After watching the BCS National Championship game on Monday, I was confused, bored, and slightly irritated. Now, I'm not a Tigers fan or a Roll Tide fan, so whoever won wasn't a big deal to me. However, I had reasons for both teams as to why I'd like to see either of them win. So while only barely invested in the game, I still wanted to watch ever minute. After all, it was the last college football game of the year, and if I'm going to watch football, it's college football (and yes, I'm sad the season is over). However, after half time I just wanted to go to bed. I was bored. I didn't understand decisions made by either team. It was frustrating to see LSU's quarterback struggle, and leave the secondary quarterback on the sidelines. It was infuriating to see Nick Sabin go postal because one of his defensive players was flagged for being off sides on a play (when they were up 21-0 . . . seriously Sabin???).
However, Alabama's defense was stellar. I can't believe how good they were. LSU only made it past the 50 yard line once. Yes, you read that right, they only made it over the 50 yard line ONCE. They were stuck on their own side the rest of the game. No where even close enough to kick a field goal. Alabama's offense struggled, luckily they have a great kicker who scored most of the points. Of course, leaving the number one running back in the nation on the sidelines when you get close to touchdown territory is very strange to me. Both teams have coaches that I didn't agree with their choices. That's fine, they know their players and the opposing team way better than me. Just strange to hear fans booing their own players because of coaches' decisions.
What makes me sad is how LSU just seem to fold in the second half. The first half you felt like they still had a chance to turn it around. Once the 4th quarter hit, you knew they had just completely given up. I hate seeing kids just fold. But, I almost feel like they knew going it that they wouldn't win. Maybe something is going on in the locker rooms that is telling them they are going to fold. Maybe Alabama is just that much better (which I don't think it is). But, do LSU fans have a right to be angry about what happened?
I think so. I think if your quarterback is struggling and you've got a back up, go to the back up. Your starter wasn't getting anything done anyways, what's the difference? Give the back up a chance to redeem himself! The offense LSU was trying to run wasn't working. They stuck with it. The defense did do a really great job. Unfortunately they were on the field almost the entire game, so they were exhausted. You can only take so many hits before your body won't move anymore.The team captains tried to pump up the players (or at least it looked like it), but the fans turned on the team. I'm just as bad as most, if my team is doing poorly I just stop saying anything. However, I refuse to boo anyone, except the refs. Cause sometimes they deserve it. I don't like people booing their own players. That part was not okay. It just seemed like from the coaching staff that no matter what the outcome, they had certain plays they wanted to run, and were going to run them no matter what. Which, everyone knows, you tailor your plays and skills to the game, you don't get the game to change to you.
So, I believe they have every right to be frustrated about the outcome. I'm dissapointed for them. Honestly, I think Alabama has some things to be angry about as well. I'm just glad it didn't matter who won for me. Unfortunately some people in my life are diehard tigers, and needless to say I'm steering clear for awhile!