While USC endured a disappointing 7–5 campaign after entering 2012 with a preseason No. 1 AP ranking, you’d think that its players would nonetheless be excited to go to a postseason game of any kind after a two-year bowl ban, regardless of what it bowl it is.
That sentiment is not shared by Trojans LB Tony Burnett.
On Monday, Burnett was forced to apologize for posting tweets bashing both the Sun Bowl — in which USC will play Georgia Tech on New Year’s Eve — and its host city of El Paso, TX.
“Georgia Tech!? El Paso, Texas!? New Years Eve!? FML,” Burnett had posted (FML stands for “F*** My Life”). In another tweet he wrote, “If you never seen a real life giant tumbleweed get ready.”
We give props to Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas for playing the whole thing off. In response to Burnett’s apology, Olivas responded, “It doesn’t bother us what people are saying before they get here. It’s what they say after they leave, after they experience El Paso (and) after they experience the hospitality.”
Also, Burnett is a scholarship athlete at a school in sun-drenched Southern California who has an all-paid trip for the holidays. If he read some of the stories on fmylife.com, he’d quickly realize that his situation isn’t nearly as FML-worthy.