Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Weekend I Missed

by BH

I've been out of town without access to a television since Friday. On Saturday, I was relegated to checking my phone for updates about the Heisman Trophy presentation. As anyone who has ever tried to get any sort of information through a wireless phone can attest, it was a pain. There I was, hunched over a 2x2 inch screen when, at around 6:45 p.m. PST, a headline popped up that said USC's Reggie Bush had won the Heisman in a landslide. I was happy to read the news, not because I liked Bush more than Vince Young or Matt Leinart, but because he is quite simply the best college football player I've ever seen.

If he catches some breaks, this kid might go somewhere

On Friday night, my friend Phil and I were sitting in a bar talking about the upcoming Heisman presentation, when I told him that if Bush were to not win the Heisman, it would be the greatest tragedy in western civilization. This got me thinking, so I made a list.

10. The Trail of Tears
9. The Spanish Inquisition
8. The Firebombing of Dresden- I really didn't know too much about this but Phil, a history teacher, says it was pretty bad.
7. The death of Socrates
6. The assassination of Ghandi
5. The assassination of Martin Luther King
4. The bombing of Hiroshima
3. The holocaust
2. The crucifixion of Jesus
1. Reggie Bush not winning the Heisman

Of course, Bush won the Heisman which saved us all from utter destruction. Evidently, the vote was so lopsided that the only person in the country surprised by the award was Texas' Vince Young who said, "I'm just disappointed for my fans, definitely for my teammates, my family back home, for not representing them in the right way. I just felt like I didn't represent my team and my family when I didn't come up with the trophy." This, of course, was sad to hear. Rather than saying something like, "Hey, I thought it would be a little closer, but Bush had a great year," or I don't know, anything that didn't sound like Young feeling sorry for himself, he sulked. Young had too good a year to think it was anything he didn't do that won Bush the Heisman.

Now it's on to the Rose Bowl game between Texas and USC. At this point, I'm leaning towards Texas. However, there's still a few weeks for me to change my mind and there will be tons of coverage about everything from Leinart's hairstylist to Mack Brown's favorite restaurant.


SonDog said...

I can't believe you put the execution of Socrates behind the assasination of Ghandi. Socrates is the brain-child behind our Western way of thinking. He was the first to actually question leaders rather than unconditionally believe in them. Your ranking of him so low in and of itself is one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Western Civilization.

sondog said...

I just read more about the massacre of Dresden. Um, yeah, I never knew about that. I wonder why?