Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ups and Downs: Boise

Boise has been very, very good over the past ten years. In fact, they are the winningest team in the nation since 1999, with a mark of 108-20 (.844). And they're even better at home in the last five years with a 38-1 record. Is it the smurf turf or the looming threat of sasquatch attacks? It's hard to say, but whatever it is, in the famous words of Lloyd Christmas, "Mmm. That sounds good. I'll have that."

Even if the sasquatches aren't enough, what could be the reason Boise is piquing The Big Four Letter's interest and making the rest of the WAC look silly?

1. Boise has a winning football tradition. They know how to win in their conference and it is expected when they step on the field. When a program gets to the point that the expectation is to win every game they play, there seems to be a different set of rules by which they're dictated. They seem more confident, faster, and focused on getting the job done.

2. Chris Peterson. Coach Peterson knows how to get the most out of his players. He is very innovative in his use of the limited talent he has at his disposal. I do feel like he has recruited very well, despite the challenges presented at a small school. There is a very strong contingent of Broncos in "the league"- Ryan Clady, Naanee, Ian Jonhson, Kyle Wilson, and Orlando Scandrick, to name a few. I think the only reason he is still at Boise rests in the fact there is a monkey in his coaching tree named Dan Hawkins.

3. The WAC. It's really a joke of a conference. You can't seriously consider a conference such when two members are 4300 miles away from each other, as the crow flies. Notwithstanding it's minor status, going undefeated every year in conference is a notable achievement, and ultimately why I feel Boise has become a major player as of late. When you're the best of the worst and beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on a miraculous play, you should get some street cred.

Oh, and don't mess with the Sasquatch.

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