Note to Sooners: Get over it already
- Dwight Jaynes
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Just can't resist: I'm going to sound like a homer, but Duck fans know me well enough to understand I'd tell them the same thing if the shoe were on the other foot:
Get over it, Oklahoma. Just move on.
Sure, you got a raw deal. That's sports. I've seen so many big games decided by poor calls, I can't even remember them all. Don't even get me started on the things I've seen in NBA playoff games. There are officials in that sport who can turn a game around in seconds - just to settle an old grudge.
Yes, replay was supposed to help correct mistakes. But it didn't. That's just the way it goes. I mean, the striped shirts didn't block that field goal. They didn't leave an Oregon receiver wide open for the winning touchdown.
And yes, it was an expensive mistake. If it costs the Sooners a BCS bowl, that's millions of dollars. But maybe it's karma, because Oklahoma has had a couple of those BCS slots recently that it surely didn't deserve.
And the university president at Oklahoma, David Boren, made a bit of a fool of himself by demanding that the results of the game somehow be erased. As if.
A man in a leadership position would be much better served by attempting to help the school's students and fans learn to deal with defeat - yes, even unfair defeat - in a dignified and rational manner rather than acting like a big baby.
• They call it Monday Night Football, because it's the NFL and it's on Monday night. But really - am I the only one who just doesn't feel the same way about the ESPN version as I did the previous incarnation, on ABC?
Sure, people are watching it. Ratings are fine because of some interesting matchups.
But Monday Night Football, traditionally, wasn't just about the teams. You watched because of the commentators, too. It was prime-time programming with stars on the broadcasting crew - beginning, of course, with Howard Cosell and Don Meredith.
That's a pretty good team, and I think it helped ABC hold on to the special feel MNF always had.
But here comes ESPN and Mike Tirico, Joe Theismann and Tony Kornheiser. No offense to anyone here - but that's like NBC telling us it is bringing back 'Seinfeld' on Thursday night but then mentioning that Gilbert Gottfried will be playing the role of Jerry and Paula Poundstone will play Elaine.
Bring back Dan Dierdorf and Frank Gifford!
And Kornheiser, who many thought would be controversial, opinionated and maybe a little wacky, has been way too tame. I'm not sure if he's afraid he'll lose the gig, or if he doesn't want to offend his partners. Maybe he's just not as funny or insightful as advertised.
But he's the one who must step up, because we already know Tirico is adequate and a little boring, and Theismann is pompous and uninformed.