This weekend is the Bay Area Weekender — for both USC and UCLA. The Trojans are at Stanford; the Bruins are at Cal. That’s the first time the schedules have ever worked out that way, placing throngs of both ‘SC and fUCLA fans in the San Francisco area at the same time.
“Will ugliness unfold in Union Square, nastiness nestle in North Beach?” asks the L.A. Times. “Will catcalls carry from cable cars, fists fly at Fisherman’s Wharf? Or will far-off familiarity fuel revelry rather than rivalry?” Um, my money’s on the catcalls.
At least 5,000 Trojan fans and 4,000 Bruin fans will be at the games, and thousands more “won’t make it to the games [but] will still party on Friday night and take part in other events,” said Joe Enloe, chairman of USC’s Weekender committee. “With four universities partying in San Francisco, it’s going to be a pretty rowdy night.” Indeed.
I went on the Weekender once while at USC, and it was for a Stanford game — six years ago, during the last season of the Hackett era, my sophomore year. Hopefully this year’s game will go better than that one did.