The Southland's Super Bowl debate began a week early, at a church casino night in Baldwin Park, around a blackjack table with worthless chips and priceless banter.
On one side of the green felt, an esteemed member of St. John the Baptist Church was wearing a USC print shirt and occasionally wagging two fingers.
"You have to be cheering for Pete Carroll, he's a great Trojan," he said.
On the other side of the felt sat the man's brother-in-law, who just shook his head.
"How can you cheer for Pete Carroll, he's a cheat!"' he said.
Some folks standing around the table laughed, other sighed, but pretty much everyone eventually glanced toward...