How Soulja Boy Cost USC All of My Respect

John GrahamCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2009

It's already bad enough that a no-talent d-bag like Soulja Boy is famous and his music almost unavoidable, but when you can't even get away from it during a college football game, you know something has gone horribly wrong.

Especially when it's not Soulja Boy embarrassing himself, but instead the entire USC sideline.

I have never been so disgusted with a bowl game in my life.  Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with people celebrating and having a good time.

But that trash that took place on the USC sideline was easily the worst display of sportsmanship I have ever witnessed.

But what I found to be even dumber than the dancing was Pete Carroll's response to a question in the post-game interview. 

When asked about how he felt about being threatened with a 15-yard penalty for his teams' in-game tryouts for Dancing With The Stars, he said the following:

"Since when is it against the rules to have a good time during a football game?!"

Well Pete, let me field this one for you.

To answer your question: There is nothing wrong with having a good time during a football game.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that if you aren't having fun, you shouldn't be playing.

But when you are at the level of competition that college football is, especially a championship game like the Rose Bowl, you should behave a certain way.

You should respect the game, the championship, and most importantly, your opponent.  Of course you should have a good time, but when you are putting on an awful display that not only looks incredibly stupid, but also is an act of blatant disrespect to your opponent you have gone too far.

But what annoys me even more is all these USC fans trying to justify that stupid behavior.  I have literally heard it all:

"Like Pete said, they were just having fun!"

"It wasn't disrespectful; they weren't doing it to the other team."

"There is no rule against dancing on the sideline."

All of these are cop-out stupid things to say, and if you believe any of them, you are a moron... PERIOD.

All that dancing was nothing more than a slap-in-the-face excessive celebration.  There is no other way to interpret it.  But just to make sure everyone understands why, I will now explain my opinion.

First of all, I have never seen an entire team dance on the sideline during a game for any reason, and I have watched a lot of football games where the players were seemingly having a great time.

Second, there isn't a rule against dancing, but there is a rule against excessive celebration and disrespecting the other team, and the fact that USC did not get one penalty for that behavior is quite frankly bullshit.

Third, (this one is directed to Carroll and all you fun-monger USC fans) if the dancing was only an act of having fun, why weren't those assholes dancing during the Oregon State game???

Maybe because they were LOSING!!!!!!

When I see them dancing during a loss then I will consider your argument about having fun, until then, all that shit on the sideline was slap in Joe Paterno's face and the entire Penn State program.

Normally, I don't let stuff like this bother me, but you really have to draw the line somewhere.  Those kids at Penn State worked hard all year to get where they were, and win or lose, they deserved better than that.

They deserved at the very least the professional and competitive respect from their opponent.

The fact that Pete Carroll let that crap take place says to me that the USC football program cares nothing about sportsmanship, integrity, and respect.

In a world with prima donnas and loudmouths plaguing sports, it really is a shame that even student-athletes don't know when to shut their mouths.

I'm sorry, but Pete Carroll and that entire coaching staff should be ashamed of themselves for letting those KIDS carry on like that on the sideline.  It makes everybody involved in USC football look like a total asshole.

So yeah, congrats on the Rose Bowl win.  I'm happy for the USC fans out there, but I am curious to see how they would have reacted had Oregon State started doing the Macarena when they wiped their ass with USC's National Championship hopes.


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