I didn’t watch all of the college football bowl games this year, but I did get to see quite a few and found myself making mental observations about what I saw.I finally got to the point that I began to write down some of these things so that I could include them in a column. Now don’t be fooled into thinking that all of my thoughts dealt with football, but they did have some connection with the games that I was watching.
I find myself a little tired of the Gatorade/water bath that the winning team seems to always want to douse on their coach. The TV network seems to put more emphasis on the players preparing and sneaking around getting ready to drown the coach than they do to the game. This childish act was cute for a year or two but it has become a very old and annoying performance. Stop the silliness!
I tuned in the Wisconsin-South Carolina game and made a point of watching Jadaveon Clowney. I guess he played okay, but what I noticed most about him was his “strutting” around after every play. He had this walk that gave the impression of “here I am - everybody watch me.” This guy may turn into a great pr,o but I expect that they will knock his little sissy strut out of him!
I watched a good bit of the Georgia-Nebraska game and got the impression that the Georgia players weren’t too excited about being in Jacksonville that day. Their performance was lethargic and they ended up losing a game that they should have easily won. Even Coach Mark Richt seemed a bit more somber than usual. Felt sorry for Arthur Lynch, who dropped a pass in the last minute of the game that would have probably given Georgia a win. He played well all day then had one bad play.
I saw a very little bit of the Maryland-Marshall game and couldn’t help but notice the helmets of both teams. As usual Maryland’s were horrible and I found Marshall’s to be different from what I normally see them wear. They had white helmets with their usual large green “M” on one side and “75” on the other. Every player had the “75” on his helmet so I knew it had nothing to do with the uniform numbers. I later found out that the “75” was there to honor the 75 Marshall team members, coaches, and officials who lost their lives in the horrendous 1971 plane crash that occurred as the Thundering Herd returned from a road game at East Carolina. What a classy tribute! By the way, Marshall beat Maryland 31-10.
Another thing that I am a bit tired of is the use of the word “nation.” Does every team have a “nation?” All of the time I am hearing about the “Gator Nation” or the “Wildcat Nation” or the “Gamecock Nation” or whatever. It becomes a bit sickening. Find another way to refer to a team’s fans!
Coach Tommy Tuberville’s Cincinnati Bearcat team was quite unique in that it had a few players with some very famous names. It is normal to find a team with a famous name on the roster but Cincinnati had three that were mentioned during the game. They had Ralph David Abernathy IV, Hosea Williams, and Mike Tyson. Makes for interesting broadcasting I’m sure.
I saw Ole Miss’ new mascot on the sidelines. It’s a big black bear or something. I, along with millions of other fans, miss Colonel Reb on the Mississippi sidelines. Call it political correctness or just plain liberal tradition destruction, but the decision to replace Colonel Reb was a dreadful mistake! We want the Colonel back!!!
I watched the Baylor-UCF game a good bit. I found it very strange that Baylor wore black jerseys and had their players names on the back in dark gray. Couldn’t read a single one of them, even on close-up shots.
I guess that UCF was the only bowl team with the nickname “Knights.” Of course our Upson-Lee High School has that nickname and as I watched the game I determined that UCF’s black, gold, and white colors looked much better that UL’s black, purple, and silver. I have never made it a secret that I don’t like the UL colors, especially the purple. It is very difficult to make attractive uniforms with black, silver, and purple. Well, that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it!
I had to deal with Brent Musburger in a couple of games and it was very hard. This guy is over the hill and makes enough mistakes to last a lifetime. I really hate to watch a game when he is broadcasting, but during the bowl season there may not be too many options.
A few other quick observations - George O’Leary is a heckuva football coach - Blake Bortles, Connor Shaw and Teddy Bridgewater are really good quarterbacks - Nick Saban never looks like he is having fun whether during a game or during the post-game press conference - Boston College’s Andre Williams was disappointing - Charlie Strong is not a good fit for the Texas head coaching job - Tre Mason is as good as any running back in the nation.
And finally, I was very disappointed in Auburn’s loss to Florida State in the National Championship game, but the Seminoles are a worthy and deserving champion and I congratulate FSU and their fans (not their nation). Auburn had a great season and their performance in the title game gave the nation proof that they deserved to be there.These guys gave it their all and gave all Auburn fans a very memorable season. How can you be sad about that? Congrats to our own Tunde Fariyike who represented our community with style and class throughout his Auburn career. He surely will have some great memories!