per golfer and $320 for a foursome — includes greens fee, cart and lunch.There also will be door prizes and a silent auction.Friends in Action is a nonprofit organization providing free services for elderly and disabled people in Hancock County and operates a senior center in Ellsworth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTo register for the golf outing or for more information, call 664-6016 or visit friendsinactionellsworth.org.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest Postslast_img read more

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Real Madrid trains without Bale, Llorente, Asensio, Mariano

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid CF on Saturday wrapped up preparations for its upcoming match against Real Sociedad in a La Liga matchday 18 contest, without the participation of first teams players Gareth Bale,Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz. Madrid is set to take on Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday in the second match for Real Madrid in 2019 after their 2-2 tie with Villarreal at the Cerámica stadium, reports Efe news.Saturday’s team practice session was held amid a good atmosphere and smiles between the players during the opening minutes, despite Thursday’s draw that left them with a seven-point deficit behind leader Barcelona.The session continued behind closed doors as Argentine coach Santiago Solari would be forced to seek alternatives for injured players, and Bale espcially, who “has been diagnosed with a grade 1 soleus muscle injury in his left leg,” according to the club’s statement.Real Madrid also announced that its Dominican striker Diaz “has been diagnosed with an irritation of the sciatic nerve,” adding that both international players’ recovery processes would be evaluated.Llorente and Asensio were absent from the session as well, still recovering from their respective injuries, while Solari called up Team B midfielder Jorge de Frutos to join training. IANSAlso Read: Hunger for success a distinguished characteristic of Real Madrid : Florentino Perezlast_img read more

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African Cup of Nations…

first_imgGuinea-Bissau stun hosts Gabon by pulling off 1-1 drawDEBUTANTS and shock qualifiers Guinea-Bissau stunned hosts Gabon by pulling off a 1-1 draw yesterday in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.Juary Soares scored the equaliser for the Wild Dogs with a diving header from a free-kick in the 90th minute.Gabon had taken the lead on 52 minutes when superstar Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang turned in Denis Bouanga’s cross-shot.Home fans jeered loudly at the end, making their discontent evident.But the draw was no more than a spirited Guinea-Bissau side deserved as they frustrated their opponents throughout and took their chance to continue what has been a fairytale run in getting to the finals.Few predicted they would take anything from their group games at the tournament but they arguably looked the more dangerous side in a game that only livened up after half-time.While Aubaemyang showed his predatory instincts to finish off Bouanga’s ball across the face of the box, the Dortmund striker was less clinical when he volleyed over on 69 minutes.It would have doubled Gabon’s lead and might have ended Guinea-Bissau’s resistance. Instead, they fought back and began to impose themselves on the game.A clear chance came on 83 minutes but substitute Frederic Mendy headed straight at goalkeeper Didier Ovono and it seemed they would have to be content with a brave defeat.But when they won another free-kick, Soares connected brilliantly to send his side into raptures.Gutsy Guinea-BissauAfter going 1-0 down, they might have folded. But the tournament debutants continued to plug away and, if they show the same grit and determination, they may pull off a few more surprises.They pressed high, snapped into their tackles and former Everton youth player Junior Francisco particularly caught the eye on his first cap, prowling the midfield and breaking up play effectively.Toni Silva, once at Liverpool, also impressed, showing glimpses of skill and creativity – if he grows in confidence he could be a key figure for the team.Hosts Gabon must improveLargely pedestrian, perhaps suffering from nerves, but most definitely below the level of performance the home crowd – and manager Jose Antonio Camacho – expect of them.Having a world-class striker in Aubemayang will only get Gabon so far. While he was not at his very best, service to him was poor. And Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina was particularly disappointing.The moment that summed up the Panthers perfectly came when Merlin Tandjigora swiped at a clearance, completely missed the ball and clattered Francisco Junior. So wild and inept it was comical. Gabon need to find their timing and rhythm – fast.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Cricket News IPL 2019 auction: When overseas players raked in big bucks

