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    ESPN: USC's Place in History


    For those of you who catch Sportscenter on a nightly basis, you know the ESPN is comparing the current 2005 USC Trojans to the greatest teams in college football history. Thus far, USC is among the top 3 teams of all-time (and top 2 according to Mark May).

    Though some of the comparsions are virtually impossible and simply spectulation - it makes for interesting conversion.

    The top 11 college teams of all time were voted by fans on ESPN's Sportsnation.

    Here is the current list [will update this list]:
    #11: 1991 Washington Huskies (USC Wins: 78%)
    #10: 2002 Ohio State (USC Wins: 77%)
    #9: 1969 Texas Longhorns (USC Wins: 74%)
    #8: 1997 Michigan Wolverines (USC Wins: 63%)
    #7: 1999 Florida State Seminoles (USC Wins: 67%)
    #6: 1955 Oklahoma Sooners (USC Wins: 71%)
    #5: 1988 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (USC Wins: 56%)
    #4: 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions (USC Wins: 52%)
    #3: 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide (USC Wins: 55%)
    #2: 2001 Miami Hurricanes (Miami Wins)
    #1: 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers (USC Wins)
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    Thus far, I believe USC beats all the team except:

    #4: 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions (USC Wins: 52%)
    *The prime of the BIG10 football, sorry PAC10 lovers - the East Coast is much rougher. Kerry Collins and Ki-Jana Carter were probably the top college players in the country - just as Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush are today. This is simply isn't as skilled
    as 2005 USC - but they are much tougher.

    I say: 27-20 Penn St.

    #2: 2001 Miami Hurricanes
    The Hurricanes had the best secondary in college football history. USC's recievers wouldn't get open even if Leinart could get them the ball. Ken Dorsey, Andre Johnson, Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey, Ed Reed, Shaun Taylor, etc. etc. etc. a ton of first round picks. Miami kills USC.

    I say: 56-21 Miami

    #7: 1999 Florida State Seminoles (USC Wins: 67%)
    This wasn't the most talented Seminole team of all time but Peter Warrick was the single best college football player I ever saw. I say Florida State sneaks by with Chris Weinke playing smart.

    I say: 17-16 FSU (Warrick scores 2 TDs)
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    That makes sense, all time top three before this year's national championship is played.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Drone
    That makes sense, all time top three before this year's national championship is played, right.
    ha, true - hey, ESPN said it not me
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    Yeah, in '02 it was "The Miami Hurricanes could beat the Cincinnati Bengals." We all know how that worked out for them.
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    Binge......you boy Herbie picked 01 UM to take out USC, I think it was 34-21 or something along those lines...
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    i believe the number one team is the huskers from i think 95 and i have no doubt in my mind that they would beat the crap out of usc. they were the nastiest team i have ever seen in my life.
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    ^^^
    i think you are right

    the sad irony is Tom Osbourne knew all his Nebraska teams were using steroids - yet he sponsors a bill taking them out of our hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyBoy
    i believe the number one team is the huskers from i think 95 and i have no doubt in my mind that they would beat the crap out of usc. they were the nastiest team i have ever seen in my life.
    I agree, best team I have ever watched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassroots082
    I agree, best team I have ever watched.
    who played there? (I wasn't watching NCAA back then)
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    Hi Binge.

    Remember the penalty?

    Well, it took that for OSU* to beat Miami.
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    I would also say that '88 Notre Dame could give USC a run for its money. They had beaten the 'Canes who had like a 30+ win streak or something insane like that when the came into South Bend. Hands down the greatest game I ever saw. A bunch of blue coller boys beating the mighty 'Canes. Who At the time were just incredible. They whipped on everybody.
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    Plus they had some cool names on their defense. Ned Bolcar, Mike Stonebreaker, and Chris Zorich.
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    95 huskers would have beaten USC by 3 touchdowns easy
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    LC - that phantom fumble inside the ND 2 yard line was what allowed ND to win.

