To kick off 2006, I’m thankful for two things:
One – Football on HDTV
Two – That the Rose Bowl takes place close enough to the holidays that I was able to watch it at my parents’ house, the only people I know with HDTV
Much like Intrinsic blogged before me, I didn’t find myself emotionally invested in either USC or Texas. Mostly I was looking forward to a real championship game, between two teams that everyone could agree deserved to be there. In the end, I decided to throw my hat in with Matt Leinart’s Trojans, for the arbitrary reason that he, like me, is an Angel fan. Then, seeing Will Ferrell represent the USC fan in the pre-game show only helped to solidify my decision.
Nonetheless, I wasn’t exactly heartbroken when USC lost. However, if the Trojan winning streak had to end, I wanted Texas to really show that they deserved the national championship. I’m not completely convinced that that is what happened tonight. I’m not even going to bring up Reggie Bush’s first half failed lateral, a play I’d lose sleep over for the next two months if I were him. But USC’s clock management with less than four minutes left was questionable, the decision to go for it on fourth and 2 was dubious, and their inability to lay a hit on Young after 200 yards of rushing was disgusting. It hurts to watch such a historic streak end on a day when you had so many chances.
To end on a positive note, it was the performance of Vince Young that redeemed this game. After the game, everyone on the sideline couldn’t stop imploring him to go pro tomorrow, but I disagree. Vince: please allow us one more NCAA season. The NFL just won’t do you justice. Too many amazing quarterbacks have become boring after one season in the No Fun League. Vince, I feel like we just got to know you.