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Last Celebration Post

Posted by JoePa on September 10, 2008

15 yards, right there.

15 yards, right there.

So the sports reporting world was very quick to jump all over the unfortunate events of the last 8 seconds of the BYU-Washington game last weekend.  In case you were living under a rock the past few days, here is how it went down:

Lots of bloggers and journalists have reported on this ad nauseum, so I will try not to repeat much.  Most are either sympathetic to Locker’s emotions, decrying the idiocy of the referees, or merely pointing out the inevitable ending of a game coached by Tyrone Willingham as detailed in my previous post.

It brings me great pains to say that my favorite article on the matter came from ESPN, where  Read the rest of this entry »

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Jake Locker – The 2nd Most Wasted Resource in the World

Posted by JoePa on September 8, 2008

From the Sporting Blog College Football Breakdown (Scroll Down):

W is for Water. The most-wasted resource in the United States is water. The second is Jake Locker, a heroic player with talent shooting from every seam of his being.

Where does the Ty Willingham factor come into the debacled finale of the BYU/Washington game? Not in the final celebration penalty, on which the universe has come to complete agreement. (Complete and total crap, and interventionist officiating at its ticky-tackiest worst.) The Willingham factor comes in the fact that, once it happened, everyone watching knew in their gut that the extra point was blocked, because that’s just what seems to happen to Ty Willingham’s teams in his post-Stanford career: improbable losses in the clutch due to some malaise or neglect at the margins. And in a game of margins, those add up to long-term success or, in Willingham’s case at Washington, failure.

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