Don't mess with Texas

By Brian Howard

George Bush and George Strait said it best.

One said, "Don't mess with Texas," while the other sang, "I left all my exes in Texas."

That was my reaction when I woke up on Sunday morning and felt like I had been kicked in the stomach by those "Hook'em Horns fans". You see, I am an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Okay, you got me, I am obsessed.

If you haven't seen the movie "Fever Pitch," I recommend you do, just to get a general idea of what my life is like.

So, to say the Texas-Ohio State college football game was "just another game," would be considered an understatement. It was an epic battle.

I went to bed very late Friday night, but kept the television on and woke up right at 10:30 Saturday morning to watch College Gameday on ESPN, live from Ohio Stadium (better known as the Horseshoe).

I was so geared up for this game.

I watched Notre Dame and new coach Charlie Weis march into the "Big House" in Michigan and beat the Wolverines.

For some reason, I couldn't stop laughing.

Weis, much like former Irish coach Ty Willingham, have Notre Dame off to a 2-0 start. But the thing I found funny, was that Weis and OSU coach Jim Tressel each picked up wins in their first year against Michigan in the "Big House."

Although I enjoyed watching the Irish-Wolverines' game, I grew upset with the poor sportsmanship. I noticed with a little over five minutes left in the game, fans threw things onto the field after a call was overturned by replay.

A message to all collegiate fans --- This is just a game, and by means of having fun, if you want to throw things, head to West Virginia. I hear they like to burn couches after a big football win in that state. There is no need, want or reason for that to happen. Leave the drinking to those responsible enough.

Moving on to the Georgia-South Carolina game.

You know, I could have sworn Georgia was going to pound South Carolina. Wait! They weren't playing South Carolina. On the schedule it has Georgia vs. Steve Spurrier.

A message to all Georgia fans. IT is not about Spurrier, but about your team wanting to win the SEC or possibly a national title.

I couldn't believe my eyes when the final score was 17-15. I guess Steve Spurrier couldn't score that many points against the Bulldogs' defense.

I continually checked the Ohio State score throughout the Riverdale-Mundy's Mill high school football game I was covering. After the game had concluded, I raced home to catch the second half.

I am surprised the police weren't called because of how loud I was at the apartment complex I live in.

Texas took a 23-22 lead on a touchdown pass by Vince "I just earned a Heisman" Young. I was unglued and nearly lost my mind when I saw Justin Zwick come in to lead the Buckeyes for a possible winning score.

Heck, Troy Smith was the one that lead OSU to its only touchdown of the game. First play, Zwick fumbles ball and Texas took over and eventually won the game.

For a half hour after the game, I sat in my apartment dejected.

I remember the profound stats of Ohio State not losing a nonconference game at the Horseshoe since 1990 against USC. Then there are the upcoming opponents in the years to follow like the going to Texas next season and future home-and-home series' with USC, Virginia Tech and Miami.

I guess that's why the university put the, THE in front of Ohio State.

But as I sat there pondering the game, I realized that the game I just watched wasn't about life or death and that we shouldn't be so worry about a football game, because there are more important things to worry about in this country.

Brian Howard is a sports writer for the Daily and his column will run weekly on Wednesday's. He can be reached at bhoward@news-daily.com