Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/8/13
Lots of people love to hate the Trojans of USC. Maybe it’s because they rank third all-time in football (calculations based on win percentage, schedule, national championships and big 4 bowls). Or maybe it’s because they are tied for first in most BCS bowl wins even though they are going through sanction hell right now. Perhaps the three Heisman Trophies in four years is what did it. Whatever the case, USC haters have come up with cute little phrases to bash the Trojans. Some of them don’t really hold up… Disclaimer: This article is just for fun. 1. “The Trojans are named after a group of people famous for losing!” Only teams like USC could lose and still be famous. Besides, the essential component of that statement is missing. The Trojans were named by Owen R. Bird when he saw the athletes continue to fight and compete even though they were facing superior foes in a track meet. It means that even when USC loses, it will put up a fight. The Trojans of mythology were ganged up on by much of Greece— and it still took them ten years to take down Troy. They had to kill them while they were sleeping too. The Trojans of myth fought valiantly against the odds. Speaking of fight… 2. “The Fight On fingers represent second place.” It stands for victory. Maybe those who claim the above phrase have yet to taste victory? Ever hear of this British guy, Winston Churchill? He did it too. Winston Churchill (Photo credits: Bettmann-Corbis/AP Images) 3. “South Carolina is the real USC.” Many South Carolina fans are quick to point out that the University of South Carolina was founded in 1801— well before the University of Southern California. However, South Carolina started out as “South Carolina College” until they changed their name to the “University of South Carolina” in 1866— but by then they had seceded from the Union. They were the first state to do so. By 1877, they had closed down the school. In 1880, they reopened as “South Carolina College of Agriculture & Mechanical Art”— the same year the University of Southern California had been founded. Shortly after, Southern California’s football team started in 1888, while South Carolina’s started in 1892. It was not until 1906 that South Carolina reclaimed the “University of South Carolina” name. At that point, they had already lost any claim to the USC moniker. Furthermore, the Trojans won a case against the Gamecocks in the U.S. Supreme Court, cementing the interlocking “SC” logo as trademark of Southern California. 4. “They cheated.” Just. No. Watch this.  5. “Trojans end up sucking in the NFL” That’s as false of a statement as you can get. There are so many great players in the league right now, such as Troy Polamalu, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, and the Kalil brothers. Don’t forget about past greats like Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, Anthony Muñoz and Junior Seau. Or up and coming players like Nickell Robey, Robert Woods, Jordan Cameron and Jurrell Casey. By pure probability, some former USC players did not and will not do well in the NFL because of how many end up getting signed. Just ask college coaches how many of the 25 players they recruited from high school end up being great. To say they “suck” is a sad attempt to cast negativity on the “Projans.” 6. “You can’t spell ‘suck’ without ‘USC’” And you can’t spell “lunatic” or “claque” without “UCLA.” Rearranging the letters can get you almost anything. Don’t go in that direction.

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