Remember the last time a supremely hyped athlete from a blue-blood university went up against a scrappy LSU team in a nationally-televised postseason game? I'm thinking about the 2006 NCAA basketball tournament, when top-seeded Duke and J.J. Reddick were upset by #4 LSU, leaving Reddick in tears and his draft stock plunging.
Now comes Brady Quinn of the ballyhooed Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Quinn's expected to be the Raiders' #1 pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, and he has certainly been overexposed in the mainstream media. Tonight he goes up against the stout defense of LSU in the Sugar Bowl. The parallels end there, though, because the Tigers are strong 8.5-point favorites in tonight's game instead of a heavy underdog like the '06 basketball squad.
Let's just say I wouldn't be surprised tonight to see Brady Quinn crying on the sideline as the clock ticks down.