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SEC Championship 2008: Florida Gators poprocks Alabama Crimson Tide

Navy beat Army 34 to 0.

Virginia Tech ground Boston College to the sandstones 30 to 12 for the ACC Championship crown.

This afternoon, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the University of Florida Gators and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide overlapped shadows to determine who would have the honor of being SEC Champions in 2008. Televised by CBS, the first quarter began with an amazing touchdown pass from the hands of Gators quarterback Tim Tebow’s hands to those of wide receiver Carl Moore. Tebow threw the ball at a downward angle into Moore’s grasp (Moore was flat on the ground and had just rolled onto his back when the ball came to his bosom). Florida 7 and Alabama 0. The Crimson Tide quickly spat back with a TD as well, courtesy of running back Glen Coffee (he broke the goal line and made sure to keep his knees in the air as he tripped on his own treads and dove towards the end zone). Both teams tied with 7 a piece by the middle of the first quarter. The Crimson Tide took the lead with a field goal with about three minutes on the clock. Alabama 10 and Florida 7. The second quarter commenced with the Gators tying the game with a field goal. Both teams 10 points a piece. By the bottom of the quarter, Gators wide receiver David Nelson made a TD catch. Florida 17 and Alabama 10.

The third quarter ticked to about eight-and-a-half minutes on the clock and the Crimson Tide could’ve gotten another touchdown but quarterback John Parker Wilson’s pass went over the head of wide receiver Julio Jones. Running back Mark Ingram was able to get into the end zone a few plays later, tying Alabama with Florida, 17 points a piece. Alabama was able to maintain the tie when Gators kicker Jonathan Phillips missed a forty-two yard field goal attempt in the bottomish of the third quarter. The Crimson Tide’s kicker Leigh Tiffin made a twenty-seven yard field goal at the close of the quarter. Alabama 20 and Florida 17.

The fourth quarter sparked off with a mad dash and hurdle-leap into th end zone by Gators running back Jeffrey Demps. Florida back on top with 24 and Alabama 20. Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez jumped up swiftly and caught a high throw from Tim Tebow as the clock was approaching the four minute mark. And then, Florida coaches got too far onto the field and incurred a sidelines interference penalty, setting the Gator’s offense back five yards (according to the commentators, last year, the coaches would’ve gotten a warning. This year, however, they just get a penalty). Two plays later, Tim Tebow connected with his wide receiver Riley Cooper for a touchdown. Florida 31 and Alabama 20. Under two minutes left on the game clock, Gators defensive back Joe Haden intercepted John Parker Wilson’s pass. Did Florida basically have the game in the bag? Yes indeedy. Florida 31 and Alabama 20 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I wasn’t going to watch the SEC Championship game today…I was planning on going to see The Punisher: War Zone, but when I found out that my city was hosting the game,* well, how could I not watch it? I have no doubt that I’ve spent my afternoon in a much more fulfilling manner. On the topic of The Punisher, check out FilmThreat’s Scott Mendelson and his thoughts on all three existing films on the comic franchise.

2. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson were narrating today.

3. Gators running back/wide receiver Percy Harvin would not be playing today (he was injured last week against Florida State); head coach Urban Meyer wouldn’t let him get on the field.

4. The Gators were blue from neck to knee. The Crimson Tide was white from neck to knee.

5. The Crimson Tide defense was stupendously “on” after their offense made their first touchdown. If defense wins championships, it is also a significant generative mechanism for wonderful spectacle and drama.

6. Upon returning from the first commercial break in the top of the second quarter, Verne Lundquist informed Gary Danielson that Urban Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, will be going to Georgia Tech on scholarship and will be playing volleyball. Click here to read more about it.

7. Halftime featured a Dr. Pepper $100,000 scholarship football toss. Tina Hamshar and Erica Davis were the contestants. They probably had eight balls each in total. Neither of them got the first two balls into this giant Dr. Pepper can/barrel contraption. But Tina ended up throwing five in and Erica got six.

8. Tim Tebow’s touchdown pass to Riley Cooper in the bottom of the fourth quarter was quite amazing. Like his throw to Carl Moore in the first quarter, Tebow sent the ball through the air in a downward trajectory. He had surveyed his receiving options and Cooper was the only one who was in a position to be able to catch it. Cooper was quite low to the ground when he caught the ball and then took a couple of steps into the end zone.

