I'm as cynical of pre-game hype as they come, but that truly was a great game.
Sometimes being the one sole post-game nattering nabob of negativism in the media is not worth the cheap laughs. It's easy to write negatively about things; much harder to write eloquently about what made the game great. The guy probably would have pissed on the Ali-Frazier fights too.
Anyone who watched that game and ended up with a bad taste in their mouth ought to be checked out for mouth cancer.
Okay, I'm mighty biased as anyone who has read my pro-Texas ravings on this board knows, but:
As someone who consciously tries to avoid hyperbole and tries to be a dignified, clear-thinking journalist, that really was the greatest football game I have ever seen. I'd say that if Texas had lost, too. I was saying to my friends watching the game during the fourth quarter before it ended, and the crazy finish simply solidified my stance. I've seen lots of hard-fought, action-packed, down-to-the-wire games (Nebraska-Miami back in that early-80s Orange Bowl, the famous San Diego-Miami playoff game, the Dwight Clark "the catch" game against the Cowboys), and that topped them all.
gh wrote:I'd have to vote for Nebraska/Oklahoma of '71, and since I hate both schools (in a football sense), I'm completely free of bias there.
That WAS the greatest game ever (IMO), but this one was truly the Manila Ali-Frazier thrilla fight of college football. It was the Beamon, the DiMaggio, the Lance Armstrong, the . . . (insert further raving hyperbole here).
I'm with TwitDeb on this one - if you don't get why this was so good, you need a check-up from the neck up, cuz you ain't fogging no mirror, honey.
I grew up "knowing" that the greatest college football game ever played was the 1946 Army-Notre Dame game at Yankee Stadium. Ended in a 0-0 tie (Yeah, I know, it sounds too much like a soccer score!).
Three one-time Heisman winners were on the field at the same time, the only time this has occurred. Doc Blanchard had won the tropy the year before, Glenn Davis would win it in '46, and Johnny Lujack would win in '47.
Lujack stopped a likely Blanchard TD run with a tackle which broke Blanchard's leg.
At least, that's how I remember hearing the stories. And I was never a college football fan. Nor am I that old.
dj wrote:I grew up "knowing" that the greatest college football game ever played was the 1946 Army-Notre Dame game at Yankee Stadium.
Army? Notre Dame? Who cares?
DJ should know that the greatest college football game ever played was The Game of 1968. (For those of us of a certain education and a certain age "The Game" is the only reference needed.)
Two teams with a storied rivalry finished their season with The Game then, as now. In 1968, they both entered The Game undefeated. With less than four minutes to play, the home team was behind 29-13. The final score was 29-29. It simply doesn't get any better than that.
twittering debutante wrote:...post-game nattering nabob of negativism in the media is not worth the cheap laughs.
I'm sure that the Texas/USC game will move near or to the top of the list. I'm just saying that I didn't watch the game because of the pundit's pre-game propegandic prosthelitizing. Oh well, it's my loss but then again I didn't get to see my beloved baseball beantowners banish the Bambino's bane.
Those same pre-digested pabulum pushers raised Vince Young to god-like status and 24 hours later are criticizing his throwing motion. Why don't they criticize Jim Furyk's golf swing or Peyton Manning's sub-par performance in the NFL combines during his rookie season. Manning was considered one of the least talented QB's after the combines...bit I digress.
I guess I'm on your side TD...except for the cheap laughs part.
I sent that column to Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation, as well call it. Because, sure enough, he had a column in which he wrote: "I have a new order [of greatest games of all time]. The 2006 Rose Bowl stands at the top." Column was titled: "Ever Seen A Better Game?" On the continuation of the column inside the paper, the second headline read: "Bradley: We just witnessed best college game ever played."
I enjoyed having this column to fire back to Mr. Smarty Pants, Mark Bradley. Hope he feels silly now.
in that link to the story on "The Game" it says that the athlete Champi, "2 games into his senior season, quit football to concentrate on track!"
So maybe THAT is why it counts as a "greatest game"- got an athlete back into our sport!