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Thank You, College Football

14 January 2016 Views From The Booth Sports

Greetings again from the booth! Before today’s main topic, an update on Shenandoah University Basketball, from my perspective at the scorer’s table as public address announcer.

The Hornet women are, as the saying goes, “who we thought they were:” a scrappy team that wins the games it should win, and struggles a bit  against stronger opponents. A middle-of-the pack ODAC team that with a break here and there could win a conference tournament game withe right draw.

The men are once again having their problems. The Hornet men don’t shoot the basketball very well and at it’s base level, basketball is about putting the ball in the hole. That being said, SU features one of the top players in the ODAC in Malcolm Clark, and he is fun to watch.

Now, on to this week’s topic. After some disgraceful play in the NFL’s Wild Card Weekend, specifically by the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, who played a game resembling an MMA pay-per-view. The game featured headhunting by both teams, the home fans hurling garbage at the opposing QB as he was carted off the field, and numerous unsportsmanlike & personal foul penalties. The Steeler win came about when a targeting penalty was compounded by an additional 15 yards following a post-play melee. The resulting 30 yards in penalties allowed Pittsburgh to kick the game-winning 35-yard field goal.

It was college football that cleansed our pallets Monday night with an “instant classic” as Alabama defeated Clemson 45-40 in what was a primer in how to play the game. Not even Larry Culpepper (who, as we know, invented the college football playoff system) could have imagined a contest that featured Heisman finalists, long TD passes, a kickoff return for a score, and a daring onside kick with the game tied. Not to mention 2 class-act coaches who, although different in style, are full of substance. It was such a great game that most of the 75,000 in attendance, whether Tide faithful or Tiger fans,stood and cheered in appreciation of the way the two teams performed. Although Alabama captured another National title, there were no losers.

Note to NFL “Commish” Roger Goodell: Make a copy of Monday’s game and send it to all 32 NFL teams. Simply tell them what the great Andy Griffith said in his classic comedy bit: “What it was, was football.”

That’s it from the booth for another week. GO HORNETS!

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