Eyeblack Odyssey argues that college football is good. In honor of that thought, I’ll be posting a series of daily blog entries that celebrate the good in the sport. I have no idea how far I’ll take this, but for now, let us all bask in the awesome.
Let us all bask in … Boise’s upset of Oklahoma
I can’t give it anymore justice than the video, because the video is Sportscenter at its best. But I can share my own reactions to Boise State’s upset of Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
I was floored. I really was. Because that just didn’t happen. If you want to argue that Appalachian State’s win in the Big House changed our view of what was possible in college football, I will listen to that, but I do think the shift began eight months earlier in Arizona. And because I can’t be any clearer: This kind of thing didn’t happen.
But then it did, and now it does, and the sport, as fun and crazy and unpredictable as it always had been, took a giant leap forward in all of those respects over the course of 12 months or so. I would argue that it was the greatest 12 months of college football we’ve possibly ever seen, which as a K-State fan is frustrating and terrible and shameful (damn you, Ron Prince!), but as a fan of college football, oh man. I’ve loved the sport for a long time, and I will go on loving it, and I do think the ebb and flow of dominance in the sport will no doubt eke out several more years like 2007, but that year was first. It really was. It was zany and insane (okay, more zany and insane). And Boise-Oklahoma ushered it all in.
I turned the game off. That is my shame to live with, but I take comfort in the fact that I wasn’t alone. I will always remember the next morning, turning on CNN, and subsequently being shocked to see the Boise highlights … on CNN!
What a wonderful game, result, and series of plays/moments. I’ll always have this game near the top of my list for favorite games ever, and I didn’t even see the majority of the madness live. The highlights and subsequent rebroadcasts were enough. And you know what? I still got chills watching anyway, knowing what was about to happen.
That is one of the highest compliments anyone can give.