Monday, August 04, 2008

Losing makes you 'clutch'

I think this is a rather silly list, partially because many of the names who are supposedly 'clutch' players actually haven't delivered when it mattered.

The two most glaring examples are Tim Tebow and Cullen Harper. Both are fine players, and I'll even utter blasphamy and say that Tebow is arguably one of the best players to suit up in the past 15 years, but athletic ability doesn't always translate into those intangibles that help you lift your team to victory.

Tebow's a popular pick since he won the Heisman Trophy last year and easily is the most recognizable face in college football, but he hasn't willed the Gators to anything yet. His team dropped close games to Auburn and LSU last year, were dominated by Michigan in the Capital One Bowl and couldn't get by Georgia.

Maybe Tebow will, you know, actually win a big game this year, and we can add to the lovefest surrounding him, but he hasn't done that yet.

Harper is more puzzling since, quite frankly, Clemson always opens the season 5-0 and then completely tanks the rest of the way. In fact, the Tigers losing big games has become par for the course it seems. It seems ridiculous to put the quarterback of a team which fails to win the close games on a list of the most clutch players.


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