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December 01, 2005

USC vs Fresno State

I generally only watch about 4 football games a year. This year has been exceptional because my boy played. I can count on one hand the times when my excitement for the game has lasted an entire season. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those dainty types who thinks it's all brutish dullard stumblebumdom. I have a polished appreciation for the game as a street player but not as a fanatic. I just basically get into the Olympics and the Tour de France as spectator sports - things I know I could never do in a million. But the mainstream sports coverage leaves me cold, even with the fancy graphics, beer commercials and best damned repartee. I just don't care enough nor do I know enough people who would make me put my money where my mouth and make me care.

But I have, this summer, having purchased some USC paraphenalia - basically a couple XXL jerseys for my incognegro ventures, had to answer some tough questions posed by anonymous fans on the street. Like, hey what do you think about Lienert? I'm thinking, WTF is a Lienert, and then vaguely realize that my T Shirt is sending out fan vibes. Oops. Well, since I was a Trojan once, I ought to do a little diligence.

Last week my boy Z tells me about the Fresno State game. He says it was better even than the Notre Dame game. Say what? So I setup the Tivo to capture a rerun.

This has to be one of the greatest football games of all time. I swear to God, on a stack of Heisman trophies. This kid Bush, number 5 is the most exciting runner since Jim Thorpe. OK Anthony Davis. He reminds me most of Bo Jackson, with his incredible ability to see the field and just run through the defense. He jooks harder and faster than any college player I've ever seen - and I only pay attention to the biggest talent, so don't ask me to name 5. He's incredibly fast and he can put his head down and bull through a line.

I know I'm not telling anybody with the vaguest idea of what's going on in college football anything they don't already know. But for someone who hasn't had a real woody for the sport since the days of Bob Griese's Dolphins, OK Mike Ditka's 1985 Chicago Bears, I'm paying attention. I think this kid can be as great as Emmitt Smith or Walter Payton.

Posted by mbowen at December 1, 2005 01:26 AM

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I went to Fresno State (85-91)the football fans who live in the central valley had big hopes that we could just pull this one out.

If it didn't turn into a track meet :)

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All my best

Posted by: Robert at December 1, 2005 09:51 AM

Dude, we were there. Most games look better on TV, but in this case, the TV didn't do Reggie any justice.

It was insane. That one crazy run was right in front of us.

Looking forward to Saturday!

Posted by: Caltechgirl [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 1, 2005 11:14 AM

Did you see what the magical Mr. Bush pulled off Saturday? Got himself the Heisman, locked it up, if you ask me.

Amazing young man.

Posted by: Patton [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2005 01:15 AM

Saturday was astounding. It would have taken all I had not to forfeit after the third quarter if I was the UCLA coach. That was just pure humiliation.

Posted by: Cobb [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 4, 2005 10:23 AM