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The nature of the Indian Premier League is such that teams have to bid for foreign players very carefully. Only four overseas players are permitted in the playing XI and thus, acquiring them becomes a major task. Uncapped Indian players are a major bargain buy due to their lack of experience but majority of international stars become core members of the side due to their experience factor. In past editions of the Indian Premier League auction, there have been instances of overseas players breaking the bank and teams have gone all-out to pursue their services. Here are instances of overseas players raking in huge amounts of money in the IPL auctions.1.)    Ben Stokes – setting the stage on fire not once but twice (Rs 14.5 and Rs 12 crore)The England all-rounder has benefited from the IPL Auction twice in the last couple of seasons. In 2017, he was on the receiving end of a massive bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils managed to jump into the fray but in the end, Rising Pune Supergiants acquired him for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore, making him the most expensive foreign buy ever. History repeated itself in the 2018 auction as well. With the Pune franchise disbanded, Stokes was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for a massive Rs 12 crore to become the most expensive player in that edition of the auction.Read More | IPL 2019 Auctions: Five uncapped Indian players who won big money2.)    Tymal Mills – From unknown to multi-millionaire (Rs 12 crore)Tymal Mills is the classic case of an unknown player becoming a multi-millionaire overnight. In the 2017 auction, Mills, known for his variations and pace at the County level for Sussex, grabbed plenty of eyeballs when he was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 12 crore. This price fetched him lucrative contracts with the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League but a year later, he has drifted away from the national selection scene for England.Read More | IPL 19: Twenty20 event gets General Elections, World Cup double whammy3.)    Chris Lynn – ‘Lynnsane’ amount (Rs 9.6 crore)The big-hitting Australian had set the stage on fire with his audacious batting in the Big Bash League. His explosive starts at the top of the order along with Sunil Narine had boosted Kolkata Knight Riders. In the 2018 IPL Auction, he was once again up for grabs but KKR managed to retain him with a whopping Rs 9.6 crore base price.4.)    Shane Watson – The veteran continues to get big bucks (Rs 9.5 crore)The Australian all-rounder had played a vital part in Rajasthan Royals’ success in the first edition of the IPL. He continued to be the one-man army for the team, becoming their leading wicket-taker and run-getter. However, with the franchise suspended for two seasons, Watson was up for grabs in the 2016 IPL Auction and he was picked up for Rs 9.5 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore.5.)    Andrew Flintoff – England’s first major IPL millionaire (USD 1.55 million)The England all-rounder had made his mark for his legendary performances in the 2005 Ashes which helped his side beat Australia for the first time in 16 years. In 2009, he played a stellar role in ensuring England won back the Ashes after being whitewashed 5-0 in 2006. Having helped England to victory, Flintoff was one of the hot buys in the 2009 IPL Auction and he was sold for USD 1.55 million to Chennai Super Kings, making him the most expensive overseas player in that edition. last_img read more

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`Deadly’Derek Underwood, England left-arm spinner

first_img..On this day: Born June 8, 1945:By Amlan Chakraborty(REUTERS) – The sight of England left-arm spinner Derek Underwood coming off his unusually long run with a batsman at the other end of a wet pitch surrounded by close fielders perfectly conjured up the image of a wily fox closing on its prey.His mastery on sticky surfaces prompted a popular saying that England captains carried Underwood like an umbrella — in case it rained.While recognising his exploits on wet wickets, which earned him the nickname “Deadly” from his Kent team mates, this was somewhat unfair to England’s most successful test spinner.For if Underwood was virtually unplayable on sticky pitches, he was also unrelenting on dry surfaces, probing tirelessly until the batsman wavered.Underwood went wicketless in his 1966 Test debut against West Indies at Nottingham but was soon terrorising batsmen, spinning the ball nearly at a medium pace off a run-up of 10 yards.“There are times when you really need to fire the ball in and there are other times when a little bit more flight is necessary to get whatever’s in the pitch out of it,” the left-arm spinner told ESPNcricinfo in a 2014 interview.It was a combination of Underwood’s skills and mindset that brought him 297 wickets from 86 tests between 1966-82.Such was his accuracy that a journalist wrote that Underwood could dig a hole in the pitch by dropping the ball on the same spot.His precision was complemented by parsimony, proven by an economy rate of conceding an average of only 2.10 runs per over which is among the best in the game.“Underwood hated going for runs, you could see it in his body language, in his facial expressions,” former team mate John Lever said.“He was always trying to bowl dot balls. A dot ball is a good ball, he’d say. Last ball of every over had to be a dot ball.”A rare overseas spinner who tasted success in India, Underwood is best remembered for lighting up the 1968 Oval Test against Australia when England were racing against time after torrential morning rain had flooded the ground.Underwood claimed the last four Australian wickets in 27 deliveries to script a dramatic series-levelling victory with five minutes to spare.Underwood lost two years of Test cricket after defecting to the controversial World Series of Cricket in 1977.He eventually finished agonisingly short of the 300-wicket mark after joining a rebel 1981-82 tour of an apartheid-ridden South Africa and receiving a ban from the English board.A tally of 297 Test victims, however, makes Underwood the sixth most successful England bowler of all-time, more than 40 wickets ahead of Graeme Swann, the next spinner on the list.last_img read more

