Friday, January 9, 2009

An Unbiased College Football Fan's Take on the BCS National Championship Game

I live in New York. The BCS National Championship game means squat to me. My allegiance in college football is to Virginia Tech. That’s as far south as I roll.

Sitting at the bar to watch the game, there’s actually a hardcore Florida fan who is amped and ready to go.

He looks like a tool.

Not just because of the way he’s acting or because we’re so far away from any of these teams…I’m sure there are actual Florida fans around, but I saw this guy a couple weeks ago wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey for their Saturday night game. And this summer he would be rocking his Yankees jersey to the bar. You catching my drift?

So anyway, even though I’ve taken Florida from every way to next September, I decide to start rooting for the Sooners because of this guy. Slightly less tolerable than Bob Stoops.

Makes me wonder how much of my hatred for Derek Jeter is just due to being a Mets fan around championship-clad Yankee fans when I was growing up.

Anyway, at this point, we’re in the first half, Florida scores first, this guy is going nuts. Oklahoma ties it up and he shuts up, but then the Sooners go to the red zone twice more in the half and get nothing out of it. This guy is going crazy.

I leave at halftime to watch the rest of the game at home.

Fox has done a great job of selling me this game. I studied sports communications in college. I’ve learned all the tricks of the trade to suck in viewers, but they still sold this to me.

Tim Tebow is nuts. He has the resume of a Saint. Everyone should have a crush on Tim Tebow.

I do.

At first I thought he was faking the emotion because he knew he was on national TV, but then I realized…this guy is actually out of his mind.

I love college bands. I really took the Marching Virginians at VT for granted. If any Marching Virginians are reading this, please accept my apology to your predecessors.

We clearly see who the better quarterback is tonight. Bradford looks lost with all this pressure. He’s not ready for the NFL.

Announcers’ silence means everything when Florida makes the fourth down stop. Bedlam.

Members of the Gators are getting the Gatorade cooler with two minutes and change left in the game. Now I really hope they lose and look completely ridiculous. “They’re about to unload on [Urban Meyer],” our sexually frustrated analyst comments.

I’d love to see Utah vs USC vs Florida. I expect the analyst to suggest a three-way football game?

Chomp, chomp, chomp. Love the personal foul on the guy everyone is in awe over, Pyscho Tebow. Timmy being Timmy. Uno Cinco. This guy is going to be a great pro.

Bob Stoops is a champ for not kicking these cameramen in the face.

Excellent team effort on the Gatorade dump. Five stars.

Congratulations to the National Champions, the Utah Utes. Don't accuse me of stealing the idea of the last line from Rick Reilly. He's not the only person who thinks the Utes are getting the short end of the stick.


Eric said...

Nice read. I personally thought the game was hard to watch. Was it just me or did this game have more commercial breaks than the Super Bowl? The annoucners were awful, thinking it was 2nd down when it was actually 1st down, then thinking 3rd when it was 2nd and so on until they realized that the Sooners didn't actually get 5 downs, but they were actually wrong.

It might be a case of me just loving the pros, but I can't stand it when a team lines up and is set. Then all the skill players on the offense look at the sideline for about 8 seconds until the guy in the booth decides what play to run, then the guy on the sideline has to give the QB the signal, then the QB calls out the play to the whole offense (even though most of them saw the signal anyway).

I thought the refs were pretty uptight, especially in the first quarter. We finally understood the review call was for clock reasons on the incomplete pass. What was the deal with stopping play a second time with no flags thrown and the ref not communicating with the clock guy to fix the time? The 15 yard unsportsman-like on number 9 after a first down grab was very ticky tacky. Especially when you see defensive players celebrating sacks and short stops.

College football needs a decent overhaul. If they won't go to a playoff system (which they desperately need since they think a 1 loss team is better than a no loss team) they need to at least move the national title game closer to the end of the regular season. How many injury time outs did we have to sit through cuz they haven't played a real game of football in a month?

Anyway, that's my rant. Oh, Tebow is one of those religious nutcases.. Watch out for him. Jesus Christ! (see what i did there?)

Travis Miller said...

I like what you did there. haha

Eric said...

Almost 4 and no football picks??