mardi 1 novembre 2011

Blame the Ref is a losing game for USC's Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin

Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin comes onto the field at the end of regulation Saturday to argue there should be one second left on the clock. (Kirby Lee / US Presswire / October 29, 2011)

Here I thought Pat Haden had a problem, with his football coach deciding to be a crybaby for Halloween.

But I've got a daughter at home wearing a Tim Tebow jersey and a wife who asks me what I think of her dressed as Pinkalicious.

T.J. Simers

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I'd never heard of Pinkalicious, but there she was, dressed from pink shoes to the crown on her head with wings and a wand.

And I thought watching Tebow was frightening.

Pinkalicious apparently ate so many pink cupcakes she turned pink and, judging from the wife's costume, put on so much weight her backside was as big as Mt. Baldy.

"How do I look?" the wife wanted to know.

"Fits you like a glove," I said, and fortunately it was time for three more plays from Tebow before the Broncos had to punt again.

The daughter, meanwhile, having seen enough of Tebow — and haven't we all — went to work dressed as a pig. As you can see, her efforts to find a husband remain a work in progress.

Now if I were Lane Kiffin and I had been summoned to the principal's office to meet with Haden on Halloween morn, I would have come dressed as a referee. Maybe even a blind one.

He has that kind of sense of humor, but I'm not sure Haden does.

As you know by now, Kiffin reminded everyone he's still capable of being immature, making sure everyone knows it was an official who lost Saturday's game, and not USC.

"We should realize everybody gets bad calls and move on," is how Haden put it when we chatted, which is what you would expect Haden to say.

But Kiffin whined Saturday night, then 24 hours later in a conference call with USC beat writers he continued to cry.

He even quoted his 2-year-old son, Knox, as knowing more than the officials.

The last two weeks have put USC back on the football map, and maybe you give Kiffin a pass for being emotional following three overtimes. But his second-day shots were too much.

"I agree," Haden said.

Kiffin said, "I was basically lied to" by an official, and maybe he was, but as Knox could tell him, that's still a no-no to say so.

The Pac-12 apparently agrees, hitting daddy with a $10,000 fine — Santa Claus a little poorer this year.

When you start calling officials liars, it also brings back those pop-off days we heard so much about while he was at Tennessee.

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