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Monday, January 08, 2007

College Football: BCS Title Game Thoughts 

1. Fox sucks. Give the BCS back to ABC.

2. I feel bad for Ohio State. They were the best team, bar none, for 13 weeks, and they waited 51 days to play their worst game in years. Maybe it's karma from the fact that Miami did the same thing to them four years ago.

3. Florida got lucky. They humbled the Buckeyes, so they deserve their title. But they got lucky. South Carolina, Vandy, Florida State, even Arkansas... while UCLA defeats USC (I'm not sure Stephen Hawking could even explain how the Bruins held SC to six points), who no one is going to convince me is not a vastly better team than Florida.

4. This was a horrible season of college football. I think we all expected it, but watching it play out was almost painful. Ohio State beats everyone in their path, wins a way-overhyped game with Michigan (who then pisses down their leg against USC). The Trojans blow it against UCLA, ruining what would have been a near-epic game, and setting the stage for BCS "controversy" between Michigan and Florida (fortunately that worked out the right way), and before we even get to see the upset we see piss-ant Boise State beat an Oklahoma team that was obviously just going through the motions (in a lose-lose situation). Yuck. Oh yeah, and Wake Forest winning a power conference? Double Yuck.

5. Forgetting the records for a moment I still think the two best teams in the country were LSU and USC. I'm not a playoff proponent, so I'm not going to blather about how these teams deserved a shot, but I think on a neutral field the Tigers and Trojans are (slightly) better than any other teams.

6. The more I think about it, the more I think that an eight team playoff with Florida, LSU, USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Louisville, Wisconsin, and Boise State might yield eight different national champions. Or not. Boise would get their asses kicked by a team that cared about being there.

7. Florida: two national championships in the last decade, zero undefeated seasons. Auburn: two undefeated seasons in the last decade, zero national titles. Hmmmm...

8. USC or Texas of last year would have beaten any team in college football this season by three touchdowns. Ohio State probably would have, too.

9. Chris Leak: worst national title-winning QB in recent memory? Discuss...

10. Troy Smith: worst bowl performance by a Heisman winner in recent memory? Discuss...

11. Seriously, lest anyone think I'm slighting Florida... they deserved their title. They qualified for the BCS under the rules set in place, and the beat the piss out of the number one team in the country. Asterisks need not apply here. Urban Meyer has done a hell of a job in Gainesville.

12. Those who wear sweater vests deserve to be embarrassed on national TV.


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Texas Football: One Year Ago... 

...was the greatest day of my life (and I wasn't the only one).

My recollection from that day:

I remember lunch at Mongolian BBQ, and the trip to the liquor store when my buddy Justin and I left work at 12.

I remember watching three hours of pregame, and seeing our friend Vicki on tv outside the Rose Bowl.

I remember pacing in the kitchen throughout the fourth quarter when I couldn't bear to sit down.

I remember running and hugging all 20-something people in the apartment when Vince scored. I picked up my buddy's wife and twirled her around until both of us nearly vomited.

I remember diving over the back of the couch onto whoever was sitting there and high fiving and screaming and hugging everyone again when Leinert's final pass fell incomplete.

I remember standing on a chair and leading everyone in The Eyes of Texas.

I remember calling my friend Matt and neither of us being able to get out more than a few sentences because we were equally speechless.

I remember going to the Drag, puffing out my chest, and high-fiving everyone that walked by. We screamed "Texas! Fight!" until we were hoarse. We took pictures and hugged strangers. We felt as invincible as Vince.

I remember meeting my friends Robert and Laura and Evan and Melissa and going downtown, where the party was raging and the beer was flowing, and I finally felt like I could drink and not jeopardize not remembering the extraordinary feeling of finally winning a national title.

I remember being in a bar where everyone was glued to the TV, watching highlights of the game.

I remember waking up the next morning feeling better than I had ever felt before in my life.
I don't know if I'll ever get married or have kids. But I do know that I'll never forget Jan. 4, 2006.



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