Bowl Games & Annual Awards for 2013-14

“For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes – not that you won or lost – but how you played the game”.………..Grantland Rice
“For 350 years we have been taught that reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Football’s place is to add a patina of character, a deference to the rules, and a respect for authority”.………….Red Smith
As another season draws to an end quotes from the two greatest sportswriters of the past 100 years remind us of why we love sporting competition in general and this game, specifically. None other produces quite the pageantry, commands as much loyalty, and is as emotionally vested as football in the South. It has been a fun year, a real banquet wherein your humble AP finished with his ledger at 99-28. Now we are left with the bowl games as dessert.
The season has, also, been strange in some ways, the Big Ten still has twelve teams, the Big Twelve still has ten teams, Auburn went from worst to first in the SEC, Mack Brown brought an end to his yearlong soap opera, we did not see nearly as many chrome helmets across the landscape (thank goodness), and two teams NOBODY picked ended up in the BCS Championship. The final BCS Championship Game. May the BCS rest in peace.
Before we get to the previously mentioned dessert a bit of year-end business must be finalized with the announcement of our annual award winners. The nominations continue to be more prolific than in years past, and the winners are:
  • Coach of the Year – David Cutcliffe of Duke (it was not even close)
  • Bust of the Year – Florida
  • Overachiever of the Year – Missouri
  • Worst Home Uniforms – A tie: Maryland and Oregon
  • Best Mascot – Mike the Tiger   (5 years running)
  • Worst Mascot – Brutus
  • Most Difficult Team to Figure – Oregon
  • Worst TV Play-By-Play Announcer – Jesse Palmer
  • Best TV Play-By-Play Announcer – Brad Nessler
  • Coach Most Likely to be Fired at Season’s End – Well, it was Mack Brown, so we will go with the # 2, Bo Pelini

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Now the AP must do his final war dance, so he sneaks out back and fires up the LSPM, which has just enough fuel for one last run. Smoke belches everywhere as we make ready all the paraphernalia needed for prognostication excellence. The eyes water as visions dance before us, a whirlwind of busted plays and turnovers dances in the air, clarity is difficult, but perseverance pays off and here is what we see………………

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EAST CAROLINA – 36

OHIO – 23

 

MARSHALL – 22

MARYLAND – 17

 

OREGON – 46 (goodbye Mack)

TEXAS – 27

 

VA TECH – 25

UCLA – 24

 

TEXAS A&M – 38 (goodbye Johnny Football)

DUKE – 30

 

CLEMSON – 37

OHIO STATE – 34

 

STANFORD – 27

MICHIGAN STATE – 17

 

ALABAMA – 42

OKLAHOMA STATE – 26

 

WISCONSIN – 19

SOUTH CAROLINA – 14

 

FLORIDA STATE – 46

AUBURN – 34

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And there you have it, folks. Another year has come and gone. It is the Christmas Season. Spend some time with the ones you love and hug them every chance you get. Take time to remember and care for those who are not as fortunate as most of us. Take time to remember those we have lost in 2013 to the sands of time and keep their families in your prayers. And finally, take time to be grateful. The Lord has been good to us, we live in the greatest, most benevolent nation the world has ever known, and we are all blessed beyond measure.

I hope to see you next season.

Get me outta’ here, Percy! *

*Leonard Postero, we still miss you

 

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