It’s JUDGEMENT day.
Miami. Sun. Sweat. BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. Sounds a little like heaven.
There will be folks yelling, waving flags, most likely drinking, and in the end..there will be folks crying. Some tears of victory and some tears of defeat. A victory for Notre Dame means they have climbed back on the trick pony after 24 years. A victory for Alabama will be a record 8 in a row SEC national championships, defending their title making it 4 national championships under Saban’s rule.
Bama’s lineup has the advantage of experience on this field of intense pressure, attention, and noise but that could mean ND’s men have the advantage of fears’ adrenaline. I have great respect for the ND team…that triple overtime win from behind against Pittsburgh was nothing short of miraculous. I also have to shimmy-up to Alabama and their impressive case of crystal balls. But, this game may not be a deep scoring game. One thing for sure, it will be a game where the nation’s best defensive linemen press noses on the line and fight like mad dogs for a winter’s meal. Let’s look past the defensive play and look at what it’s gonna come down to for a winner’s bone. Two of my favorite players are Te’o and Amari. Notre Dame has the amazing Manti Te’o; a 6’2 255 lb. inside linebacker who is no stranger to winning: Bednarik, Butkus, Walker Camp..AND he’s on the pro team menu (rumor has it the Steeler’s are licking their chops). Alabama has Amari Cooper; a 6’1 198 lb. wide receiver that has a habit of steeling passes (he, by the way, chose Alabama over…OHIO). Amari is a freshmen who, in the All American grabbed a pass for a 75 yard touchdown and returned a punt for a 93 yd t’down. Oh, and by the way..Amari is somewhat familiar with the Miami area. Quarterback’s are Golson (59% completion) and McCarron (no 2 in nation). But let’s put the stat’s and names aside for sec…in my opinion this game is gonna come down to who can pass, who can steal, who can run. Both teams have prevented scoring from their opponents, it’s not gonna be about defense..it’s gonna be about suprises and special teams. Running down the center will just get a pile up of well toned quads and asses…but fakes and last min. chimp jumps down the sidelines…could make the difference…and if all else fails, bring in that skinny kicker. Like my friend Cayman Thorn http://drinkswellwithothers.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/grits-vs-guilt-my-reconstructive-rebuttal/says..”anything accross the line counts!” It doesn’t have to pretty at this point. Just score.
I’m not a fortune teller. I don’t gamble. I have absolutely no idea who should be favored to win. They are both bringing a damn good casserole to the table. For Notre Dame it’s more about making a come-back. For Alabama it’s more about keeping their train rolling. Both teams have honor to gain. Both teams have something to prove. Both have a winning tradition. May the best team win and may the losers lose with the dignity of a champion.
Are ya ready for some football?