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Sugar Bowl 2010: Florida caramelize Cincinnati

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.

Orange Bowl 2009: Virginia Tech scampers away from Cincinnati

Tonight marked the first time Cincinnati went to the Orange Bowl, the seventy-fifth occasion of this particular bowl game. Held at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL, whom would the Bearcats have to snarl against to win? The Virginia Tech Hokies. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter started off with a touchdown for the Bearcats. Quarterback Tony Pike threw to wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Cincinnati 7 and Virginia Tech 0. Hokies kicker Dustin Keys missed a twenty-six yard field goal when his team got the ball. Bearcats kicker Jake Rogers missed his first field goal too (in the bottom of the quarter).

The second quarter spat out a Hokies TD–quarterback Tyrod Taylor did it himself, serpentining his way through the Bearcats defense and breaking the plane at the front, left corner of the end zone (front and left from the players’ POV). Both teams 7. And then oooo Tony Pike threw an interception. Hokies safety Kam Chancellor landed on the ball after his teammate cornerback Victor Harris got the ball from its target’s grasp. Would the officials concur? Nope. The ball was ruled an incomplete pass. Slow-motion instant replay suggested that Kam Chancellor’s left hand and left knee hit the ground before his body went out of bounds. But, apparently the forearm ought to hit the turf–not just a hand. Tyrod Taylor threw a pass right into the hands of Bearcats defensive back Brandon Underwood as the game clock entered five minute territory. Tony Pike repeated the goof by hurling the ball to Hokies cornerback Stephen Virgil in the end zone. Closing out the second quarter was a Dustin Keys forty-three yard field goal attempt, which he delivered. Virginia Tech 10 and Cincinnati 7.

The third quarter ticked nearly halfway before either team scored, a thirty-five yard field goal for the Hokies. Virginia Tech 13 and Cincinnati 7. Would the Hokies get a chance to put another in the end zone after Bearcats QB had a pass tugged out of the air by Kam Chancellor? That would be a negative. The Hokies did do something with a burst of speed and agility in the top of the fourth quarter when running back Darren Evans made his way into the end zone. Virginia Tech 20 and Cincinnati 7. Ricocheting down to nearly the two-minute warning, Bearcats QB threw another interception. Hokies linebacker Cody Grimm got his hands on the ball. Virginia Tech has clawed up the freshly squeezed Orange juicy fruit noodle Bowl. 20 to 7 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Charles Davis and Thom Brennaman were the commentators.

2. Arturo Sandoval trumpeted the national anthem. It was actually kinda cool.

3. Virginia Tech won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

4. Have I never noticed it before and the yardage numbers on the Dolphin Stadium turf have always been outlined in orange? Or have been for a long time?

5. The Bearcats uniforms were black tops with black bottoms. Red collar rims. I kinda dug the three diagonal, wing-like streaks on the outside of the thighs. Almost like this, but instead of a solid white block on the pants, there were three white stripes.

6. Did Charles Davis say “Two things leaking out at me….” regarding criticisms of Va Tech offensive methods? If “deep penetration” weren’t snickery enough, “two things leaking out at me?” Don’t do it.

7. The Doobie Brothers performed during halftime. Miami’s DJ Irie introduced them. Dancers, in glittery silver costumes methinks, were on the field doing some choreographed number…but they didn’t get much screen time.

8. Does Hokies head coach Frank Beamer spend the majority of his waking hours with his mouth ajar?

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