Everyone knows the story by now...Colt McCoy was out by his 5th play of the game. True Freshman QB with essentially NO experience is running around trying to find his helmet so he can play. After a painful first half where the coaches didn't let Gilbert pass the ball and continued to run it up the middle, the Longhorns were behind by 18. At half time, I turned to Lance and asked him if we could win this game. I didn't really think we could, and he didn't even try and make me feel better.
Then came hope. Bama failed to move the ball in the third quarter and Gilbert finally experienced some success. With a little more than three minutes to go in the game, the score was 24-21. I knew we could win, then Gilbert was sacked, fumbled the ball and all was lost. Bama immediately scored and our chances were gone.
My friend asked me what the fans were like during the game. In the first half, I don't think the fans knew what to do. (Except for the one idiot girl who started crying. Really, crying????) They were just shocked that we got this far, to the National Championship Game, only to have McCoy go out within minutes. In the second half, most people around us came alive and we could all taste a win. Then we were just crushed.
I'm not one of those people who say..."we could have won with Colt" or that the "best team won tonight". First, I think we could have won with a freshman. If we had scored on our first drive and Bama hadn't scored right before the end of the half, we could or rather would have won. As for those who say Bama was better, well, let's be real, Bama didn't kill us until the last three minutes of the game and that was WITH the true freshman playing. They had no passing game, and no offense in the third quarter of the game. Sure, Texas hasn't looked great the entire season, but neither has Bama. They just happened to have the game of their lives against Florida. Who knows if Colt would have played better. I don't care, he wasn't playing. I just know we had a chance and lost it. That is what sucks for me.
As for Bama, well, now I have a new school to hate. Sorry Chel and Alexis! You know I love you!
I just have one last thought...what the fuck is with the SEC schools? You win a National Championship and the first thing you chant is "SEC, SEC,..." Lance tried to explain to me how the SEC works and all I could hear was there aren't any Pro teams, this is all they have except Nascar, but so what? No matter what, when my team wins their next championship, (and I will be there again,) I won't be chanting BIG 12. Nor would I EVER in my life cheer for OU to win a championship. Who does that? Why would I ever want my most hated rival and recruiting rival to win? Did Auburn really root for Bama? Did LSU fans really forgive Saban and root for BAMA? If so, I don't even want to understand it. It makes no sense. Here's a thought, you win a national championship and start chanting your own school name.
So, I'm home and not going to the Bear Bryant Awards next week. I have a Bear Bryant hat that I sometimes wear for Lance. Gone. I hold a grudge, ask any ex.
Meanwhile, I am so proud of Baby Hulk, the first thing he told me when I walked in the door Friday morning was "I hate Bama, mom." The kid is a freaking genius.
Maybe I'll have grudge sex and have a baby anyway. Oh, Lance, where are you?