Tens of thousands of corporate VIPs, hundreds of hungry media and at least dozens of actual college football fans crammed themselves into Dolphin Stadium to watch "live" as the Florida Gators and the Oklahoma Sooners decided who would be the BCS champion. Bully for them. But what about the millions of us who watched on TV? Are we not "live"? Here's one viewer's 10 most noticeable moments (plus a grade for Fox):
•No more pregame hype: After an hour from WOFL-Ch. 35, Fox wasted another hour answering the question: "Whatever happened to Eddie George?" Please Lord, let thy game begin.
•Don't break it! We saw the Waterford Glass trophy but nobody bothered to mention Waterford Wedgewood declared bankruptcy. so this may be the last one.
•Strangest shot: A smiling Bill Belichick in a VIP box.
•Count to four, Thom: Play-by-play guy Thom Brennaman had the "down count" incorrect throughout the Gators' second-quarter goal-line stand. And analyst Charles Davis got duped into yelling, "Go-go-go," before third down.
•Most unpleasant shot: Looked as if Gators freshman RB Chris Rainey had his right knee wrecked and was in terrible pain on the sidelines before leaving on a cart in the second quarter. Turned out to be his ankle and apparently not as bad as it appeared.
•About the bands: With all the technology available, why can't a network give us sharp sound from a marching band?
•What a thrill: Halftime interview with a FedEx executive. That made the night.
• "Under construction?" That was the message I got throughout the game when trying to look at the multiple camera angles supposedly available at Foxsports.com.
• "Percy takes the snap." Davis humorously identified what Florida calls the play that put the Gators ahead.
• What did 95 do? In Oklahoma's fourth-quarter TD drive, Gators DT Torrey Davis was called for unsportsmanlike conduct but Fox neither showed nor told us why.
• Grade for Fox: C-minus. Brennaman settled down after a shaky start. Davis was decent. But a "no-frills" performance for the network's last title game anytime soon. Nothing special, nothing awful. Nothing to be missed.
Jerry Greene can be reached at email@example.com.