Sunday, October 16, 2005

So, um, WOW! And also, WOW! The two teams I'm following most closely in college football right now* each pulled out games where they needed a touchdown in the last five seconds to win huge games yesterday. For USC, a possible national championship was on the line; for Michigan, it was about not getting the 4th loss that Michigan never has on Halloween. For me, it was seeing my #1, absolute least favorite person in all of sports (JokePa) take it on the chin in the most heart-wrenching way possible. You literally can't get a tougher loss than to be leading by more than 3 with 59:59 of the game gone, only to lose at the buzzer. I didn't think I'd ever be in a crazier Big House than last year's Michigan State game, but to tell you the truth it wasn't even close. The difference was that a lot of people left last year's game early, but this one was so close that no one left. Add to that the eery similarities between the two games--late afternoon games at a stadium that doesn't really have the lights to be playing after sunset, significant and rowdy fan representation from the other side, huge special teams plays, and just knowing in the back of your mind that you'd seen such a comeback before--and I can't even come up with a word for it. Even the notoriously blase law student bloc went nuts, with the hugging and the jumping and the whatnot, and the "It's great. To be. A Michigan Wolverine" song (Which I wanted to modify into "It sucks. To be. A Nittany Lion fan."). Add to that that I was yelling "Fight On!" everytime we got the out-of-town score update and getting some weird looks. What a day.

To put the game in a little more perspective, you know a game was crazy when the play where they botch an extra point snap, the kicker picks up the ball, runs around left end, makes a nice move and dives into the end zone for a two-point conversion doesn't make the highlight recap shows, or even the AP write-up.

*No disrespect to alma mater, but once you've lost to Ohio and State University of New Jersey in the same season, you tend to fall off the radar screen a bit. It just happens.

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