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Did That Really Happen? (FSU/Clemson – 2014 Edition)

Photo Credit: USA Today Sports
Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

I still can’t believe it. My favorite sports team, the Florida State Seminoles somehow found a way to win against conference rival the Clemson Tigers last night – in a game where they had every opportunity to lose and end their run as the nation’s #1 team. What a game.

Highlights:
Without Winston, FSU Survives Clemson In OT

The crazy, back and forth battle was hard to watch for die-hard Seminoles fans (myself included) at times, as the offense struggled mightily throughout the night. Backup quarterback Sean Maguire did his best to lead the offense in Jameis Winston’s absence, but it really didn’t look good at times and the result was in doubt all the way until the end.

Fortunately, a Clemson fumble near the end of regulation gave FSU the opportunity to finally pull this one out in overtime. That’s when Florida State’s defense shut down the Tigers on fourth and short, a play call that was undoubtedly made due to Clemson’s kicker missing two field goals earlier in the game.

From there, FSU discovered its running game for the first time all night, and I can only imagine the decibel level at Doak Campbell Stadium as Karlos Williams took it around the corner for a touchdown on the Seminoles’ ensuing overtime possession to win it.

Safe to say, I got a workout in just from jumping up and down at the good and not so good plays throughout the game. Never a dull moment, guys. Way to get the job done last night. Still #1. Go ‘Noles!

Florida State Seminoles – National Champions!

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That’s one exclamation point for each championship I’ve been able to enjoy as a lifelong FSU Seminoles fan 🙂

I’m so excited that Florida State won the big game tonight! What a roller coaster. I actually turned it off in the middle of the second quarter, it was too hard to watch while they were losing so badly.

But they never gave up. Even when Auburn put that TD on the board with just more than a minute left, the guys kept their cool and drove all the way down the field for the winning touchdown. Unreal.

Friends, I’m a huge, huge fan of Florida State football. Still in post-game excitement mode as I type this post, so there really isn’t much substance to it other than to say YEAH FSU!!! Way to go. Congratulations on an outstanding season.

Going to bed happy tonight.

FSU National Champs

College Football is Awesome

I had the chance to relax a bit today and in the process, saw some fantastic finishes as part of Rivalry Week in college football.

My beloved Florida State Seminoles weren’t involved in one of those close endings, but a convincing win over the rival Florida Gators to get to within one win of playing for a national title was just fine with me 🙂

Then there was the Michigan-Ohio State game. Kudos to Michigan coach Brady Hoke for going for the win on the two point conversion instead of kicking the extra point and heading to overtime. It didn’t work and Michigan ended up losing by that lone point, but I like the gutsy call anyway.

After that, there was the Georgia Tech-Georgia game. Two overtimes, and a final play that looked more like something you’d see in a pinball game finally resulting in a Georgia win in a back and forth game.

Courtesy: USA Today Sports
Courtesy: USA Today Sports

Finally, the finish of all finishes in the Auburn-Alabama Iron Bowl game. The unthinkable! One second gets put back on the clock at the end of regulation in a tie game, giving Alabama a chance to steal a win at the last second and preserve its #1 ranking. Show of hands who predicted Auburn’s Chris Davis to catch the ball after the kick fell just short of the goal post and then run it back within inches of the sideline, through the entire Alabama team and into the end zone to win it and shock the sports world in the process. Yeah, I didn’t see that coming either. Wow.

Unbelievable stuff. What a day! Heck, the night games are barely under way so who knows what else might happen tonight in the wild endings department. But my oh my, it was fun watching some great games this afternoon. College football is awesome!

Tim Tebow

How could anyone not like you?

Some of you may remember that line, read by the character of Jerry’s adoring mother during one particular Seinfeld episode.

Have to believe that’s what Tim Tebow’s mom must think when the hurtful and hate-filled comments come in toward a guy who both on and off the football field embodies everything that is good and decent about humanity.

How could anyone not like him?

Read this:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/story/2012-01-11/tebow-exclusive/52518122/1 

I’ll fill you in on a secret before I continue. Several years ago, being a Florida State fan…I didn’t like him. He was so good against FSU and he led the Gators to such great heights, which as a Seminoles fan was in no way a good thing. So I admit, I was in that group during his Florida years.

Looking at Tim Tebow now, I’ll ask the question again: How could anyone not like him?

The guy is genuine, he’s polite, he’s charitable and puts others before himself, he glorifies God in all he does, and he doesn’t have the slightest hint of an ego. These are bad things?

I’m sure people don’t like him because they just want to be like him or envy what he has, which is: success, fame, the adoration of millions, and a great life. There are plenty of people out there who don’t like him for his openness about his faith. Some don’t like his football mechanics. Others, well, I suppose the list goes on an on.

I’ve become a big Tim Tebow fan. My kids like Tim Tebow. We root for him and I hope he and the Broncos will win it all this year.

According to the article above, Tebow was voted America’s new favorite athlete in the latest ESPN Sports poll.

I like it. It’s nice to see a positive, unselfish person at the top of a list like that. It’s certainly a departure from many other highly paid athletes who only think of themselves. (I’m not saying ALL athletes are that way, before you jump on me for writing that. Many. Not all. Many.)

Anyway, good for you Tim. I’ll pray that neither your accomplishments nor the pressures of society will change who you are. Stay strong in what you believe and keep up the good work.

Tim Tebow
Image by Jeffrey Beall via Flickr

The agony of defeat

A phrase every Florida State football fan is familiar with.

Yes I’m a die-hard FSU fan. I know, it makes no sense – I’m from Illinois, never lived in Florida, didn’t go to school there, etc. But my grandparents sent me a Seminoles hat when I was like, 10 years old and I’ve been a fan ever since.

And so…the ‘Noles managed to add to the legacy of losing in grand fashion tonight. Fumbling inside the opponent’s five yard line with the wide receiver open in the end zone, ready to catch the go-ahead score with the game on the line in the last minute of the game…yeah. Brutal. Any FSU fan who’s followed the team long enough knows all too well the ‘Wide Right’ heartbreaks against Miami and various other close calls that ended up with the Seminoles having fewer points on the scoreboard at the end of the game than the opponent. But, when you’re a fan you just keep on rooting. Of course it’s hard for me not to root for them, considering that former head coach Bobby Bowden personally wrote me a letter in response to a letter I sent him, complaining about the Seminoles’ lack of closing ability after one of those Miami losses in the early 90s. I thought it was so cool that he wrote back to some random teenage kid who was criticizing his team’s effort, and he wrote back right in the middle of the season no less. It’s still really cool when I think about it.

Anyway, FSU has won two titles since I became a fan about a quarter of a century ago…hopefully they’ll win a few more before it’s all said and done. One can hope 🙂 Go get ’em next week, guys..