Sunday, July 13, 2008

So Easy, a Caveman Could Do It

After two disastrous seasons, something was bound to go right for the Bowl Championship Series.

It did.

With Miami and Ohio State being the only teams to finish the 2002 regular season undefeated, picking the contestants for the title game was easy.
But this being the BCS, something had to go wrong.

It did.

With Miami holding a 24-17 lead in overtime, Ohio State faced with a fourth-and-three situation from the Hurricane five. A Craig Krenzel pass into the end zone for Chris Gamble fell incomplete and Miami started to celebrate a national championship.

Then a flag came from back of the end zone. Miami's Glenn Sharpe was called for pass interference. Take a look at the video. If you think this was pass interference or holding, well, you're wrong.
Any infraction came after the ball arrived and Gamble had a chance to make a play.

Ohio State went on to win and claimed the national title.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure what your point is WIzzardofodds?

You write a pro-Miami piece saying there was, clearly, no PI. (which I and everyone outside of the dump, Ohio, I agree. and then you give this POS Acorn fan his due on showing a pro ohio st video?

how come you don't have the dirty, low blow hit by the LB on McGahee in there somewhere!? dirtiest hit i ever rememebr in a big game.

BTW, I loved the face mask and the one the guy who stood up for osu, dodd, from cbssportsline.com. you guys have no class. and that was john coopers team to begin with. Tressel is a horrible big game coach. mack Brown passed the torch a long time ago!

Tony Jobe said...

Let's see, anonymous, where to begin deconstructing your comments?

I know, first I'll start by pointing out that Miami was incredibly lucky just to get to overtime. It took a blown call on the most blatant pass interference you'll ever see in your life to help Miami tie the game in regulation. Ohio State had a 3 point lead and the ball with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Facing a 3rd and 6, Craig Krenzel threw an incomplete pass, but Miami got away with pass interference. Had the officials correctly called it, Ohio State would have had a 1st down and they would simply have run out the clock to win 17-14 in regulation.

Instead, Ohio State was forced to punt and Roscoe Parrish returned it 50 yards to set up the game tying field goal. You're welcome.

Now, back to your pointless rants.

Exactly how was the hit on McGahee dirty? BTW, it wasn't a linebacker that hit McGahee, it was a safety - Will Allen. And I wasn't aware that it was dirty or illegal for a safety to tackle a running back. The injury was horrific and unfortunate, but it certainly was not dirty.

I'm glad you enjoyed the face mask. It must feel nice to get away with one.

I'm not sure what point you were trying to make by saying it was John Cooper's team to begin with. Jim Tressel was in his second season at Ohio State and Larry Coker was in his second season at Miami. So I guess you might say that Miami was just as much Butch Davis's team as Ohio State was John Cooper's team.

Of course, one could argue that Tressel has sustained his success just a little bit better than Coker did. What's Coker up to these days? Says here he's an analyst for ESPNU. That's right - not ESPN or ESPN2. ESPNU. A network so bad they lost their lead studio anchor to the Big Ten Network last year. But that's okay, Coker will always have the memory of closing out his coaching career with a exciting win over Nevada in Boise, Idaho. No one can ever take that away from him.

Jim Tressel is a horrible big game coach? I think Michigan, Kansas State, and Notre Dame might disagree with that notion. And even rational Miami fans would have to agree that regardless of the outcome Tressel turned in a pretty impressive coaching performance against them.

True, Ohio State has had a couple rough games against LSU. But as I recall Miami had their own trouble with LSU. What was the score of the Peach Bowl again? 40-3?

Wow. That had to hurt.

generaladm said...

Wiz, I normally have no problem whatsoever with your opinions, but you're way off on this one. Mike Stoops all but admitted to there being pass interference when he said that he told his secondary to play aggressive because the refs hadn't been calling fouls all game. That part is true, because there were two obvious blown calls against Miami in the 1st qtr. One where Clarett was grabbed and turned halfway around on 3rd down. The other when Vance was knocked to the ground while the ball was in the air, resulting in an INT. Other blown calls that benefited the 'Canes were a key 3rd down catch by Gamble late in the 4th incorrectly called incomplete, and a block-in-the-back no call on Parrish's punt return that netted Miami an extra 40 or so yds. The officiating in the game was not good, but the Buckeyes were on the losing end more often than not. Porter said that he was going to call holding before the ball was released, and then decided that when the ball was released, Gamble was still being held. That is the definition of pass interference. If Gamble's ability to run his route was impeded illegally, whether there was contact at the moment when the ball arrived is irrelevant.

As far as anonymous' comment, Allen's hit on McGahee was perfectly legal, and there was no penalty called. If you look at the progression of the play, McGahee caught a screen pass in the right flat. Just as he was turning the corner, Allen dives to avoid a block from a Miami lineman. McGahee's left leg was extended out front with his foot planted. Unfortunate circumstances, but nothing to imply malicious intent.

Criticism of officiating aside, the "questionable" call in OT1 did not decide the game. Miami had 4 downs from the 1 to tie the game and force another OT. If one of the best teams in history can't gain 1 yard in 4 tries, they have no one to blame but themselves.

TexBuck said...

Haha...second rate school, second rate fans, second rate athletes....

Yeah, Miami, I'm talking to you.

SMQ said...

No agenda or affiliation here: just a very obvious penalty.

Anonymous said...

I came to this site b/c I read on a real website The Big Lead, that you had lost your job so I came here to check it out. After this blather and nonsense about a game half a decade ago I can see why you lost your job. If you wrote like this in LA it was a forgone conclusion.

Athlete said...

No interference? Really? Take a look at these....

http://www.robsts.com/shop/Poster.jpg

http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/1719614.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF1939057D9939C83F10665F5EE0C416F9B685A5397277B4DC33E

Kevin Beane said...

"I know, first I'll start by pointing out that Miami was incredibly lucky just to get to overtime. It took a blown call on the most blatant pass interference you'll ever see in your life to help Miami tie the game in regulation. Ohio State had a 3 point lead and the ball with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Facing a 3rd and 6, Craig Krenzel threw an incomplete pass, but Miami got away with pass interference. Had the officials correctly called it, Ohio State would have had a 1st down and they would simply have run out the clock to win 17-14 in regulation."

This.

Anonymous said...

anything can change from the 1st quarter acorn fans. you guys are the biggest loser fans in college football.

all you have is your football team. your every breath hangs on it.

what a miserable state.