SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Defining a miracle

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 03:05 PM.

I'll admit I didn't watch all of the Auburn-Georgia football game Saturday. I was channel surfing trying to find the best game and, with Auburn leading 37-17 early in the fourth quarter, I settled in on the Duke-Miami game.

I did get back to Auburn-Georgia just in time to see the final dramatic moments.

If you are a fan of Southeastern Conference football, you're probably aware that Georgia came back and took the lead with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter. Then, in dramatic fashion, the Tigers pulled the game out on an amazing — and somewhat improbable — 73-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis with 25 seconds left.

The pass was deflected by a pair of Bulldog defenders and, as Louis turned around, the ball floated into his hands for the easy score.

Veteran CBS color commentator Gary Danielson went a little batty on the play. Danielson called the play, "A miracle of miracles."

I'm sorry, Gary, but that was a football play, not a miracle. Yes, it was a great play, an amazing play and an improbable play. But calling it a miracle is going overboard.

Too often, members of the sports media confuse great plays or great wins with miracles.



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