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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Boise Fiesta

As you might imagine, about the only thing people are talking about here in the Boise area is the very exciting Fiesta Bowl game, in which Boise State beat Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. For those of you who missed it, here's a 2 1/2 minute clip that shows all the important plays from the last 1:30 of regulation and overtime:

As you can see, it was pretty exciting, especially considering that few people outside of Idaho gave BSU a chance to win. The win set off a great outpouring of pride among the local fans, as well it should have. Originally being from a traditional football state, I've found I have a hard time keeping quiet when some BSU fans, a little over-exuberantly, tend to engage in a little hyperbole when describing the game. Some, including fellow submarine blogger Dale over at Right Mind, and Cameron at Magic Valley Mormon (which is where I found the video above) have been calling it the "greatest game ever", which is clearly ridiculous -- while it was exciting, it was also fairly poorly played (seven turnovers, of which only two were due to outstanding defensive plays). College Football News has it just about right in calling it the 4th best bowl game ever. You also have people like Idaho Statesman sportswriter Chadd Cripe, in discussing the trick plays BSU used, saying idiotic things like:
The Broncos fought back with the kind of plays you just don't see in the Big 12, the Southeastern Conference or the Big Ten.
Stupid statements like that only serve to make it look like BSU fans like him haven't ever seen a college football game that didn't involve the Broncos. (Of course, had he added "...when the game is on the line" he would have been pretty much right.)

Almost as heart-warming as the game was to BSU fans (and Oklahoma-despisers like me) was the story that started up right after the game. After star BSU running back Ian Johnson scored the winning 2-point conversion, he proposed to his girlfriend (the captain of the BSU cheerleading squad) on national television:

A lot of times, people in football town will hear stories about what a jerk the big football stars are. By all reports, though, Ian Johnson truly is the All-American boy they made him out to be on all the morning shows today -- he really is a nice guy who everyone likes. He, and BSU's win over Oklahoma, are what make college football great.


Blogger WillyShake said...

Thanks--I just knew that I could count on you to post the highlights...

...and it's certainly nice to be able to get excited about some underdog team this season (ahem, ahem!)

If I haven't said it yet, all the best to you and your loved ones in the coming year!

1/04/2007 5:08 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth be told, a lot of people in Idaho didn't expect the to win. I heard folks at the office talking about how they couldn't win but it would be neat if they lost and made it close.

1/04/2007 5:47 AM

Blogger Steeljaw Scribe said...

Congrats to BSU, I was pulling for OU as a Big 12 fan and was hoping for a better result than the Cotton Bowl(would someone also please take over gameday play calling from Callahan, *please*)

This past weekend serves to illustrate Dan Jenkins' thesis about college football 'on any given Saturday...,' and why I enjoy it so much more than the pros. It's why they play the game.

1/04/2007 9:45 AM

Blogger Cameron said...

I posted this over at Right Mind, but I thought I'd bring it over here as well:

Ohio St.-Miami:

Maurice Clarett had 47 yards rushing with a 2.0 average.

Craig Krenzel was 7-21 for 122 yards, threw two interceptions, and was sacked.

Ken Dorsey threw 2 interceptions and was sacked 4 times.

Willis McGahee had 67 yards rushing with a 3.3 average.

Miami fumbled 3 times.

I don't see how that was a better played game than this year's Fiesta, The Best Game Ever! :-)

1/04/2007 10:36 AM


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