Game Time: Longhorns Come Away With "Rocky Balboa" Respect

Around 10:15 PM last night, about the time the wheels started coming off the University of Texas Longhorns' run at what would have been an historical comeback, I got the following text from AT&T (verbatim, including all of the texty little abbreviations):

"The AT&T All-America Player of the Year is Colt McCoy of TX. Congrats 2 McCoy on an outstanding season & thx 4 voting! We'll txt u next season 2vote! Txt STOP 2 quit"

So as he sat on the sideline gazing at his last chance at a ring slipping away (and perhaps cursing his old man for talking him into staying on the sidelines -- allegedly, maybe), McCoy was unknowingly adding more hardware to his resume. It was somewhat apropos that the winningest college quarterback of all-time at least win something last night, even if it was a meaningless Player of the Year award decided by people drunk texting their votes in from the tailgate party.

In the end, the BCS Title Game was a microcosm of the 2009 season, with an early shoulder injury to an All-American quarterback suddenly changing everything (somewhere, Sam Bradford nods his head), lots of sloppy and uneven play, and ultimately Mark Ingram doing enough for all of us to shrug our shoulders and realize that "Damn, that little Emmitt Smith clone was the best player on the field. Again." (Point of order -- Rolando McClain was pretty sporty last night as well.)

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
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