View Mobile Site
 

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos

 

Residents cheer USC-UCLA game

USC Alumni Club also collects donations for scholarship fund

Posted: November 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2012 2:00 a.m.
UCLA fans Kathryn Spula, left,  and Cindy Borland cheer as their team scores a touchdown in the first half against USC as they watch the game on TV at Big Wangs sports bar in Valencia on Saturday. UCLA fans Kathryn Spula, left,  and Cindy Borland cheer as their team scores a touchdown in the first half against USC as they watch the game on TV at Big Wangs sports bar in Valencia on Saturday.
UCLA fans Kathryn Spula, left,  and Cindy Borland cheer as their team scores a touchdown in the first half against USC as they watch the game on TV at Big Wangs sports bar in Valencia on Saturday.
USC fans Josephine Broers, left, and Michael Bohorquez cheer as USC scores a touchdown in the first half as they attend the USC Alumni Club of Santa Clarita event held at Big Wangs sports bar in Valencia on Saturday.  USC fans Josephine Broers, left, and Michael Bohorquez cheer as USC scores a touchdown in the first half as they attend the USC Alumni Club of Santa Clarita event held at Big Wangs sports bar in Valencia on Saturday. 
USC fans Josephine Broers, left, and Michael Bohorquez cheer as USC scores a touchdown in the first half as they attend the USC Alumni Club of Santa Clarita event held at Big Wangs sports bar in Valencia on Saturday. 
USC fan Sarah Trick USC fan Sarah Trick
USC fan Sarah Trick
UCLA Tim Collins, right, and Ashley Weaver UCLA Tim Collins, right, and Ashley Weaver
UCLA Tim Collins, right, and Ashley Weaver
A A A

While the Bruins and the Trojans battled at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, smaller, generally good-natured clashes were waged between their respective fans in sports bars and restaurants around the state — and the Santa Clarita Valley was no exception.

At Valencia’s Big Wangs sports bar, where the USC Alumni Club of Santa Clarita Valley gathers for game-watching events every week, “even UCLA fans are always welcome to come watch the game with us,” said club President Russell Mun, “except for this week.”

Fred Berson, a USC alumnus from the class of 1972, called the rivalry “huge.”

“I gave four years in college to this rivalry,” Berson said. “And I’ll give a whole lot more yet.”

The event at Big Wangs places a large emphasis on gathering donations for a scholarship fund run by the club.

But despite Mun’s declaration of the site being off-limits to Bruins, a sizable contingent of UCLA fans was present for the game, cheering wildly as the Bruins took a lead before halftime.

“I truly respect USC’s team,” said Kathryn Spula between cheers and bouts of clapping. “But I love UCLA.”

Even mutual respect doesn’t preclude some good-natured trash-talking.

“We’ve been going at it for at least a month now,” said 2010 UCLA alumna Laura Hughes as she looked across the table at her scarlet-and-gold-clad coworker, Dorian Holden. “We’ve been counting down to this day.”

Holden glumly looked up at the television, where the score was 24-0 in favor of UCLA.

“I just want to curl up in the fetal position right now,” he said.

UCLA prevailed 38-28 in Saturday’s game. The win gives the Bruins a championship in the Pac-12 Conference South Division.

USC is second.

lmoney@the-signal.com

661-287-5525

Comments

Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.

 
 

Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...