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If you peruse the roster for the University of Southern California football team, the name next to No. 64 is going to catch your eye for sure.

The player wearing that number is Joel Chacon, a former Bulldog football player and a 2010 graduate of Waukegan High School.

Chacon spent two years taking classes at the College of Lake County (which doesn’t play football), and then enrolled this fall at USC, where he is a walk-on (no football scholarship) member of the Trojans.

The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder is a backup offensive lineman, so his chances of playing aren’t great.

On the other hand, he’s on the bench for USC, which is about as cool as it gets for a college football player.

Notre Dame actually plays at USA in November which will be a big TV game and afford us all a chance to look for No. 64 on the Trojans sideline.


■ Nick Goshe (pictured) left Grayslake Central to become an assistant coach at Palatine Fremd. So far this fall, the Vikings are 3-2, but they have three losable games left on their schedule so a playoff berth is no lock.

■ Bryan Stortz left Lake Zurich to become head coach at Rock Island. So far, the Rocks are 4-1 and are a virtual lock to qualify for the postseason.

Updated: October 29, 2012 6:13AM

News you can use ... or maybe not.

Without having a dog in the fight, so to speak, here was the first thing that came to mind after watching the end of the Packers/Seahawks NFL game on Monday night:

The many people who play the “strip cards” on the Monday night game had to be going insane — one way or the other.

For you non-gamers, here’s how the strip card works.

You get 10 guys to each kick in 10 bucks, and each gets a number from 0-9. When the Monday night game is over, the point totals of the two teams are added, and the person with that corresponding number on the strip card wins $90 plus gets his $10 back.

So, if you hold the “2,” you win if the point total is 2, 12, 22, 32, 42, etc.

In Monday night’s game, and the bizarre way it ended, the strip-card winning total went from “9” (a 12-7 Packer win) to “5” (a 13-12 Seahawk win) to “6” (a 14-12 Seahawk win after the finale extra point was kicked 15 minutes after the game’s final play.

And the winning number would have been “7” had the Seahawks opted to run the ball into the end zone for a two-point conversion and 15-12 win instead of kicking against a Packer unit that didn’t want to be out there.

Congrats to you if you turned out to be a winner. And if you were one of those who went from winner to loser, over here in this corner of the sports world, we feel your pain.

What once was relevant, but is no more.

Try getting your son or daughter to believe this:

That back in the day, the United States and Russia held a two-day track meet for men and women, and sports fans in this country actually cared a lot about which country won the meet.

What once was relevant, but is no more II:

Wonder if you can buy a used tote board from the MDA Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon on eBay.

Forever, the 24-hour fund-raising effort aired on Sunday/Monday of Labor Day weekend.

But this year, it was a three-hour taped variety show, with no tote board and no running total of contributions.

In other words, it was a show ... the telethon was gone.

If you’re trying to figure out what happened, here’s one non-educated guess:

The 2011 telethon — which didn’t include Jerry Lewis — tanked, as while $60-plus million dollars was pledged, only half that amount apparently was sent in.

You have to figure that the cost of buying TV air time at stations around the country costs and setting up operations, including the phone banks, costs tens of millions of dollars.

The result probably was that the telethon cost wasn’t justified by revenue.

And so it’s gone ... gone the way of Bozo’s Circus and the annual Channel 11 TV auction.

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