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BCS Championship 2010: Alabama capsizes Texas

Twenty-eight days before my first birthday, the Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Texas Longhorns at the 1982 Cotton Bowl.  Tonight, in front of a sell-out crowd at the Rose Bowl, these two schools skirted, stalked, and skated all over each other for buttered biscuit bragging rights over the BCS Championship trophy.  Televised by ABC, and narrated by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger, the first quarter began with Longhorns safety Blake Gideon interception Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroyGarrett Gilbert filled in for Colt McCoy on quarterbacking duties as the starting QB was on the sidelines account of some right shoulder discomfort.  The Longhorns made three attempts to get into the end zone from the red zone but the Crimson Tide defense thwarted each one.  Longhorns kicker Hunter Lawrence went on for a field goal, which was good.  The Crimson Tide’s second turn at offense never went anywhere as the Longhorns recovered a wobbling kickoff-return ball.  There was another successful field goal.  Texas 6 and Alabama 0.   Mon dieu, go Lone Star state.

The Crimson Tide slowly but surely got their act more together by the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter sprang out a touchdown, courtesy of running back Mark Ingram.    They scored another TD in the middle of the quarter, thanks to running back Trent Richardson.  Alabama 14 and Texas 6.  When the Longhorns went on offense next, Garrett Gilbert was picked off by Crimson Tide running back Javier Arenas.  The first half ended with a Crimson Tide field goal and then a turnover as defensive linebacker Marcell Dareus got his hands on the ball and ran into the end zone.  Alabama 24 and Texas 6.  Double mon dieu and go Cotton State.

Colt McCoy would not be returning to the game, but he did eventually come back to the sidelines.  Dear readers, if you watched the game, you have witnessed a real, non-fiction sports inspirational, especially if the Longhorns win.  The third quarter marched three minutes in and Brent Musberger said, as the telecast cut to an extreme, extreme, high angle shot of the stadium, “So, security has been called to remove some idiot there.”  What happened? I missed it!  Game-play was considerably humdrum until Greg McElroy got sacked towards the bottom of the quarter.  Musberger said it was the fifth time the Crimson Tide QB went down.  A couple minutes later, Gilbert made a TD pass to wide receiver Jordan Shipley.  Alabama 24 and Texas 13.  With about ninety seconds left in the quarter, the Longhorns made another turnover (unfortunately, they weren’t able to score).

The Crimson Tide missed a field goal in the top of the fourth quarter.  HOLY EDIBLE FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS!! Not only did Longhorns wide receiver Dan Buckner make a TD catch in the middle of the quarter and made the two-point conversion.  Alabama 24 and Texas 21.  Oohhh no.  Garrett Gilbert was tackled, lost control of the ball, fell to the ground, and the ball went into the hands of Crimson Tide linebacker Courtney Upshaw at the three yard line.  Two plays later, Mark Ingram got himself past the goal line with two minutes left in the game.  Trent Richardson ran the ball in for a TD in the final minute; the extra point was no good.  Alabama 37 and Texas 21.  Final score.  The Alabama Crimson Tide can gorge on buttered biscuit bragging rights.  And now for a costume change:

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The pre-game segment (as broadcast in Georgia) included a segment on an Alabama alumnus and former Crimson Tide cheerleader, Susan Harris Palmer.  She was attended summer session at Alabama when Vivian Malone was the first black female student there.  JFK attended one of the games at which she cheered.  Her last appearance on the sidelines was in 1965’s Alabama vs. Texas Orange Bowl game.   The Longhorns won then.

2.  John Parker Wilson and Justin Blalock, currently Atlanta Falcons, were at the Rose Bowl tonight supporting their respective alma maters.  Wilson was a Crimson Tider and Blalock was a Longhorn.

3.  The National Anthem was not performed by Audra McDonald from the TV show Private Practice.  Are the Bowl Games trying to tap into formerly unmarketed talents? She sang “America the Beautiful” instead.  Not one of the better performances, I don’t think.  Not nerves…just not very moving.  I was moved watching the Longhorns and the Crimson Tide run out of the tunnel.

