The kid’s kid
Forget his MVP and his All-Star MVP and his 10 Gold Gloves and seven Silver Slugger trophies, and just give Ken Griffey Jr., the one award he really deserves.
Dad of the Year.
In Los Angeles to check out Arizona’s matchup with USC — mainly to see his son, Trey, the Wildcats’ redshirt freshman wide receiver — Griffey was accosted by TMZ.
The paparazzi site asked Griffey how he felt about his son playing football, and he responded like any good parent should.
“He loves football ... and as a parent, I’ve got to be supportive of that,” Griffey the Elder (but not eldest, remember Ken Griffey Sr.?) told TMZ.
Griffey — a future Hall-of-Famer after a legendary career with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Mariners again — has attended all of Arizona’s road games this year, as well as several practices.
“You can’t tell your child what to love and not to love,” he added.
As for his son’s potential professional prospects, Griffey made it clear that is far away.
“I hope so,” Griffey told TMZ. “He’s young right now, so this is a chance for him to play and have some fun.”
Griffey, though, was a bit more bullish on Arizona’s chances against USC.
“I’m biased, so you know who I’ve got to vote for,” he said with a smile.
Winning ’em back
Six committed and surely cold USC fans saluted Trojans interim head coach Ed Orgeron in the most dutiful way possible. Shirtless, loud and proud, the sextet sported a letter apiece.
Winning ’em back, pt. 2
Since being named interim head coach, Orgeron has vowed to connect with USC’s storied past.
He made good on that promise, calling on Trojans legend Keyshawn Johnson to lead the team onto the field.
The sweeter touch?
Johnson sported a Ronnie Lott jersey.
Lee-ve it alone
USC was without one of the best players in the country on Thursday, as wide receiver Marqise Lee was sidelined with a knee injury. No matter.
All No. 2 wideout Nelson Agholor did was catch four passes in the first half for 128 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown.
The big number
B.J. Denker’s arm got some use Thursday, including one heck of a throw. He rolled out and dropped a bomb to wideout Nate Phillips for a 57-yard touchdown to cut USC’s lead to 28-10 late in the first half.