The semi-finals have produced an intriguing matchup for the national championship, wouldn’t you say?
As most of us probably expected, Oregon rolled over FSU in the Rose Bowl, 59-20. They would have won even without the Noles’ five turnovers. As a Nole hater, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see Jameis Winston brought back down to earth, especially that spastic fumble when he was about to be sacked. The 39-point loss is Florida State’s largest since 1983 and the largest ever in a bowl game.
After the game, in true Seminole fashion, the majority of the Seminoles left the field before the customary post-game handshake with the Oregon players. Winston was not one of them who eschewed the handshake. However, several Oregon players are facing discipline over mocking Winston after the game. Poor sportsmanship is the plague of modern sports, seen at every level.
Even as the crappy sportsmanship was unfolding in Pasadena, seven-point favorite Alabama was preparing to dispatch so-called pretender Ohio State in New Orleans. Only they didn’t. In a battle of megabucks coaching genius, Urban Meyer and his Schmuckeyes* bested the robotic Nick Saban. Final score: 42-35. Cardale Jones had another great day. The third-stringer could start on my team anyday, even if he is an idiot who once stated that he didn’t go to college to play classes. Zeke Elliott simply took care of business, smashing Bama’s vaunted interior defense for 230 yards on the ground.
There was no display of poor sportsmanship by the losing team in New Orleans. I’ve always felt that Crimson Tide fans and the players in their program are classy.
So, who do you like in the final, to be played on January 12 in the Jerrydome? Oregon opened as a 7-point favorite in the sports books. You think tOSU is for real yet? Anyone else thinking Cinderella?
*I know I just got done bitching about poor sportsmanship but now here I go disparaging the Schmuckeyes as a sparkling example of my journalistic hypocrisy.