There are many, many, rich traditions at USC. Some have to do with academics, some have to do with sports, some have to do with other extra-curricular activities, and some, well we don’t know where they came from.
Whatever the origin of this tradition, I want to share it with you, because it is one simple, small tradition, one that is light-hearted, yet delicious and important.
The tradition at USC is to make a run “Tommy’s Run” to Tommy’s Hamburger’s after a USC football victory. I recently partook in this ritual after USC’s smashing victory over San Jose State University where a large group of friends and I (along with hundreds others I didn’t know) flocked to the Original Tommy’s shack on Beverly Boulevard for some juicy burgers and fries. Why we associate a burger loaded with grease and fat (not to mention all the other things in the chily) with a great victory in football, I’ll never know. It just tastes good!
What I will say though, is that the time spent with friends talking about the game, talking about life, and just enjoying yourselves, be it with the Tommy’s tradition or any of the others we have at USC, makes some of the greatest memories here at USC. What I’m trying to say is that when you come to USC, you will be proud of your choice, like you belong. This is partly because of the rich tradition of USC which facilitates great involvment on everyone’s level. When I hear the marching band practicing (what seems like 24/7) I feel the pride of the school, of our song, and of our tradition. To me, when you feel like this, when you involve yourself in the tradition of your school, you are in for an unforgettable college experience.
Fight On! Let’s beat Washington!
Can I get a napkin for the Tommy’s burger?