OK, about that Texas pick … and that SHOVEL PASS!

As some of you know, we at the ol’ AJC were having technical issues with our blogs on Thursday, and I was shocked to learn the glitchy computers had somehow taken  my prediction for the BCS title game and had somehow garbled it to the point that I had Texas winning.

Yes, I’m kidding. This was all pilot error. As usual.

No need to wait for the annual Accountability Scoreboard — due in December 2010 — for this one. I was wrong. I won’t use Colt McCoy’s injury as an excuse. I just went temporarily insane and picked a team coached by a guy who went temporarily insane at the end of the first half.

When Joe Gibbs wakes in the middle of the night, the first words that come to his mind are, “Jack Squirek!” (Super Bowl, 1984, screen pass intercepted at the end of the first half by Raiders linebacker Squirek for a touchdown.) Whenever I wake in the middle of the night from here on, the first two words to spring to this feeble mind will be, “Shovel pass!”"

Memo to self: Don’t pick against the SEC. And, unless Vince Young finds another year of collegiate eligibility, never again pick Mack Brown.

313 comments Add your comment

Cmill

January 8th, 2010
12:36 am

S! E! C! Roll Tide! First!?

some guy

January 8th, 2010
12:36 am

BKP

January 8th, 2010
12:37 am

Don’t quit your day job…oh wait…this IS your day job.

steve

January 8th, 2010
12:38 am

Amen brother!!

some guy

January 8th, 2010
12:38 am

crap. mighty dominant of the sec to let a 2nd string QB come in, find his legs, and pull the game back within a FG late in the 4th. but i guess as the great vin diesel once said, it dont matter if you win by an inch or win by a mile, winning is winning. esp in a national title game.

Southern Georgia

January 8th, 2010
12:38 am

Southern Georgia

January 8th, 2010
12:39 am

Or 6th, i can live with 6.

CAC

January 8th, 2010
12:39 am

It’s OK, Mark. This won’t be the last time you are wrong!!

D(r)ooley

January 8th, 2010
12:40 am

SEC rules again, congrats Bama

2006 – Florida Gators ********
2007 – LSU Tigers
2008 – Florida Gators ********
2009 – Alabama Crimson Tide

Georgia Bulldawgs????? NEVER AGAIN

Hunkerdown

January 8th, 2010
12:40 am

I like how the earlier comment about TX wins and all the blogs is quickly removed. Seems like SEC has a patttern.

Mark Bradley

January 8th, 2010
12:40 am

Kudos, CMill.

Mark "Crimson Crier" Ingram

January 8th, 2010
12:41 am

It was unforunate that Colt was knocked out of the game, but that’s football and why Obama never played it!
SEC wins bowl season again!

willie martinez

January 8th, 2010
12:41 am

Mark, find what’s in your gut, then pick the other way. willie

Mark Bradley

January 8th, 2010
12:42 am

The post about me picking Texas hasn’t been removed. It’s right here.

Bill

January 8th, 2010
12:43 am

Its cool Mark. You’re still #1 with AJC bloggers.

willie martinez

January 8th, 2010
12:43 am

there’s got to be some sporting event before the end of the month that is a sure gimme so you wont go 0 for january

captain midnight

January 8th, 2010
12:44 am

You just have a nack for picking loosers. You need to consult with me right after I have had a big swig from my faithful bottle of Jack Daniels.

fishtales

January 8th, 2010
12:45 am

Bama National Champs…doesn’t matter how it happened. It happened. Roll Tide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

willie martinez

January 8th, 2010
12:45 am

well, maybe not if we dont count the WWF

Mike

January 8th, 2010
12:45 am

Bonehead play call at the end of the half that probably cost them the game. That freshman QB is going to be good in the coming years, though. I really gotta give the kid credit for gutting it out. Didn’t care for Saban going for another touchdown with less than 2 mins left… made the game look worse than it really was.

Mark Bradley

January 8th, 2010
12:45 am

Thanks, Bill. I need a little consoling about now. I really had a feeling about Texas.

Sweet Ganja

January 8th, 2010
12:46 am

The ANSWER: Saddam Hussein and Mark Richt

———————————————————–

The QUESTION: Name two people who will NEVER know what it is like to win the BCS National Championship.

ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
TIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sansho1

January 8th, 2010
12:46 am

Saban went wacky on the fake punt call, but the McCoy injury bailed him out and he played it safe thereafter. Shame we didn’t get to see Migraine Boy under any real pressure.

Roll Tide

January 8th, 2010
12:47 am

Nice pick JACKASS!!!Keep up the good work, ROOOOOOLLLLLLL TIIIIIIIIDDDDE!!!!!!!

Hotlanta Native

January 8th, 2010
12:47 am

Texas could have easily won this game. After the first quarter, Bama was struggling.

I was for Bama but losing McCoy immeddiately was the kiss of death for Texas.Good game with a good outcome.

There is nothing wrong with a man will to sticks his neck out. For this close matchup it took guts to pick Bama but it took balls to pick Texas!

Nick Saban

January 8th, 2010
12:47 am

Typical crybaby Georgia fan crying about someone going for a TD at the end of the game. They ran it up the gut, the Horns should have stopped them.

That is the trouble with the poodles, they do not play the game like a man, but more like whiney girls holding on to some issue to complain about about after losing.

Dog Island Gator

January 8th, 2010
12:47 am

SEC forever! Gator,Tide and pup fans over here in Tokyo all pulling for the Tide.

