Saturday, December 10, 2011

Andrew Luck Got Screwed

Better Luck next year
Look, I don't want to get into individual statistics because they really don't matter.  Andrew Luck was the Heisman runner-up last year and many expected him to go pro - especially after Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh left to coach the San Francisco 49'ers.  Instead he returned for his junior season and promptly led Stanford back to an 11-1 regular season mark and a BCS bowl berth under a brand new coach.  He led a team that lost many starters over his brief stay, called his own plays, mind you, and was commonly named as the number one draft pick by the NFL next year.  It really wasn't a question if he was going to win the Heisman or not.

Then something happened - and I mean media-wise.  All of sudden as the season came to close alot of talk about Robert Griffth, the QB from Baylor emerged.  Baylor had three losses, they didn't really have a marquis win and heck they even lost to Texas A&M who promptly fired their head coach after losing to lowly Texas in their final game.  But the very next week, when many teams were not playing, Baylor beat Texas in their final game (and after the emotional rivalry game with A&M) and every media center started beating the drum about Robert Griffith.  And, yes, he had a good game, a good season and is a good talent - and from his appearance on the Heisman show, seems like a great guy.  But the media blather about RG3 after beating "Texas's great defense" (Texas - a five loss team) seemed to push this guy over the top in very close voting.  Over a guy who actually calls his own plays.

Why is it that ESPN must dictate everything that happens in this world?  Is it not enough that they have demolished the Big 12 conference with their ill-advised media deal to set up the "Longhorn Network" with Texas?  Is it not enough that their meddling has for the time being ended a 100+ year rivalry between Texas and A&M?  Now they have to say that if some QB thrashed their beloved Longhorns, well, he must be the Heisman winner?  What krap ESPN.

Even tonight we had to hear about how Baylor was a nothing program and this single player made them "relevant".  Uh, where was Stanford before Harbaugh and Luck showed up?  What a crock.  Andrew - better luck next year.

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