...watching the Rose Bowl. USC cause me to love them, hate them, detest them, and come full circle into the loving them again phase. When I watch football, I am one of patience (if it's not my team). I understand the game isn't over until it's over and there's always a chance. But when I watch USC or the Buccaneers, a sumarily bench, fire, and poop on anyone who isn't doing what I expect from them.
Sorry for that. I'm passionate.
However, regardless of that glorious outcome last night, I learned something truly wonderful. Sam Darnold, the USC freshman quarterback, has the most poise, the most pocket awareness, the quickest release, and the best mastery of the game at his position since Dan Marino, John Elway, or Peyton Manning. If he keeps his head straight, he will be an NFL hall of famer. There's only been a few times I've watched college players and said, "will be great at every level."
Warren Sapp (on the field)
Now, yes, I've been wrong in the past. I'm looking at you Chris Claiborne and Andy Katzenmoyer. But, for the most part, once you watch enough football, you get a feel for who's going to be great. I never thought Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Lendale White, Vince Young, or most from that same draft class were going to be great. They were great college players. Big difference.
However, those listed above had it. So does USC's freshman QB. Hopefully, he stays on the straight narrow and doesn't become the next Todd Marinovich.