The Greatest Cartoon in College Sports History

The Greatest Cartoon in College Sports History

By Jack Walker - Sports Editor

 

 

 

Flash-back to 1997: Big Ten: Michigan, began a journey ranked 16th in the nation among two separate polls and their gunslinger Brian Griese entered Pasadena as a fifth-year senior that got tired of being picked on. The passion-factor required a locksmith. Brian’s father Bob, the color commentator sharing the broadcast booth with long-time and legendary sports media staple Keith Jackson put it all in perspective. Meanwhile in Omaha, Tom Osborne’s NCAA Division I gridiron game had saddled an rode a scare-tactic all the way to the end of the season. While Michigan and eventual Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson conquered Washington State’s trio of never-again wide-outs appropriately spear-headed by perhaps the most disappointing draft-pick in NFL history… It’s only fitting to give credit where credit is due. Both the Cornhuskers and Wolverines finished their seasons undefeated… Michigan arguably earned it more with their Woodson trademark and a schedule that was much more perpendicular than parallel if compared with that of Nebraska. The Huskers caught a resurgence many would easily dismiss as folk-lore, when senior quarterback Scott Frost, down by a pair of field goals to a lackluster Missouri Tigers spoiler unit, chunked a prayer off his back-foot that was caught by kicked and according vacuumed up by Nebraska receivers as time expired. Sophomore wide-out, Matt Davidson declined comments from Sports Illustrated following perhaps the most talked about twelve seconds in the history of College Football since Notre Dame didn’t let “Rudy” play until the last kick-off….. Cinematic references aside, when Frost and Osborne destroyed Peyton Manning and Tennessee, 42-7, Coach Frost, challenged every sports-reporter nationwide to “bet” their jobs on who was better. Michigan and Nebraska split a National Championship that year. Maize and Blue atop the ESPN/Coaches Poll and Nebraska eclipsing the Associated Press Poll. Shortly thereafter, anti-climactic geniuses came up with yet another unresolved solution. The Bowl Championship Series. Put it under a microscopic comparison: if D-I NCAA football programs during the BCS era infected the NCAA Basketball tournament with such a sickening stigma, we’d be referring to “March Madness” as March Sadness… Leave it up to a committee and MIT statisticians to anoint the most worthy competitors to face off in a contest and die-hard college football fans would’ve stopped tailgating when they finally realized that “Wylie Coyote” would never catch the “Road-Runner”. The dynamite always exploded in his face. That was my second favorite cartoon of all-time, a close second to the Bowl Championship series. Enter: The play-off format…. Bolstered by a long, lost theory that it’s somewhat even now… Any team has a shot as long as they keep on chasing the trophy. As far as my prediction lies, now that the NCAA has made it’s much anticipated transcendence… For the first time ever, long and lost in the thick heat of the Dessert, -now that it’s all even-…. Coyote: 7 Road-Runner: 0Follow WTT Sports Editor Jack Walker on Twitter @MediaStringer