There are just under two-and-a-half minutes left in the national championship. You have a five point lead, you have the ball at the fifty yard line, it’s second down with seven to go. You have two running backs with over one thousand yards this season. The clock is running. Do you call:
(A) a running play? It’s a low-risk play, and you will very likely get a few yards closer to a first down. The clock will keep running, unless your opponents decide to burn one of their precious timeouts. If you get the first down, you can almost definitely run out the clock.
(B) a passing play? It’s a higher-risk play. You might get a few yards closer to a first down, you might have it picked off, you might get sacked, you might have the receiver break for a touchdown… or it might fall incomplete, leaving you with a 3rd and long, leaving your opponents with all of their timeouts, and stopping the clock with 2:25 left in the game.
If you chose (A), congratulations! You’re about to win your 35th game in a row and your third straight national championship.
If you chose (B), you’re USC and you are impossibly stupid.
Shockingly, in all the articles I’ve read about the game, in all the analysis I’ve seen, no one has addressed that particular play: the one that truly invoked the wrath of the Gods of Football.
It wasn’t Reggie Bush’s fumbled lateral early in the game, which killed a drive that could have made it 14-0, USC. It wasn’t Texas’ first touchdown, when the refs seemed to miss Vince Young’s knee being down, seemed to miss what could have been a forward lateral, and didn’t seem to be in a hurry to review the play. It wasn’t the 4th and 2, two plays after the incompletepass, that USC didn’t convert.
It was that stupid, stupid pass on 2nd and 7, which gave Texas one last glimmer of hope on a night when Vince Young was playing the best game of his (or anyone else’s) life. USC should never have given him the chance… but they did, and got what they deserved.
This entry was posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2006 at 4:10 PM.
2 Responses to “Rose-tinted Karma.”
- aabrock Says:
January 5th, 2006 at 10:34 PM
Like my grand-pappy used to say: “When you throw the football, three things can happen…and two of them are bad.”
- jmanpc Says:
January 11th, 2006 at 9:19 PM
how bout them jags