4.  According to commentators, Nick Saban apparently told his team before the game that the US Men’s hockey team beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics to qualify to play in the gold medal game against Finland and that Alabama would be Texas’s Finland.  I surmise that Saban meant that Texas still has to beat Alabama.  Just getting to the BCS Championship game isn’t enough.

5.  The Longhorns wore white jerseys and white pants; the Crimson Tide wore red jerseys.

6.  What the cracker jack?!  Josh Groban sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and Flea accompanied him on bass.  WHAT?! The patriotic fireworks was neat and pertty but honestly, could the pre-game activities just go away and the let the boys play?!  I’m twenty-two days older than Josh Groban.

7.  Roger Clemens and Vince Young were at the game.

8.  Was it the crowd noise or are the Crimson Tide and the Longhorns borne of a different kind of energy because tonight’s game began with much more umph and than the other bowl games.

9.  Yes, it snowed in Atlanta.  When I got home from work around 3:30PM:


Tonight around 9:30 PM:


10.  Dave Matthews Band performed during halftime.

11.  Brent Musberger noted after the Longhorns’ two-point conversion that Greg McElroy has won every football game in which he was a starting QB since he was in eighth grade.

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Why do I get teary-eyed when I read stories like this one and this one?

College Football 2009: Texas desaturates the Red Raiders

The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns.  Mix ’em in a cauldron.  Which Big 12 team doesn’t sink?!

Broadcast on ABC, with commentary by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger, the first quarter began with a Red Raiders field goal (forty-one yards) by Matt Williams.  The Longhorns wide receiver Jordan Shipley returned a punt forty-six yards and sliced across the front, right corner of the end zone halfway through the quarter.  The Longhorns increased their score with a field goal in the top of the second quarter.  Texas 10 and Texas Tech 3.

The third quarter began with the Longhorns upping the number with a TD by running back Tre Newton.  Texas 17 and Texas Tech 3.  Red Raiders quarterback Taylor Potts then threw a TD pass to wide receiver Lyle LeongCody Johnson, running back for the Longhorns, didn’t like the look of that score gap, so he got his team another  TD.  Lyle Leong hit right back with a second TD in the bottom of the quarter.  Texas 24 and Texas Tech 17.

Longhorns QB Colt McCoy threw a TD pass to wide receiver Dan Buckner in top of the fourth quarter.  Texas 31 and Texas Tech 17.  Another back-and-forth — Tramain Swindall of the Red Raiders ran the ball ino the end zone.  Texas 31 and Texas Tech 24.  Met with a “oh Hades no” as the Longhorns edged up numerically with a field goal.  Texas 34 and Texas Tech 24.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Kirk Herbstreit wore a lavender button-down shirt and a matching, swirly purple tie . Not bad.  It didn’t look ot bad against Brent Musberger’s red and blue, wide striped tie.

2.  Jordan Shipley can play the guitar.

3.  Much of the game-play was rendered pixel-ish and splotchy due to the rainy weather and cloud coverage.  It’s like unwanted, real-time fast-forwarding.  Thus, there was an interception (Red Raiders on Longhorns) that I missed in the second quarter.

4.  After Colt McCoy threw the TD pass in the top of the fourth quarter, Brent Musberger mentioned that McCoy decided not to enter the NFL draft this past spring.  His parents have taken a 3 to 5 million dollar worth insurance policy as a contingency plan in case he experiences any kind of injury at any time of day that would prevent him from pursuing a career in professional football.

5.  With under six minutes left in the game, the telecast cut to footage of Colt McCoy standing on the banks of a lake successfully throwing to Jordan Shipley, who was in a boat coming towards land at 45 mph.

6.  With just a minute left in the fourth quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of Red Raiders offensive lineman Brandon Carter sitting on the sidelines, facing screen-right.  He had a mohawk–the hair was bright teal.

