“Release the Kraken!”
There is a scene in the movie Clash of the Titans when angry Poseidon swims deep into the waters of the sea and unleashes the mightiest, most destructive monster imaginable, the Kraken, to punish mankind.
From the very depths of the ocean floor arises a loathsome colossus of a beast, spawned in Hades, fearsome, black and scaly, with tentacles whipping about furiously and fangs gnashing, dripping and oozing inky slime. The creature roars its hatred and rage, its baleful golden eyes unblinking and searching for prey to smash and destroy.
When at last, the Kraken is shown in all of its hideous fury and awful glory, it is a moment of catharsis, a moment of utter bliss. We want to see this creature unleash havoc and destruction. We want to see something extraordinary, something fantastic.
The 2012 Rose Bowl, matching LaMichael James and the Oregon Ducks, champions of the Pac-12, against Big Ten kings, the Wisconsin Badgers and Montee Ball, promises exactly that: something extraordinary, something fantastic, a game for the ages.
I predict the potent Duck offense will strafe, gouge and puncture the Badger defense for 45 points, and still lose the game by 10. This will be the highest-scoring game in Rose Bowl history, an exciting game, a ferociously-waged clash of the titans, football style.