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Basic Biittner: Sometimes hype is NOT hype!

Monday, January 9, 2006

Most of us read, see, and hear what people call "hype" each and every day.

Somebody or something is the ABSOLUTE GREATEST thing since sliced bread! THE GAME OF THE CENTURY, THE GREATEST SINGER EVER, etc.

The word "hype" is a shortened form of the word "hyperbole", which the dictionary defines as an exaggeration or overstatement, and usually, that's exactly what hype is.

But sometimes, events which are hyped for weeks on end actually live up to the hype, and thus will not be considered hype in the future, because descriptions of the event will not be exaggerated or overstated.

All this is by way of saying that the long-anticipated and much ballyhooed (a synonym for hyped) National Championship college football game , between the undefeated USC Trojans and the undefeated Texas Longhorns, played on January 4 at the Rose Bowl, actually proved to be a very exciting game, featuring the best college teams and outstanding players, and indeed wasn't decided until the final gun.

Whether you consider yourself a USC fan or a Texas fan, or are just a fan of college football in general, the game seemed to have everything - exciting players and plays, controversial decisions by coaches, you name it. Everything we all wanted to see, but were conditioned to not expect, because we all thought it was just a bunch of hype. How great to be wrong (at least in this instance).

Texas has its first national title in 37 years, Vince Young moved himself up in the NFL draft picture - IF he decides to leave school after this, his junior year. Former Heisman winner Matt Leinart had a pretty good game (for most of the game, anyway) and the most recent Heisman winner, Leinart's teammate, the elusive running back Reggie Bush, showed occasional flashes of the skill that earned him the trophy.

All in all, it was a great game to watch, and, I feel, lived up to the pre-game hype.

Of course, now the talk will begin anew - IT WAS THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED!

Easy there, partner. They've been playing football games for decades, and some of them were pretty good, too. Just accept it for what it was - one of the best games in recent years - and let it go at that.

Dan Whitney
Basic Biittner