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Fiesta Bowl 2009: Texas serves up Ohio State some guacamole

Glendale, Arizona.  The Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Texas Longhorns got their potluck on for the thirty-eighth annual Fiesta Bowl in front of a packed house.  Big 10 vs. Big 12 and a  big kazoo in the back for you…if you can lift it.

Televised on Fox, the pre-game show included the Ohio State band forming the “Ohio” on the field–what a mesmerizing sight.  The angle (long shot but not nearly high enough) wasn’t even that great, but it was so neat the way the band members interlaced with each other while holding enormous brass instruments.  I kid you not.

What happens when the defense bets your bottom dollar with more ability than the offense?  Something like the first half of today’s scheduled events.  The first quarter hobbled halfway through before either team scored…in the form of a fifty-one yard field goal by Buckeyes kicker Aaron Pettrey.  Lathered but so completely not repeated in the bottom of the quarter (that ball shot ludicrously left of the uprights).  Ohio State 3 and Texas 0.

The second quarter began with a Longhorns field goal from twenty-seven yards (executed by kicker Hunter Lawrence).  Both teams tied 3.  Six minutes later, Buckeyes second kicker Ryan Pretorius smacked a thirty-yarder through the yellow-painted, double right angles.   Ohio State 6 and Texas 0.  The second quarter ended with Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy throwing an interception.  Buckeyes defensive back Anderson Russell stepped in front of the goal line and caught the ball before it had the chance to find one of the Longhorns.

The third quarter progressed into the eight minute neighborhood when Colt McCoy darted fourteen yards into the end zone for a touchdown (he actually spun or twirled through the goal line).  Texas 10 and Ohio State 6.  And out from the fog comes an energized herd of Longhorns.  Another TD in the bottom of the quarter, thanks to wide receiver Quan Cosby.  Texas 17 and Ohio State 6.

The fourth quarter started off with a monster bang as Buckeyes quarterback Todd Boeckman threw the ball forty-eight yards to wide receiver Brian Robiskie.  A couple plays later, Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor nearly threw an interception in the end zone.  A forty-three yard field goal raised their numbers to 9, but Texas was still on top with 17.  The Buckeyes hammer back with a slab of defense that undercut the Longhorns’ offensive progress–one would-have-been interception, one near-TD, and another impeccable catch by Brian Robiskie.  Halfway through the quarter, after a pass interference and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Longhorns, the Buckeyes quarterbacks–Boeckman to Pryor–connected for a TD.  They attempted but didn’t pull off a two-point conversion.  Texas 17 and Ohio State 15.

But all was not lost, mes amis.  After getting the ball back, running back Daniel Herron ran into the end zone.  A two-point conversion was tried and Terrelle Pryor caught the ball, but offensive and defensive pass interference calls necessitated a do-over.  The conversion was not successful the second time around.  Pryor threw to tight end Rory Nicol, who couldn’t keep the ball in his grasp.  Ohio State 21 and Texas 17.  With under one minute left to play, the precise location of where the Longhorns would have their ball was challenged by Buckeyes head coach Jim Stressel (the first time he’s challenged a call all season).   He lost the challenge.  A few plays later, Longhorns Quan Cosby ran untouched into the end zone.  Texas 24 and Ohio State 21. Final score.   Well, good golly Miss Molly.   The Texas Longhorns have won themselves a Fiesta Bowl.


Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The national anthem was performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama.  A touching performance.   A bald eagle flew around.

2.  Matt Vasgersian and Tim Ryan were the voices of Stating the Obvious and In Case You Didn’t Know Trivia.

3.  The Buckeyes called tails, but the coin turned up heads.  The Longhorns deferred.

4.  Defensive back Shaun Lane of Ohio State was injured towards the bottom of the second quarter.   He had to be driven off.  Slow-motion instant replays revealed him running into Longhorns wide receiver Jordan Shipley.

