Pat Forde “covered” the BCS National Championship game for ESPN.com with this article.
In that article, Forde basically lambasted the Ohio State Buckeyes for losing to LSU in the national championship game.
An example of Forde’s “journalism” can be seen in this quote.
If you’ve ever seen lions maul a water buffalo, you’ve seen the last two title games. You’ve seen a fierce pair of SEC teams — Florida last year, LSU this year — blow the vulnerable Buckeyes back to the Bratwurst Belt by a combined 41 points. You’ve seen the best of one league flex, and the best of an inferior league collapse.
Now, let me explain something. Ohio State was beaten by a superior team last night in Louisiana. That much is true. What I don’t understand is the venom with which people are discussing Ohio State this season. Ohio State was supposed to be on the outside looking in when it came to the national championship this year. They lost a huge amount of talent to the NFL after last season. They didn’t schedule a particularly difficult roster of opponents like they have in years past when they put Texas on the non-conference schedule. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Buckeyes.
They were picked to finish third in the Big 10 behind Michigan and Wisconsin. They weren’t at the top of any of the polls until all these other teams started to fail miserably. Ohio State fans root like crazy, even in rebuilding years. After Ohio State lost to Illinois there were no cries of unfairness as Ohio State dropped out of the number one slot. They weren’t supposed to get a sniff of the number one slot to begin with this season.
So, where does all the hatred come from?
Ohio State didn’t have any Heisman finalists. Ohio State lost many players to the draft in 2007. Todd Boeckman was a first time starter and questionable at QB. Yet, the national media spent all this time slamming Ohio State like they were loaded with Troy Smith, Ted Ginn, and Anthony Gonzalez all over again to try and beat the SEC.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
Can someone please tell the media that they missed the point of this story? Ohio State being a perennial failure doesn’t wash. They should be considered an over-achiever at best or proof that the BCS system didn’t work THIS YEAR at worst.
The fact is that Ohio State didn’t unfairly lobby their way into the game. They didn’t walk into the game with the cocky attitude that earned them an embarrassing defeat last year against Florida. All they did was show up when they were asked to play. So if you want to toss some venom around, these media members like Pat Forde should probably reserve it for the BCS, Mizzou, WVU or someone else who failed miserably this season.
I would say Ohio State did quite well considering this was their rebuilding year.