Thursday, November 10, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
Game filled with suspense
What was that enduring adage about France until the population number changed? Fifty million Frenchmen can’t be wrong. Well, apparently that didn’t exactly carry over to the prediction of the outcome of the “game of the century.” If you talked collegiate football any time last week, no matter how long the conversation, it usually ended with the Crimson Tide coming away with the win on Saturday evening.
This was a rough and tough, hard-hitting, give-no-quarters (or nickels either!) football game played by real gentlemen. Let’s not gloss over that term “gentlemen.” When one considers just what was really at stake in this contest, it would be easy to see that emotions and tempers could run the Fahrenheit right out of the tube. However, the exact opposite was more the norm. Reportedly, the week preceding the game, members of both teams were texting each other with their own predictions of the end results and how we are going to whip your “blank-blank,” all done in gentlemanly fashion. Really.
If you watched the game (and who didn’t?) then you know it played out just like a good suspense movie or novel. It was pins and needles all the way, trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I can honestly report that yours truly didn’t leave the game unless there was a commercial break. And I am notorious for getting up to replenish the “Kool-aid” and the snacks.
One can only imagine what the atmosphere was like in and around Tuscaloosa. Charlie Farris told me on Sunday that he was in Tuscaloosa and the camaraderie was unbelievable. He said that no matter where one watched the game away from the sold-out venue, the spirit of cooperation and enjoyment was almost tangible.
There was a lot of speculation about how far would the loser tumble down the BCS ladder rungs after the game. Given, these were not the only two unbeatens in the standings, however, they are arguably the best two teams in the nation at this juncture. So, scarcely after the game was ended the new listing was made public and Alabama was only moved one notch downward. The Cowboys of Oklahoma State replaced the Tide, temporarily.
The Crimson Tide is still on course for the biggest prize in collegiate football and it would be unwise for any coming opponent to think otherwise.
Alabama has plenty left in its tank to satisfy the Harris poll and those six computers which regulate the BCS rankings.
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