I was facing quite a quagmire on Monday night.
I’m an Alabama fan, so naturally I despise Auburn. I also lived in Eugene, Ore., for a brief while, so I’ve always liked the Ducks.
So that meant I was rooting for Oregon in the BCS Championship Game? Not exactly.
See, I still have a lot of Auburn friends and I love the SEC, so a part of me thought I should root for the Tigers
Heading into the game, I decided I didn’t care who won — all I wanted was a good game. Well, a good low-scoring game, since I had my parents put $20 on the under (72) since they were in Vegas today.
Yet, after Oregon had tied the game and Auburn had the ball, I found out where my true allegiance was.
With my state and my conference.
Congratulations to Auburn for winning the national championship. I definitely was rooting for the Tigers late in the fourth quarter and had no doubts they were going to win.
I think there is one thing that Alabama and Auburn fans can agree on this night — the best college football in the country is played in the Heart of Dixie.
I think the BCS should just go ahead and give the winner of the SEC an automatic berth in the title game. Heck, go ahead and just give the winner of the Iron Bowl that spot in the title game.
Now for the bigger question — who would win in a match-up between this year’s Auburn squad and last year’s Alabama team? That would be a game.
More random football thoughts
• Was Auburn over Oregon the best BCS title game ever? Bill Plaschke seems to think so. I still say USC vs. Texas was better, but that’s just my opinion.
• All of the TCU fans/bandwagoners that are proclaiming the Frogs as the national title winners, please shut up now. TCU would have no shot at beating an SEC defense. None. Zero. Zip.
• With the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select…Nick Fairley, defensive tackle, Auburn. Damn that dude played out of his mind on Monday. Oregon’s linemen are going to have nightmares about him for years.
• I saw nothing tonight that changed my mind about Cam Newton. I think he is going to be a successful NFL quarterback, in the mold of Ben Roethlisberger, assuming he doesn’t end up with a team that refuses to take advantage of his strengths.
• As much controversy surrounding Newton, let’s be honest — every major college program has multiple players that get paid. People that deny that aren’t living in the real world.
• I thought Nick Saban and Urban Meyer did a great job with ESPN coverage. Even off the field, the SEC dominates.
• My favorite tweet of the night came from Montevallo grad Jim Dunaway: “great moment before the game…ESPN Analyst Nick Saban walked onto the field in front of AU section, 20,000 boos, Nick smiled and waved” Awesome.
• Are LSU fans secretly hoping Les leaves for Michigan? I think so.
• What I wouldn’t give to be a beat writer for the New York Jets. Writing about what Rex Ryan says would make that job so entertaining.
Job search update
So it turns out that Pam Easton is the Media Relations Manager at Fulbright and Jaworski. My former co-worker, TJ Aulds, has known Easton since her time working with the Associated Press.
TJ gave her a call about me on Monday. She said she will be sure to look for my resume.
This potential job opportunity is building steam each day. Let’s see if it results in me getting an interview. </fingerscrossed>
Bear Down and Keep the Faith!