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UM, MSU next for women’s squad

first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoAfter earning its first Big Ten victory last week over Indiana, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team hosts a pair of conference matches this weekend — Friday against Michigan and Sunday against Michigan State.The Badgers defeated the Hoosiers in dramatic fashion as senior forward Taylor Walsh scored the game-winning goal with just 1:20 left in regulation. Head coach Paula Wilkins hopes the team will be able to build on the win and carry the momentum over to the games this weekend.“I think any time you get a win on your home field, it gives some positive and renewed energy to the team,” Wilkins said. “Our job as coaches and as a team is to carry that momentum to the next game.”First up for Wisconsin (7-6-1, 1-4-0 Big Ten) will be Michigan (4-7-4, 1-3-2), a team the Badgers trail by two points in the conference standings heading into Friday’s match. The Badgers know the game against Michigan will be crucial in terms of qualifying for the Big Ten tournament in three weeks.“It’s a big game for us,” sophomore defender Birdie Leibham said. “Hopefully we can get the job done and make a statement for our program.”For some of Wisconsin’s upperclassmen, the game has a little added significance. Friday marks the first game for Michigan assistant coach Dean Duerst against his former team.Duerst coached the Badgers for 13 years amassing a 151-105-31 (.580) record before leaving in 2006 as the program’s all-time winningest coach.“I know personally I’m pretty excited about it,” Walsh said of facing Duerst. “Our old coach is at Michigan now, so I think a lot of the girls are pretty excited.”In preparation for the weekend, Wisconsin stuck with much of the same routine as always with a heavy emphasis on fundamentals and concentration.The Badgers focused on fixing the problems they have had over the last few weeks in hopes of executing against Michigan and Michigan State.“We worked a lot on offensive and defensive transitioning,” Leibham said. “In past games we’ve struggled with defending, so we’re trying to work on that to improve our transitions.”Also on the slate this weekend is Sunday’s matchup with Michigan State (12-3-0, 4-2-0). MSU currently ranks fourth in the Big Ten behind Purdue, Minnesota and Penn State.The Badgers will have their hands full trying to contain freshman phenom Laura Heyboer. The reigning three-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week leads the nation with 16 goals and 40 points. Heyboer is the first Big Ten freshman to be named Player of the Week three times in a season.Despite the accolades, Heyboer doesn’t intimidate the Wisconsin defenders.“I think we just have to be ready; we have to be focused on everything,” Leibham said. “We have been working on forwards running at us and shooting hard, and I think if we do all the things we have to do we’ll come out on top.”Wilkins also offered her thoughts on what the Badgers need to do against the Spartans to be successful in Sunday’s match.“The most important thing for us to do will be making sure we defend well as a unit because they will be good on transition and counterattacks,” Wilkins said. “We have to be really organized and focused on their two leading scorers, [Lauren] Hill and Heyboer.”However, Wilkins insists her team is not looking ahead to the difficult matchup with Michigan State and is instead focused solely on Michigan.“We’re just looking at the game on Friday right now,” Wilkins said. “After the game, we’ll sit down on Saturday and prepare for Michigan State, but right now it’s all about Michigan.”For Walsh, in order for Wisconsin to succeed this weekend they must emulate its play from a week ago against Indiana.“We need to come out and play hard like we did against Indiana,” Walsh said. “We need to play the whole 90 minutes, which is something we’ve been needing to do all season. If we play hard and do well with all the things we worked on, we’ll be successful.”last_img read more