    Replies showed the Miami RB's knee was down (but we didn't have challenges back then so oh well) but ND recovered on the 2 yard line.
    Somehow, the refs gave ND the ball on the 20 yard line.
    Quite a difference (owning up to the fact that the fumble was an awful call but there was no replay).

    But, that was a long time ago. And we won a national title the next year, so who cares.
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    yea, the 95' Huskers were pretty impressive, I remember watching them kick Florida's butt in the national title game. I was so pissed, I am a Florida fan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmh80
    LC - that phantom fumble inside the ND 2 yard line was what allowed ND to win.

    Replies showed the Miami RB's knee was down (but we didn't have challenges back then so oh well) but ND recovered on the 2 yard line.
    Somehow, the refs gave ND the ball on the 20 yard line.
    Quite a difference (owning up to the fact that the fumble was an awful call but there was no replay).

    But, that was a long time ago. And we won a national title the next year, so who cares.
    I need to see that again but I recall it being the right call. But it was a long time ago so I could be wrong.
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    I didn't remember it either, but someone has a video (grainy since it was from the '80's) and I saw it early this year. It shows the runner's knee was down and the ball recovered on the 2.

    If I can find it (doubtfull), I'll link it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
    Yeah, in '02 it was "The Miami Hurricanes could beat the Cincinnati Bengals." We all know how that worked out for them.
    Yeah, unfortunately; with HORRIBLE penalty calling, giving away some pass interference calls, etc the referrees GAVE that game to Ohio State.

    Those calls and the calls I saw at the Iowa vs Florida game (Outback bowl right?) will go down in infamy
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    Bean - you aren't the 1st non-Miami fan to say that PI call was the worst call they've seen (or something of the sort).

    Here from a Nole fan
    "From Dennis in Tallahassee, Fla.: I have to disagree with you about the '02 OSU team beating USC. OSU, no matter how badly they whipped UM's offensive line in the championship game, needed a bogus penalty (this coming from a 'Nole ... so you know I have no love for Miami) when the fireworks were going off, in order to keep that game going. Otherwise, they wouldn't have even beaten that '02 Miami team. Love your column, though!"
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    95' Nebraska would have destroyed them. That was the most dominant team I have ever seen in College Football period. The numbers don't lie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmh80
    Bean - you aren't the 1st non-Miami fan to say that PI call was the worst call they've seen (or something of the sort).

    Here from a Nole fan
    "From Dennis in Tallahassee, Fla.: I have to disagree with you about the '02 OSU team beating USC. OSU, no matter how badly they whipped UM's offensive line in the championship game, needed a bogus penalty (this coming from a 'Nole ... so you know I have no love for Miami) when the fireworks were going off, in order to keep that game going. Otherwise, they wouldn't have even beaten that '02 Miami team. Love your column, though!"
    On this link:
    http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog...bruce#20060103
    Well now USC can join the 2002 Hurricanes in having a definite win stripped from them by bad calls from the referees. I mean WTF. Texas given a free touchdown; and they didnt even attempt to review it. One of the WORST calls I've ever seen in my life, college or NFL. The fumble late in the 4th by the Texas receiver was gay too.

    Congrats Texas; its possible to beat USC when the ref has your back.
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    I agree horrid call on their 1st TD.
    BUT, Texas had an INT that was not reviewed that was a catch.

    But, I guess we can just forget ESPN's piece on how great they are.
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    this USC team isn't top 50 of all time.
    the defense is pathetic.
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    Very disappointed in USC's defensive performance. If they would have had a D that could match up agaisnt Texas' D they would have won easily. Poor tackling, poor coverage, and no speed.
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    Are you folks just now figuring out that USC, like the rest of the PAC-10, have no D?

    95 Huskers averaged 400+ yards/game on the ground. That's clock control, that's freaking amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BingeAndPurge
    Are you folks just now figuring out that USC, like the rest of the PAC-10, have no D?

