The Greatest Game Ever Played

Posted: November 21, 2011 in Celebrations, Sports
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For those of you who know me—you know exactly what game I’m talking about. But let’s pretend for a second that you don’t know me, and for shits and giggles, let’s pretend that you don’t know much about football either.

First off, due to me having worked in sports I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’ve seen more games than the average person. So for me to title this blog what I did is a testament to this game.

Secondly, for the non-sports people—I’m going to give you some facts about two teams. Tell me which one should have won this game.

Team A comes into the game 10-0 on the season, ranked #2 in the country, and is a contender to play in the National Championship game. They’re favored to win this game by 28. Their best receiver was last year’s Fred Biletnikoff award winner—given to the best receiver in all of college football. He has 14 touchdown catches and over 1,100 receiving yards. Their quarterback? A Heisman candidate with 31 touchdown passes and over 3,600 passing yards.

Team B comes into the game 5-4 on the season, looking for a 6th win so they can go to a bowl game. Problem being their 3 remaining games are against teams that are ranked #2, #5, and #16. Their record against teams ranked higher than #7? 0-56-2. Their best receiver has 568 yards on the season and is coming off a one game suspension. Their quarterback? A redshirt freshman who started his first football game two games ago.

So who do you pick? Stacked Team A? Or overmatched Team B? Well, if you watched TV or read a newspaper at any point this past weekend—you know that Team A is Oklahoma State and that Team B is Iowa State. And you know that going into that game, no one gave Iowa State a chance. Some fans thought MAYBE they had a chance, thought MAYBE that Okie State would be looking past the Cyclones to Oklahoma, thought MAYBE that because Iowa State was seen as no more than a blip on the radar to the Cowboys—that they could pull of the unthinkable. And you know what? They were right.

I’ve been a spectator at hundreds of football games, and if you include games I’ve seen on television—I’ve watched thousands. But NEVER have I seen a game like the one I witnessed Friday night. As a fan, you see your team turn the ball over and you think, “Okay. Force a fumble here. Intercept the ball. Don’t let them get the first down here.” On Friday night—those things happened damn near every time you wished they would.

Down 24-7 at the start of the 3rd quarter against the #2 team in the country? A normal reaction to that would be, “Crap.” For some reason, not on Friday night. There was something different—maybe it was the gold rally towels, maybe it was because it was the first game you could see your breath, or maybe it was because we didn’t really have anything to lose. All I know is that when we went down 24-7, fifty thousand other fans must have felt something too—because that crowd didn’t diminish, or get any quieter.

Earlier today I went back and read some articles written last week that were talking about Oklahoma State’s remaining games. In spite of the fact that most of the articles I read were written three or four days out from their matchup with Iowa State—only ONE of the articles even mentioned the fact that the Cowboys had to stop in Ames prior to playing Oklahoma next week.

There’s no rhyme or reason as to why Iowa State won that game. I mean obviously, we scored more points and at the end of the day we played better. We played hard and we played with heart. But we also played without Josh Lenz most of the game, we played sloppy at times, and we played the #2 team in the country.

Sometimes the stars align perfectly for something unbelievable to happen. I don’t know how else to explain how the Iowa State Cyclones, a team that had NEVER beat a team ranked higher than 7th, shocks the country, beating the #2 team in the country on national television.

I’ve always been proud to be a Cyclone, but this football team and Coach Paul Rhoads, make me even more proud. Iowa State fan or not, click the link below, watch the video, and try telling me you don’t want to be a part of what’s happening here. I reckon the only people who might not like it are the people who created the BCS–Lord knows we blew that up. So the greatest game I’ve ever seen played? #2 Oklahoma State at Iowa State on November 18, 2011. Final score in double overtime—Iowa State 37, Oklahoma State 31.

  1. wmarsau says:

    I would have to agree with you that this was the greatest game I have ever witnessed. It will do so much for the ISU program. I feel blessed that I was able to witness this game. I have been waiting for 3 decades for this game. Great blog on what it means!

  2. […] them. The Iowa/Iowa State game went three overtimes which is pretty uncommon these days, and the Iowa State/Oklahoma State game was surreal. Absolutely surreal. The common factor between these two games? Iowa State won both […]

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