USC TROJANS THINK NEXT TIME, THEY’LL TAKE THE TRAIN: These are not fun times to be in South Bend - especially for teams flying in:
The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports USC’s charter flight went through some rough bumps when approaching South Bend Regional Airport on Thursday night. The Trojans were coming to town to face Notre Dame in a not-very-much anticipated Saturday showdown.
Players & staff on the flight reported that the plane made a sudden drop while trying to land during a lightning storm - causing passengers to fly out of their seats and hit their heads on the ceiling. The pilot flew back up, circled around, and successfully touched down on try #2.
Some of the passengers weren’t buckled up, and others claimed their seat belts broke on the in-flight drop - but most could agree they were pretty scared.
Fullback Stanley Havili said, “That was terrifying. I thought I was going to die.” While safety Taylor Mays admitted, “I was screaming.”
Although the team was shaken up, no serious injuries were reported - except for a popsicle stick piercing the inside cheek of defensive end Lawrence Jackson.
Like a true team leader, QB John David Booty put a brave face on the experience, saying, “It wasn’t the worst flight I’ve ever been on, but it was definitely the biggest drop.”
Maybe God is starting to take his frustrations with the 1-6 Irish out on others.