My Eight-Hour ESPN Marathon
At four o'clock on Friday afternoon, I finished watching "The Rookie" with Dennis Quaid. I wanted to make my snow day memorable so I decided to have an all-night ESPN marathon.
The rules were that I could only watch the five ESPN channels; ESPN, ESPN Classic, ESPNews, ESPNU, ESPN2. I could take two minutes off every hour. Unused minutes would be added to break time for the next hour.
How did I do it? Read on and find out.
The 2006 Rose Bowl: Texas vs. USC
4:00- On ESPN Classic, I find the 2006 Rose Bowl with Texas against Southern California
4:50- The fourth quarter starts.
5:23- USC quarterback Matt Leinart throws a 21 yard strike to Dwayne Jarrett for a touchdown. 38-26 USC.
5:35- Texas quarterback Vince Young scrambles for a touchdown with 4:03 left in the game. 38-33 USC.
5:44- On fourth and one and needing a first down to clinch a victory, USC running back Lendale White is stuffed and doesn't pick up the first down.
5:53- On fourth and five with under :30 to play, Vince Young once again flees from pressure and scrambles to the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. With:19 left to play, the Longhorns lead 41-38 after the two-point conversion.
6:00- Leinart throws an incomplete pass as time expires for the Longhorn win and the National Championship.
Wake Forest vs. Richmond
6:00- On ESPNU, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons square off with the Richmond Spiders in men's basketball. Tip off is one hour before the Spiders play for the FCS Championship.
7:40- Wake Forest goes up by 11 before a commercial break.
7:58- Richmond climbs back and now trails 78-74 with 1:34 left to play.
8:05- Final score: Wake 86,Richmond 79. Jeff Teague (No. 0 above) scored 21 points for Wake Forest.
FCS National Championship: Richmond vs. Montana
7:00- The FCS Championship game comes on ESPN2. The Richmond Spiders are facing the Montana Grizzlies.
7:15- On a touchdown pass from fullback John Crone to the quarterback, the Spiders score first. 7-0 Spiders.
7:48- Josh Vaughan scores from five yards out to give Richmond a 14-0 lead.
8:19- Halftime- Richmond 21, Montana 0.
9:14- Montana misses an easy punt block that could have swayed momentum in the Griz's favor. Still 21-0.
9:21- Start of the fourth quarter. The score still remains 21-0.
9:26- Montana finally scores on a Chase Reynolds four yard run. 21-7 Richmond.
9:57- Richmond fans start singing "Nah, nah, nah, nah. Hey, hey, hey. Good Bye."
9:59- Richmond first-year head coach Mike London gets doused with Gatorade.
10:00- The final kneel gives Richmond the FCS National Championship by a score of 24-7. It is the Spiders' first ever national championsip in any sport. Vaughan rushed for 162 yards on 23 carries and scored one touchdown.
NBA Basketball: Lakers @ Heat
7:00- The Miami Heat vs. the Los Angeles Lakers is on ESPN.
7:35- Kobe Bryant makes a layup as the first quarter expires.
8:07- Heat forward Shawn Marion dunks as the first half ends. The score is knotted up at 46 all. Dwyane Wade has 16 points to lead the Heat and Bryant has 17 to lead the Lakers.
8:36- Wade gets point number 20 with 6:48 left in the third quarter.
8:48- Miami 65, Los Angeles 61. 3:02 left in the third quarter.
9:01- Wade drills a buzzer-beater heave from about 30 feet out. 75-63, Heat! Upset?
9:34- The Heat's Udonis Haslem misses two free throws and the Heat's lead is still only 88-84 with :54.4 remaining.
9:38- With the Lakers down by two, a score would tie or win the game. Miami blocked three straight shot attempts, not allowing them to score.
9:41- Lakers forward/center Pau Gasol gets fouled and needs both free throws to tie the game. He only makes one!
9:42- Los Angeles fouls Wade. He misses the first free throw and makes the second. The Lakers call time out with 6.8 seconds to play and down 89-87.
9:46- Kobe's fade away jumper goes half-way down and pops back out at the buzzer. 89-87, Miami stuns the Lakers.
7:44- The scoreboard shows my Marquette Golden Eagles lead Western Carolina 11-1.
8:04- The Bucks lead the Knicks 75-53 with 4:33 left in the third quarter.
8:12- Marquette now leads WCU 39-14 with 4:31 left in the first half. Lazar Hayward has 19 points for Marquette.
8:18- Bucks 85, Knicks 65. 10:48 left in the game.
8:31- The Bucks now lead 93-71 with 5:59 left to play.
8:34- At halftime, Marquette leads 53-27.
8:46- The Bucks game has ended. They won 105-81.
8:48- I see that the Pacers and Clippers are going into double OT.
8:56- Celtics win 126-108 over Chicago. It is their seventeenth straight win and they improve their record to 25-2.
9:13- Clippers 117, Pacers 109- F/20T
9:16- Devin Harris scored 41 points in the Nets' win against Dallas.
9:19- Marquette leads WCU, 91-68 with 3:45 left to play. Hayward has 27 points and Jerel McNeal added 19.
9:31- Marquette beats Western Carolina by a final of 94-77.
10:03- The Jazz beat the Pistons 120-114 in double overtime.