Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Congrats to the Gators

The Florida Gators played like they wanted the championship more than the Buckeyes tonight, and they can laugh at all the doubters who thought the Buckeyes were going to come in and just run over them over. This year's championship lead up very similarly to the 2002 National Championship between Miami and Ohio State, where that year Miami was heralded as the unstoppable juggernaut, and the Buckeyes (sometimes referred to as Luck-eyes) were barely getting past their opponents to wins. The exception was that the 2002 game was much more competitive, and except for the opening kickoff, the Buckeyes looked lost for most of the first half as I watched. I went to pick up David at the airport at the start of the 2nd half, so I didn't see much of the 2nd half, but I figured it would probably be too much of an uphill climb for the Bucks to make unless Florida completely collapsed on itself, which they haven't really done all year.

Despite the loss, I hope Buckeye fans will look back and appreciate what the team has done this year. With the exception of the last two games, the defense played above expectation give the loss of players to the NFL. And Troy Smith managed to turn his life around and gave fans 3 consecutive wins against Michigan, the first OSU QB to do so in a while. If nothing else, this might give next years team some extra motivation to do well with the projected losses of offensive players going to the NFL. Only time will tell...

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