You know, with the fourth quarter success Texas has had in the Rose Bowl the past two years, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Longhorns petition the BCS to let them play in that game every year. Give the Longhorns a ton of credit--they may be down, but they are never out.
Which all I can say for that is--thank goodness. I was so sick of hearing how USC could apparently beat every great team that had ever played the game, past, present and future. (In all honesty, I think the 2471 Klingon Gaghs team could go toe to toe with USC and more than hold their own). So, congrats to Texas on winning and ensured that a team with the intials UT takes home a national championship.
Of course now that Texas has won and the way in which the game played out, the pundits are calling it the greatest game ever, which I'm not sure I agree with. If you're a Texas fan, I can see how it would rank up there near the top of the list but overall it was a great game, but best ever....I think it's a wait and see kind of thing. Give it a day or two to sink in and step back and think about it before we declare it the best game ever. I mean, back in 2000, the Titans vs Rams Super Bowl was declared the best Super Bowl ever, only to be supplanted in the media's eyes a few years later by the Rams vs the Patriots.
There was also some debate on the radio this morning about Keith Jackson calling the game. Now, I have nothing against Jackson, per se, but I do agree the man has lost a step. Of course, part of that is I'm still pissed that during the Tennessee/Florida State national title game, we had to take time away from silly things like the game in the 4th quarter so that we could hear Lynn Swan, Bob Griese and the guy who got Keith coffee for 70 years during games wax about how great Keith was and how much they'd miss him when he retired. But then, the next season, Jackson was back in the booth and we all went--what the heck?!? If you're gonna retire, Keith, then retire. John Ward retired that same year from broadcasting and you don't hear him running back into the booth to call a game or two for the Vols. (Even though most of us would love it to happen since Bob Kesling is a huge dud as the Voice of the Vols...what kind of deal do we have to make with Satan to get Mike Keith as the Voice of the Vols? Whatever it is...just do it.) Jackson was a bit lost during the game and seemed out of it.
Seriously, I'd rather have seen Jackson pull a Carson--he retires while he's still on top of his game and is fondly remembered by the public. Carson did the smart thing by walking away at the top of his game and never succumbing to the tempation to mount a comeback. Instead, he let his body of work speak for itself. I wish Jackson had done the same.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 1/05/2006 08:41:00 AM