Florida vs. LSU: What in the "tractor pull" heck was that??!!


It's that time to call out the media again, although most of us have abandoned those corporate windbags and their "objectivity" long ago.  Which is why we go to blogs because we want to read stories that slant our way.

So where do I begin?  Florida and LSU are terrible.  I don't care if Tebow was a drooling catatonic or Professor Jesus H. Christ, Esq, LCC, PhD, MD, Copyright 0 B.C., All Rights Reserved.  Based on last night's Slow Eastern Conference pillow fight, I'd say these two teams are way overrated.  But who am I to say, right?  Because if you read ESPN, CNNSI, and other sports rags, no one's bashing this game.

I mean, afterall, let's look at the stats (courtesy of ESPN):  


1st Downs 22 12
3rd down efficiency 5-12 1-9
4th down efficiency 0-1 1-3
Total Yards 327 162
Passing 134 96
Comp-Att 11-16 11-17
Yards per pass 8.4 5.6
Rushing 193 66
Rushing Attempts 48 30
Yards per rush 4.0 2.2
Penalties 6-45 9-64
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost 0 0
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Possession 36:30 23:30


What say you Pat Forde?

A good portion of America spent the past two weeks wringing their hands over Tebow's status after he suffered a concussion against Kentucky. The cards, letters and other expressions of support were "humbling," Tebow said. The long wait to be cleared to play was maddening.

Hey, hey!  Don't talk about my maddening week!  So what if I sent Tebow a few cards?  As a Penn State fan, I was concerned.  But please, let's talk about football:

In general, Florida went as conservative as it thought it could get away with -- and that was pretty conservative, given its lights-out defense.

Okay, now we're talking!  Defense!  That's why the game was so boring!

The primary reason Florida won Saturday night was the work of that relentless unit.

Whoa, whoa!  TMI, good buddy!

But wait a minute.  Isn't this game awfully similar to one played last year, with two top ranked teams, from that other non-SEC conference? (you peeps had better know where this is going).

Let's go to some stats, shall we?

Penn State v. Ohio State 2008

1st Downs 18 14
3rd down efficiency 5-12 8-15
4th down efficiency 0-0 0-0
Total Yards 281 287
Passing 121 226
Comp-Att 12-20 16-28
Yards per pass 6.1 8.1
Rushing 160 61
Rushing Attempts 37 31
Yards per rush 4.3 2.0
Penalties 0-0 4-48
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles lost 0 1
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Possession 31:26 28:3


If I didn't know any better, which I probably don't (but I do), I'd say these games are awfully similar (3rd down eff between PSU and UF is spooky), yet construed and analyzed from behind completely different goggles.  Do I really need to cull the articles after this particular game?  Do I have to??!!!  Is it that obvious!!!???

We'll wait for the other wires to come in on Florida's victory, but if you ask me, I'm not expecting the same kind of vitriol spewed from last year's game.  Even though it was the same game in different uniforms.

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