    95 Huskers averaged 400+ yards/game on the ground. That's clock control, that's freaking amazing.
    Yeah that true about the D, but what happens to Nebraska if they fall early 14-0 ? I think the 2001 Miami Hurricanes are the best team I've seen, they'd handle the 95 Huskers for sure.
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    I liked Bama's D this year against Texas Tech
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    Miami had 12 1st Round Picks starting against Nebraska in the Rose Bowl in 2002.
    That's 12 of 22 starters. Un-real.
    (I maybe forgetting someone so Brock can correct me.)

    Willis McGahee - fullback (Portis started at RB but wasn't picked until the 2nd Rd by Denver
    Bryant McKinnie - OL
    Jeremy Shockey - TE
    Andre Johnson - WR
    William Joseph - DL
    Jerome McDougle - DL
    DJ Williams - LB
    Jonathan Vilma - LB
    Mike Rumph - CB
    Philip Buchanon - CB

    and the best of all (and reason why '95 Nebraska doesn't roll up 400 yards rushing)
    Ed Reed - S

    I already mentioned Portis - he was probably the 2nd best player on the team behind Reed.

    Also, Frank Gore (who as a frosh was THE most dynamic RB I've ever seen - including McGahee - over 9 yards/carry) on 2 healthy knees was backing up Portis.
    Antrel Rolle played quite a bit at nickel corner.
    Kellen Winslow and Sean Taylor played quite a bit on special teams.
    "Big Daddy" Vince Wilfork was a freaking back-up at Defensive Tackle.

    I mean really now.
    You can talk stats with these other teams, but you can't compare talent. Miami 2001 had the most talent ever.
    18 total 1st round picks on that roster. Damn.
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    Okay...


    I know I'm jumping in here late and after the fact, but USC's defense has been suspect all year.

    It really hasn't mattered because they've been able to outscore everyone else, but USC doesn't compare with the great speed and power of the SEC teams of the ages or the seemingly endless stream of Florida State Ds that we've seen. Or Nebraska, etc...

    Reggie Bush, Leinhart, and Co. are awesome, but they were always weak on D.

    I had called that Texas' D would win them this game, and that (along with Carrol's play calling) decided the game.

    Oh, glad to see ole Hollywood star wonderboy Leinhart showing the class he is so known for by declaring that the better team lost.

    Oh, he's a great college quarterback, but until he starts producing at the next level, it might be wise to keep his mouth shut. Especially if he winds up on the Saints.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtruther

    Oh, glad to see ole Hollywood star wonderboy Leinhart showing the class he is so known for by declaring that the better team lost.

    Oh, he's a great college quarterback, but until he starts producing at the next level, it might be wise to keep his mouth shut. Especially if he winds up on the Saints.


    that was evil but funny
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    The only way the 95 huskers would have been down by 2 scores early would have been if they played on Sunday. That was the best team ever by far, they laid 62 on the number 2 gators and it could have been a lot more
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    Look - they had a great team.

    But, that FLA team SUCKED on defense.

    I mean SUCKED.

    Neb. was great on running the football. But, where was the balance on offense???

    I'm a Cane homer but I have to say that Nebraska's only beaten us in 1995 when we have one of our worst offenses EVER.

    Every other Neb-UM Bowl Game has been a UM win.
    2001 Canes by a TD.
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    Was that directed at me??
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    Nope.

    Clarett's supposed strip of Sean Taylor was pure and utter bullsh*t.
    Then, there was the call.

    I ain't giving up sh*t when it came to that piece of crap officiated game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phil216
    The only way the 95 huskers would have been down by 2 scores early would have been if they played on Sunday. That was the best team ever by far, they laid 62 on the number 2 gators and it could have been a lot more
    Why is that impossible, with Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shockey, and Clinton Portis is could happen. I doubt Grant Wistrom would even be much of a factor against McKinney and he was the one guy that truly was great on NU's defense, I personally think the Chris Weinke Florida State Seminoles would have been a much better matchup vs. the Hurricanes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Drone
    There's an average of 145-155 plays per college football game. If a team feels they were cheated out of victory by a single play, they should'nt have let it come down to just one, they had plenty of opportunities to nullify the effect of a single wrong call.
    Alright RD. It's my birthday - I'll post crap and rehash some old sh*t f I wanna . And you have to put up with it.

