It's official. Auburn has secured their spot in the SEC Championship Game by soundly defeating Georgia 49-31. Cam Newton overcame the controversy surrounding him and played a great game.
Everything went just as Auburn fans wanted, but still the game was stained with poor sportsmanship as the final minutes slipped away.
In the waning minutes, a brawl almost broke out on the field, with Georgia players coming off the bench and having to be restrained and taken back to the sideline. During the pushing and shoving, a punch was thrown and things started getting nasty.
Two Auburn defensive players were ejected from the game on back-to-back plays. Defensive tackle Mike Blanc and defensive end Michael Goggans were both ejected from the game in the final minute. This was not only unnecessary, but unfortunate for the Tigers.
Unnecessary because the game was all but over. Unfortunate, because according to NCAA rules, both players will miss the first half of Auburn's game against Alabama. This could be costly for a defense which is less than stingy.
On top of having two defensive players ejected, the fans also left a lot to be desired. In an attempt to simply end the game without any further pushing and shoving or nasty exchanges, Georgia coach Mark Richt had his team take a knee to end the game.
This was a classy move. But the Auburn fans reacted by booing Georgia's attempt to end the game without further clashes.
Why boo a team that has been defeated and is just trying to get off the field? This really put a damper on what should have been a great celebration.
Coach Chizik stated after the game, "I'm embarrassed by it. That's not who we are, that's not the way we carry ourselves, and we'll address it tonight."
I'm sure that Chizik will address the team about carrying themselves with class, and about self-control and not allowing their tempers to cost the team.
Hopefully the fans will consider their actions also. In the end, football is a game, not a life-or-death situation. Neither winning nor losing is a justifiable excuse to lower your standards and act inappropriately.
Bohdi Sanders ~ www.TheWisdomWarrior.com