The Oklahoma Sooners proved that they didn't belong in the national championship picture last night, as the Florida Gators allows only two touchdowns, winning 24-14.
Some thoughts, in no particular order...
1st – Florida Gators
They looked great tonight and their defense was amazing, holding a potent OU offense to fourteen points. Yes, their loss was worse than ours, but they’ve certainly gotten it done since then.
2nd – Texas Longhorns
No, they didn’t exactly dominate the Fiesta Bowl, but Ohio State played their best game of the season against us. Besides, it’s my list and I’m still pissed about our not being in the National Championship Game. You’re lucky I …
I've had a number of people over the last few weeks try to convince me that it is in Texas' best interests to root for the Oklahoma Sooners in Thursday's national championship game against the Florida Sooners. These arguments generally boil down to two points:
Texas would receive more money from a win by a Big 12 Conference team
A close win by Oklahoma might lead to Texas taking the top spot in the final AP poll (e.g. the mythical split championship)
Let's just put aside the ethical concerns of rooting for the Cheaters from the North for a moment...
With the Oklahoma Sooners' undeserved national championship game approaching, let's look back at the history of rules breaking at this fine institution.
1889: The Land Run
Territories in Oklahoma were opened for settlement at high noon on April 22, 1889, with an estimated 50,000 people lined up for their piece of the available two million acres. It was called a land run as land was claimed on a first come, first served basis.
Those who broke the rules by crossing the border into the territory before it was allowed were said to have been crossing the border sooner, leading to the term "sooners", which eventually became the state's official nickname.
Thus, the state institutionalized the approval of cheating. [...]
In one of the closest votes ever, Sam Bradford beat out Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow for the Heisman Trophy this evening. Bradford joins four other Sooners in winning the award, including upstanding citizen Billy Sims, who was unable to refrain from yelling out drunken comments during the ceremony. One wonders why someone who hocked his own Heisman Trophy was even allowed in the room. [...]
In an announcement that surprised no one, Texas Longhorn Colt McCoy, Oklahoma Sooner Sam Bradford, and Florida Gator Tim Tebow were named Heisman Finalists today. They're packing their bags for this weekend's ceremony in New York City.
Colt McCoy was chosen for the Second Team Offense by the Associated Press in the All Big 12 Team (Oklahoma's Paul Bradford was quarterback on the First Team Offense). Meanwhile, the same organization chose him as Offensive Player of the Year.