It was a good game, and all the analysts that considered the teams very evenly matched were right. Both teams have very similar playing styles, strengths, and weaknesses. The score was 19-19 until the final field goal kicked by Auburn in the last :02 of the game.
I can't complain about the refereeing (though West Coast fans had concerns about having Big 10 refs for the game). There was a crucial illegal motion call against Oregon down around their own 1-2 yard line which was never shown in replay, so no idea if that was legit. The one clearly botched moment was a "late hit" call on Auburn's Fairley, who kicked Oregon's Jordan in the head after the play. That goes way beyond being a late hit. IMO, Fairley should have been ejected from the game at that point. And because he was a key player for Auburn, yes, that might have changed the outcome of the game.
But in the main, the coulda-shoulda-wouldas were coaching decisions such as repeatedly trying to run the ball on a 3rd Down with eight-plus yards needed for a first down. Ah, Chip, Chip, Chip, what were you thinking? And why the hell did you punt on that 4th down with more than two minutes left in the first half? Auburn scored in the time remaining, and that really cost the Ducks. *headdesk*
What else happened since Friday, you might ask? Um... The outside Xmas lights are put away. No progress on the inside, though, except that the Xmas tree is gone. But! There was paperwork and fic-writing to do all of Saturday, and yardwork and the kids' basketball games on Sunday. So, yeah.
HSH and I had a date on Saturday, and saw The Black Swan. Really interesting movie, good performances. Not sure it's Best Picture material, but this wasn't a great year for movies in general. I'd definitely recommend seeing it. It made me long for the days when I took basic ballet barre classes, which is probably the wrong reaction. :0
I also watched Milk while biking in the garage (HSH is not so much up for "downer" movies these days). I don't think I've ever seen Sean Penn be so likeable before. His portrayal of Harvey Milk showed a very enthusiastic, passionate man who was kind of a loveable dork, and the world could really use more people like that in politics-- people who believe in the government's potential.
So, that was the weekend. Tonight, I'll commisserate with Christopher over his new braces, try to finish up my two remaining Last Author Standing fics, and catch the new episode of V.