Well last night the evidencewas therefor all to see. Thegame washyped up to suchan extent that in the end itwasnothingmore thana poorlyexecuted game. Notbecause ofthe lackof talent on the field. Butbecause of the factthat both teams weregunshy.
Tim Tebow hugs teammate John Brantley after the team’s 24-14 victory over Oklahoma in the Fedex National Championship game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Mark Humphrey …………………
Sothis iswhat became oftheFedex National Championship playedinfront ofasold out crowdand televisednationallybyFox.The twoteamsFloridaandOklahoma had to liveup to the precededhype.So much was expectedandtheyfailed to deliver but at the end of the day the Gatorfans won’tbeat a loss .Astheirteameked out a 24-14 victory toraisethenational championshiptrophyfor thesecond time in three years.It alsoculminatedforthesecondwinofUrban Meyer’syoungcareeras coach ofthe Universityof Florida.
Bob Stoops of Oklahoma talks with his player Nic Harris during the game played at Dolphins Stadium, Miami, Fl. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Chris O’Meara ……………………….
By now across the countrytheargumentisbeingmade thatthereoughtto a plus onegame in orderto find the de facto national champion.Agamebetween Utah and Floridawould be desirable butaswe allknowthat’s unlikelyto happen atthisjuncture.So it’ll beleft to thelikesoftheBCSandAssociated Pressto comeup withpossiblytheirown champions.There’snothinglike playingKingSolomon at thisjuncture. Ifonly to make things seem a lot fairer in appearance.But then againthisisn’ta situationof the teams’making butthatof the BCS Committee ,themajorfootballconferences andthetelevision broadcastnetworks.They’rethe ones profitingfromthisall.Andtherebydenyingthe publicatrue national champion.
Lastnight’sgame whilst entertaininginpartwas inno waythe spectaclethat one rememberedwhenUSCand Texasfaced offagainst eachother.And therebyputtingon a displaythat’llgodownin the annalsof college football history.Last night’sgame paled in significance when measuredagainst theVince Young performance, inspired playand individualityshown.Butthatwasa gamethatwasspecialby itsown merits.
Coach Urban Meyer of Florida is presented with the AP National Championship Trophy by the Associated Press Sports Enterprise Editor John Affleck. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark Humphrey ……………….
Thoughwe hadthetwomostrecentHeisman Trophy winnersfacingoffagainst each other in the guise ofTim Tebow of Florida and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Plusa slew of other youngcollegeplayersthatsome daymay well gracetheprofessionalstage of theNFL. Tebow puton somewhatofa virtuoso performancelast night.Andiftherewasany doubtthat hedoesn’tpossesswhatit takestobecomea successfulplayer and quarterbackwithin the NFL.Ifor onethinkthat withlastnight’s performancethosefears maywellhavebeen allayed.Hisstature and leadership on thefieldwasunquestionable.Andheledbyexampleandmotivatedhisteammates.
Oklahoma fans react to a score by their team during the championship game. The patrons were at a local bar in Norman , Oklahoma . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Alonzo Adams ……………….
Bradford fellshort of leadinghisteambut he showed thepromiseofwhatmanydo believewill be another one ofthedesiredquarterbacks in thecollegegame that shouldhedecide to declarefor the draft . Hemightwellbea first roundpick. If nothing else even ifthe game wassomewhat of a disappointmentforsome. Itdid provide thefanswithsomethingtothink about. Thethought maywellbe …….isthisreallythebestthattheBCShas to offer?The answerliesin the factthat at thisjunctureCommissionerJohn Swofford andhis membersfeel that thisis still thebestway forward.I liketo thinkof it as thefact thatit’s notsomuch thecompetitive natureof thegame.Butmerelythefact thatofthelarge amountofmoneythatfallsinto thecoffers ofthe conferences. That it’s hard to changetheattitude therein.
FortheBCS football is first and foremost abusiness.Andiftheyshouldtry andtellyou the opposite , you knowthatit isa lie.Theywouldn’twantitanyother wayat thisjuncture.