Thursday, September 30, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
There had to be some queasy stomachs around these parts for much of last Saturday. These innards are tied to certain colleges and universities which create these unsettling feelings on various Saturdays throughout the fall. Sometimes the feelings can prove to be ambiguous. We carry on a debate with ourselves occasionally trying to decide if we should drop everything and watch the game(s) when we know that the end results could hasten the request for Kaopectate.
Take the Bulldogs for instance, yeah, our Bulldogs, not the ones they were playing on Saturday. Georgia and Miss. State were sort of neck and neck going into the game; both had 1-2 records in all aspects. There is that one hitch that couldn’t be ignored by State fans everywhere; whenever these Bulldogs play those Bulldogs they pull out all the stops. And for the last nine games preceding the contest on the 25th, the State ’Dogs had to go home with their tails between their legs, so to speak. But things change – a new coach who wears a defensive mantle and has a little Las Vegas in his blood and voila! You have a 24-12 win and a 2-2 and 1-2 record on the season. And hope that the improvements will continue before November 13.
The Rebels had their blowout win of the season against their own set of Bulldogs from Fresno State. Fresno might not have the rep of some of the other “big dogs” on the West Coast but they are not that shabby. They hadn’t lost this season prior to tangling with Ole Miss. And the Rebels had a couple of games which could have gone either way. The Rebels seem to be solidifying behind their new quarterback who is showing some signs of real aggression. Jeremiah Masoli has an intrepid spirit and knows when to just take off with the ball. The Rebels are going to have to keep him as healthy as possible because they, too, have an important date which is not as far off as that of State.
One could almost hear the sigh of relief being breathed by Crimson Tide fans. This writer had no reservations about declaring the Tide winners even when they were behind. And yes, it appeared that the Razorback offense was ripping the young Tide defense to shreds, but the balance was on the side of the Alabama offense. One does not need to say the entire names. Just Richardson and Ingram is all that needs to be uttered. There is debate in some quarters as to which is better, the former or the latter. It’s easy. Only one has the Heisman Trophy.
One can understand the disappointment of the Razorback faithful. The largest crowd in their history for game attendance and they couldn’t pull it off. Arkansas, it isn’t you; it’s just the Tide.
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