Brian, you may want to skip this post.
You know, I distinctly recall reading Brian?s Rose Bowl eulogy, which he opened with this unforgettable line: "Ok. After some deliberation I have decided to not kill myself. So let's talk about the Rose Bowl."
What kept Brian from stepping off the ledge was a begrudging acceptance that Michigan had been Vince Younged. What do you do when a guy plays like an otherworldly superhero? Michigan almost won anyway ? Vince just got the ball last and Mangum made the winning field goal.
During the 2004 season, ?Vince Young, Talent Extraordinaire? developed into ?Vince Young, Dominant Player.? But it wasn?t until Cedric Benson went down with an injury in the Rose Bowl that he became, ?Vince Young, Indomitable Manimal.? This last creature is the one that carried Texas to the 2005 national title.
Sometimes, a picture?s worth a thousand words, and worry not, the Rose Bowl highlights are worth a thousand words and more. But there are times, too, when just a handful of words capture everything perfectly. Michigan blogger Johnny wrote an unforgettable post in February of this year about how he?d like to remember Vince Young:
Because you see, there?s only one way I want to know Vince: Crushed kettle corn beneath my feet, uncle shouting incredulously in my ear, and not one in 93 thousand who have any idea if "impossible" even exists.
I will now shut up so as not to spoil Johnny's beautiful passage. Enjoy the highlights.
Mack Brown's Record Against Oklahoma: 2-5
Mack Brown's Record In Bowl Games: 4-3