What a last 24 hours in the sporting world. Major headlines galore. It is a heck of a time to be a sporting fan. And I pose the question to you. When is it not a good time to be a sports fan in this day and age?
Here is a look at some of the main topics going on.
SEC Supremacy Continues
Most of you probably tuned in to the BCS National Title game last evening. From the record-setting TV ratings, it is very likely actually that you watched this game. Well either way, you are aware that an SEC School brought home the title for an unprecedented 5th consecutive years. Though an entertaining game, it came nowhere near the 2006 National Title matchup between Vince Young’s Longhorns and the supposedly “unbeatable” (and cheating)” USC Trojans. The game last night went somewhat as I expected. The first quarter was a demonstration of both teams crapping their pants. Neither team executed offensively the way they are capable of. Consequently, neither team put up any points. This is typical with the nerves that come from playing in a National Championship game. Ultimately, the game came down to the wrist of Auburn’s Freshman Running Back, Michael Dyer. What a game for the Freshman out of Little Rock. But nobody wanted the game to come down to a call that is still very debatable in my eyes. So it was a fun game to watch regardless of the sloppy play. But here are some key takeaways.
-Number one, give me a playoff. Neither of these teams had played a game in well over a month, and boy did it show. That was not the Oregon offense that averaged over 49 points a game this season. Now kudos to Mr. Fairley, and Auburn’s defense, which put together a stellar effort, but the time off hurt Oregon. In addition, that was not the Cam Newton that we watched in the SEC Championship game against South Carolina. Sure Newton played well, and did enough to win, but much of his momentum had been lost.
-Also, my apologies to TCU. Sure they are acting like they do not care and are very happy with a year in which they got to win the prestigious Rose Bowl. But you are going to tell me that they did not want or deserve some sort of shot at the title?
-I realize that the game was on the West Coast, but it went entirely too late. Anybody who worked yesterday had to be struggling to stay awake for the 4th quarter.
How does it feel to know that you were at best the 3rd choice for a job?
I will admit that statement above is a bit harsh, yet it is true. Jim Harbaugh passed. Les Miles passed (whether Michigan’s AD admits it or not). And now Brady Hoke is the new coach in Ann Arbor. Boy does he have a tall task ahead of him. Yet, I have a good feeling about this guy for some reason. Maybe it is the optimist in me, but the winningest program in NCAA history will eventually have to turn things around. People will just have to be patient. Former Wolverines like Charles Woodson, Tom Brady, and Lloyd Carr all rave about this guy. Believe me, they are not being forced to hype this guy up. They could always just give a “no comment” or an extremely generic answer. These guys seem ecstatic to have this Hoke guy running things in the The Big House. I just have one piece of advice for Mr. Hoke as he steps into his supposed “dream job.” Make sure to put up an over 500 record in The Big House. Or Hoke will be let out the back door inside of 3 years without questions asked.
The Closer Shuts the Door
It is hard to fathom, but the time has come. Trevor Hoffman is finally hanging up the cleats. Arguably the greatest closer of all time, Hoffman is calling it quits after 17 years. He retires with 601 saves, the most in MLB history (41 ahead of Mariano Rivera). Will the game ever see a closer hit 600 saves again? In an era where consistent relief pitchers are few and far between, Hoffman flourished over the better part of 2 decades. The MLB will definitely miss this sure-fire Hall of Famer. Cincinnati has to be kicking themselves for not keeping the kid that they drafted out of Arizona University in 1989.
So I realize there are many other major headlines going on today. Ron Rivera was hired as the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Ed Reed has returned to his 2nd family, the Baltimore Ravens, after tending to some family business. And the NHL has revealed their All Star Roster in full.
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