Thursday, January 14, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
Rolling Tide takes crown
It just might be a little redundant to write this article since the cows are already out of the barn and the last train has left the station, but it isn’t all SEC pride which prompted this. Oh heck, who am I fooling? It is SEC pride! It is also pride in a program which I have followed for decades.
I got into coaching football in New Mexico because of Bear Bryant. My wife, Cornelia, and I were at a yard sale in Alamogordo, N.M., and there was a book wrapped in a brown package which had never been opened with the bill of lading stuck in the attached envelope. The bill said that the book was consigned to Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. The book was entitled “Coaching Football and The Split-T.” It had been penned by the two coaches at the University of Maryland. I bought the book.
Anyway back to the BCS Bowl, which could aptly be reclassified as the SEC-in-your-face-Bowl! Actually, that is a bit much.
But didn’t you just love the game? Even the pre-game show was great. With a little stretch of the imagination, it could have rivaled the Chinese Olympic opening.
Two great teams. Both with undefeated seasons at 13-0. Both had been here before. Texas, however, more recent than the Crimson Tide. Actually, Texas was seeking its second title in five years and looking to add a fourth national. Alabama had not been crowned for almost two decades, their last one in 1992. If successful, this would be the eighth. And there were more nuances (for lack of a better word). The Tide and Longhorns had not met since 1982 and the ’Horns won that one 14-12. And get this, Texas had never lost to Alabama.
Colt McCoy, the prolific signal caller for the ’Horns, could become the only quarterback in collegiate history to win four consecutive bowl games. But that was not to be because McCoy was knocked out of contention on his third play. No one wanted to see that happen, but this is a rough sport.
One could go on and on with all the quirks and turns of a game like this. The Tide was favored by the odds makers, however, the underdogs had won six of the last 11 outings.
To many fans, this could be termed as a mini-Super Bowl because it had so many expectations. For days the slogan “Hook ’em, Horns,” was heard everywhere, but in the end it was submerged by a Rolling Tide.
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