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BCS Championship 2009: Florida clamps down on Oklahoma

All right. Floridian reptiles of the SEC and Midwestern man-shaped creatures of the Big 12 dove into Dolphin Stadium in Miami for four rounds of last-spandexed-prolate-spheroid-clutching-collegiate standing in front of a full house. Televised on Fox, the first quarter churned to the nine minute mark when Gators quarterback Tim Tebow threw the ball and Sooners defensive back Nic Harris snatched it from flight. No score.

SWEET PEAS in a platter of eggplant. The second quarter darted off Tim Tebow struggling to find a receiver. When he finally found a target, he let loose, and the ball got into the hands of wide receiver Louis Murphy, who then stumbled and staggered a bit amidst a few Sooners towards the end zone. His body broke the plane, he hit the turf, the ball popped out of his hands and back onto the field. It was ruled a touchdown. Florida 7 and Oklahoma 0. How did the Sooners react? Quarterback Sam Bradford shuttled the ball to tight end Jermaine Gresham for a TD. Both teams 7. Halfway through the quarter, Tebow threw another interception…into the welcoming bosom of Sooners defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Although the Midwesterners were able to get down to ten yards within the end zone, Florida’s defense got in the way. With about three minutes left to play, Tebow threw the ball to running back Chris Rainey for yards (his right knee/calf got mangled by one of the Sooners). The moshpit bottom of the first half had the Sooners back in the red zone for what could’ve been a touchdown. But, wide receiver Manuel Johnson was unable to keep his hold on the ball. Gators safety Ahmad Black and linebacker Ryan Stamper kept the ball alive, and then safety Major Wright caught the ball.

The third quarter saw its first substantial breath of dramatic air with roughly five minutes left on the clock when Tebow connected with running back Jeffrey Demps, who made it a couple yards from the goal line. A couple plays later, running wide back receiver Percy Harvin got the ball into the end zone. Florida 14 and Oklahoma 7. Sooners kicker Jimmy Stevens attempted a forty-nine yard field goal…or attempted to attempt. The Gators put a stop to the projectile seconds after release.

The top of the fourth quarter said hello to the Sooners tying the score, thanks to Jermaine Gresham’s stride into the end zone. 14 a piece. The Gators retaliated shortly thereafter with Percy Harvin running fifty-two yards. Gators kicker Jonathan Phillips made a twenty-seven yard field goal, giving his team the top bunk again. Florida 17 and Oklahoma 14. When the Sooners got the ball back, Ahmad Black intercepted Bradford on the fourth play. And then there were four minutes left in the game. The Gators were in the red zone; Tim Tebow let the ball go almost as if he were dunking a basketball, and wide receiver David Nelson made a TD catch. Florida 24 and Oklahoma 14. Final score…but not after the referee was taken down during the third-to-last snap of the game. And then the camera cut straight to an extreme close-up of Sooners head coach Bob Stoops looking screen-left.

The Gators have won the 2009 BCS Championship.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Both bands had a turn on the field before kickoff.

2. Tom Brennaman and Charles Davis were the commentators.

3. Yolanda Adams sang the national anthem. C’etait pas mal.

4. The Gators wore white jerseys and white pants. J’adore.

5. Oklahoma won the coin toss and took the field first on offense.

6. Although both teams are familiar with the BCS stomping grounds, tonight was the first time they had played each other. Vraiment?

7. There was so much orange and blue in the crowds–made me think of Gulf. Does anyone remember Gulf gas stations?

8. Fox Sports debuted a hexangle camera set-up for the online broadcast in which viewers could play producer/director and choose the angles s/he would like to watch the game online. I tried to check it out but it took quite a bit of time to load. I saw that there was a cable cam, an Oklahoma Band, a Florida Band, and a quarterback cam.

9. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick were at the game.

10. I cannot emphasize it enough: I love it when football players chew on their mouth guards.

11. Chris Leak was on the Gators sidelines.

12. Percy Harvin has a great figure.

13. The fourth quarter field goal that gave Florida the 17 to 14 lead could’ve been a touchdown. Tim Tebow thought he heard a whistle blow on the play prior to the snap (3rd and 6 on OK 10), and thus drifted backwards and tossed the ball away. Are noise-makers and whistles going to be prohibited from henceforth?

14. David Nelson’s fourth quarter TD catch was preceded five plays earlier by an amazing twenty-nine yard catch.

15. After Chris Myers talked to Percy Harvin, the camera cut to an extreme close-up of a female Sooners fan, probably a student. On her right cheek was the OU logo; on her left cheek…a trail of a tear.

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And the HMan goes to….

Not this H-Man. The other one.

And Sam Bradford of the Oklahoma Sooners can add one more man to his trophy collection.

