Bowl Season Finally Sees Defense As Tide Rolls (yawn)
By: Marcus Ferro
The 2011 bowl season was one of great offensive potency, we saw Baylor defeat Washington 67-56, with the two teams combining for over 1300 total yards in the Alamo Bowl, West Virginia break Baylor’s total points record the following week, scoring 70 in the Orange Bowl (and probably could have dropped 100), Oregon beating Wisconsin in a 45-38 shootout and Oklahoma State edging Stanford 41-38 in a Fiesta Bowl overtime thriller..
..And then there was the anomalous title game between ‘Bama-LSU. The Crimson Tide, boasting arguably the greatest defense in the history of college football kept the Tigers behind the 50 yard line all but once as they dominated LSU in a 21-0 yawn-fest. Nick Saban became the only coach to win 3 National Championships in the BCS era and the Tide captured their second title in since 2009.
This was probably the least exciting BCS title game to date. Sadly, good football is boring. People don’t want to see stifling defenses, ground and pounds, and shutouts. They want to see explosive plays, aerial assaults, and touchdown dances.
Flash is the moneymaker. This principle is held in just about every other sport in America. Why do many NBA fans hate the Spurs? Because they play textbook basketball without finesse and it’s boring. Why don’t Americans care for soccer? Because often times games will end 1-0 or even 0-0. The most exciting hockey games I’ve watched have either had a lot of points or some entertaining brawls.
There really isn’t much else to say about the game, it sucked. Congratulations to ‘Bama 2011 BCS National Champions.