Eric Stephen has been a fan of Los Angeles sports teams his entire life. Growing up in Palm Springs, his sports viewing options were the Dodgers, Angels, Lakers, Clippers, Raiders, Rams, USC, and UCLA, and he quickly gravitated toward the Dodgers, Lakers, Raiders, and USC. He graduated from UCSD with a degree in Economics, so naturally he decided to write about sports. He has co-managed the Dodger blog True Blue LA since 2008, and can be seen in the press box at Dodger Stadium whenever he has the time. He has also written for USA Today, The Hardball Times, and the 2010 Dodgers Annual for Maple Street Press. He was at Game 2 of the 1988 World Series, but not the Kirk Gibson game the night before because of a surprise birthday party for his sister. But don't worry, he's not bitter about it.
The LA Galaxy captured their second consecutive MLS Cup on Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
UCLA and Stanford will fight Friday night, while Wisconsin and Nebraska fight Saturday night for a trip to the 2013 Rose Bowl. Outside of a UCLA-Nebraska rematch in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl could feature a rematch of sorts.
A pair of NFC playoff rematches highlight Sunday's NFL television schedule in Los Angeles, culminating in a battle of division leaders between the Packers and Giants on NBC.
The Trojans have had a rough November, and the frustration was summed up nicely in one reaction by head coach Lane Kiffin against No. 1 Notre Dame.
Stanford's 35-17 win over the Bruins on Saturday at the Rose Bowl clinched the Pac-12 North Division for the Cardinal, who will host UCLA on Friday in Palo Alto.
The Bruins are in the Pac-12 Championship Game for the second straight season, and Saturday's results will determine whether UCLA will battle Stanford or Oregon, and where, for the conference crown.
The USC Trojans have battled the Notre Dame Fighting Irish seven times when the Irish were ranked No. 1, with the last such meeting in 1989.
Highly touted guard Shabazz Muhammad is expected to make his UCLA debut on Monday night in Brooklyn, where he will join a pair of talented freshmen for the Bruins in Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson.