It’s one thing to get there. It’s yet another thing to have and do what it takes to win it.
The Auburn Tigers, fresh off the most unlikely, luck-filled season in their luck-filled history, had a chance at completing their mission of being the team of destiny.
Problem is, destiny apparently got held up in Dallas.
Jameis Winston showed guts, heart and the fortitude that made him the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner in leading the Seminoles to a last minute touchdown to claim the final BCS National Championship. The game’s MVP did what he does, slicing through the Auburn defense like a searing knife through warm butter.
Like many Auburn games this season, it was a game of what if’s. What if the officials had actually flagged Auburn for a myriad of penalties that went uncalled all night. Holds, facemasks, horse collars…even Tre Mason spiking the football in the endzone which should have resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kick-off.
And now, Auburn fans will play the what if game. What if they had actually won the trophy, something the last seven SEC teams have done. But instead, the Tigers now fade into the shadows with the rest of the also rans that nobody remembers cleated up for the big game, opposite the eventual champs.
But instead, a third world country will now enjoy free 2013 Auburn National Championship t-shirts. Myself, I’ll have one for FSU very shortly, reminding every Auburn fan who sees it what they weren’t able to do.
All in. All family. All Auburn. All losers of the only trophy that matters.
And all uphill now for the Tigers, as only Alabama has found themselves in the big game the following year. Everyone else slips off the face of the earth.
But who knows. Maybe another incredible streak of unbridled, unprecedented, unbelievable luck will strike again in 2014. Maybe. Yep, I’m gonna go with that…