2009 was a disappointing season for a lot of teams and people. Just ask Mangino, Weiss, Bradford, Bowden...I could go on and on.
It was a great season in many ways, but certain things left a bad impression of a memorable college football season.
From bad to worse, I'll count down the worst memories of the 2009 season, in my opinion. Your opinion may differ, or you may not even care about some, but keep in mind that it's an opinion.
Without further ado, the 10 most disappointing events of the 2009 College Football season...
As I told all of my friends I thought Notre Dame was over-rated at the beginning of the year, I was glad to be proved right. However, after a while it felt like the same experience as making fun of a mentally disabled person. They just kept losing late in the season, costing Weiss his job, and just making me feel like a jerk.
Ignore this if weird pronunciations don't bug you, but if they do I ask: How do you pronounce McDonalds? Is it MacDonalds? No. Is it MickDonalds? Yes. So why is this guy so special to get an invisible "a" in his name? Because he's good at football? True, but not a good enough reason for this guy. For the next three years I'll be pronouncing it as it was intended to be pronounced.
I just don't feel like the 'Noles gave Bowden the respect he deserved for the many wins he gave them. Sure, he wasn't having a great season, and sure, he should have retired after this year, but it seems like they could have done it in a much better manner. In addition, the defense was very sad to watch this year. To see Nesbitt run through the defensive line so easily, I didn't know what to think.
I don't know what to believe about this guy. I was astonished when I saw his punch after the Boise State game. I thought he was such a horrible guy, but only heard good things about him later in the season. The most disturbing thing about this story was that it had me cheering for him in the Oregon State game. I just hope he keeps his cool so cheering for him will feel right again.
I didn't get the pleasure (sarcasm) of watching this game. However, whether you watched it or not, you'd have to agree that eight turnovers is disturbing. The worst part is, the majority of them happened in the Huskers red zone. Horrifying, huh? The fact that this game ended up 9-7 in the Cyclones favor makes it even worse, because one turnover less and the Huskers may have won.
I was going to just put a picture of Suh for the image because you rarely saw any Longhorns last Saturday that didn't have the Big No. 93 on them. The fact that Texas got into the National Championship should haunt any underdogs. I'm not going to complain, but calls always swing one way or another.
The game was in Texas, what did you think they would do? With a half a second on the clock at the end of the game, you know this was close enough for any misjudged calls to make a difference. I'll leave it there, debate if you want.
All year long, I felt as if Florida was in fact the best team, and anytime they got close to losing, my excuse was that they were playing down to competition. Little did I know how mortal they were.
All week before the SEC Championship game, I thought to myself, what a joke that people are picking Alabama. No one could stop Tebow's rush attack in big games in the past, why now? So to see Tebow helpless and down all game was almost as hurtful and painful as watching his concussion earlier in the year.
Just when I started to like the guy...he had to pull this. What ever happened to loyalty? I'm not going to get into it because he is a GREAT coach and fully deserves the job. However, it doesn't seem like something an honorable man would do. Saddening to say the least...
I'm not saying to put Boise, TCU, or Cincy in the title game. Not by any means. But what is it going to take to make a playoff system or something. I agree that Cincinnati probably isn't the best team since their defense can be shaky, but how do we know TCU and Boise State aren't better than Alabama or Texas? I don't think we can prove it.
I'm not going to say he 100 percent didn't deserve it. He had a Heisman style of year, but there were two people who clearly deserved it more.
I think the worst fact of all of this is that the Doak Walker award, which is supposed to be for the nations top running back, went to Toby Gerhart.
So tell me this: Why would the best player in the nation not be the best running back in the nation? If you can answer that riddle, I'll give you a cookie or two...
Feel free to debate, but be nice, Santa is watching