Alabama 21 LSU 0
Alabama arguably beat themselves in this year’s first game against LSU — presumptuously dubbed the Game of the Century. LSU went on to win the SEC championship. But on Monday night, when it really counted, Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide pummeled Les Miles’ Tigers into submission to the point where the Tigers were totally unrecognizable.
On Monday night, Ben watched the Auburn-Oregon game at Luther’s lakefront house. As the confetti poured out of the indoor sky, Luther gave him a look, at which Ben responded, “You remember what my Daddy told me when I was in grade school, Luther?”
Ben, who weighs a hair under 300, smiled and replied, “I sure do, buddy.
Scott Ramsey, president of the Music City Bowl, thinks Tennessee is “very attractive.” Steve Erhart, executive director of the Liberty Bowl, would “love to have” us. But, Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett did not return phone calls of inquiry from the News Sentinel made on Tuesday.
Well, we can’t have all of the bowls schmoozing us, I suppose. But, it is nice to be loved a little, even if it is from men representing bowl games that we fans would turn down if the clock were turned back a decade or so.
How times have changed.
College football has a lot to learn about how to choose its champion. Monday night should serve as the final lesson.
When the draw for the 2010 NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament was held on March 14, it looked like the final game would certainly include one or more of Kentucky, Kansas, or perhaps Duke. On the other hand, Butler University was just another participant — one with a basketball tradition, mind you — but likely only to break into the Sweet Sixteen if things went swimmingly for the Bulldogs.
What we learned during this tournament, and what we saw on Monday night, was that Brad Stevens’ Butler basketball team belonged in the championship game. They approached the game the right way, without an ounce of bravado, with pounds full of fundamentally sound basketball. They were worthy of being a national champion. Read More…
Except for rare circumstances, I pull for SEC schools against non-conference foes. Thursday night’s National Championship game, Alabama vs Texas, played at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, was not a rare circumstance for me.
Usually, what’s good for the SEC is good for Tennessee. It brings continued pride, wealth, and the national spotlight on my conference, and some of that spotlight shines on the Vols, even when we are in the middle of the conference’s pack. Read More…