Bingo! We weren’t there day in day out to observe what Urban saw in practice every day. He obviously is extremely high on Joe’s abilities but felt that he just wasn’t quite as good as DH at that point in time.
Sorry to hear about your experience.
Excellent summary. The only two things I would additionally note: 1) J.K. scored what proved to be the game-winning TD in the Rose Bowl and 2) the “dunk” on the opposing player to cap off his 30+-yard final (and 4th) rushing TD against TTUN in 2019 I think will wind up as an iconic “snapshot” in future intro highlight reels used at the beginning of national broadcasts of The Game.
Fascinating that you were able to keep together the same group of guys with the same coach for so many years at the youth level. What a great way for everyone to develop and mesh.
I had a terrific volunteer coach as well on a high school-level spring league soccer team who had a full-time job as a gym teacher and a part-time job in a sporting goods store.
He even played with us in summers and one year was a player-coach on our team.
He had a family with two young kids and I was amazed how he found the time for us. But he loved coaching soccer and he saw how much we really learned from him and how much we appreciated him.
I was a huge basketball fan—and just 12 years old at the time. It might have been the first NCAA final televised nationally in prime time on a Saturday night.
Texas Western was considered the underdogs and I remember rooting for Texas Western, in part, because they had three players from New York City (where I was originally from), one of whom graduated from the high school in the Bronx that my dad had gone to many years earlier.
Actually, a little known fact about Rupp: he did offer a scholarship to Wes Unseld. A friend’s dad who was active in the civil rights movement in Kentucky was part of that effort to finally integrate the U of K and the SEC. But Unseld decided to stay in his home city (and I can’t say I would have made a different decision if I had been in his shoes),
Wow! Double wow! One of the most amazing sports stories I have ever read. Did you have the great fortune and privilege of playing for Coach Reese?
And I love the fact that you ended up coaching a school team yourself.
An impressive list indeed. And at least you have a solid personal lifetime W-L record notwithstanding the fact that you attended so many games in a tough era.
Interesting perspective. I just want to add one thing to the wondering about what could have been with the defensive line: didn’t Chase Young have an injured ankle for a good part of the year? I mean, a healthy Bosa and Young for the entire season would have significantly helped cover for some other shortcomings.
Here’s hoping we see the Masters on Nov 12. Because, among other things, if that does happen, it means we will probably be seeing The Game two weeks later. At this point, I will be delighted if even an abbreviated college football season happens with The Game as part of it.
I guess those betting on games were happiest of all. Fascinating, thanks.
And one more stat: the top 7 were undefeated against TTUN
I think Dabo could at the very least use a bit of a history lesson.
Here was his exact quote: “This is America, man. We've stormed the beaches of Normandy. We've sent a rover out on Mars and walked on the moon. This is the greatest country. We've created an iPhone where I can sit here and talk to people in all these different places. We've got the smartest people in the world. We're going to rise up and kick this thing in the teeth and get back to our lives."
The implication here seems to be that the United States alone was responsible for the success of D-Day. How quickly he seems to overlook our equally courageous allies who were integral to that success. Woody Hayes, who loved military history, would never in a million years have uttered a remark like this.
Re individual likenesses: I think the players’ argument would have to do with an individual’s right of publicity—and this case doesn’t seem to deal with that at all.
Re college football teams’ rights: I think one distinction that might be made is that the Humvee product/trademark was almost incidental in this game. But if you have a video game built around Ohio State competing against TTUN, or Alabama against Georgia, etc, it would seem that the entire foundation of the video game is inextricably tied into the trademarks of the football programs—so I could see that as potentially being treated differently.
Thanks for the reminder of the fact that Earle had the possibility of leaving a year earlier—and the chain of “what if’s” that would have set off.
I just saw a YouTube clip with a reminder of how close Woody was to getting the ax in 1967—which I had also forgotten.
It was a glorious finale in 1987 for Earle and certainly very fitting.
Thanks for the info. I was unaware of it til now.
That should read “led to...”
From what I have seen, it has only been a really small minority of Knicks fans who have expressed glee with respect to this. It seems that the vast majority wish him well on his recovery while simultaneously wishing that he would just sell the team and move on to something else.
I didn’t downvote BM but I have serious doubts re the following statement: “but by June our nation absolutely must be fully operational again.” I’m sorry, but having 50,000 fans pack a baseball stadium in June is hardly a requirement for our economy and, if there is no proven experimental anti-viral treatment to help fight the virus by then—I’m not even thinking about a vaccine—I can’t see leading infectious disease experts say that would be advisable for us to do. And, it’s very possible that situation could exist into the fall, which is the main reason I posted this: because I am hoping there is no arbitrary cutoff date re having a CFP that could wipe out an entire season. Bottom line: I would be satisfied with a significantly reduced season with The Game even if no CFP ended up happening.
One of THE best moments of my sports spectating life.
I only wish that, just for one day when I was playing sports decades ago, I could have had speed like that. I can’t begin to imagine what it would feel like to leave opponents in the dust the way Zeke did.