But what about this sporting event attracted the attention of the nation? Legal violence? You may call it an organized studded violence where select young men with exceptional talents exhibit their athletic prowess. Or like in a war, you may still call it a fierce battle of territorial control by both sides for victory, supremacy, and bragging rights.
Well, it is definitely not soccer, a prevalent sport in the world. Indubitably, soccer or football is a global phenomenon and widely played all over the world. Without a doubt, it is neither wrestling nor boxing, where one could be knocked unconscious and some die in the aftermath! If you are guessing it to be the mixed martial art where one can dangerously be subjected to submissions—choke holds, that too, is incorrect. The sporting event in question has some elements of the violence inherent in the aforementioned sports and much more. Any part of one’s body could be injured at any given time regardless of the rigorous fitness regimen activities involved.
Yes, indeed, it is a physically aggressive determination exploded on the field with enormous consequence. Oh yes, it is the American football that has captivated the interest of the American audience. American Football is the most watched sporting event in America and this game was the first College Football Playoff Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington that crowned the undisputed national champion, is not an exception. While others trooped to the stadium about 30 miles away, we were among the millions of people who watched on ESPN. In this type of football, running and throwing the ball with receptions are ways to advance the ball for a possible score. In the same token, tackling, breaking up passes, and causing and recovering fumbles, as well as intercepting passes are ways to stop your opponent and possess the ball for a possible scores.
In any case, the inaugural college football playoff national championship game was a culmination of a football season that began in August, 2014. The Ohio State University Buckeyes with a record of 13-1 squared off against University of Oregon Ducks with a similar record on January 12, 2015. Prior to the Monday night game, the underdog Buckeyes ranked number 4 annihilated Alabama ranked number 1 in a semi-final game. Similarly, the Ducks ranked number 2 demolished the number 3 ranked undefeated Florida State 59-20 in a semi-final setting the stage for the championship duel.
The game which was highly hyped because it was the first championship game marinated with playoff trappings, featured three major stars, Ohio State University’s quarterback, Cardale Jones and running back, Ezekiel Elliott. The University of Oregon’s star was its quarterback, Mariota, The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award 2014 winner. It is pertinent to note that The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is awarded to the best college football player with extraordinary performance and character every year.
The championship game between the Buckeyes and the Ducks was dominated by the Ohio State, the underdog, in every facet of the game with one exception—the miscues department. The Ohio State turned the ball over four times and luckily with minimal negative impact on the scoreboard, thanks to their airtight defense. Ohio State’s defense kept Mariota in check thereby paralyzing Oregon’s offensive threat anchored in high tempo drives.
Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott with about 246 yards running the ball and four touchdowns coupled with near-perfect game played by Cardale Jones, Oregon Ducks were run over by what seemed to be a brick with no possible response or adjustment. In the third quarter, the game was virtually over since Oregon did not have any answer to the Buckeyes’ running game.
At the end of regulation time, Ohio State University overpowered University of Oregon to win the first college football playoff national championship with a score of 42 to 20 as millions of people watched on television, a record viewing audience. Per ESPN press release, “Monday night’s inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (8:30 p.m. – midnight ET) — Ohio State’s 42-20 victory over Oregon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas – generated a 18.5 overnight rating, the highest metered market ever for ESPN according to Nielsen.”