The Arizona Cardinals are staying in the same hotel I am. Since Saturday was not a big night -- ate the hotel bar and watched Oregon overwhelm Southern California -- I was here when the team walked past. Here's what I can tell you about their mood. They looked bored.
NFL teams always do the Saturday before a home or road game. The rest of the world is out there at least attempting to have fun. And Halloween is one of the great days on which to be a parent. Few things are more fulfilling than watching your kids dress up and seeing how excited they become when you take them door to door to collect candy.
Some of the adult parties aren't bad, either. I went to what I thought was a costume party Friday. I wore the jersey of a certain former defensive back, and attached to it with masking tape a piece of toast. My wife wore a basketball jersey and -- I really can't go into the rest of it.
We walked in,realized that nobody else was in a costume and heard a woman say, "Look how cute they are in their jerseys." I removed the toast and gave half to one dog and half to the other. It was still a very good party.
The Cardinals hope to have their party tonight. They looked somewhere between focused and dazed Saturday. They clutched pieces of paper and were herded from meeting to meeting. A few craned their heads to try to catch the Oregon-Southern California score.
Saturday was terrible for all USCs. As bad as the California USC was in its 47-20 loss to the Ducks, the South Carolina USC was even worse in its 31-13 loss to Tennessee. At least the Trojans competed.