Nothing breeds pettiness like losing 12-of-13 games to your bitter, crosstown rival.
In advance of its game against USC on Saturday, UCLA officials have informed the Trojans that the drum major for the Spirit of Troy marching band will not be allowed to stab his sword into the UCLA logo at midfield of the Rose Bowl. If USC and/or the drum major ignores this request, the Spirit of Troy will not be allowed to perform their halftime show.
It has been a tradition dating back to the 1970s for the Trojan-clad drum major to plant his sword at midfield for both home and away USC games. Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times notes that the Trojans’ other major rival, Notre Dame, has never made a request along the lines of UCLA’s.
With a chance to beat out USC for the Pac-12 South Division title and potentially unseat them as Southern California’s best program – at least for this season – UCLA isn’t going to let USC march into the Rose Bowl again and do as it pleases. No matter how petty.