Billy

January 8th, 2010
12:48 am

Having moved to Texas, I discovered that UT fans are more arrogant (if that’s possible) than UGA fans. Therefore, I was a proud Bama supporter tonight, even though I hate the SEC and its arrogance (even though only the top 5-6 teams are actually any good). Now, the SEC will probably eat its own, as Lane Kiffin figures out that Nick Saban paid someone (Mark Ingram?) to play for Bama.

fishtales

January 8th, 2010
12:48 am

Amen Saban…waaa waaa waaa. Go for every point you can. It’s the last game of the f’ing season for all the marbles.

Mark Bradley

January 8th, 2010
12:48 am

I do think Alabama was trying to run out the clock, as opposed to trying to score, most of the entire second half. Which made it even more surprising when the Tide tried to score that last touchdown instead of taking a knee.

fishtales

January 8th, 2010
12:50 am

Yeah Mark…don’t question Saban ok? He has two titles. If you can’t stop a run up the middle in the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME too bad. You can’t even pick the game worth a flip.

Mark Bradley

January 8th, 2010
12:50 am

Headed to bed now. Thanks for hanging with me all night. And I predict I’ll have nightmares about SHOVEL PASSES!

midtown

January 8th, 2010
12:51 am

Just a short three bowls ago, Alabama was in the Independence Bowl and
had lost to Louisiana/Monroe in the regular season.
All the experts on radio, t.v., and in the newspaper said “it is unrealistic for Alabama to think they can compete with Fla., Ga., Tenn.,L.S.U., much less Texas, Sou. Cal., Ohio St., etc. any more.
Guess what and always remember the “experts” with all their access
do not know any more than you or I do. Alabama may not win a NC for
a while, but they will always have the potential to win one. They are
one of the top five football programs in America.

willie martinez

January 8th, 2010
12:51 am

i dont think they tried to score that last td. texas laid down and let it happen

Billy

January 8th, 2010
12:51 am

seriously, are college players/coaches whining about the other team scoring? that makes me respect UT even less.

some guy

January 8th, 2010
12:51 am

its ok to be arrogant when youve actually won a national title in the last generation.

texas fans – national titles = uga fans

Ginger

January 8th, 2010
12:52 am

Mark for what’s it worth….Looking at the matchup…If McCoy had been able to play the entire game–I think Texas wins by a field goal

buzz29

January 8th, 2010
12:53 am

Congrats to Colin Peek. Maybe I should have transfered too.

willie martinez

January 8th, 2010
12:53 am

DecaturDawg

January 8th, 2010
12:53 am

Mark,

Is Kirby a legit candidate for Texas Tech as the commentators were talking about?

Don’t feel so bad about the pick. The shovel pass wasn’t that bad of a call either.

fishtales

January 8th, 2010
12:53 am

Hey Ginger…woulda coulda shoulda. If Bama hadn’t KNOCKED HIM OUT OF THE GAME then sure it might have been different.

Billy

January 8th, 2010
12:55 am

There was a huge thing in the Houston Chronicle about non-UT fans cheering for UT in this case. What a crock! Can you imagine Bama fans cheering for Auburn or UGA fans cheering for UF/GT, just for the sake of conference/state bragging rights? Unbelievable. Those people don’t understand the meaning of “rivalry”

Ginger

January 8th, 2010
12:56 am

Lessons from tonight’s game.

1. Defense wins Championships
2. Must win the turnover battle and you have to create turnovers
3. Must have a back up QB with some experience…College hitting is big time….players bigger faster, stronger that ever before…risk of injury to QB increased (Gilbert did very well for Fr that has not played and has bright future)

Richt has Natl Champ Year 7 Times

January 8th, 2010
12:59 am

Richt got FSU to Natl Champ game 5 times, had 2 Natl Champ caliber years so far at Georgia: 2002 & 2007.

7 Natl Champ type years so far. Simply the best.

The SEC is tough. Richt’s the ONLY Coach to get 90 SEC wins in 9 seasons.

Ginger

January 8th, 2010
1:00 am

hey fishtales….I was neutral on game either Bama or Texas win was ok with me…just sayin…I did not know really who to pick before the game as thought it was that close…but after watching Bama matchup with Tex on D & O….I believe that McCoy would have been able to put some points on board with Shipley and fast # 84 and it would have forced Bama to play more aggressively on offense and McElroy is not a big time passing threat.

Barkin'Dog

January 8th, 2010
1:02 am

Mark — I had the Longhorns winning in the end too. Didn’t see McCoy going out, but the game was never really in doubt. SEC speed kills. Texas will be alright with that frosh QB, especially with the baptism/experience he got in a big game. Glad the contest got exciting in the 2nd half. Congrats Bama and Saban. You deserve this win and championship ‘Til the morrow…..

fishtales

January 8th, 2010
1:03 am

Texas had their chance…Eryk Anders ended that chance. McCoy, Gilbert, whatever. Reeeeal easy to say what would have been. But the winners write the history books don’t they?

Hunkerdown

January 8th, 2010
1:05 am

Taking a knee. Okay, give you that one mark. But give the SEC one in the future. Four years in a row and you keep picking the other team, give me a break! Who do you pull for?

Russ would be Uga but for the color of his skin

January 8th, 2010
1:11 am

Hey dawgs: Did you see the guy on the Tide sideline calling plays and running his team? That was a “coach.”

Just pointing this out to you since, if you watch UGA, you never see one. In fact, since you have not had one for decades, you erected a statue of a clown outside Sanford Stadium.

You really should consider getting a real coach.

Troof

January 8th, 2010
1:12 am

Natl Championship “caliber” years National Titles.

Nick Saban: 2 BCS titles
Coach Mark “Permatan” Richt: 0

Maybe if CMR says pretty please, he can visit T-town for some pointers on how to evaluate talent. Dareus was a 3 star recruit. He will have a bigger impact than Cody before he is done at Bama.