1.) There will be many, many, many drunk people in south Florida. You know, more than normal.
2.) College football will be done for the 2008 season.
The National Championship (or "Mythical National Championship" for smarmy blogger types) is tonight in Miami, and Oklahoma and Florida will have 60 minutes to give us enough football action to at least get us to February 4th or the day when 17-year olds bring old men to tears by putting on a cap with a logo and signing their name to a dotted line. What the hell is wrong with all of us?
What is most exciting to me is that one team is going to collectively look like horses' asses after tonight. Whether it be Gator LB Brandon Spikes calling the Big 12 slow, Gator CB Joe Haden shaving letters and numbers into his hair, Sooner CB Dominique Franks saying Tim Tebow wouldn't be in the Top 3 in the Big 12, to Sooner safety Nic Harris expanded that to the Top 7 while saying Percy Harvin is just another receiver. I'm no genius and it's been beaten to death, but why in the hell would you serve extra motivation to Tim Tebow? He is without doubt the best player on his team, best player in his conference, best player in football, and arguably one of the best players in recent memory. The guy eats lightening and shits strawberry shortcakes and all you have managed to do was piss off a sleeping giant. Ask the Japs how that strategy worked back in 41.
Tim Tebow... Shortcake Shitter
In an effort of full disclosure, I'm an unapologetic SEC homer. Watching the SEC on Saturdays in high def with a glass of bourbon is I hope what heaven is like. However, I can also recognize quality teams when I see them, regardless of conference affiliation. Oklahoma is a good team. But Florida is a great team. A great team with speed. Speed unlike Big 12 speed. ESS-EEE-SEE Speed, brother! And in recent years, that combination has served national champions pretty well, to the tune of 4-0 for the SEC in the big game.
Truthfully, as long as this game is even remotely interesting and/or exciting past halftime, it will be better than championship games of recent seasons. Oklahoma doesn't have Ohio State on their jerseys, so there is a chance that they may actually show up. But as most everyone knows, with Bob Stoops' record in major bowls, having Chokelahoma is the next best thing to the Buckeyes.
Pundits across the board are calling for a good game, with decent scoring, and an entertaining curtain drop to 2008. Slight edge goes to Florida from the national types, though that may be biased a bit since our feedreader is predominantly SEC. The game itself even leaves your faithful creative team here at OTP at a loss as to what's going to happen. However, we follow the national trend, picking the Gators in a 2-1 vote.
Edge: 31-24 Florida, MVP to Tim Tebow
RV: 31-24 Oklahoma, MVP to Gerald McCoy
Alan: 42-21 Florida, MVP to Tim Tebow
Reasons why I picked the Gators? Aside from their demon speed? I have just a few...
1.) Stoops has lost his last two bowl games, and four of his last five at OU. Meyer had won four straight bowl games in a row before his young defense gave up 524 yards to Michigan last year in a 41-35 loss. Winning and success usually breeds more of it. Advantage: UF
2.) Injury to Sooner DeMarco Murray leaves him out, injury to Gator Percy Harvin but he will play. Harvin is a gamechanger, much the way Murray was, and Florida with Percy is considerably better than Florida without. If that's possible. Advantage: UF
3.) Travel from Gainesville to Miami is a lot easier than Norman, OK, not to mention the crowd advantage the Gators should have playing about four and a half hours from home. Advantage: UF
11 hours left. 660 short minutes to savor the flavor of college football before it's gone again for months. Eat it up. Get crunk. Do whatever it is you do, because you don't have much longer to do it.
Thoughts on the game?