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*A bit of typing and clicking revealed that my city has hosted the SEC Championship game since 1994, and, maybe, as a football fan, I should know this information. But I’m not quite that kind of fan. I haven’t memorized players’ or teams’ stats, I don’t know franchises’ histories like I know the back of my knees. As I explained to a friend a few weeks ago, I started watching televised football about three years ago but didn’t consider myself a fan until two years ago. Reducing it to the nitty gritty, I like football because it involves grown men in spandex and coveting a ball. The players display affection in ways that is seldom seen amongst straight males off-field, outside of a sports context. There is also a very nice mixture of athletic prowess (or strength), precision, and elegance of movement. Furthermore, cameras routinely pick up on these very tender moments between snaps–a running back might put the shoulder pad back under the jersey of the quarterback.

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Here’s a well-written, touching article about Falcons head coach Mike Smith.

College Football: Gators give the Bulldogs a blue christmas

UGA’s Bulldogs (in red jerseys) cartwheeled south to Jacksonville, Florida to play the Gators (in white jerseys) in front of 80,000+ spectators.  Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter started with a false start flag at twelve minutes and twenty-three seconds on Gators outside linebacker Carl Johnson.   A Bulldogs thirty-seven yard field goal attempt was no good.  The quarter ended with a touchdown by Gators wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Another UGA field goal attempt, in the top of the second quarter, was good.  Gators 7 and Bulldogs 3.  Florida scored again with a TD by its own quarterback Tim Tebow.  Or not.  Upon review in the replay booth, the TD call was reversed.  But on a second try, Tebow did indeed break the plane.  Florida 14 and UGA 3.  Blair Walsh, the Bulldogs kicker, kicked another unsuccessful field goal–the ball slammed into the middle of one of the uprights (the left one from the field POV).

The third quarter progressed to the halfway point and Tim Tebow made about TD (after Gators defensive back Joe Haden intercepted Matthew Stafford’s pass and ran eighty-eight yards).  Florida 21 and UGA 3.  Gators Louis Murphy ran into the end zone not long after that one.  Near the end of the third quarter, Florida recovered a fumbled Bulldogs ball and two plays later, Tebow got another TD.  35 to 3.   The fourth quarter began with another interception and then touchdown in the Gators’ favor; Percy Harvin made the TD catch. 41 to 3.   John Brantley took over quarterbacking duties for the Gators from that point.  He threw a TD to wide receiver Deonte Thompson.  49 to 3.  Joe Cox went in as quarterback for UGA about halfway into the fourth quarter.  The Bulldogs finally got a TD in the bottom of the quarter, thanks to tight end Aaron White’s catch.   Florida 49 and UGA 10.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson were commentators.  They remarked that Joe Haden and Louis Murphy’s contributions were facilitated by pulling on the shirts of Bulldogs players.

2. Tim Tebow was skipping along his sidelines with joy near the end of the game.  During commercial break, the side judge told him to return to the bench.

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In brighter news, the Ga Tech beat Florida St. 31 to 28.

College Football: UGA demythologizes LSU

UGA’s Bulldogs went west to visit fellow SEC rivals, the LSU Tigers. Nearly 93,000 spectators were in attendance. Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter started with LSU’s quarterback Jarrett Lee throwing an interception. UGA’s linebacker Darryl Gamble nabbed that ball and ran forty-yards for a touchdown. Bulldogs 7 and Tigers 0. LSU answered that turn of events with a TD of their own, thanks to wide receiver Brandon LaFell. 7 to 7. Yes, glory did have a hallelujah–the Bulldogs pounced back with a TD, courtesy of fullback Fred Munzenmaier.

UGA increased its lead again at the top of the second quarter with a TD catch by split end Kenneth Harris. Bulldogs 21 and Tigers 7. LSU increased their numbers with a fifty-eight yard field goal by kicker Colt David. Halfway through the second quarter, LSU running back Charles Scott put the ball into the end zone. Bulldogs 21 and Tigers 17. UGA safety Reshad Jones intercepted Jarrett Lee’s pass around four minutes in the second quarter. The Bulldogs tacked on three more points with a field goal. 24 to 17.

