The Lee Side: The magic of college football

There is a raging debate brewing over the finish of last weekend’s Alabama-Auburn football game.

Posted on 12/7/13

By Lee Coleman

For those of you who don’t know, an Auburn player returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown with no time left in the game, upsetting top-ranked Alabama and essentially eliminating them from a chance to defend their national championship from last year.

Now, people are debating this unlikely finish as the top sports moment in college football history.

After the score, thousands of Auburn fans spilled onto the field.

The scene was incredible. I sat on my sofa stunned at what I just saw. Just like countless others who watched the game.

But the best in history?

I’ll take the high road on that one. I have witnessed so many great plays and this was one of those but I don’t know about the best ever.

As a devout Georgia Bulldog, I hate both those teams anyway so excuse me while I take a big yawn and a trip down the hall.

It was a great weekend of college football. Rivalry Week they said.

Michigan and Ohio State was a dandy. So was my beloved Dawgs in Atlanta playing hated Georgia Tech.

Do you know why they put in a grass field at Georgia Tech? So the Tech cheerleaders would have something to graze on.

The Dawgs didn’t play well in the first half and went into the locker room at intermission behind 20-7.

No need to panic I thought. My Hairy Dawgs would find a way to hunker down in the second half and win this game.

Not only did we win 41-34 in overtime, we stomped on the Yellow Jackets’ heart with a hob nail boot.

And left a couple bales of hay behind for those grazers for their Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches.

The conference championship games are this weekend. In the last year of the Bowl Championship Series, expect the BCS to change on Sunday when all the smoke clears from Saturday.

After all the bowl games are said and done, there will be one team standing head and shoulders above as the national champions.

Who will it be?

My prediction?

Go Seminoles.

Coleman is the editor of the Republican and can be contacted at