Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jimoke Blog MOVING

Hello dear followers,

Today is a sad today. But also one of great joy. Today, we are moving the Jimoke blog away from Blogger to the new site, Wordpress.

We feel our new site delivers us the best opportunity to run a successful blog and enables us to bring you richer content on every post.

We have had a great 13 months on Blogger, but it seems as if our time is up now.

Other than a new web address, and new, and better (as I mind you), site to work with, our content will still be the same. I am still running the blog. Nothing else is changing!

So, be sure to follow us on our new site, Jimokes of USC Football

Thank you very much! Can't wait to see you on the other side!

Up way too early

Tomorrow morning, the Jimokes--and the players--will be up WAY TOO early.

Because it's a bye week, the team is practicing early on Friday morning. This way, coaches will be able to go out and recruit, while the players and rest of the staff members will have the majority of the weekend off.

While it will be nice to have the majority of Friday off, we will be up early! That's for sure.

Tomorrow's practice is set for 6:30am, meaning the Jimokes will arrive at Heritage Hall at 5:45am. It will be fun!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jimokes enjoying the bye week

There is no doubt the Jimokes are enjoying this week's bye week! For half of us, we haven't had a break since before Fall Camp started.

It's been two months of busy football. While this week will still consist of the weekly practice schedule, we will have ONE change.

Both Saturday and Sunday will be off-days for the Trojans. Meaning the Jimokes won't have to put in a 12-hour day!

We will be using that time for numerous things: catch up on sleep, catch up on school work, watching college football, and spending time with friends and family. (During football season, it's tough to do everything!!)

After the bye week, of course, is yet another "Championship" game for the Trojans. In the historic city of South Bend, against Notre Dame! We're already getting pumped for the tradition there!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Day-Off Monday

Today, because we have a bye week this week, was a day off for the Jimokes.

The players were still in meetings today, as well as all the coaches in the offices. But with no practice today, the Jimokes were free!!

It was a great day to have off. But it's certainly weird. I'm typing this write now at 4:30pm. During this whole school year, I have been busy at this time on the weekdays. I'm--and the rest of us--are not really quite sure what to do with the afternoon hours off.

We'll find something...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A wonderful trip

It was yet another great road trip for the Trojans!

Staying at an excellent hotel and witnessing that great game, it was truly awesome!!

I will report on the game on the blog a little later!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Heading up to Cal!

While four Jimokes are departing with the team later this afternoon, some of us are getting a head start!

Eric Ziskin, Eloy Ledesma, and myself are being driven up to Berkeley under the SAFE driving of Brent Cochran.

We are very excited to "road-trip" it up. We will arrive in Berkeley a little after the team tonight and will either meet up with the other Jimokes at the stadium for preliminary set-up or at the hotel.

I will not be brining my computer up to NorCal, but will be tweeting updates throughout the weekend on Twitter. Follow me here: BrianRWagner, Twitter

I will be back on line on Sunday to post the recap of the game, and hopefully a story on the victory!

Fight On! And beat the Golden Bears!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

El Cholo tonight

The Jimokes are getting a little reward tonight.

After a couple months of non-stop action--and non-stop work--our head equipment manager is treating us to a dinner.

Following practice tonight, instead of going to our regular Galen Dining Hall, we will be going to El Cholo for a Mexican feast!

We are so happy--and so thankful! It's been a while since I've had a nice Mexican feast, that's for sure!

Pics from USC-Washington State!

It was definitely fun for USC to get back to their winning ways this past weekend. Here are a few quick photos from the game this past weekend:

Eloy Ledesma walking out a headset for CoachComm

Eric Ziskin putting decals on a helmet

View of the locker room

Coach Carroll addresses team upon arriving at Coliseum

Creative look at the Coliseum, the "pylon pic."

The Coliseum from the top of the peristyle end

Trojans in stretch period

During a timeout, the Trojans get rest on the field

27-6. Victory!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Prayers for Stafon Johnson

In a very tragic incident this morning, Stafon Johnson required throat surgery this afteroon. After a heavy dumbbell used for bench-pressing slipped out of Johnson's grasp, it landed on his throat.

He was immediately cared for and rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent a 7-hour surgery.

Please keep No. 13 in your prayers.

Stafon Johnson's GW touchdown vs. Ohio State

Doctors are simply hoping he can regain his speech capabilities in the nearing months.

