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Pasadena Quarterbacks Hosts Rivalry Meeting Ahead of UCLA vs. USC Crosstown Showdown

Published on Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 6:27 am

Football enthusiasts and local sports fans will gather at the Pasadena Elks Lodge on  Friday, Nov. 17, for a highly anticipated Rivalry Meeting hosted by the Pasadena Quarterbacks.

The event, moderated by Coach Harvey Hyde, will feature a lively debate between Los Angeles Times beat writers Ryan Kartje (USC) and Ben Bolch (UCLA), setting the stage for the upcoming USC vs. UCLA Crosstown Showdown on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Rivalry Meeting, a favorite among club members and guests, provides a unique opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insights into the current football season and the dynamics of the impending USC vs. UCLA clash. Coach Hyde will referee the discussion, ensuring a dynamic and engaging exchange between the seasoned beat writers.

As both teams are currently ranked in the Top 10, the discussion promises to delve into the strengths, strategies, and challenges each team faces. Ben Bolch is expected to touch on prevailing rumors about UCLA potentially parting ways with Coach Chip Kelly, while Ryan Kartje may address USC’s defensive struggles and the recent firing of Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch.

“Each year we bring a UCLA and a USC ‘representative’ to debate the games,” Craig Franzen, President of the Pasadena Quarterbacks, said. “The past couple of years we have been very fortunate to have the LA Times Beat Writers who give us further insight to the game and the teams.”

The meeting is open to non-members, offering an opportunity for every football enthusiast in Pasadena to join the discussion. While the RSVP system has closed, interested individuals can still attend the event at the Pasadena Elks Lodge on Friday at 11:30 a.m. and pay at the door. The admission fee for non-members is $55, inclusive of lunch.

Reflecting on the current season, Franzen highlighted the challenges faced by the club due to the pandemic and a fire at the University Club, but at the same time expressed gratitude to the members and emphasized the success of the organization’s fundraising efforts.

“Through our traditional methods, we have raised a good amount of money that will be donated to our causes at the end of the season,” he said. “Our four high school visitors, the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation will reap the benefits of our members’ efforts this year.”

Franzen adds the Pasadena Quarterbacks will return better than ever in 2024.

“We are looking to expand our events to the spring and summer to keep our momentum going and attract new and young football enthusiasts,” he said.

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