T.J. SIMERS

Bruins take the buzz out of their season

UCLA misses a chance to go 4-0, and Jim Mora is sounding a lot like Rick Neuheisel.

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So I buy into this Jim Mora-walks-on-water hoopla.

"Discipline," as one UCLA honk after the next says as I arrive at the Rose Bowl, making the difference.

I've only seen the Bruins play Rice, and I thought I was watching two high school teams.

But I'm here willing to write it off as opening-game jitters, expecting the Bruins to run their record to 4-0.

OK, so I'm a little surprised to see I'm the only one here, or so it seems.

I've always worried about the inferiority complex of these poor mopes, UCLA fans never getting a good football team or the chance to rub victory in the faces of others.

But I thought all this Mora buzz would bring the faithful back and give them something to get excited about.

On top of that, it's already been a great week, with Bruins' fans finally getting the chance to spread hate on message boards like Trojans worshipers have for so many years.

There doesn't seem to be anything UCLA and USC fans enjoy more than tossing around obscenities and going mean after a victory. Bruins' fans just haven't had all that many opportunities.

But then as the week goes on it gets even better. Lane Kiffin begins to self-destruct, losing and immaturity just too much for him to handle. And did I mention Mora walks on water?

Not only that, UCLA is an early 11-point favorite to beat Oregon State. And the Bruins will probably be a 100-point pick to beat woeful Colorado next week.

5-0, baby.

And the schedule has UCLA set up to go 10-0 before taking on those losers from USC.

But then the Bruins are only 10-point favorites against Oregon State. Then it's nine, and eight and only seven by game time.

Maybe the oddsmaker is a Bruin and expecting the worst, which might be another reason why so many UCLA fans have stayed home. They just know better.

They sure do. Just like that, the dream of going undefeated is over.

Heartbreak.

OK, so I'll get over it.

But I worry about the sad-sack Bruins fans, so many at home now with the lights turned off and unable to show their faces publicly. They never have anything good happen.

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