ESPN has officially declared NIU the Orange Bowl Champions of 2013! The 2013 Orange Bowl delivered an excellent thriller as NIU shocked the world and beat FSU. Early on it appeared that Florida State would beat the underdogs, as they built a 14-3 lead at halftime, but fate had it that NIU would end victorious that night despite the fact they scored significantly less points. It didn't matter that Florida State's defense dominated the 7th place Heisman candidate, it wasn't enough to put up 500 offensive yards, and it wasn't enough to literally outscore NIU because NIU won....according to ESPN and the rest of the media.
In a post game conference EJ Manuel state, "We did what we could, scored more points, beat them in virtually every statistical category, but sometimes it ain't enough." Jimbo Fisher cited the loss as a lack of pregame planning. "We just didn't keep the media in mind with the game plan, I knew we should have made it look prettier...but what's done is done and we have to move on. Maybe our offense can stop scoring so much and just look pretty." Most analysts claim that FSU failed to realize that the outcome of the game is dictated by not the coaches, players, or scoreboards, but the exquisite gentlemen and gentlewomen in the press box who with their limited football knowledge and bold and often inaccurate claims simply for the website traffic.
It was a somber view as the FSU players along with Jimbo Fisher left the stadium with handfuls of oranges, the Orange Bowl trophy, screaming fans, garnet and gold confetti streaming down and lights flashing "FSU Orange Bowl Champs" illuminating Sun Life Stadium. The look of devastation on their faces must have been palpable as they dumped Jimbo with gatorade and raced down the field. A defeat at the hands of presentation. Its a tough lesson to learn, final score isn't everything.
Heather Dinich has recently stated that, "If FSU were wearing Orange and Purple with a little paw print on their helmets I think they would have definitely beat NIU instead of simply outscoring them by three touchdowns." She then continued "I mean maybe they ought to figure out how to make their offense look flashier rather than actually beat opponents on the scoreboard." Jimbo has made the statement that his team will ignore strategy for now and continue to make his team more television friendly, "we just gotta go out there and have the illusion of a good team, not just a good team, we need to think of ESPN ratings first and then we can move on the finer details of football... like scoring."
Like we always say, there is always next year. Maybe we could get better uniforms, a gimmicky offense, or hell maybe even a sideline clown. Because according to ESPN we look sloppy, even in a 31-10