Of course, if it were up to me, the BCS would not exist, Bronco Stadium would expand to 65,000 tomorrow, and Bill Gates would join the Ricky Williams School of What The #@!? by forgoing material wealth and giving me a few billion bucks, post-tax. Not a lot, just a couple-three billion. Or four.
But... none of that is likely to happen anytime soon, so we all must do what we can to endure the recurring evilness that is the Non-Football Off-Season.
Here are a few ways to help fill the void:
- Bronco game and season DVDS. If you were smart enough to buy the individual game DVDs, congratulations, that makes one of us. If not, even the season DVDs can help ease the pain of chronic Football Lackitis.
- NCAA CFB on PS2/X-Box. Possibly the closest thing to the real thing, except the games are shorter and the snacks are cheaper and better. Seriously, that cheese sauce they serve with nachos at Bronco Stadium could really use something. Like, cheese, for instance.
- Idaho Sports Talk. On KTIK, 1350am, weekdays @ 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Last year they had Hawk Talk every Wednesday. What about this year? The Pete Beat? Chris Bliss? Rappin' with CP and the Sunshine Band of Blues Brothers? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
- Pro Football. Okay, so it doesn't quite have the pomp and pageantry of college ball, but they still play with a brown spherical ball on a 100-yard field (or 150 if you're watching the Canadian League). Rumor has it, a couple of former Broncos are playing in the NFL playoffs, too.
- Arena Football League. Half the size, twice the action. At least that's what that AFL would probably want you to think. It's football, though. Kinda like miniature golf is golf.
- NFL Europe. It's football with a European accent. And a proving grounds for players looking for a shot at the NFL. And a good way to avoid mowing the lawn for a few hours on Saturdays.
- XFL on video. Am I the only one who liked watching football in the spring? Was I the only one to watch the XFL back in 2001? Apparently. That would explain why the league was canceled. Nonetheless, I'll be proudly wearing my He Hate Me jersey and wishing I had actually taped a game or two to bide the time until next season.
Mark your calendars for the following key Bronco events:
- Letter of Intent Day: February 1, 3:00pm to 6:00pm, Big Easy Concert House. My question is this: why do they call it letter of "intent"? An "intent" doesn't prove commitment. I intend to marry a wealthy Victoria's Secret model and spend a year touring Europe; doesn't mean it's going to happen. Shouldn't this be called "Letter Of Commitment Day"? Or would the term "commitment" scare off too many recruits who would bolt from fear at the last second and leave Coach Pete at the alter?
- 2005 Season DVD Release: February 4. Visit players and perhaps a few coaches at Boise Towne Square and local Albertsons stores. Just don't wax poetic for ten minutes about your own half-fabricated athletic glory days, because that holds up the line, and that's rude. At least that's what they told me last year.
- Spring Game: April 4, 6:00pm. Over 7,000 fans attended the last two Spring Games. This is our first chance to see Coach Petersen on the sidelines, watch the new recruits, and launch the summer-long debate on who should be the starting QB against Sac State based solely on 10 snaps during an off-season intra-squad scrimmage. Plus, it's a prime opportunity to practice tailgating for next season! As if we needed practice sitting around eating and drinking...
- Women's Football Clinic*: Time and place TBD. While the women get a chance to get buddy-buddy with the coaches and players, the men get a chance to reconvene and ruminate why there isn't a Men's Cheerleader Clinic.
- Bring A Vandal To Work Day. Just kidding. I was going to suggest "Hug A Vandal Day," but the restraining order is still in effect.
- Bronco Fantasy Camp*: Time TBD, place is the BSU campus. It's your chance to get your heart racing because you're playing football on the blue turf instead of because of the 300+ cholesterol oozing through your PVC arteries. Seriously, though, why isn't there a Cheerleader Clinic???
- Broncos Home Opener: September vs. Sacramento State. Will likely be an early Saturday evening kickoff, which means we'll only have 10-12 hours for tailgating. Better start planning now!! I'll bring the forks.
Of course, there is one other way to pass the time between now and next season: BroncoCountry.com. But that would be shameless self-promotion, and those of us on BroncoCountry.com, the most popular recruiting site and message board for Bronco Athletics, are above doing such things, especially here on BroncoCountry.com and its sister site, http://boisestate.scout.com.
Good luck! And may the Blue be with you.
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* Event has not been confirmed by Boise State University.