This weeks Blog Poll Roundtable is hosted by Braves and Birds.
1. How would you rate your program's service to you in the first two weeks of the season?
Paragon SC - Well, with SC having a bye week last week I guess I can say I am very pleased with how we did against Virginia but that is hardly a test so I’ll have to get back to you after the Ohio State game.
2. How happy are you with your program's overall scheme? We are in a period in which the spread has become a total obsession in the media. If you're a fan of a spread team, are you happy with the way your program has implemented it? If you're a fan of a non-spread team, do you wish that your program would convert to this Xenu of offenses?
Paragon SC - I am absolutely happy with our scheme. It’s a pro style system that gets the most out of its players. The Spread is the "IN" thing now but it will die or get modified into some other new system just like the old Run and Shoot did. The only thing I want to see USC do with the spread is defend it better.
3. Rate your stadium's cleanliness and menu options.
Paragon SC - Well, I live in NYC and I haven’t been to the Coliseum in some time (before Pete Carroll got there) so I can only assume that with all the fighting between the Coliseum Commission, the State of California and USC they have finally implemented changes to make it a cleaner facility. As for the menu I hear they are serving Sushi there. In a word…disappointing, I like Sushi but not on a hot day at the stadium.
DC Trojan: A little off topic, but: I have happy memories of getting sushi at the Student Center or whatever building it is that they just flattened, and sitting on the steps at VKC, eating lunch, and watching the world go by. Nonetheless, sushi... that's suitable for baseball because you can count on long periods of nothing much happening to eat in peace. At a football game? Hell no.
4. As an incentive to provide your valued feedback, you will be entered into a drawing for exciting prizes! What one prize would you like for your program?
DC Trojan - I would like a period of radio silence about USC, from ESPN especially, but really just about any major media outlet. We don't really need the help in being loathsome to the huddled masses of college football. The 2005 season, or the season of the Rusty Trombone as I like to call it, was the low point, but every season we can look forward to people going on about how no-one would take USC seriously if the press wasn't constantly knob-slobbering, or that SC is over-rated only because of press attention, or whatever. It would be nice to just have the results speak for themselves for a change, without the usual deranged jabbering.
5. Since we're all about choices, take one of the following two options for entertainment's sake:
a. What's your most memorable experience involving a comment card?
DC Trojan - I'd like to answer this, but I have nothing to use. With almost no exception, the worst service I experienced was in the land before customer service, or the UK before we emigrated to the States in 1982, and always, always in "restaurants" by the side of highways. There were no comment cards, and no-one would have cared anyway. People talk about how service has declined in the US in the last 20 years or so; believe me, it's not even in the same ballpark of awfulness.
b. If your program were a casual dining chain, which one would it be? Yes, this is a tricky question because the defining characteristic of a casual dining chain is its sameness. No one said this Roundtable would be easy. Bonus points if you can make a compelling case that your program is Chotchkie's or Flingers.
DC Trojan - Because I am a latte-swilling elitist, I avoid most of those chains like the plague, unless Chipotle counts. So, since I live in the DC area, I'll pick the local chain Clyde's. A little more expensive than it needs to be, not really all that innovative despite the occasional new-fangled menu item, but does well by nailing execution every time.