Hook 'em horns. Best Rose Bowl ever. That is, after the 24 minutes of opening frivolity. I'm glad I time-shifted it. Nothing better than flying through vapid "features" and the pregame hype. Keith Jackson summed up my feelings when he said something to the effect of "Hooray, we are finally going to play football!"
As for KJ, he's not as spry or sharp as he used to be. But can you think of anyone else you would rather have calling big NCAA football games? I can't. With the possible exception being Eric Dickerson.
I thought Craig James proved that live TV can be a rough gig when postgame he said that Reggie Bush was not really a factor. 194 yards rushing and receiving and an incredible touchdown run and jump and dive factored in quite a bit, I thought. No he didn't take over the game, but he certainly was a factor.
But the story was Vince Young. Think maybe Bush and Leinart got shoved to the 2nd and 3rd picks in the draft last night? I do. I can't think of a play where Young couldn't find an option to gain yards. The guy is amazing.
Leinart was a bit of a baby after the game, looking as if he wanted to get off the field without talking to any media. When they asked him about Texas' last drive he commented that "we didn't tackle anybody." He prefaced that by saying it was a good win then realized they lost. Leinart should heed the words of USC alum Will Ferrell and just try to stay classy. That said, some team will be lucky to get him in the draft.
My son Luke became a Longhorns fan early on when he saw their helmets. He's partial to Bulls being from Chicago. Luke scored about 62 touchdowns last night and we were on hand to catch some of the action. On the last play before bed, he got owned by mommy, who promptly pulled his pants down.