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Cotton Bowl 2011: LSU bites the Aggies’ dust

The only part of the Cotton Bowl that I watched was Josh Jasper’s fifty-yard field goal for LSU in the middle of the fourth quarter.  He and his Tiger teammates ended up taking home the prize, beating Texas A&M 41 to 24.

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Do you like college football? Do you like the Bowl Games even more? Or are you a “diminishing fan“?

Cotton Bowl 2008: Mizzou steamrolls that Arkansas

Cotton Bowl 2008 in Dallas, TX, televised on Fox, the University of Missouri Tigers lined up before the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. In the bottom of the first quarter, Mizzou tailback Tony Temple made a touchdown, the first of the game. He made another TD towards the bottom of the second quarter. Going into halftime, Mizzou 14, Arkansas 0.

The third quarter started with another touchdown by Tony Temple. Mizzou strong safety William Moore intercepted a pass from Razorback quarterback Casey Dick and made a TD in the middle of the third quarter. Tigers 28, Razorbacks 0. Darren McFadden, tailback for Arkansas, put the first set of points on the board for his team with a TD. The fourth quarter scoring began with a Mizzou field goal. Tony Temple made his fourth TD in the middle of the fourth and a few of his teammates carried him off the field because he pulled his hamstring. Mizzou 38. Arkansas 7. Final score. University of Missouri won the 72nd Annual Cotton Bowl.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The 1st and Ten Line was sponsored by AT&T (hence the superimposed graphic on the field).

2. My, what a big down-and-yard graphic.

3. The Arkansas sidelines made me think of Big Red gum.

4. The moments-in-history vignettes informed that the Razorbacks have been to the Cotton Bowl ten previous times, most of the games helmed by Frank Broyles. The 1965 bowl against Nebraska was a significant deal.

5. The halftime show consisted of 1600 band members and 200 dancers from high schools in nine states. I gotta say, though, when it was over and the camera went to a high-angle long shot, the view was quite unsightly. A cesspool of ill-juxtaposed colors.

6. Why do baton twirlers wear costumes as if they really wish they could be rhythmic gymnasts?

7. The Cotton Bowl has been presented by AT&T for twelve years.

8. Mhm. Bobby Petrino, ex-head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, was up in the press booth with the commentators at the top of the fourth quarter. He’s the new coach at Arkansas.

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Army-Navy Brilliance: Feinstein’s Civil War prose

I’ve read some more from John Feinstein’s book on Army and Navy football. His writing doesn’t cease to amaze me, in terms of seamless introduction of people and integration of trivia. I really think this technique (applicable to the majority of engaging creative nonfiction writers) works better with prose than with moving image. In film, a fade-to-black (followed by a title card) or a dissolve could be employed to join otherwise disparate or loosely related content, but it’s not as exciting or fulfilling as reading a piece of text and literally seeing the incorporation of transitions that don’t involve an inch of space between two paragraphs.

For example, after talking about Navy football player Shaun Stephenson, Feinstein notes that head coach George Chaump has been replaced by Charlie Weatherbie; Stephenson suffers an ACL injury; Navy goes to Dallas to play SMU at the Cotton Bowl. Feinstein remarks:

“The Cotton Bowl is located in the middle of the Texas state fairgrounds and, as the Navy buses inched through Friday afternoon traffic, Clint Bruce, who had grown up…nearby…, sat in the back of the bus carrying the defense and pointed out landmarks to his teammates” (124).

A few comments about Bruce concludes that paragraph. A few paces later, Feinstein mentions one way in which Navy and Army football players are more intellectually stimulated than they would be in other football programs. Observe:

“Traveling with a military academy football team wasn’t quite the same as traveling with other football teams. Not only did tutors routinely make the trips, but players brought books with them. They also read newspapers. At dinner that night, Garrett Smith, Bryce Minamer, and center Brian Dreschler got into a lengthy conversation about AIDS research” (125).

Shortly thereafter, he adds:

“More often than not, players at Navy either root for Army or don’t care very much whether the Cadets win or lose. The same is true at Army when it comes to Navy. But both Army and Navy always root for Air Force to lose” (126-127).


“Playing defense is much more about getting whipped into an emotional frenzy than playing offense is. Offense is almost scientific; the linemen must know their blocking techniques and remember their schemes. The so-called ‘skill’ position players need finesse and quickness at least as much, usually more, than they need power”(127).

I love it. I just love it.

Great writing makes me happy in a way that great filmmaking can’t or doesn’t–or hasn’t done yet.