On the West Coast We’re Doing it All Wrong

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On Saturday I had the pleasure of watching one of the greatest college football games of all time.  It was the SEC championship game.  The hyperbole oozing out of my television speakers was thick enough to stain my carpet.  Twitter was no better; nor were the things being printed on ESPN.  As I sat there, what I thought I saw was an Alabama defense allowing receivers to get so far past the secondary that they actually had time to stop and catch what I thought were wobbling turkeys coming out of Aaron Murray’s hand.  I thought I saw the Georgia defensive front getting pushed around like a Walmart shopping cart on Black Friday.  I thought I saw an Alabama offense so vanilla that punting on a fourth and one from Georgia’s forty seemed logical.  But oh, how wrong I was.

Listening to Verne Lunquist and Gary Danielson (the CBS television crew) I learned that what I actually saw was a masterful offensive scheme that resulted in unprecedented long passes.  What I actually saw were Aaron Murray works-of-art that would forever cement his status as one of the Georgia greats.  What I actually saw was an Alabama line so forceful that it was only logical that Georgia’s front just fell over in their presence.  What I actually saw was a defense so amazing and coaching so outstanding that the idea of actually trying to score a points when on the opponent’s side of the ball was a waste of good field position.

You see, when a Pac-12 game is full of bad football we are apt to point it out.  When a quarterback can’t throw the ball downfield we don’t call him a “game manager.”  When a defensive front lays down on the field like an early winter snow we don’t laud the opponent’s offensive line.  But since the SEC has become the conference by which all other conferences are measured there is never anything negative to say.  The west coast football fan needs to stop being so objective and realistic and start the hyperbole.  It works for the SEC.

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Gabe Judah

Gabe Judah

Gabe Judah is a high school educator, two time UofO graduate, a frenzied father of two, a fortunate husband of one, and a thoughtful fan of Duck athletics. While at the UofO, Gave pitched for the club baseball team, but perhaps his greatest contribution to Oregon sports was when he helped a Sporting News All-American safety pass a 200 level Spanish class.

  • panfriedsteak

    Gabe, with all due respect you satire falls far short of being funny. You see Gabe the object of the game is to win, not please a partisian crowd with beautiful arcing passes or offensive formations that please the eye of fans every where. Nobody cares how beautiful your uniforms are because the unis don’t make the man and they don’t win games. You PAC 12 guys all seem to think style points go on the score board. The hard truth is they don’t. I assure you that if you did watch the SEC Championship game you saw the game being played at the very highest level, no quarter asked, non given. Go ahead and try to make fun of the SEC, but the harsh reality there 6 count them 6 teams from the SEC in the top ten of the poll that matters.

  • northstar

    Nice job Gabe. Judging by the response from panfriedsteak…………zing!!!!!!!!!! ……someone is in some serious pain and denial