The third quarter started well for UGA–wide receiver A.J. Green put a touchdown on the board. Bulldogs 31 and Tigers 17. The bottom of the quarter included a field goal attempt by Colt David that went wide right. UGA’s running back Knowshon Moreno ran sixty-eight yards into the end zone for a TD on the Bulldogs’ next possession. UGA 38 and LSU 17. Following Moreno’s TD, LSU’s Charles Scott made it into the end zone. Bulldogs 38 and Tigers 24. At the very bottom of the third quarter, UGA kicker Blair Walsh missed a fifty-five yard field goal…quite blatantly missed it too.

The fourth quarter started with Bulldogs quarterback Matthew Stafford scurrying into the end zone for a touchdown. UGA 45 and LSU 24. The Tigers were not letting up any of their energy or determination, as evidenced by running back Keiland Williams’s TD. UGA 45 and LSU 31. Darryl Gamble intercepted another Lee pass for a TD in the bottom of the fourth quarter. But LSU was still not giving up. Brannan LaFell ran forty some-odd yards for a TD. Bulldogs 52 and Tigers 38. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. The opening montage announcer guy’s monologue took the form of boxing contender introductions.

2. Verne Lundquist, one of the commentators, continued with the boxing metaphor, remarking that the game carried significance much like a “championship fight.” Gary Danielson was the other commentator.

3. Loran’s Best got an extreme close-up after returning from commercial break following UGA’s field goal in the bottom of the second quarter.

4. This game marked UGA’s eleventh appearance at Tiger Stadium playing against LSU. They also scored the most number of points today than they have in previous games. I guess the 31 points as of the middle of the third quarter broke the track record.

5. As the commentators were talking about Knowshon Moreno’s 140 yards rushed today (after returning from the commercial break proceeding Moreno’s third quarter TD), the camera was on a medium close-up of LSU fans. Two men were in the middle of the screen. The man on screen right extended his middle finger to the camera (at which point, the camera zoomed back).

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A technicality, semantics, or a last resort to keep high school football alive in Atlanta. When budgets get slashed, everyone suffers. From no more field trips to scaled back arts programs. Nobody wants to see high school football affected, n’-est-ce pas? In economically brighter times, I suppose this kind of practice would be scandalous–not unfortunate but understandable.

Do you remember Ian Johnson?

Virginia beat GaTech. 24 to 17.

SEC Championship 2007: LSU Tigers wrench the title from the Tennesee Volunteers

The University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Louisiana State University Tigers fought it out at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA for the SEC Championship title.

The Volunteers tight end Chris Brown made the first touchdown of the game.  The Tigers put up two field goals by the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter was scoreless.  LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd made a TD in the top of the third quarter.  Volunteers wide receiver Josh Briscoe reclaimed the lead, 14 to 13, for his team with a TD in the bottom of the third quarter.

LSU corner back Jonathan Zenon intercepted a Tennessee pass and made a touchdown in just after the top of the fourth quarter.  Ryan Perrilloux, who stepped in as QB for this game because of Matt Flynn’s shoulder injury from a previous game, went into the end zone for a two-point conversion.  LSU 21.  Tennessee 14.

All right. LSU is going to the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Head Coach Les Miles must be so elated right now.

Observations & Miscellania:  

1.  Verne Lundquist, one of the commentators, said something along lines of “there’s Matt Flynn, the Matt Damon lookalike, on the sidelines” when the camera filmed the LSU quarterback.   Lundquist also pointed out that LSU’s previous appearances at the SEC Championship Game were in odd number years (2005, 2003, 2001).

2.  I believe Lundquist also mentioned in the third quarter that not since 1999 have the Volunteers worn all-orange uniforms.  Either he or Gary Danielson added that they look like moving dreamsicles.  Here are the non-all-orange uniforms.

3. Gary Danielson brought up the Pythagorean Theorem in an attempt to approximate some kind of value regarding the Byrd touchdown.

4. Three no good field goals today, two from Tennessee, one from LSU.

5. Ryan Perriloux sustained an index finger injury in the third quarter (if memory serves correctly).  He’d have to get stitches after the game ends.

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