BY: ZACHARY KRUEGER
What a start to what was setting up to be an exciting week in football, that started NOT with the NFL, but rather the college football playoff National Championship game.
In case you missed it, it was a game that ended with a game-winning touchdown with only one second remaining in the game. But you didn't miss it, because it was one of the most exciting moment in sports history, and if you heard about it the following morning, you went and watched a video like this...
Everything about last week's National Championship game was a reminder of exactly why we love sports.
First we had our "David vs. Goliath" matchup, with Clemson (David) taking on the proverbial powerhouse, Alabama (Goliath).
Then you also have the REMATCH of the two-teams that competed for the National Championship the year before, going head-to-head for a title once again.
You even have a freshman quarterback in Jalen Hurts (Alabama) facing a soon-to-be first round draft pick in this year's NFL Draft, Deshaun Watson (Clemson), who some think was snubbed in the Heisman race this year. And what better way for Watson to prove he was snubbed than by defeating the top defense in the nation on the sport's biggest stage?
Question: ISN'T THIS WHY WE LOVE SPORTS FOLKS!?!?
The narrative of the game alone is enough for any casual sports fan to want to turn on the game. Underdog team. Rematch. Young blood versus snubbed superstar. Sign me up.
Before a snap is even played, anybody who has a sense of excitement and sports drama is ready for this game, and the part that matters, the play between the hashes, has yet to commence.
Then imagine if I told you that in this game you'd watch the most unexpected player on either roster have the game of his life, in the biggest game of his life, and he'd cap it off with a game-winning touchdown to secure a National Championship.
You're out of your mind if you choose to not watch this game, because as you're watching this all unfold, you're losing your mind.
Obviously, all of this is exactly what happened.
The game winning touchdown was hauled in my Clemson's Hunter Renfrow, who is going to be the next Wes Welker at this rate.
Heading into the National Championship matchup against Alabama, Renfrow had caught 34 passes on the season for 403 yards and four touchdowns.
He was averaging 3.4 receptions per game, for 40.3 yards per game prior to last Monday, and was the kind of guy who when he scored, fans were reminded that he was even on the team.
After spending all of his season as nothing more than a role player, Hunter Renfrow did the unexpected, and reeled off 10 receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns in the National Championship game against Alabama, and found the end zone for a game-winning touchdown on the biggest stage of his life!
Hunter Renfrow, and everything else about that game is exactly why people like myself, people like those who are reading this article, and any other sports fan loves sports.
Everything about that game made it fun. Twitter exploded, humerous tweets were everywhere to be found, and on top of that, the (temporary) defeat of the Alabama dynasty gave an entire country what they had been begging to see.
In a game that some are calling the best National Championship game they have ever witnessed, Alabama vs. Clemson renewed the sports fan in everybody, or at least had the ability to.
The pre-game narrative, the unexpected heroics of a little-known role player and a last second score against a team that often gets referred to as a dynasty, encapsulate the reason for which we love sports. Thank you Alabama and Clemson for reminding us of that.
Following Their Move, Chargers Need to Win Now
The pressure is on in Los Angeles, after it was announced that the Chargers would be bolting for Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 NFL season, the second team to do so in less than a year.
I'm not even going to talk about the weak logo design that the Chargers have implemented, chances are that nothing I contribute to that side of the conversation is anywhere close to being original/funny. You've already seen it all.
But the Los Angeles Chargers are certainly here...
Now the pressure is on for a team that went 5-11 in 2016, and just hired a new coach to win now.
It's a must.
The Chargers now have the company of the Los Angeles Rams, and (for now) the Oakland Raiders.
Even with the Chargers and Raiders being roughly 400 miles a part from one another, with the success Oakland had this season, it will be easy for fans to make a few occasional trips to see a winning team with an MVP caliber quarterback play over a losing team with a quarterback who has no chance at a championship run anytime soon, and possibly even for the rest of his career.
For this move to work, the Chargers need to win now and draw fans to their new stadium following what should be their lone season playing at StubHub Center in Carson City, which is the home for teams out of California State University Dominguez Hills.
The collegiate stadium holds 30,000 seats, and while small, will offer one of the more personal experiences for NFL fans this season.
All of that being said, the problem is the Chargers and Rams are now in an arms race for the city of Los Angeles and it's fans. Both teams were awful in 2016, and both are bringing in new head coaches all while ironing out the details of their recent moves to the area.
It's no secret that one of the toughest things about playing out West is that the geology of the region allows fans of awful teams better things to do on a Sunday if their team isn't winning.
The last thing you want when moving a franchise, and building a multi-billion dollar stadium, is to have empty seats by Week 12 because your team is 4-7 and fans have lost interest in you.
Los Angeles sports fans love their teams, but not enough to skip a beautiful day at the beach to go watch a non-contender play football.
Just look at how the Rams fared in their first season back in Los Angeles in 21 years. When a former team returns after a 21-year absence, one would tend to think that fans would be excited to see them no matter how successful they are.
That wasn't the case for the Rams in 2016-2017.
The Rams finished the season with an attendance capacity of 89.4%. They were one of only two NFL teams to be below 90% capacity for the year, and that was without the threat of the Chargers.
Heck, even the TV ratings for the Rams weren't that great last season. Their TV ratings for their first season in Los Angeles bottomed out lower than what the team had in St. Louis over the previous 21 years, and now the Chargers are going to try to inherit that exact same market?
For the full article on the Rams' attendance, click HERE.
Or if there is another contender up the road, they'll go see them play.
Now is the time for either of these teams to win, and make a statement for being the darlings of Los Angeles, and the Rams have already flubbed in their first attempt.
Can the newly established regime of the Los Angeles Chargers do any better? We'll have our answer soon, but the early prediction based off the lack of success with just a single team in the market, certainly doesn't create much optimism.