Just A Thought Before I Go (To Bed)

I was surprisingly indifferent — even siding with the underdogs throughout most of it. But wow what an awesome game. I’ve seen a lot of football but I’ve never seen such a clutch performance in such a clutch game as Texas Quarterback Vince Young’s at the Rose Bowl leading the Longhorns to a 41-38 come from behind victory against USC tonight — a win that not only broke the Trojans 34-game win streak, but also dashed their hopes of an unprecedented third-straight national title.

Young didn’t just complete 30 out of 40 passes. He also rushed for 200 yards. And he led them all the way back from a 12-point deficit with six minutes left in the fourth quarter, with his go-ahead TD enabled not only by his poise and spectacular athleticism (word to an incredible offensive line), but also by USC coach Pete Carroll’s gutsy yet ultimately unsuccessful call to go for it on fourth down and one yard near midfield. Personally, I would have punted and made Texas drive 80 yards instead of 50, but that’s why he’s a phenomenally successful head coach and I’m just a stuggling hack.

In the pregame hoopla I heard someone comment “First one to 40 points wins.” Spot on, whoever you were. Spot on.

And my bet for tomorrow’s sports page headline? In-Vince-Able!

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."