Well last night the evidence was there for all to see. The game was hyped up to such an extent that in the end it was nothing more than a poorly executed game. Not because of the lack of talent on the field. But because of the fact that both teams were gunshy.
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 …………………
So this is what became of the Fedex National Championship played infront of a sold out crowd and televised nationally by Fox. The two teams Florida and Oklahoma had to live up to the preceded hype. So much was expected and they failed to deliver but at the end of the day the Gator fans won’t be at a loss .As their team eked out a 24-14 victory to raise the national championship trophy for the second time in three years. It also culminated for the second win of Urban Meyer’s young career as coach of the University of 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 country the argument is being made that there ought to a plus one game in order to find the de facto national champion. A game between Utah and Florida would be desirable but as we all know that’s unlikely to happen at this juncture. So it’ll be left to the likes of the BCS and Associated Press to come up with possibly their own champions. There’s nothing like playing King Solomon at this juncture. If only to make things seem a lot fairer in appearance. But then again this isn’t a situation of the teams’ making but that of the BCS Committee , the major football conferences and the television broadcast networks. They’re the ones profiting from this all. And thereby denying the public a true national champion.
Last night’s game whilst entertaining in part was in no way the spectacle that one remembered when USC and Texas faced off against each other. And thereby putting on a display that’ll go down in the annals of college football history. Last night’s game paled in significance when measured against the Vince Young performance, inspired play and individuality shown. But that was a game that was special by its own 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 ……………….
Though we had the two most recent Heisman Trophy winners facing off against each other in the guise of Tim Tebow of Florida and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Plus a slew of other young college players that some day may well grace the professional stage of the NFL. Tebow put on somewhat of a virtuoso performance last night. And if there was any doubt that he doesn’t possess what it takes to become a successful player and quarterback within the NFL. I for one think that with last night’s performance those fears may well have been allayed. His stature and leadership on the field was unquestionable. And he led by example and motivated his teammates.
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 fell short of leading his team but he showed the promise of what many do believe will be another one of the desired quarterbacks in the college game that should he decide to declare for the draft . He might well be a first round pick. If nothing else even if the game was somewhat of a disappointment for some. It did provide the fans with something to think about. The thought may well be …….is this really the best that the BCS has to offer ? The answer lies in the fact that at this juncture Commissioner John Swofford and his members feel that this is still the best way forward. I like to think of it as the fact that it’s not so much the competitive nature of the game. But merely the fact that of the large amount of money that falls into the coffers of the conferences. That it’s hard to change the attitude therein.
For the BCS football is first and foremost a business. And if they should try and tell you the opposite , you know that it is a lie. They wouldn’t want it any other way at this juncture.