A Win is No Longer a Win?

"What ridiculously idiotically stupidly heart-breakingly moronically crappy depressingly insanely phenomenally irritatingly outstanding and awesome and terrific game."
--The House Rock Built, 9/25/06

This quote was taken from the ND blogger, The House Rock Built, shortly after the conclusion of the mind-numbing ND-MSU game this past Saturday night.  It rings true with the discussion below, so please try to catch my drift.

By now, everybody knows of that debacle so I'm not going to reiterate what transpired.  As the clock hit 00:00, ND was the team that had more points than its opposition; without any officiating controversy to the likes of Oklahoma-Oregon (that's a different story).  By my books, that's a Win, folks.  Then why are so many people running around making ludicrous comments such as "ND didn't win that game...MSU lost it."  Is a win really not a win, unless the winning team is also the most dominant over the course of the 60 minute game?  

See Colorado, completely owning UGA for about 55 minutes...and then giving up 2-fourth quarter TDs to loose by a single point.  See Air Force, completely owning Tennessee with their triple-option ground attack, and not being able to pick up another 2.5 yards on the 2-point conversion to take a super-late lead.  In these examples, both UGA and UT made key plays at key times.  They WON the game.  

Does UT-ARK, 1998 variety, ring any bells?  Did UT win that game?  Yes; that's what the final score indicated.  Did UT deserve to win it?  Not so much.  (I am still eternally grateful to you, Clint Stoerner!)

As everybody who follows any type of sport (e.g., football, baseball, soccer, tennis, equestrian, NASCAR, etc.) knows, sometimes you get the breaks; sometimes the breaks get you.  The point that I'm trying to make is that I'm tired of hearing the old "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" question.  CFB is most certainly a game of coulda-shoulda-woulda for those who are not playing the game.  And let's be fans, that's what we love...being able to `quarterback' a team...AFTER THE FACT.    Both wins and losses come in a variety of forms.  Some are beautiful, extravagant and polished 52-0 thumpings (depending on which side of the ball you're on).  Others are ugly, nasty, improbable 19-pt. 4th quarter comebacks aided by miscues and `questionable' calls by the opposition (again, depending on which side of the ball you're on).  Like the Gatorade commercial "A win is a win...a loss is a loss."  Style points don't go on the stat sheet.  Only points.  The team with the most points at the conclusion of the game wins.  The end.

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