It’s 4:00 PM PDT which means that the moment is upon us: college football season is officially underway!
ESPN is broadcasting the first big game of the year as we speak, between South Carolina and NC State. Okay, so “big” game is being used loosely. But at least it’s not Wofford vs. San Diego State or anything like that.
The nightcap of their CFB double-header features a battle of two UW rivals, as the hated Oregon Ducks travel to Idaho to take on the slightly-less-hated Boise State Broncos. Personally, I find rooting for either team to be a tough task in this one.
On the one hand you’ve got Oregon, the arch-enemy of the purple-and-gold. Nike U. is a symbol of all things evil in this world, in spite of the fact that I wear Nike apparel and really like their kicks, but that’s beside the point. The point is the Ducks, to me, are the sweat on the devil’s testicles, the absolute lowest of the low in terms of the scum of the nether world.
Then you’ve got Boise State.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Aww, cute little Boise State, the darling of the ’07 Fiesta Bowl. WRONG! Boise State is just as villainous as the next team and I’ll tell you why.
Two years ago, the Broncos came to Seattle to face the Huskies in the early part of the 2007 season. Coming off their Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma, BSU fans were, shall we say, a little cocky. In fact, they spent the better part of the day talking smack to anyone not wearing blue-and-orange, cursing at Husky fans, attempting to pick fights in the parking lot, and generally being incredible a-holes worthy of Oregon-esque venom.
I happened to be at that game sitting next to a former Boise State walk-on who found it in his heart to wear his old jersey on this particular day. I’m pretty sure he was jersey No. 103, maybe 104. Anyways, this dude spent the entire game hating on UW, dissing everyone from the fans, to the school, to the pregame flyover (who hates on that?). Everything, even the band. He was a bitch in the greatest sense of the word.
Now here’s the worst part.
In the second half of the game, UW safety Darin Harris suffered a neck injury that looked absolutely horrible no matter where you happened to be sitting. He was down on the turf and wasn’t getting up. The ambulance drove on to the field and Harris was carried off on a stretcher, and all the while walk-on is sitting there shouting at Harris to get up, be a man, and stop faking. Nice. I hope you get hit by a bus.
So that’s where I stand with both teams. I hope they both lose, but more than that I hope a meteor or an asteroid or some divine force of nature comes crashing down onto the smurf turf at Boise State and blows a hole into the earth that sucks away all the green, blue, yellow, and orange from the site of the game. It sounds horrible, and it is. I pull no punches. Around here, we play for keeps.
Enjoy the games!