Thursday, January 05, 2006

More rosy thoughts

The Rose Bowl just ended and it lived up to all, and I really mean all, of the hype.

The game featured incredible performances by three Heisman finalists, a big comeback and a last minute, game-winning touchdown.

Whew! I'm exhausted. For those of you who watched, it was a game that will be talked about for a long time.

For those of you who didn't, first of all, shame on you. Second of all, Texas won 41-38 on a Vince Young 9-yard TD run with 19 seconds left. Thought you'd like to know.

Some more thoughts:

-Pete Carroll is maybe the classiest guy in college football. After a gut-wrenching loss, where the Trojans blew a 12-point lead with under seven minutes in the game, Carroll quickly gave ABC an interview where he was not sore about the loss at all. He even gave kudos to Mack Brown. (That part I probably wouldn't have done).

-Vince Young should go straight to the pros. Now! The guy is incredible and would likely be the second overall pick. The Saints may shit themselves if he announces he's turning pro.

-Matthew McConaughey was shown on the field taking part in the Longhorns' celebration. Last time I checked he was a mediocre-to-bad actor and doesn't have a damn thing to do with football.

-For how good of a coach Carroll is, he had some questionable, calls. He went for it twice on fourth down and missed. And on the second missed fourth down play-- with a first down all but sealing the win for USC -- Reggie Bush was on the sidelines! Wow.

-But, on second and third and fourth thought, maybe they weren't such questionable calls. Some would say that on 4th and 2 in Texas territory with a first down clinching the win, going for it was the right thing to do. And giving the ball to White, rather than Bush? Well, he's the big, short-yardage runner.

-Some final stats:

Vince Young: 30/40 passing, 267 yards, 0 TD/INT; 19 carries, 200 yards, 3 TDs.
(Are you kidding? His pro stock is higher than Nate Newton!)

Matt Leinart: 29/40, 365 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
(Hey, at least he may avoid the Saints if Young enters the draft.)

LenDale White: 20 carries, 124 yards, 3 TDs
(Remember me?)

Reggie Bush: 13 carries, 82 yards, 1 TD; 6 catches, 95 yards.
(Houston, you no longer have a problem.)

Keith Jackson: 6 hotdogs, 3 red ropes, 4 bags of peanuts, 2 soft pretzels, 1 ice cream, a bloomin' onion, and a six-pack of Mickey's grenades.

Dan Fouts: 3 profound comments; 16 strokes of the beard.

In other news: Lynn Swann announced he is running for the Pennsylvania governor, while Jessica Alba says she will take a stab at the U.S. Senate.

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