I only watched the fourth quarter of the Florida Gators tossing horseshoes with the Cinncinati Bearcats for the 2010 Sugar Bowl crown. Televised by Fox, the Gators were astronomically on top of the Bearcats at the top of the fourth with a score of 44 to 10. Actually, I did see Bearcats linebacker Marcus Waugh make a touchdown in the third quarter. I did not see which Gators player made a TD to bring up his team’s point total to 44 as of the fourth quarter. Linebacker Brandon Spikes nearly intercepted Bearcats quarterback Tony Pike with ten minutes left to play. Replay footage consisted of Spikes looking down and gesturing in a way that suggested he was very disappointed he didn’t make the interception. “Man, gawd. Man.” Yes, it is the Sugar Bowl and he’s probably having one of many times of his life, but his fellow Gators could not lose the game. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Spikes.
Shortly thereafter, Bearcats wide receiver Armon Binns made a TD. The Gators increased their score with another TD in the middle of the quarter, thanks to running back Chris Rainey. With just under four minutes left on the clock, Bearcats tight end Kazeem Alli made a TD catch. Florida 51 and Cincinnati 24. Final score. The Florida Gators claimed the 2010 Sugar Bowl sweets.
For pride, to save face, or to lighten the load of shame and pain, should there be an unwritten, tacitly enforced measure where a team down by a ludicrous number of points could cede victory to the other team at any point between such and such time frames of a game? Every medium to close-up shot of a Bearcat from the middle of the fourth on evoked nothing but demoralization, anger, and fatigue.
But who wants to quit, right? What team would even consider tactfully stepping out of competition because its arse-bottom was being kicked offensively and defensively and there was no way to tie the game let alone win it by the smallest of margins? No team.
Play until the whistle blows. It’s not over until the fat lady sings. Even if you know you’re still going to lose, at least lose by a smaller amount.
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Well, isn’t Riley Cooper a handsome pebble.