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Filling the Void: VY Goes FTW

Do you remember when Vince Young became immortal and ended USC’s winning streak? Me too!

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Filling the Void: VY Goes FTW

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Having a hard time with this whole “social distancing” thing? Yeah – us too. Especially when it comes to the lack of sports. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease the pain and suffering. While we may not have any of the current sports leagues to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconic, noteworthy and remarkable sporting events we could find. We also found some mundane, run of the mill matches and contests, that seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles sports, right? Each day, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch.

Watching from the future

I have wanted to write this FTV for a while, and a big piece of it is because I first watched this game from the future.

Let me explain.

My friends and I watched the 2006 National Championship between Texas and USC at my father’s place. We watched the game in the living room. My father watched it in the makeshift “den” at the top of the stairs. As the pressure/drama mounted throughout the game and my father’s reactions became more vocal, we realized his TV was about three seconds ahead of us.

So every big play was telegraphed for us by hearing “Ohs” and “Ahs” from 15 feet above our heads.

I wouldn’t recommend watching every game like this, but it is exhilarating enough to try at least once.

And my father is available once sports start up again.

My scouting future

I would not say I am a great prognosticator of athletic success from college to the professional levels. An excellent example of this would be my reaction to Dwayne Jarrett’s performance in this game.

Even re-watching this I was almost sure this guy was going to be a complete stud in the NFL despite his retiring 10 years ago.

Jarrett caught 10 passes for 121 yards and a late 4th quarter TD that looked to put USC over the top for the win. He also made a ridiculous catch in the first half where he was ruled out of bounds. They should have just given it to him, it was that good.

Jarrett was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 draft and caught 35 passes for 428 yards and a TD over 32 career games.

I am still heavily committed to my day job.

The Freshmen!

If I may say this in the least creepy way possible, take a look at these Freshmen!

For Texas:

For USC:

They didn’t all play in this game, but this is still an impressive group!

Reggie Bush and I are still not okay

I am not a Reggie Bush fan.

I was a big fan of the 2005 Notre Dame team. In fact, I got Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski’s AIM screenname from Facebook and IMed him during the week leading up to their battle vs. USC. I said, “You guys are gonna fuck up USC on Saturday” and he immediately put up an Away Message that read, “This shit is crazy!”

Now, am I proud of this? Yes. Yes, I am.

And Notre Dame should have won that game if Bush didn’t push Matt Leinart into the end zone. Don’t start with the “That’s a legal play bullshit.” It was cowardly. You know it. I know it. Reggie Bush knows it.

So when Dan Fouts compared Bush to both Barry Sanders and Walter Payton during the same play vs. Texas, I threw up in my mouth a little.

One other thing, I have been thinking this whole time that Bush not having the same success at the pro level was a product of his smaller size. This is not true.

Here’s Bush vs. two of the current top RB in the NFL:

Also during this game USC is up 7-0 and driving when Bush breaks off a big run. He gets deep into Texas territory when he for whatever reason decides instead of taking the big gain and getting tackled, he laterals to his teammate who is 100% not ready for that. Texas recovers.

Go Irish!

The Other Big Vince

I can’t finish this without acknowledging the best college football performance I have ever seen.

Here’s USC ‘s top passer & rusher in the game:

  • Matt Leinart – 29/40, 365 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • LenDale White – 20 rushes, 124 yards, 3 TD

Here’s Vince Young:

  • 30/40, 267 yards passing
  • 19 rushes, 200 yards, 3 TD

Just to clarify, Vince Young is one person. It’s not a Madonna situation where Texas’ QB was named “Vince” and the RB was named “Young”.

Add in the fact this was the most watched college football game of all-time AND had all three of that season’s Heisman finalists in it, and this is a definite must re-watch.

Terry is from Massachusetts and is a passionate fan of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He also will admit he only pays attention to Syracuse basketball when they're good. If there's a Twitter trade rumor even remotely associated with one of his teams, he's likely fallen for it. Finally, he believes 100% that if the Celtics had beaten the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals they would have swept the Thunder in the Finals.

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