Just the most perfect vine you could possibly imagine to describe the first ever college football playoff game in history. Yeah, this game was much more than Jameis Winston shitting himself after evading a half dozen Oregon defenders. However, if I had to give a 6 second clip to describe this game as a whole this would be it. Men versus boys in almost every facet of the game.
I was in the majority that said there was no way you could leave out Florida State after a second straight undefeated season. I don't care who they beat, or how they beat them. 29 straight wins is 29 straight wins. To leave out a team that hasn't lost since 2012 would set an awful precedent, but those that were skeptical certainly look justified now. I can't imagine TCU or Baylor putting forth that disastrous of a performance had they snuck their way in to the final four. No doubt that Florida State was one of the best teams in the nation, but I would have an extremely hard time arguing they are one of the best four. Especially after today's performance, alongside the myriad of unimpressive wins this season. Go figure, we finally get a playoff system and it reveals more questions than answers.
You got to think that if you gave Florida State the option of going back and being the only undefeated team in a Big 5 conference to not make the four team playoff that they would take it in a heartbeat right now. Yes, it's definitely revisionist history. Still, I would rather face the disrespect from the playoff committee and think about what might have been, then lose by nearly 6 touchdowns on national television and learn first hand. Sure, the first half was close, but the second half was a drubbing. 59 points and the potential for much, much more. Florida State receivers and running backs tossing away fumbles like they were playing Santa in a Christmas parade. Their defense getting left in the dust by second stringers halfway through the fourth quarter. The entire team quitting during the game and walking off without shaking hands after the game. No doubt that making the first playoff is an accomplishment. It's much less of an accomplishment when the game is such an embarrassment that it erases the memory of your previously undefeated season.
Does that loss hold more historical importance than the Seminoles 29 previous wins? It's certainly not uncharted territory to win 29 straight. Impressive? Yes. But USC and Miami both accomplished longer streaks a little over a decade ago. Florida State's streak is only tied for 13th on the list of longest Division 1 college football winning streaks. Now they are not only the first team to play in a college football playoff game, they are also the first team to lose by damn near 40 points in such a game. No matter what happens during the history of college football playoff games, Florida State will always be a part of the debacle that occurred in the inaugural one.
I think it is fair to say that all the bad karma that Jameis Winston has built up over the last two years all came back to bite him in the ass in one afternoon. He's been dodging his fate through rape allegations, theft, plus a cornucopia of other off the field transgressions. If Jameis Winston was in the 'Final Destination' series it would take 5 more sequels to eventually kill him off. More impressive than the 29 wins in a row is Jameis' ability to avoid any tangible repercussions for his actions. He has been dodging the reaper unlike anyone else in recent history. Everyone thought he had sold his soul to the devil when in reality he just dodged his deadly touch until today. Yeah, all he did was lose a game, but what a game it was. Winston is now the star (in a bad way) of a plethora of vines and GIFs. He certainly didn't answer any questions about his draft status. In all likelihood he just added a whole new dimension to the concerns of NFL executives. I'm not saying it's bad to be Jameis Winston. I think everyone would trade places in a heartbeat. However, it's definitely worse to be Jameis tomorrow than it was yesterday.
If I thought Jameis was smart enough to have feelings, these would probably hurt…
P.S. Not sure which member of the Oregon football team came up with that chant, but I need to buy him a beer ASAP. I hope he doesn't tear his rotator cuff patting himself on the back. He deserves each and every single one of them. He's arguably the MVP of the night despite what happened on the field.