Yesterday was like a national holiday here in Eugene. Many offices, including mine, closed the doors at three pm to allow for the festivities to begin. People wore Duck gear to work, yellow and green beads were handed out, light poles downtown were decorated with duck colors, and similar to the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, nobody was focused on work. Everyone ran around predicting the score, comparing quarter backs and counting down the minutes until we could all go home, and start watching the pre-game show.
Mr.P and I went to my Mom and step-fathers to watch the game. The Wilson's joined us and they said they could hear screaming and hollering coming from houses as they walked over. People were definitely excited! It was one of the most stressful football games I have watched. We just could not get our offensive game off the ground. It was painful to watch possession after possession end without a touchdown. I think the most painful point of the game (until the end) was after an 81 yard run and Auburn stopped us two yards from the goal. Then after scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game with 2 minutes left we let them run the damn ball. Oh, to be so close to overtime and lose with one second on the clock to a field goal. It was so painful.
But to be fair their defense was better. They were able to stop us from running the ball, they blocked LeMichael James over and over again, and they kept us from getting to first down. They played like number 1 so I suppose they deserve to win.
But what I cannot support is the comments made by Auburn's coach at the end of the game. I don't remember the exact wording but the jest of it was, "God was on our side". "No--You did not just say that!" Was our reaction. I'm sorry but God did not determine Auburn the more worthy football team to win the game. God did not decide given the high percentage of Christians rooting for Auburn* or living in Alabama that they deserve to win the game. Nor did God decide given the Conservative dress* of their cheerleaders that they should win. They played better end of story. Now was God a big part of the quarterbacks life, and did that relationship help him to get to where he is today? Perhaps, and that would be a fine thing to say. But God is on our side as opposed to Oregon's? I think not!
And that is all I have to say about that. So until next season...
*Eugene has a very low percentage of church goers. I think it is something like only 10% of the population attend church
*the Auburn cheerleaders wore turtle necks while Oregon's were wearing sports bras.