About a month ago I wrote here on DaddyClaxton.com that the thought of Brent Musburger calling last night’s BCS National Championship Game featuring the Oregon Ducks and my Auburn Tigers made me want to vomit. (Brent Musburger Calling Oregon/Auburn Game Makes Me Nauseous)
I so expected Mr. Musburger to pull for Oregon and fully expected Auburn to struggle throughout the game. In big games like last night’s, that just seems to be the way they play. It’s been like that since I became an Auburn fan in 1980. This isn’t the first group of Auburn Cardiac Kids; they were just the latest edition.
And so, with trepidations, I turned on the sound to the game last night to hear Musburger and “Herby” do the game. And I have to say I felt like my fears of Musburger pissing me off were not realized. I think he actually did a balanced job.
I’ve already seen that fokes have been coming here to DaddyClaxton.com under searches like “Musburger biased toward Auburn,” and “Why is Musburger biased?” but really, today I have to stand in defense of him.
Last night’s game with the Oregon Ducks was probably one of the most unique and inspiring football games ever in the BCS-era, and maybe even the national championship game itself. The game literally came down to the wire–0:02 decided win or tie or lose.
There’s not much more one could ask for in a game like that. Oregon and Auburn seemed almost uniquely matched. Oregon did a great job of shutting down Cam Newton. He did well in the game, but it was nothing like any of the previous games in the season. And once he got hit hard a few times, he realized he was in a tough game. The smile and skipping stopped.
Last night for Auburn was a glimpse of the things to come. Newton will be going pro soon and who knows who will be quarterback. At the beginning of the year, someone asked me about our QB and I told them we didn’t have one. My brother corrected me.
But it was cool for true FRESHMAN Michael Dyer to become the offensive player of the game last night instead of Newton. I even heard at one point Dyer got more rushing yards this year than Bo Jackson in a single year. Hello!
Back To Musburger
I know I have felt many times in the past that he’s been biased. Just listen to him say, “Ohio State Buckeyes!” It’s just a little too happy.
But for last night’s game, I thought the man was as close to balanced as we could have asked for. Your thoughts?
- 2011 BCS Championship Game To Feature Less Brent Musburger, Says Brent Musburger (sbnation.com)
- 2011 BCS Championship: The Best and Worst from Auburn’s Win Over Oregon (bleacherreport.com)
- BCS National Championship Game: “You’re looking live….” (bleacherreport.com)
- 2011 BCS Championship Game: 43 Bold Predictions As Oregon And Auburn Prepare For National Title (sbnation.com)
- Auburn’s BCS Win Removes Last Doubts That SEC Is the Best…but Why? (bleacherreport.com)
- BCS Championship Game: Slip slidin’ away (bleacherreport.com)
- Bcs Championship Game: the 35 for 35 Podcast (everydayshouldbesaturday.com)