It’s been two days since the Broncos clinched their Fiesta Bowl, and people are still talking.
I got an e-mail from a distant relative in Wisconsin who said the game was the talk of the lunchroom yesterday at her work (I’m guessin it’s the first time those teachers have talked about BSU).
I flew home Tuesday, and even at 6 p.m., after a long travel day following an adrenaline-filled sleepless night, fans were still rehashing those last few plays that showed good coaching and confident players can make anything possible.
Even the Cheesecake Factory in Boise (where I went for dinner) was filled with orange-sweatshirt wearing fans congratulating each other on supporting the right team in the game, all but ignoring the Louisville/Wake Forest bowl game on big screens over the bar.
I plan to talk nonstop about those last few minutes today with coworkers I haven’t seen since before Christmas (this is an advance warning).
And when I get home from work, I’m going to watch the entire game, commercial free, which my husband recorded for me.
I have a feeling the host of this blog (who traveled to Phoenix for the game and posted pictures and commentaries from it) might have a similar day planned out.
Here’s some more links that should help slake your Bronco thirst — and add fuel to your water cooler talk today:• This post takes another look at the lessons learned from the game from a little more distance than the same columnist did moments after the game ended.
He muses on why we shouldn’t be surprised that a team like Boise State that is coached well and plays well can win a one-time match-up with a football giant. Whether Boise State could win an entire season of playing teams like Oklahoma, the columnist reports, is debatable.• This column debates this year’s Fiesta Bowl’s place among the greatest bowl games in history.
• This blog says there was nothing mediocre about Monday night's game.
• This column says Boise State deserves more respect from voters.
In the end, the writers ranks the game as No. 4.
This Associated Press story talks about how BSU’s win on Monday overshadowed Tuesday’s Orange Bowl.• And one more that talks about how the Broncos took the spotlight, at least temporarily, off the national championship, which will be played in the same stadium in Phoenix on Jan. 8.