Thursday, November 14, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Ducks’ hopes quashed again by Cardinal
While the big football world (NFL) was still trying hard for damage control to stifle the truckload of bad publicity created by the “bullying” situation in Miami, the West Coast world was stunned again (for the second consecutive season) by the number six Stanford Cardinal stifling the BCS aspirations of the formerly number two and undefeated Ducks of Oregon.
This game was not supposed to generate so much attention this season since the waddling Ducks had paddle-footed handily through and over PAC-12 opponents, as they have for the last two seasons. Fans could not even fathom that the under-rated Cardinal could possibly get lucky two seasons in a row.
The 26-20 Cardinal victory simply but emphatically quashed the BCS hopes of the Ducks meeting the Tide in the biggest collegiate game.
The concern had spread unchecked through the first three quarters of the game when Stanford had out-pointed Oregon 26-0. It seemed that the Ducks’ offense could do little to thwart the Cardinal defense.
Another casualty of this game was the Heisman hopes of the Ducks’ signal-caller (Marcus Mariota), who had been very much in the running.
All news leading up to this past week in the collegiate ranks was typically supposed to be about LSU and ’Bama. And this is entirely typical of the BCS climate when it pertains to these perennial rivals. Let us remember that Nick Saban used to coach at LSU. But after last Thursday night, the sentiment shifted a little bit. Now the speculation is that the Crimson Tide could possibly lose a game before the BCS championship game.
My answer to that is, “Which Alabama team has these predictors been watching?”
Here is classic trivia questions for you – how many times will Nick Saban cross and uncross his arms during the course of a game?
If you answered the same number of times as the coach of the New York Giants, you would be wrong.
Monday (the 11th) was Veterans Day throughout the land.
It is to be hoped that all of you remembered to thank a veteran. No one really knows what it means to have been “a soldier in the rain” unless you have been there.
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