    I watched the game again tonight entirely (it was on ESPN classic) for the first time since that fateful night - Jan. 3rd 2003.
    I said I'd watch after Coker was fired - and I did.

    The statement of "one play doesn't decide" a game doesn't hold water for OSU* in the Fiesta Bowl. The game was over in the 1st OT when Jenkins DROPPED Krentzl's pass.

    Until Terry Porter's oh so fateful flag fell to earth (after most of the UM team was on the field and fireworks were going off).

    So - yes, one play DID decide the Fiesta for OSU*. Without that bogus-azz penalty, the game is over.

    I will give them credit for taking advantage of the flag.
    I will never recognize that they won though.

    As a side note - watching "the call" for the first time since that fateful night, it's just sickening how f*cking bad of a pass interference call that was.
    Just sickening.
    I had forgotten what exactly the play looked like.
    Rather curious that he "retired" from officiating after this game..............


    It's amazing how much of a home game this was for the Bucks. Quite a few Buckeye hotties (didn't know you guys had those up there ) - that I can appreciate now.


    Man, I had forgotten how much losing McGahee hurt the offense. He was just starting to get his rythem when he got hurt about 1 min into the 4th Q (way to be classy Will Allen - double throat slash).
    He had like 20 yds in the first half - but 49 and one TD in basically the 3rd Q. With Coker (stupidly IMO - yeah, hindsight is 20/20...) not wanting to burn Frank Gore's redshirt (he had torn an ACL in April 2004 and was practicing on the side IIRC, should have been 80% or so at that point) that he ended up not using, we had little running game with an untested Jarrett Payton (had 40 carries coming into that game) and were forced to go to the pass.

    Which brings me to another note - Damn, Winslow was a freaking BEAST in that game. 11 catches for like 130 yards and a TD.
    I didn't remember most of those catches. Impressive stuff.

    Coker's first ominous appearance that he was a bad head coach: the end of the 4th quarter. Roscoe Parrish returned an OSU* punt to their 30 yard line with UM down 17-14.
    What does Coker summarily do with about 2:30 left?

    Run the clock down and go for a field goal to tie (Todd Seivers then made an clutch 30 yarder after being iced 3 times by Sweatervest).
    In years past - Miami would have gone for the jugular. Coker doesn't even know the meaning of the word.
    Jesus.
    F*cking throw the ball to Kellen. He couldn't be stopped. It's not that hard, Larry. (Or - maybe it is....)

    Another example of Coker being Coker (or maybe this was Shannon - who knows) came in the first OT. OSU* has the ball with a 4th and 14.
    What do we do?
    Lay back in a puzzy-azz zone and get to Krenzel right after he throws the ball for a first down to Jenkins (rushing only 4).

    BLITZ!!!! You had DJ Williams AND Jon Vilma - two freaking future All-Pro's - at LB. God damn - grow some balls Coker.
    Move the SS up to the line and blitz a CB - we had Antrell Rolle (a soph) sitting on the damn bench. Leave Sean Taylor back at the first down and play press coverate with the CB's. Leave Vilma in the middle to cover whichever RB comes out (presuming the other sees the CB/LB blitzing and stays to block). Then you are left with a man running free at Krenzel (assuming the C still double teams Vince Wilfork). Don't think he'd have time to get off a pass for the first down seeing how Matt Walters (DT) got to him a split sec. too late with rushing only 4.
    Are you telling me Rolle couldn't tackle Krentzel???? He sure learned how to CB blitz the next year...
    But - what the hell do I know. I'm merely a chemical engineer.


