Even though there are more games to be played, and USC faces a stiff test against UCLA next weekend, its hard to argue at this point that the Heisman is going anywhere but USC again this year, however fair or not that is.
ESPN just spent all Monday talking about the guy.
Tonight, they're rebroadcasting---via ESPN Classic---the USC/Fresno State game from Saturday night (dammit people watch this and ditch your TV shows for a night) where Bush went nuts, at 9 Eastern.
As seen on HeismanPundit, the LA Times' Bill Plaschke (who penned one of the finest Heisman support pieces I've ever seen a few years ago in support of the Trojans' Carson Palmer) calls the race over and provides a lot of insight about the more nuanced aspects of Heisman voters' mentalities. It's a must-read.
There's also this low quality, small picture, amateur video of Bush's amazing cutback run for your enjoyment. Update: I had added a link to a story for the video. The video link is now the correct link.
Finally, I leave you with two of my favorite Bush-related rants this year.
Against Notre Dame earlier this year, Bush had scored a 37-yard first quarter touchdown by literally hurdling a Notre Dame defender---I probably TiVO'd the replay 50 times to try and understand exactly how he made his cut and hurdle, it's still unexplainable---NBC's Pat Haden had this to say:
I think of Reggie Bush as the first ammendment with hips. He just kind of expresses himself in his own way.
Lastly, there's this transcript of a rant from Monday's Colin Cowherd radio show someone told me I needed to listen to:
513 yards and ninety per cent of America didn’t see it. It ended at 2:20 Eastern Time.
We’re going to talk in our final hour about Reggie Bush and the greatest single performance I’ve ever seen, in my life, in football of any level. Of any level. There’s an old saying that if a tree falls in the woods and nobody’s around does it make any noise. You know, I’m thinking if you have 513 at two in the morning, does anybody care about it or hear about it? And that’s where I feel bad for USC and I feel bad for Reggie Bush because nobody saw that game. For anybody East of Denver nobody saw that game and it was absolutely, inarguably the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
300 yards on 20 carries, 70 yards receiving, 150 yards in returns against a nine win team.
I mean, it was part Barry Sanders, part Michael Vick, and part Green Lantern. It was that good. I mean it was THAT good. If you can get a tape of it online, go watch it, it was unbelievable, it was absolutely incredible.
We were talking about this, remember when you played little league? Remember when everybody played little league and there was that one kid who threw 84 miles per hour and had a moustache at eleven? That’s what Reggie Bush looks like on a college field. We all played against that guy in little league. We all showered with him. He had a hairy chest. He had more hair on his chest than we had everywhere else. We all played against that, that’s what he looks like. Just an absurd performance.
In fact, [former NFL corner and ESPN analyst] Eric Allen, I was talking to Eric, he’s gonna be coming on in a few minutes, I was talking to Eric Allen in the hallway earlier today about this, and he stopped me. He goes, “did you see that?” He goes “I was in an airport, I almost missed a plane.” He goes, “I’ve never seen anything like it”. “I’ve never seen any-thing like it”.
It’s one of those things you just couldn’t take your eyes off it. You could not take your eyes off it. But it was on at 2:15 and I don’t blame the East Coast media, I don’t blame them, they’re not being malicious. I don’t blame a sportswriter in Indianapolis or Ohio, he’s gotta sleep. He’s got things to do; he covered five games that day. I don’t blame him. I don’t blame the East Coast media. It was on at 2:20 AM! I watched it. I don’t blame anybody, they gotta sleep. But it was, it was ab-surd.
NFL.com's Rich Eisen checks in to let us know that Reggie Bush is averaging 34.5 yards per score on his 16 touchdowns this season. Sick.