During Southern California's annual Spring Game, the LA Coliseum's video board broke live multiple times into the NFL Draft to show video of Roger Goodell announcing the name of USC players.
With the fifth pick in the draft on Saturday, the Jets traded away two picks and three players for what would turn into Mark Sanchez. Seconds later, with the feed being relayed in Los Angeles, the reaction was definitely odd. The crowd cheered as if the Trojans converted a 3rd & short on an opening drive, and Pete Carroll never broke focus.
Is this is a big sign of Sanchez's departure being premature in the eyes of the Trojan faithful? Odds say yes.
An hour later, as Brian Cushing was selected ten picks later by the Houston Texans, the crowd erupted, Taylor Mays and several defenders leaped for joy, and guess who was fist-pumping like he just won another Rose Bowl. Yes, Pete Carroll.
His nose wasn't stuck in a defensive playbook. His hands weren't combing through his gray locks, and he wasn't holding his arms crossed. He was genuinely elated.
As a spectator, I found it almost amusing at the differences in reaction of Carroll, but low and behold, Twitter tells a different story.
Congrats @mark_sanchez! We're cheering for you here in the coli!
How? When? Where? Of course it's possible that he tweeted while I wasn't looking, but it seems hard pressed to me that his body language showed nothing for Sanchez, yet he tweeted. For someone who was so blatantly against Sanchez leaving, it seems to me that this was pity tweet.
I've always been a cynic about celebrity tweeters, and I must say, that attitude must continue.
Photo: Michael Castillo, The Sporting Globe