Because surely he has other trophies somewhere in his or his parents’ residence.

Oh and have some processed meat.   Brought to you by HappySlip.

I once heard on the radio (years ago) something about

Five roast beef sandwiches.

Four calling cards.

Three french kisses.

Two turtle necks

and a Beer.

Big 12 Championship 2008: Oklahoma Sooners milkshaked and whipped creamed the Missouri Tigers

USC skewered UCLA 28 to 7 to nab the Pac-10 magic wand.

Florida took a mouthful out of Alabama 24 to 20 for the SEC snazzy sneakers.

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The University of Missouri Tigers and the University of Oklahoma Sooners dropped in on Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri to try for the Pac-10 Championship title. The first quarter spelled a twenty-yard field goal for the Sooners, made by kicker Jimmy Stevens, which was followed by the Sooners Schooner taking to the field (and then cut to a commercial). Tigers kicker Jeff Wolfert tried for a forty-eight yard field goal but he didn’t deliver the goods. Oklahoma 3 and Missouri 0. The Sooners launched their first touchdown in the bottom of the first quarter, courtesy of running back Chris Brown. Oklahoma 10 and Missouri 0.

The second quarter began with Tigers wide receiver Jeremy Maclin making a touchdown. Oklahoma 10 and Missouri 7. The Sooners increased their lead with a TD catch by wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias. He did it again shortly thereafter. Oklahoma 24 and Missouri 7. The Sooners made their fourth TD with a run by running back Mossis Madu in the bottom of the quarter. Despite some mistakes, Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford got his team in the lead with 31 points to Oklahoma’s 7. The Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel threw an interception in the bottom of the quarter. Sooners defensive back Brian Jackson got ahold of the ball. Chris Brown made his way into the end zone a couple of plays later. Oklahoma 38 and Missouri 7.

The third quarter chirped off with a Sooners field goal. Oklahoma 41 and Missouri 7. Just past the halfway point of the third quarter, one of the Sooners defensive players rammed into Tigers Jeremy Maclin. In a slow-motion instant replay, Maclin’s head could be seen bobbling like one of those dashboard accessories. The Tigers pulled themselves up from single digit numbers with a touchdown by wide receiver Tommy Saunders. Oklahoma 41 and Missouri 14.

The fourth quarter started with a TD by Mossis Madu. Oklahoma 48 and Missouri 14. Jeremy Maclin made an end zone catch but when he came down onto the turf, he lost “control” of the ball. He fell backwards onto the ground and likely experienced a grand jolt. The ball got away from his right hand as he hit the turf. It wasn’t ruled a touchdown. His tight end teammate Chase Coffman made a TD catch a few plays later. The Sooners raised their upper rung ever so much farther from the Tigers’ reach as Chris Brown made another TD. Oklahoma 55 and Missouri 21. Sooners defensive back Lendy Holmes picked off a deflected Chase Daniel’s pass towards the bottom of the fourth quarter. Mossis Madu got into the end zone a third time, making the Sooners the first team ever with five straight games with 60+ points. Oklahoma 62 and Missouri 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger were commentators.

2. Jimmy Stevens’s field goal in the first quarter almost wasn’t one. The ball skimmed the top of the crossbar of the uprights.

3. Herbstreit and Musburger noted that Big 12 Championship games have never enjoyed the grandeur of a kickoff-returned touchdown.

4. Chris Brown’s TD in the first quarter resulted from a series of fast footwork, and as if time slowed down just a dollop, Brown sprinted into the end zone when the Tigers’ defense inadvertently parted.

5. Halftime featured another Dr. Pepper scholarship football throwing contest. Kevin McShane and David Boger were the lucky two. Ten balls in a giant Dr. Pepper can. Awww, they both look so polite. ESPN did the split-screen from behind the two fellows. CBS filmed from a slight high-angle, extreme long shot (also behind the coeds). They both got six in so another five were attempted. Kevin McShane got the next five inside. He won $100,000.

6. Whenever Kirk Herbstreit said, “Chase Daniel,” I’d think he said, “Shea Stadium” or “Chase Stadium.” A helmeted Chase Daniel reminds me of a young John Travolta.

7. In a hush-hush kind of voice, Brent Musburger pointed out that singer Toby Keith was at the game supporting the Sooners.

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Fiesta Bowl 2008: Mountaineers ascend above the Sooners

Oklahoma University Sooners fixed gazes with West Virginia University Mountaineers in the 2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (game broadcast on Fox), which took place at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, AZ.

