National Champions Alabama and Mark Ingram Take Bloom Off of Texas Rose and I am Not Smarter than a Fifth Grader

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National Champions Alabama and Mark Ingram Take Bloom Off of Texas Rose and I am Not Smarter than a Fifth Grader

Pasadena, Calif.: Without senior QB Colt McCoy, who was knocked out of the game on the first drive and replaced by freshman Garrett Gilbert, Texas had no shot to penetrate Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart’s attacking defense.

The Longhorns defense was as good as advertised early, forcing a three and out on Alabama’s first drive and causing a special teams turnover prior to its second.

Texas capitalized on both converting two field goal opportunities into an early 6–0 lead.

From there Alabama went on a ROLL scoring 24 unanswered points in the second quarter, which culminated in an interception—more like a ‘here please take the ball and don’t kill me’ surrender/shuffle pass—returned for a touchdown by Alabama’s Marcell Dareus.

At that point, I knew it was time to pay the piper.

On or about Dec. 26, 2009, Bleacher Report top five ranked writer and Alabama Featured Columnist Larry Burton wrote an article entitled ‘Don’t Worry Texas Fans Alabama Won’t Embarrass You Too Badly’.

Feeling that Burton was being a little too brash I posted the following comment.

"Pride before a fall my friend.

If, and I think its a big if, the Horns should pull it off, I challenge you to write an article entitled "I, Larry Burton, am a Blind Partisan Hack" and (be honest) chronicle all of the un-called for biased 'journalism' you have penned and apologize for it.

If you did so I guarantee it would be the most 'liked' article you have ever written. Do you really have the confidence or are you JUST the blow hard that many believe you to be?"

Expecting Larry to back out of his corner I have to admit surprise when Larry countered my challenge wanting to know the ramifications for me should he be proven right.

His suggestion—similar to the challenge Jeff Foxworthy lays out to contestants on the hit game show, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader—If he should prove correct was that I should write an article stating that I should not call out a writer who knows more than me.

After reiterating that I was in no way confident that Texas would win but in the hopes to teach a lesson in humility—and since there was no Mike Leach ‘shed’ for me to lock him in—I agreed to the terms.

So, [looking right into the camera] my name is Henry Ball and I am not smarter than a {fifth grader} Featured Columnist!

Larry Burton 1 – Henry Ball 0

Alabama 37 – Texas 21

Personal note: Congratulations Coach Saban and Tide Nation, 2009 National Champions!

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