When Ian Johnson dropped to a knee to pop the question to
his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics, romantics around the world let out a
collective "Ahhhhhh", and Bronco Nation said to themselves, did that really
just happen? Boise State fans were
already emotionally spent following what was arguably the most exciting game in
the history of college football, and now had to shift their emotions from the
thrill of victory to the thrill of seeing a couple begin the rest of their lives
together on a national stage. The
Johnsons marriage will forever be linked with Boise State Football because of
that one amazing moment, and although they are probably the most high profile
example of "Bronco Love", they are not the only ones.
Bronco fans, we all love Boise State football,
but for many of us, just like the Johnsons, that love goes hand in hand
with the our own true loves: our
wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends and kids.
We have met our significant others at games, gone on first dates to see
the Broncos, even named our kids after coaches and players.
And if you are like my family, game day during football season is more
than just going to a football game, it is a day to hang out with family and
enjoy a day of good food and good friends, and share a common love with all.
It is even more special when your family is connected to
How many remember the game on November 17, 2001? I
know I was there, but I couldn't tell you who we played or what happened
without looking it up. Gogoboisestate and his wife can tell you, as this
was the day they first started dating.
to the game between
did not meet his girlfriend of five years at a Bronco game, but it has
become a major part of their relationship. "We
now make a yearly road-trip with the Broncos and call it a date/vacation. We
have traveled to Eugene/ The Coast for
us have stayed up late cheering on the Broncos while our significant others have
tried to sleep. I know I have gotten
the "are you still up?" look from my wife, either towards the end of a game
or immediately after, as I am perusing the internet for stories.
Unlike Bronco Country poster Sunthas,
I did not, however, do it the night before my wedding.
"The day before my wedding was the rehearsal dinner, and the
me? Yes I also have a story.
Back in 2002 I had just met a wonderful girl from
a Sooner at heart, she now has a season ticket to Bronco Football, and attends
every tailgate and every game with me, cheering on the Broncos as if they were
her own. She was even pulling for
the Broncos towards the end of that famous game on
that is not love, I don't know what is.