Please pray for him. For all the latest and most recent news following Stafon Johnson and his recovery, stay constant with the USCRipsIt blog.

Fight On, Stafon!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Follow on Twitter

Two Jimokes are active on Twitter. Head Manager Adam Kossoff and myself are spearheading the technology revolution and have been on Twitter for months now.

To follow us, check us out:

Bear With Me

I may not be posting as much as I usually do this week, as I have an enormous amount of school work that I have to complete.

Please bear with me, as I will try my best. And I will be blogging in Berkley this weekend!

Thanks for following!

Another Win!

Last night was another big win for the Trojans, as they won 27-6 over Washington St.

It was a great night to be back in the Coli, and to win a game under the lights is pretty special. Everyone, including players, coaches, and staff were stressing that all week!

Next week is Cal. All of our attention is now towards the Golden Bears!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Game Day Today!

Well, after a three-week absence, the Trojans are finally back in the Coliseum! Tonight's 7:15 game against Washington St. is an important one, nonetheless.

On the rebound, the Trojans are hoping to perform perfectly--and make as few errors as possible.

We will be doing our best, and are certainly excited to be back on our home turf.

We are set to arrive at the Coliseum around 1:00pm later this afternoon to begin our game day preparations. The locker room will be all set, and we are all thrilled to once again see our home locker room! (It's been a while since we last were here...)

Fight On!

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Day Before

Today is The Day Before. That is before game-day, of course!

Today is a great day to be a Jimoke! The atmosphere around Heritage Hall is always exhilarating, as fans flock the center of USC Football on campus.

We are about to begin loading the equipment truck, as a few of the Jimokes will be out on the field for the walk-thru.

Later tonight, the team will head to their team hotel for the night--and the majority of tomorrow--leading up to their arrival at the Coliseum tomorrow evening, which is set for about 5:20.

We're getting ready! Beat the Cougars!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tired Jimokes

I wanted to get this video out before it gets too late. During Fall Camp, everyone associated with the football team here gets exhausted. Practice after practice in the hot August heat can be exhausting.

For the Jimokes, we would usually have an hour or so of downtime in between duties of the two practices.

Here is a quick video taken from Head Manager Adam Kossoff in the middle of August. He walked into our locker room and was much surprised to see the squad completely knocked out!


And here's a quick photo of Danny Palkovic and myself. Sharing the couch!


Tonight is the weekly Helmet night for the Jimokes.

After another nearly 100-degree day on the practice field, the Jimokes will spend an extra hour or two cleaning and polishing the helmets in part of our preparations for game day!

Tonight is just another weekly activity that we take part in! And while it may seem boring and repetitive, it's a time where we get to really spend some great time with each other while watching some college football and/or listening to some tunes.

We really enjoy helmet night!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Turnover Wednesday!

Today is Turnover Wednesday! Or "hump day" for the Jimokes!

Just three days remain until USC takes on Washington State! We are all highly anticipating this game. The Trojans need to bounce back!

We will be on hand, helping them in all ways we can.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Getting Back At It

After the rough upset this past weekend, the Jimokes return to Heritage Hall this afternoon.

Luckily, since we are finally back home, Monday isn't spent on Cromwell. We get to be on Howard Jones today, allowing us to forgo transporting all the equipment next door.

The week to build up after a loss begins today. Let's get after it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

That Was a Rough One

The Jimokes are back in Los Angeles after a rough trip to Washington.

Some of us--who traveled separately from the team--arrived in Seattle some four or five hours before the team arrived on Friday afternoon. That gave us a chance to tour the campus of the University of Washington, which was absolutely breathtaking.

We really enjoyed the campus and its many sightseeing opportunities.

Apart from that aspect, the trip was unpleasant. A frustrating game, indeed.

But one other good thing came about for the Jimokes: We performed spectacularly in our Jimoke duties. The locker room was stunning, the helmets shining as ever, our equipment was in full force, and the game balls stayed as dry as an Arizona desert, although rain was trickling down on Husky Stadium.

It is comforting to know we didn't contribute to the mishaps on the field.

Hopefully we can continue our work and the Trojans will bounce back come Saturday. Back at the Coliseum!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Departing Early

Some of us Jimokes are up early: 5:30am, in fact.

In a few hours we will be up in Seattle, awaiting the arrival of the Trojans and other Jimokes! See you up there!