Here's more proof the kiddies between 18 and 34 years old love their mixed martial arts. The L.A. Times says USC quarterback Matt Barkley has "caused a stir" with his MMA-related Tweet regarding the Trojans' upcoming game against unbeaten Oregon. The 21-year-old from Newport Beach, Calif., must've enjoyed David toppling Goliath when Cain Velasquez pulled the upset on Brock Lesnar at UFC 121. Tweeted Barkley:
"Wow, Brock just got rocked! Lesnar is to Oregon as Velasquez is to SC. Lezgo."
Before it was deleted, the QB's Tweet was re-Tweeted by plenty of Ducks fans.
Why would Oregon fans be insulted? Their team is the bully on the block in the Pac-10. It seems like a nice comparison. Was it really an insult? The insult comes when you force a kid who makes a harmless analogy feel like he did something wrong.
"That had nothing to do with Oregon," Barkley said after practice. "I just got fired up thinking about my teammates.
"It had to do with kind of being an underdog in a big fight, like we're going into. Everyone, of course, takes it out of context and blows it up. But that was about us and about our team and the adversity we've been through."
Chip Kelly probably appreciates the comparison. After all, the Oregon coach is the guy who uses classic boxing wars to get his players fired up. Kelly had the team watch the 2002 fight where "Irish" Mickey Ward pulled the upset on Arturo Gatti.
"You can get knocked out in the seventh round -- all you can do is be ready to battle each week and make it to the eighth round,'' Kelly said.
Ward, an old friend of Kelly's, actually spoke to the team last week. Kelly likens the season to a 12-round fight.
So let's get this clear Oregon fans, your coach can use fighting references to talk about the games but USC can't?