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Loss to Cougars different than most

first_img“Any Given Satruday” runs on Thursdays, ironically. To explain to Nick how this makes no sense, or comment on this column, email him at burtonn@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Nick on Twitter @NickMBurton Nineteen.That’s how many USC home football games I had attended in my three years as a student here before Saturday. Six of those were losses. Some of them were bad losses. Some were frustrating beyond belief. Some were maddening beyond description.I’ve seen the Coliseum crowd shocked after wide receiver Ronald Johnson let a potential game-winning touchdown slip through his fingers in the rain against Notre Dame in 2010.I’ve seen it heartbroken after running back Curtis McNeal fumbled inside the 5-yard line to end the Trojans’ quest to upset Stanford in 2011.I’ve seen it exasperated after USC put up 51 points against Oregon last season, only to give up the most points (62) and yards (730) of any team in Trojan history.But I’ve never seen it like it was on Saturday.It’s a sentiment I’ve heard echoed by many over the last few days. Every fan, employee and media member has seen USC lose, and lose much worse (on the scoreboard, at least) than on Saturday. But still, this one felt different.“Embarrassed” is the first word that comes to mind, and the word I’ve heard thrown around most in the aftermath.But simple embarrassment doesn’t cause fans to boo a team off the field at halftime or audibly chant for the head coach to be fired. No, that’s something else. That’s more than embarrassment, frustration or humiliation.That is anger.The Coliseum was angry, and made it known. This campus is still angry. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced following a defeat here.After any given USC loss, I can usually pop on social media and see posts such as, “I’d rather lose as a Trojan than win as (insert winning team here).” Not after Saturday. I didn’t see or hear one single “Win or lose, we still booze.” Nothing about how it’s still great to be a Trojan — just a lot of disbelief and frustration.And anger.How else do you describe fans openly booing the team into the locker room?How else do you describe the “Fire Kiffin” chant that echoed through the Coliseum as the clock wound down?How else can you describe the feeling in there on Saturday?It’s coming from more than just fans. Without getting into specifics about what was said up the tunnel after the game, believe me, there was plenty of anger there as well. Players don’t come to USC to lose six games a season, or to ever lose to Washington State — a team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2003, has lost 49 games in the last five years and, as a reminder, is Washington State.As the saying goes, “You win some, you lose some.” Such is the nature of sports. At USC, however, the expectation is that you win a considerable amount more than you lose. And the reality is this: USC is 8-7 since the beginning of the 2012 season. They are 2-6 in their last eight games. In the four games since Matt Barkley’s injury at UCLA, they have scored five offensive touchdowns.We can argue forever about the morals of booing your own team, especially when that team is comprised of amateurs. But it’s hard to blame fans for making their feelings heard after Saturday’s debacle. There are people at this school who couldn’t explain a football concept as basic as a handoff, yet could draw a detailed diagram of a bubble screen.The “definitive” choice of a quarterback should help, especially from a game plan standpoint. USC head coach Lane Kiffin will be able to better tailor the offense to sophomore Cody Kessler.And of course, the defense has been outstanding, surrendering just 14 points in the first two games while recording 11 sacks and seven takeaways, and giving up an amazing 0.6 yards per carry.The talent is there for this team to play with almost any opponent. But then again, that was the case last year, too. And Saturday’s loss felt a lot worse than any of the six suffered in 2012 — ask anyone who was there. The feeling permeating from the stands was totally foreign, but also completely undeniable: Anger.And somehow, no matter what happens this Saturday — lose by three or win by 30 — I don’t think it’s going away.last_img read more

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