It’s over.

Another college football season in the books – one that should go down as being as memorable a year as we fans have ever seen.

Congrats to the LSU Tigers for winning the MNC. Condolences to the Ohio State Buckeyes for coming up short. Again. What OSU and its fans are going to hear over the next several months won’t be fun, but in fairness, it’s pretty impressive to play in back-to back BCS title games (and Ohio State will be back in the mix next season, too).

A few random thoughts about last night’s game:

  • My 22 year old daughter, a casual fan who watched the game with me, had this to say when Urban Meyer’s mug first appeared on the TV screen: “What the hell is he doing there?” I admit that I didn’t have a good answer. We both agreed that he didn’t have much of a future in broadcasting.
  • JaMarcus Russell.  Dude, have somebody else buy your clothes.  Or stay off national TV unless you’re in a football jersey.  Please.
  • Stewart Mandel got one thing right. The Tigers managed to be a team that played a big game without being upset. Given the way this season has gone, that’s almost an upset in itself. Maybe it’s a harbinger of things to come in ’08.
  • How long do you think Todd Boeckman is going to have his sleep disturbed by the memory of a leaping Ali Highsmith?
  • I don’t know if Bo Pelini will turn out to be a better head coach than Mark Richt, but it looks like, at least to this point, he’s a better multi-tasker. After some initial rust, his defense played very well and shut OSU’s offense down in the second half until garbage time.
  • Who would have thought going in that LSU would turn out to be the more disciplined team, at least from a penalty standpoint?
  • Speaking of which, I thought the key moment of the game was the roughing the punter penalty that gave LSU new life after a drive had stalled because of one of Flynn’s few bad decisions of the night. LSU took advantage by going in for a touchdown that really opened the lead up for good.
  • And speaking of the roughing penalty, one thing I have to give Fox credit for is that it didn’t do what everyone in the football watching universe would have expected ESPN to do in the same situation, namely, dwell endlessly on the poor kid who screwed up, a la Mack Brown’s stepson.
  • On the other hand, it’s fair to say – it’s the mirrors – that ESPN is not as relentlessly – Jumpers 2.14.08 – commercial during a broadcast as Fox is. I don’t know about you, but I hope that movie flops. Big time.
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11 responses to “It’s over.

  1. All those band shots, and Fox couldn’t show LSU’s Golden Girls more than three or four times?

    Go away, Fox. No, I don’t want to hear it. Just go away. You’re dead to me.

  2. I tell you what, somebody at Fox likes him some band.

    I could have done with less band and more replay – especially when Davis was trying to describe why a play worked without illustration.

  3. Why I loved the Jumpers replay:

    - The moronic 007 gun-POV
    - That it was used to show plays THAT HAPPENED A QUARTER AGO

  4. Imarealist

    What’s the deal with the black leather jackets worn by the winning coaches? I noticed it last year with Urban Meyer, and thought, “That’s kinda weird.”

    Then, this year, ole Lester is sporting one, too. Is it a BCS thing? Is that the grand prize for the winning coach – a black leather jacket with team & BCS patches? If so, I’d ask for the cash value instead.

  5. motorcitymad

    Agreed that those jackets were tired; I’d hate to have my moment of glory spoiled by brutal outerwear.

    Also, was I the only one having trouble figuring out Jamarcus’ ‘BAMA BOY’ pendant? I’m OK with supporting the hometown state, but that was an elephant, right? For the former LSU quarterback? At LSU’s national title game? I’m confused… Did anyone else think Troy Smith was making fun of him? I had a hard time interpreting it – his face was so serious, but surely he wasn’t that impressed…

  6. Tenn_Dawg

    I thought the Bama Boy bling was weird too. The pullover JaMarcus had on was awful as well. I liked Troy’s wardrobe with the red IZOD and hat on backwards. He looked like he could fit in Athens on Saturdays.

  7. Ally

    Casual fan or not, your daughter is a genious ;-)

  8. I raised my kids right, Ally.

  9. As for Pelini as a multi-tasker.

    I think Richt having already won 2 national titles…he wasn’t as hungry for the third as an assistant. I think he was more worried about his first as a head coach. To that end, he did a disservice to his FSU kids.

    Pelini was more desperate for a national title. First, he doesn’t have one. And as a former OSU alum, he was not at all interested in hearing about Jan. 1, 2008 for the rest of his life at reunions….well…not in the negative anyway.

    In other words, I think Richt handled his situation poorly for the FSU side of the ledger. Worked out great for us though.

    BTW — How excited must you be right now if you’re a Nebraska fan? Pelini is DEFINITELY bringing the black shirts back.

  10. CLTDawg

    He’s got to bring some athletes back first PWD – not that it should be that hard following a total moron of a HC.

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