I was at Disneyland on Friday with my wife and kids, enjoying my last one-day pass before it expires. We chose Friday because we wanted to see Disneyland during the Christmas and New Year celebration, and because December 26 was the day that the USC and Penn State football teams were visiting. I got a chance to snap a few photos, including these:
Pete Carroll awaiting his introduction back near the path to Snow White's Grotto.
USC's team captains hanging around while the Penn State team captains are introduced.
USC team captain and starting quarterback, junior Mark Sanchez.
USC team captain and starting safety, senior Kevin Ellison. In most seasons, a player as good as Ellison would be the finest defensive player on the team.
USC team captain and starting center, redshirt senior (or redshirt redshirt junior?) Jeff Byers.
USC team captain and starting linebacker Brian Cushing.
After watching all of us snapping pictures left and right, Kevin Ellison took a few of his own.
Pete Carroll talks about how awesome it is to be back in the Rose Bowl for the 4th straight time.
I loved this photo. Just because you are a captain, and sit on the stage, doesn't mean you need to put your camcorder away. We're all fans, right?
Joe Paterno and Pete Carroll get their Rose Bowl trophies from Disneyland.
Among the players who were not on the stage, Rey Maualuga was by far the most popular. Right after this, I got an awesome photo of him with my younger daughter that has already made the email rounds. When we bought her first USC jersey, she picked #58, and she was wearing it under her USC sweatshirt on Friday.
Taylor Mays was enjoying himself, too.
After the ceremony in front of Snow White's Castle, a bunch of cameramen with various media outlets set up around certain rides, including the Teacups and here, at the base of the Matterhorn, where they took pictures of the players as they took in the attractions.