Have you ever been on a beach and watched the Tide roll in? The change in water level is caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the moon and the sun and the rotation of the Earth. The water is calm. Then suddenly the tide moves in. It’s a gradual, even unassuming, event. The next thing you know, you look up and there is a violent wave of water crashing down on the sandy beach, imposing its will on the shoreline. It’s unforgiving and relentless.
Last Saturday night in Death Valley, Baton Rouge, the sun and moon and the gravitational forces began to shift with just over a minute to go on the game clock. The Tide had been calm and steady and unassuming for most of the game. Then suddenly, without notice, the Tide came crashing down on the turf of Tiger Stadium. AJ McCarron led the Tide down the field with no timeouts. A game winning touchdown silenced the crowd at Death Valley. The Tigers gave way to High Tide. They had to. They’re unforgiving and relentless.
So now this week, the Texas A&M Aggies get to try their hand at pushing back the Tide. Good luck.