Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.
–It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing.
–That blizzard – thing. That blizzard – thing. Oh, well, here’s the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a “big blizzard thing!”
Yessss, they are. But you know, there’s another reason why today is especially exciting.
– Especially cold!
Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody’s lips…
– On their chapped lips…
On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
Thats right, woodchuck-chuckers – it’s
You’re playing yesterday’s tape, guys… oh, hey, loyal readers. You caught me in the middle of something there. Anyway, as we all know, in the 1993 classic Groundhog Day, Bill Murray is left living Feb. 2 over and over… and over. Great stuff.
Which got me thinking — if there was one day in my sporting life that I had to relive again and again, what would it be? You know, kind of like the day Phil Connors is talking about when he says “I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters.” And on the flip side, there is the nightmare of a day you never want to live again.
Here’s what me and a couple of my colleagues came up with for our respective Groundhog Days. Feel free to add your own at the bottom. Because, ya know, this is supposed to be an interactive activity. It’s why they invented the internets.
Day to Relive: January 4, 2005. USC utterly obliterates the supposed (at the time) “Best Team In College Football History,” Oklahoma, 55-19.
Before the game all we heard about was how Oklahoma’s offensive line was monstrous and would destroy a “soft” USC defensive front. How Adrian Peterson would run over, through and around said “soft” defense and how former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White would pick apart the Trojans. White finished 24-of-36 for 244 yards and three interceptions.
We also heard that USC’s running game would be stifled by Oklahoma’s incredible defensive front. Before the game Oklahoma defensive end Larry Birdine called USC’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Matt Leinart an average quarterback on an overrated offense. Leinart went 18-for-35 for 332 yards and five touchdowns (four in the first half). He was also the game’s MVP. Reggie Bush and LenDale White combined to run for 193 yards and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. Oklahoma’s “vaunted” defense gave up 55 points and 525 total yards.
It was beautiful. SC trailed 7-0, then utterly dominated, pulling ahead 55-10 with 9:46 left in the game. In between there, the Trojans put on an absolute show, Ashlee Simpson sounded like a dying flamingo during the halftime performance and Pete Carroll bounced around the sidelines like a hyperactive 12-year-old. My dad and I watched with a combination of amazement, jubilation and disbelief. Again. It was beautiful.
Least like to relive: January 29, 1995, Super Bowl XXIX.
My beloved San Diego Chargers, a team of destiny throughout the 1994-95 NFL season, got absolutely obliterated by the San Francisco 49ers, 49-26.
The Chargers were a tough, hard-nosed team led by Junior Seau in his prime, quarterback Stan Humphries (playing through a dislocated left shoulder), young, exciting running back Natrone Means and one of the worst secondaries in the NFL.
The 49ers had one of the best passing attacks in NFL history, led by Steve Young, Jerry Rice, John Taylor and Ricky Waters. We should have seen it coming, but in the heat of the craziness surrounding San Diego’s run to the big game, we were seeing the world through powder blue-colored glasses.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye, the Bolts were down 14-0, then 28-7. I couldn’t bear it anymore. It was so painful, but I had to watch the entire game, because who knows when the Chargers would ever be back in the Super Bowl…they still haven’t returned…Thanks for that Norv Turner.
The game actually tipped off before the show, so there was still time to back out if warranted. However, with the Hoosiers already down by about 16 points just 10 minutes into the game, that hardly seemed necessary. We proceeded to the IU Auditorium.