So close. Man, that was so close. One play. That’s all it would have taken, one play. How sweet it could have been. But now, it’s just bitter. Well, at least it was close this time. You weren’t embarrassed or blown out. You kept it close and made it, probably, the best bowl game so far. But in the end, you did want everyone expected: Lose.
Poor Ohio State. So close they were. They played well and made it a game when I, and many other people, thought Texas would roll over them. What it came down to was the better team made the bigger plays when the needed to.
Before all you OSU fans weigh in, let me guess what all your excuses for the loss are going to be. Here’s what I’m sure are you saying this morning.
If Chris Wells didn’t get hurt, we would have won.
If we would have scored a touchdown instead of a field goal in the first half, we would have won.
We dominated the first half.
The spot on Texas’s fourth down play was bad. (And it was. He was clearly across the 40 and it shouldn’t have even needed to be measured to be a first down.)
If (who ever that safety was) makes the tackle, Texas doesn’t score.
If Todd Boeckman doesn’t take a sack we have a chance to possibly kick a game tying field goal.
Our defensive played good enough to win.
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. None of that happened. You had chances to break open the game early and you didn’t.
You lost to a very good team, a better team. The game was better than anyone expected. Take your moral victory and build on it for next year. As good as Pryor can be, he better learn how to throw a football before August. He looked horrible throwing the ball. What does it say about your “star quarterback” if you replace him with his back-up every time it’s a passing situation? I would say that doesn’t show much confidence. And if that’s the case, at least you know he can catch the fade route.
I think there should be a rule, if you make it to three straight BCS bowl games, and lose all three, you are banned from BCS games until you win another bowl game.
(Oh, and, yes, I know Michigan wasn’t in a bowl game. That joke holds no merit. I know they suck/ed so it really won’t matter if you try to pull the “Ohio State at least was in a bowl game, where was Michigan” crap but since OSU fans aren’t very smart, I’m sure we’ll see some version of that comment from W, Damman and Seal. Well, maybe not Seal. He’ll just come with the “I hate you” line.)
In other news…
One more reason to hope the entire Washington Wizards team becomes infected with AIDS, the plague, rabies and death. Now they are making fun of The King’s “crab dribble.” This all stems from the borderline travel call on LBJ at the end of the Wizards-Cavs game from Sunday. It may have been a travel in high school but this is the NBA and he is LeBron James and it was the deciding play in the game. That shouldn’t have been a travel call. Now, the Wizards are making fun of the move LeBron tried.
“I’ll have to check in my book to see what a ‘crab dribble’ is. I’m not quite sure,” Washington interim coach Ed Tapscott said. “I do know that we don’t seem to get away with very many of them, whatever they are.”
Antawn Jamison said, “I know what a traveling is. … I think we all know what traveling is.”
Caron Butler said “‘Crab dribble’ is when you, uh, travel. That’s the hottest thing on the market right now. I couldn’t do it in AAU, I couldn’t do it in college, and obviously I can’t do it now.”
I hate you all so much. Even if it is a travel call, why would you want to make fun of LBJ. You do know that he has beat you in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. You do know you’ve won seven games all year, more than Cleveland’s lost. And the next time you play Cleveland when LeBron’s going off for 55, remember, you brought it on yourself.