AN IRREVERENT LOOK AT ALL THINGS SAID, CONSIDERED, TWEETED, POSTED, PHOTOGRAPHED, PLAYED AND OTHERWISE GONE AMUCK IN COLLEGE SPORTS
UCLA closed its 2017 campaign Tuesday night with a 35-17 concession speech to Kansas State in something prickly called the Cactus Bowl.
The Bruins won the first half but lost the halftime show and everything else.
UCLA finished 6-7—call it the end of an error.
Assuming quarterback Josh Rosen turns pro, which he most certainly should do, the three-year tenure in which he served finished 18-20. It was much more a reign of tears than terror, but the Jim Mora book is now, officially, closed. New coach Chip Kelly, like a GM, watched UCLA’s final strike out from a nice suite in a baseball stadium.
Call me a senile cynic, but the last chapter of Rosen’s final game (probably) seemed orchestrated to show just how much Rosen really, really wanted to play.
It unfolded like a bad made-for-cable screenplay written specifically for NFL franchises who may still doubt Rosen’s heart and desire.
Totally Hollywood, right? Lights, camera, out-of-action.
ESPN story tellers wanted you to know that only a team of wild horses (or team physicians) could have kept Rosen from joining his comrades for a bowl game the world could not live without. Rosen, who has suffered numerous head injuries this year, was trying to shake off the concussion that kept him out of UCLA’s bowl-clinching finale against Cal.
Rosen (protagonist) warmed up with his team but, just before kickoff, was ultimately benched by doctors (antagonists) wearing long, black, handlebar mustaches. These villainous cretins did everything but tie Rosen to the railroad tracks.
ESPN then spent the next three hours giving more air time to Rosen, mostly with camera footage of him coaching up teammates on the sidelines, than the actual game.
One ESPN in-studio analyst suggested beforehand that Rosen might want to play just to show the NFL he wasn’t concussion prone—even at the risk of suffering another one.
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