    All in all - Miami had their chances and didn't capitalize. No excuse for that (except that Coker was a retard).
    OSU* did capitalize. I'll give them credit for that.

    But - they were handed the game.

    I'm beyond mad 4 years later - and I've seen that there's no point in debating this with any Buckeye fans.
    You won't change my mind - and I won't change yours.
    I suppose I've changed my opinion of most Buckeye fans (thanks to Binge). I don't hate most of you guys anymore. (Only the ones that continually say that OSU* "beat the sh*t out of Miami".)
    I don't expect Buckeye fans to denounce their title. I just don't want to listen to BS like what Bucknuts said somewhere on here before "our band and cheerleaders were even better than yours".
    Ha.

    I'll never forget that BS call though. Never.
    You can call me a crier or a whiner. I don't care. I've been around here long enough and been negitive repped/laughed at for even dumber stuff.


    I'm honestly not even sure why I'm posting this, seeing as I'm the only Cane fan on here amongst like 5/6 Buckeye fans (if MattD was still around - I'd probably get banned if this were directed at an SEC team - yet, I digress). Ehh - what the hell do I care? What's another lengthy post in a career of over 4000 lengthy posts here on AM....

    Just needed to get my thoughts out after seeing it for the first time in 4 years to you guys - already talked to some Vol friends of mine.


    Enough for now.
    Here's to a good one in the Orange Bowl on September 11th, 2010.
    See you there Buckeyes.
    Time to pack "the video" away until, perhaps, 2010...
    (Congrats if anyone actually read my ramblings down to here...if you did - here are a few hotties here here we love NCSU here here Ohi-ho and here)
    Merry Christmas to all - and to all a good night!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmh80
    Alright RD. It's my birthday - I'll post crap and rehash some old sh*t f I wanna . And you have to put up with it.

    I watched the game again tonight entirely (it was on ESPN classic) for the first time since that fateful night - Jan. 3rd 2003.
    I said I'd watch after Coker was fired - and I did.

    The statement of "one play doesn't decide" a game doesn't hold water for OSU* in the Fiesta Bowl. The game was over in the 1st OT when Jenkins DROPPED Krentzl's pass.

    Until Terry Porter's oh so fateful flag fell to earth (after most of the UM team was on the field and fireworks were going off).

    So - yes, one play DID decide the Fiesta for OSU*. Without that bogus-azz penalty, the game is over.

    I will give them credit for taking advantage of the flag.
    I will never recognize that they won though.

    As a side note - watching "the call" for the first time since that fateful night, it's just sickening how f*cking bad of a pass interference call that was.
    Just sickening.
    I had forgotten what exactly the play looked like.
    Rather curious that he "retired" from officiating after this game..............


    It's amazing how much of a home game this was for the Bucks. Quite a few Buckeye hotties (didn't know you guys had those up there ) - that I can appreciate now.


    Man, I had forgotten how much losing McGahee hurt the offense. He was just starting to get his rythem when he got hurt about 1 min into the 4th Q (way to be classy Will Allen - double throat slash).
    He had like 20 yds in the first half - but 49 and one TD in basically the 3rd Q. With Coker (stupidly IMO - yeah, hindsight is 20/20...) not wanting to burn Frank Gore's redshirt (he had torn an ACL in April 2004 and was practicing on the side IIRC, should have been 80% or so at that point) that he ended up not using, we had little running game with an untested Jarrett Payton (had 40 carries coming into that game) and were forced to go to the pass.

    Which brings me to another note - Damn, Winslow was a freaking BEAST in that game. 11 catches for like 130 yards and a TD.
    I didn't remember most of those catches. Impressive stuff.

    Coker's first ominous appearance that he was a bad head coach: the end of the 4th quarter. Roscoe Parrish returned an OSU* punt to their 30 yard line with UM down 17-14.
    What does Coker summarily do with about 2:30 left?

