by Laura Berthold Monteros
The University of Southern California Trojans may have won the 103rd Rose Bowl Game 52-49 on Jan. 2, but the Penn State Nittany Lions made them work for it. In honor of two great teams, here are photos of the bands and cheerleaders for both in the 128th Tournament of Roses Parade.
Sitting at TV Corner—the place where the Rose Parade route takes a 109 degree turn from going north on Orange Grove to east on Colorado—we got a great look at both bands. The Penn State fans behind us cheered loudly for the band, chanting “We are Penn State.” The band certainly deserved the cheers for the on-point square turn they made, but somehow the chant lacks the fearsome quality of, say, “Fight on!” or “U(dadada) C(dadada) L(dadada) A.” But that’s betraying our provincialism. Still, it did seem the Penn State fans were blown away by the size of the Trojan band as it kept coming and coming, playing “Fight On.”
Photo: USC’s mascot, Traveler, lopes along the 2017 Rose Parade route while Tommy Trojan gives the USC salute. c2017 RLM
All photos copyright 2017 Ramona Monteros