King Louie Sakoda giives an inside look at the locker room atmosphere before the Sugar Bowl.
Sept. 18, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY -
Louie Sakoda, dubbed King Louie during his All-America season in 2009, is writing occasional blogs remembering last year's magical 13-0 season. Sakoda, a consensus All-America place kicker, as well as a punting All-American, is now helping Utah's kicking game as a student assistant coach. His blog on the pre-game Sugar Bowl locker oome follows.
A teeter-totter of swagger and apprehension seemed to rock back and forth within each one of us. We had all prepared the way we were supposed to. We had all been living our lives right. All of the ingredients were there before us. However, there seemed to be a nagging thought in the back of each of our minds; that 91% of America was right. That Alabama was the better team. That SEC truly was the sheriff around these parts. I believe each and every one of us was a victim of these thoughts at one point or another. It seemed to plague the locker room. The cure? Brian Johnson.
Our leader. Stone-faced. Anxious. Ready. He had an impenetrable aura around him that not one negative thought could infiltrate. He seemed to know something that day. Something that the rest of us, with that teeter-totter of death still spear-heading our thoughts, could not grasp. I believe what he knew then, and what the rest of the team and country knew after 60 minutes of play, was that this was a team of destiny. There was no reason to be afraid.