As to the game - Pete Carroll, What. The. Hell? Did USC not practice tackling once in the last month? What the hell with the swing pass to some yutz (not the Pres, not LenDale, not Jarrett) on 2nd and 7, up 5 with :50 to go. Hand the ball off. And say what you will about C-Webb, but you can at least fathom why he would call time out. I can think of no rational explanation (other than Simmons being right, he is Coach Fredo) for USC using their last time out before a two-point conversion. And his explanation after the game was to make the Pete Carroll Face and find 3 different ways to say "We were confused, we couldn't get it done." No shit.
I'll be honest, the main reason I was rooting for USC was because Texas football fans are incorrigible. Even a transplant like Fletcher is going to be hooting and hollerin' about this one. About the only two worse groups are Nebraska football fans and especially Kentucky hoops fans.
I went to the Final Four in 1998, UK was playing in the second semi. Two Wildcat sweetguys were sitting in the seats directly in front of me - they were drunk and passed out until 5 minutes into the Kentucky game before they woke up and chanted "S-A-T!" at Stanford for the whole game. Then, during the championship game against Utah, the whole game all they could think of (aside from "Pass the binoculars so I can ogle Ashley Judd") was yelling "Hey! Doli-ass!" at Michael Doleac. Chumps...
UPDATE: Sports Guy's Rose Bowl Diary is outstanding. A few quick samples:
8:30 -- Fouts compares Bush to Barry Sanders AND Walter Payton on the same exciting 10-yard run. And you know what? It worked. I was thinking the same thing. I watched a record (for me) 10 college football games this year, including seven USC games, and only because of Reggie Bush. He's so close to Gale Sayers in so many ways, I would almost be afraid to be a white fullback on his NFL team next year.or
9:17 -- Texas rolls down the field and settles for a 46-yard field goal. 7-3, USC. Hey, after the game, do you think Vince Young will give Johnny Damon his throwing arm back?You had to know that one will get me.
Update #2 - Law 'Humor' Edition: Heh - "I predicted that it would be close and could have gone either way when Justice O'Connor did the coin toss."