Now that Alabama has become the first team in college football history to simultaneously break the Heisman Hex and the Swami Curse, it is time for the First Annual Swami Awards, as presented by his favorite athletic supporter.....me!
Best Scoreboard at a Bowl Game:
Poinsettia Bowl and Holiday Bowl (Tie)
Worst Scoreboard at a Bowl Game:
Rose Bowl . They didn't even give the scores of the other games. When I got home that night I still didn't know anything about the other New Year's Day games. That actually worked out well, because I had recorded ABC all day, so I watched the Penn State-LSU game that night. As expected, the Big Ten school annihilated the team from the SEC.
Worst Coaching Decision:
Alabama's fake punt.
Best Coaching Decision:
Boise State's fake punt.
Best Fan Performance:
GLK's sprint to the men's room during the third quarter break at the Rose Bowl without missing a single play.
Politician with Best Musical Taste:
Jay Nixon Obviously
Swami's Most Ridiculous Statement (political statements not eligible):
"SC is finally in a bowl they can win." Now I'm no USC fan by any means, but prior to this season, the Trojans had been in 7 consecutive BCS games and won 6 of them. Granted, most of those wins were virtual home games against the second best team in the Big Ten. We all saw what happens when the Big Ten gets to send its strongest team to the Rose Bowl.
Swami's Most Intelligent Decision:
Appointing yours truly as Political Director for UYM. No explanation needed.
Swami's Worst Prediction:
Cincinnati. It's easy to criticize the Swami after a game has been played, but this one had me scratching my head as soon as I saw it. This should have been the easiest pick of all the cereal bowls, even without the Urban Meyer situation. The Big East is great basketball conference. Anyone who thought that the Bearcats were going to win this game probably shouldn't be trusted on any foreign or domestic policy issues.
Swami's Best Prediction:
Auburn. Nobody believed that a weak 3-5 Auburn squad belonged on the same field with a team from the powerful Big Ten. Only the Swami could have predicted that Northwestern would gift wrap that game, tie it with a Bo, and hand it over to Running Backwards U.
Team with Worst Breakfast Nutrition:
michigan. They never eat cereal because they can't get to a bowl.