When the mighty fall, everyone piles on. So, goes the blog world (it takes a lot for me to blog about something I did not care about before, but enough is enough).
Why did Leinart think USC was the best team, when speaking in the heat of the moment at the very second his team lost for the first time in 35 games (last 3 losses of 3 points or less)? Was is because he is an arrogant p_ _ k, like Dustin says? Or, as Eric says, did he need a "reality check"? As Tim says, does he need to "be a man"?
(#11 congratulating Young after the game. Does this look like a jerk in need of some reality?)
If my team lost a game (after winning 34 straight) with 19 seconds left, due to 1 controversial call (which should have reviewed), a boneheaded play by the Heisman Trophy winner, poor clock management and scrambling by me the Heisman Trophy winning QB and a coach that was too aggressive on a 4th & 2, I may need a reality check. I would feel just like Matt. Anyone would.
In tennis, when you lose a point due to your own poor play (and not due to the play of your opponent), it is called an unforced error. As great as Vince Young played, he would not have beaten the Trojans if they had not beaten themselves
obviously the knee is down
unforced error by Bush
I don't even care about USC. Heck, UT is one of the only things I like about Texas (Austin is a cool town. It is the mortal enemy of A&M, whom I hate). But, lay off people.
Matt Leinart is one of the class acts of college football (even if he is too hyped). He took the time after the game to wait outside UT's locker room and congratulate the players, as did Reggie Bush. He stayed in school because he was having fun and wanted to be part of something historic (and not just make cash). What pro team would not want a player like that (sounds like he could be a Patriot- show me the rings/ not show me the money)?
Reggie Bush plays like a combination of Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Gayle Sayers (I have seen the videos), yet seems to handle himself like Warrick Dunn (or Sanders). Neither of these guys is as cocky as Vince Young (don't get me wrong, I could care less if Young is cocky- "it ain't braggin' if you can back it up"). We will see if Young follows the Leinart track (road less traveled) or the Michael Vick track (road too often traveled). For his next team's sake, I hope he is a better NFL player than Vick (he will be).
So what if they are a bunch of Southern California kids with too much hype that beat themselves and had a 1 Man wrecking machine keep them down? They won 34 games in a row and made college football exciting again.
Thanks USC. I will miss you. And, Texas, I will thank you the second I hear Vince Young is coming back!
and props to Alex, who I remember calling it right before the game (where were the rest of the predictions by the pilers on?).