    Run the clock down and go for a field goal to tie (Todd Seivers then made an clutch 30 yarder after being iced 3 times by Sweatervest).
    In years past - Miami would have gone for the jugular. Coker doesn't even know the meaning of the word.
    Jesus.
    F*cking throw the ball to Kellen. He couldn't be stopped. It's not that hard, Larry. (Or - maybe it is....)

    Another example of Coker being Coker (or maybe this was Shannon - who knows) came in the first OT. OSU* has the ball with a 4th and 14.
    What do we do?
    Lay back in a puzzy-azz zone and get to Krenzel right after he throws the ball for a first down to Jenkins (rushing only 4).

    BLITZ!!!! You had DJ Williams AND Jon Vilma - two freaking future All-Pro's - at LB. God damn - grow some balls Coker.
    Move the SS up to the line and blitz a CB - we had Antrell Rolle (a soph) sitting on the damn bench. Leave Sean Taylor back at the first down and play press coverate with the CB's. Leave Vilma in the middle to cover whichever RB comes out (presuming the other sees the CB/LB blitzing and stays to block). Then you are left with a man running free at Krenzel (assuming the C still double teams Vince Wilfork). Don't think he'd have time to get off a pass for the first down seeing how Matt Walters (DT) got to him a split sec. too late with rushing only 4.
    Are you telling me Rolle couldn't tackle Krentzel???? He sure learned how to CB blitz the next year...
    But - what the hell do I know. I'm merely a chemical engineer.


    All in all - Miami had their chances and didn't capitalize. No excuse for that (except that Coker was a retard).
    OSU* did capitalize. I'll give them credit for that.

    But - they were handed the game.

    I'm beyond mad 4 years later - and I've seen that there's no point in debating this with any Buckeye fans.
    You won't change my mind - and I won't change yours.
    I suppose I've changed my opinion of most Buckeye fans (thanks to Binge). I don't hate most of you guys anymore. (Only the ones that continually say that OSU* "beat the sh*t out of Miami".)
    I don't expect Buckeye fans to denounce their title. I just don't want to listen to BS like what Bucknuts said somewhere on here before "our band and cheerleaders were even better than yours".
    Ha.

    I'll never forget that BS call though. Never.
    You can call me a crier or a whiner. I don't care. I've been around here long enough and been negitive repped/laughed at for even dumber stuff.


    I'm honestly not even sure why I'm posting this, seeing as I'm the only Cane fan on here amongst like 5/6 Buckeye fans (if MattD was still around - I'd probably get banned if this were directed at an SEC team - yet, I digress). Ehh - what the hell do I care? What's another lengthy post in a career of over 4000 lengthy posts here on AM....

    Just needed to get my thoughts out after seeing it for the first time in 4 years to you guys - already talked to some Vol friends of mine.


    Enough for now.
    Here's to a good one in the Orange Bowl on September 11th, 2010.
    See you there Buckeyes.
    Time to pack "the video" away until, perhaps, 2010...
    (Congrats if anyone actually read my ramblings down to here...if you did - here are a few hotties here here we love NCSU here here Ohi-ho and here)
    Merry Christmas to all - and to all a good night!
    I watched the game again too. Man Ohio state must have gave the officials a BCS ring to. Miami was so stacked that year there isn't any reason why they should have lost, unless poor coaching was the case and it was. The difference in that game was that Tressel is a big game coach and Coker is a hack. But I have to admit that game should have ended in the endzone in OT. What a ****ing disgrace....
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    So - wait. According to most of the retard Buckeye fans - you must be a HUGE Miami fan - as Miami fans are THE ONLY folks in the world period that think it was a bad call.

    Here's what Rick Reilly had to say (he wrote an article in SI's 1995 issue titled "Why Miami should drop football" - so yeah, he's not a fan of ours).
    CNNSI.com - SI Writers - Rick Reilly - SI's Rick Reilly: Fiesta Fiasco - Monday January 13, 2003 01:46 PM
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