West Virginia was first to light up the scoreboard with a field goal just past the halfway point of the first quarter (their first field goal attempt was no good). They closed out the quarter with a field goal too. WVU 6. Oklahoma 0. The second quarter brought points for Oklahoma in the form of a field goal and a fifty-seven yard touchdown by Mountaineers running back Owen Schmitt (incidentally, the longest TD run in WVU bowl history). The Sooners collected another three points towards the bottom of the second quarter. WVU 13. Oklahoma 6. Closer to the bottom of the fourth quarter, WVU wide receiver Darius Reynaud caught a twenty-one yard pass and twirled into the end zone for a touchdown. Going into halftime, Mountaineers 20 and Sooners 6.

Whatever the Sooners heard in the locker room during halftime apparently helped. The third quarter began with impressive energy on their part. Their possession didn’t end in a touchdown, but they at least narrowed the score gap by three more points. Just past the middle of the third quarter, Oklahoma running back Chris Brown made a touchdown. A two-point conversion was tried but the landing didn’t stick. WVU 20. Oklahoma 15. The Mountaineers responded quickly with a TD too (thanks to running back Noel Devine). With less than a minute left in the third quarter, WVU put another TD on the board (courtesy of Darius Reynaud forward-leaping into the end zone).

The fourth quarter started with a Sooners touchdown by wide receiver Quentin Chaney. The two-point conversion wasn’t good. WVU 34 and Oklahoma 21. WVU catapulted themselves to a greater point lead with a seventy-nine yard TD by wide receiver Tito Gonzalez in the top of the fourth quarter. Spectacular (it moved him to teary eyes). The Sooners weren’t going to just slide back and let the Mountaineers keep scoring–wide receiver Juaqin Iglesias shrank their point deficit by a TD with ten more minutes left to play. They went with a one-point conversion, which was good. WVU 41 and Oklahoma 28. But wait, the Mountaineers were very much going to keep scoring–with a sixty-five yard TD run by Noel Devine. Twenty points separated the two teams and would remain so to the end. Final score Mountaineers 48 and Sooners 28. West Virginia University won the 37th Annual Fiesta Bowl. Bill Stewart became the first interim coach this season to win a game (if I recall correctly what one of the commentators said).

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The Oklahoma marching band performed before the game began–good stuff. Great lines.

2. A freshman quarterbacking for Oklahoma? Yes indeed. His name is Sam Bradford.

3. Pre-game footage included a little snippet of WVU fans singing John Denver’s song “Take Me Home Country Roads,” which transitioned into Toby Keith talking about the Sooners and giving a short rendition of the song “Oklahoma!” from the Rogers & Hammerstein musical.

4. The National Anthem was sung by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A bald eagle flew over the field towards the end.

5. The officiating crew was from the SEC. Good lord. The referee’s (Steve Shaw) going hoarse!

6. Around the four minute mark in the first quarter, during the play where Sooners quarterback Bradford threw an incomplete pass intended for Iglesias, the telecast producers opted to go with the DLP camera’s perspective of Bradford throwing towards the end zone. In the next play, Mountaineers defensive back Quinton Andrews intercepted the ball in the end zone.

7. A few months ago, I posted some thoughts about what constitutes a good game; how suspense is created and maintained. By the middle of the second quarter of this Fiesta Bowl, I was convinced that the combination of touchdowns, interceptions, and pacing is key. Non-sports fans might watch five real time minutes of any kind of sporting event and find themselves bored to tears. It might take ten real time minutes of slow, non-dynamic game-play for sports fans to feel bored. After Owen Schmitt made that TD in the second quarter, the momentum of the game picked up. The second half of the game was infinitely more awesome.

8. Actually, the DLP skycam looks like some apparatus you’d find in a dentist’s office–the x-ray machine!

9. Again, there was no blue line of scrimmage. The 1st and Ten Line was on scene, though.

10. WVU quarterback Patrick White certainly likes to be mobile, he was running all over the field (understandably so…it’ll be the last game he plays until next year).

11. Each school’s marching band performed for the halftime show, of course. Holy Mary in a manger! Wow….the geometry of the performance was so beautiful. Now this is what I call a halftime show. The camera went in for a close-up of a male WVU baton twirler (no leotard!). The camera also went in for a close-up on a tuba to catch a reflection of WVU band members marching along (the tuba functioned like a fish-eye lens). Oklahoma played “Thriller” ! Sugoi!

12. Halftime also included a vignette about the 1951 San Francisco Dons (narrated by Morgan Freeman). University of San Francisco had a great season but were told they would only be able to go to a post-season bowl game if they left their two black players behind. The Dons refused. Burl Toler was a part of that team (he eventually became the first black referee). Pete Rozelle was student publicist for them. Yes, I concede that if this story were made into a film, there would be cheese steaming up and down the hallway. But it’s not a film (yet); I found it quite touching.

13. Owen Schmitt got teary-eyed when he was interviewed after his team clinched the win. It was so precious–overcome with joy and probably relief.

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