5.  Shots of Ohio State fans made me think of ketchup.   Shot of Longhorns fans made me think of orange sherbet.

6.  Which school’s fans would win Tostitos’s Race to the Bowl challenge?  Texas and $250,000 in scholarship money.  Ohio State received $50,000.

7.  University of Texas’s marching band played Led Zeppelin’sStairway to Heaven” during halftime.  According to the announcer, it’s the most requested (and aired) song on American FM radio but was never released as a single.  The announcer was nearly accurate in his remark.

8.  Brian Robiskie’s father, Terry, is the wide receivers coach for the Atlanta Falcons.

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College Football: Texas hulk-smashes Mizzou

The University of Missouri’s Tigers saddled their horses and trekked over to the Lone Star state to duke it out with the University of Texas Longhorns.

But first, Vanderbilt lost to UGA and Clemson couldn’t dowse Ga Tech.

Another detour:

I watched W. (Oliver Stone, 200eight) last night and Max Payne (John Moore, 200eight) this afternoon.  Good times all around.

Retour back to the game:

Televised by ABC, the first quarter started with a Longhorns touchdown by their own quarterback, Colt McCoy.  Texas made their second TD in the bottom of the quarter, courtesy of running back Chris Ogbonnaya.  The second quarter began with a Longhorns TD by freshman wide receiver Malcolm Williams (who had to leap into the air, sandwiched between two Tigers to catch the ball and fall backwards into the end zone).  Ogbonnaya put another one into the end zone shortly thereafter.  Longhorns 28 and Tigers 0.  Mizzou’s next possession took them down into the red zone.  Quarterback Chase Daniel threw the ball to wide receiver Danario Alexander, who caught it in the end zone, but his right foot was out of bounds.  Incomplete.  Towards the bottom of the second quarter, Texas wide receiver Jordan Shipley made a TD.  He and his teammates got up to 35 points.  Mizzou didn’t go into halftime completely numberless.  They finally lit things up with a field goal.  35 to 3.

The third quarter commenced with a Mizzou touchdown by tailback Derrick Washington.  The Tigers closed the score gap a pinch more: 35 to 10.  Nearing the bottom of the third quarter, Texas QB McCoy ran into the end zone a second time.  Longhorns 42 and Tigers 10.  Mizzou tight end Chase Coffman increased his team’s points with a TD in the bottom of the third quarter.   Longhorns 42 and Tigers 17.  The fourth quarter started with Mizzou QB Daniel throwing an interception because Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo tackled him.  Texas cornerback Ryan Palmer snatched the ball from mid-air.  Longhorns running back Cody Johnson increased their lead with a TD.  Texas 49 and Mizzou 17.

Tigers wide receiver Jared Perry made it into the end zone approaching the halfway point of the fourth quarter.  Texas 49 and Mizzou 24.  John Chiles scrubbed in as quarterback for Texas at this time (about halfway through the fourth quarter).  The Longhorns’ lead climbed higher still with a TD by freshman wide receiver Dan Buckner, 56 to 24.  Approaching the bottom of the quarter, Mizzou QB Daniel broke the plane (and then there were off-setting personal fouls to both teams).  Longhorns 56 and Tigers 31.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger provided commentary tonight.  They discussed the trivia that the last time Mizzou beat Texas, the Titanic didn’t exist and Grover Cleveland was President.

2. Derek Jeter was at the game rooting for the Longhorns.

3. When the commercial break ended after Mizzou’s Jared Perry made the TD in the fourth quarter, the Tigers mascot was filmed from an extreme, extreme low angle, medium close-up doing push-ups.  I think he did ten (I wasn’t counting).

4. The commentators mentioned the curse of being AP-polled #1.  It seems that each time that has been in the top spot this season has fallen.  UGA, USC, OSU (Ohio State).  I don’t recall if there were others.

5. Both quarterbacks embraced each other after the game ended.

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