Wow, I looked at the sports reports this morning and one ESPN writer asked “What now for Alabama”? Really? I mean, I’m a Big Ten homer but even so, I have to say that Alabama will be just fine…three championships in four years is incredible! This year they get beat by a very good Auburn team; even then it takes a last second play. Last night they lost to another good team.
In this year’s Sugar Bowl Oklahoma was a 17 point dog, Mark May predicted a 48-10 blowout by the Crimson Tide and no one outside of Norman gave them a fighting chance. So, how did this happen? Is the Earth spinning the wrong direction? Is the sky falling? No. The last time I looked, every FBS team fields scholarship athletes on both sides of the ball…the best 18-22 year old players from all across this land! Last night the Sooners were the best team on the field; they fought harder and the play-calling was near genius.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of ESPN, CBS, and the other network pundits continually talking about one conference vs. another for sports dominance, or deeming a program a failure after a loss or two. I’m a football fan and can appreciate talent no matter if they wear the Maize and Blue, Crimson and White or Scarlet and Gray. I love the game and enjoy watching these athletes perform at a level I could only dream of. No matter what trends or statistics the media focuses on, these kids come to compete – and anything can happen on the field. That’s why they play the game and why I’ll keep watching college football!