Would you pay for a ticket to the 2011 Alamo Bowl even if you don't follow Baylor or Washington? Well, as a sports fan, I sure would -- the Heisman Trophy winner is coming to San Antonio!
The game historically gets good ratings, but just think of it now. Robert Griffin III took home the highest honor in college football Saturday night. His high-powered BU offense will be showcasing its talent inside the Alamodome on Dec. 29.
For how many years would even the most avid Baylor fan refer to their team as "P-U" rather than "B-U"? Oh how those times have changed!
I remember RG3 showing flashes of brilliance well before this season, but this has surely been the payoff! Why not come to the game to support your San Antonio-based bowl game? We don't know if this guy is going to come back -- he might bolt for the NFL five minutes after the game is over.
A Heisman trophy winner from Baylor. Really? Who knew that was gonna happen back in August? But he deserved to win the Heisman. I give the voters, the ones that voted for him, all the credit in the world! The trophy shouldn't go by default to one of the two players representing one of the two teams in the upcoming BCS National Championship game. It just shouldn't! And it didn't.
Griffin III put up stunning numbers this season -- some stats almost hard to believe. Every time I thought about his style of play versus EVERY OTHER Heisman candidate, I could come up with no reason why he shouldn't have run away with the award. And he did.
You know that whole thing about quarterbacks sometimes buying their offensive lineman dinner for their efforts? Well, the entire Baylor defense ought to buy Griffin breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday of the week. The facts are the facts: Baylor's regular season defense was not that good. They showed some flashes, sure, but overall it's nothing to gift wrap. It was Griffin and the offense, and mostly Griffin, responsible for that nine-win regular season! He deserved the Heisman! Sorry, LSU and 'Bama fans.
Saturday night in New York was a great night for Baylor University. It was also great for the Big XII. I wrote a column a week ago poking fun that nobody really cares who the Pac-12 sends to San Antonio. I still feel that way. At least to San Antonians, it's all about the Baylor Bears.
Still have unfinished Christmas shopping? Tickets to game sure would make a great gift. And speaking of Christmas gifts, what an awesome gift for the Alamo Bowl committee! Their marketing efforts, I imagine, just got a whole lot easier.
The best player in college football is coming to town. Merry Christmas, San Antonio!
I'm thankful today that I work in the media; I get a credential to the game. Can't wait to see Baylor in person and watch the RG3 machine go to work! -Vinnie Vinzetta