January 5th, 2006


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jimbojones
01:45 am - zOMG ROSE BOWL WOOOO
So, I was over at Nate's watching the Rose Bowl tonight.  Oh my god that was the best game I think I've ever seen, especially college.  (It's really weird to me going on about a football game.  ME.  But here I am.  How things change, eh?)  Anyway I was rooting for Texas, not because I have any particular vested interest in either (the OTHER) USC or in Texas, but just because Vince Young is fucking phenomenal to watch on the field.  If you've read me obsessively, you may have seen me gripe about people not having situational awareness.  Well, not him.

Some quarterbacks panic the minute defenders get anywhere near them, blocked or not.  Others trust their blockers completely, and zone in on the receivers.  But Vince Young is phenomenal; he's standing there cool as a cucumber in a pocket of six or seven blocked-but-struggling defenders on all sides, patiently waiting for a pass opportunity or the need to run - and maintaining awareness of every one of those defenders the whole time.  Situational, fucking, awareness.  And damn his running game was good tonight, too.

Alright, I'm done jocking/dorking out over football now.  I'm just glad Texas got the upset, they played one hell of a game.  (And USC's Matt Leinert is a dick - wtf was with that comment "we're a better team, they just pulled off some plays" after they lost?)


 

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[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: January 5th, 2006 - 07:53 am
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Sportsmanship is alive and well, huh?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: January 5th, 2006 - 07:58 am
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::sniffs haughtily:: what can you expect, from that other "USC?"

Not that I'm proud of my USC's quarterback. Jesus christ. I don't think Blake Mitchell has any sportsmanship problems, but let one defender on the other side of TWO blockers get within ten yards of him, and he spazzes out like he's flashing back to playing smear-the-queer in the fifth grade. With eighth graders. Hold on to the ball long enough to PASS IT TO SOMEONE, preferably someone on your own TEAM, you freaking nancy-boy! I think Spurrier's gonna can him with EXTREME prejudice in '06. At least I sure's hell hope he is.


 
[User Picture] From: thesadpunk
Date: January 5th, 2006 - 12:48 pm
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When you look at USC's schedule, who did they actually play that was good? Notre Dame, maybe? They barely won that game. (Field goal.) You can say the same thing about Texas though. The only tough team they played all season was Ohio State, and they would have lost that game had OSU not dropped the winning TD pass in the final few minutes.

I'm not trying to strip Young of the accolades he rightly deserves, but to me, as a team, neither Texas nor USC were really deserving of their rankings. They both played an exciting final game though. Not as good as the OSU/Miami National Championship of 2002 of course, but still, highly entertaining.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: January 5th, 2006 - 05:03 pm
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Yeah I definitely got the impression neither of them were really used to being tested as a team. It seemed pretty obvious that both teams had GOOD defense, but not very flexible defense. USC couldn't start really advancing until they started using L... crap, I can't remember his name. The guy that ISN'T Reggie fucking Bush. First half of the game, it was just "oh let's give it to Reggie like we always do, hey, why is he always covered to death?" until they finally started using the rest of the team while they were on the offense.

Which isn't to say anything against Reggie (or for that matter the really good running back whose name I'm failing to remember - Derek somebody? they finally started utilizing in the last half). Just that it was reeeaaallly obvious USC had never been tested as a team, or they would have been mixing it up enough to keep the "just dogpile Reggie Bush" defensive strategy from working from the opening kickoff.


 
[User Picture] From: wanton_bliss
Date: January 5th, 2006 - 02:52 pm
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This is the game with the puck, right?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: January 5th, 2006 - 05:03 pm
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No, that's basketball. This is the one with the racquets.


 
From: cpf
Date: January 6th, 2006 - 02:15 am
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Did you see the halftime marching band shows? USC did a Michael Jackson medley complete with crotch grabbing. In what amounted to a red state/blue state showdown, it was embarrassing for the entire left coast. Up to that point I had not been rooting one way or the other, but they lost my support with that.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: January 6th, 2006 - 03:08 am
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Yeah, I caught that. At one point a small group of them on the sidelines also spontaneously did this porno-style hands-on-the-ground-behind-the-back crotch-pumping thing in the background while the cameraman was interviewing somebody, it was hilarious. Kristin made Nate replay it on the DVR when he came back in the room. A definite "wtf" moment.


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