In what was billed as the kid's table, the Fiesta Bowl proved to be one of the best games so far this bowl season.
Now I've heard some say it was boring, and others say that it made a case for Boise as national champs, but I know for sure that this was a fantastic game by two pretty good football teams.
Yes, it was sloppy at times, and yes, it wasn't going to blow any bulbs in the scoreboard, but this was a hard hitting defensive game that wasn't for the faint of heart.
In the end, it was evident that they'd put a man at the kid's table and that was undoubtedly Boise State.
A man in Chris Petersen, and a group of fine young men on his team, first didn't get their undies all in a wad because they weren't in the national championship game, and secondly they saw this game for what it really was. A stepping stone on the road to be one of the elite.
Unlike TCU, with their stonewashed football pants(seriously stonewashed is so eighties), Boise knows there is a process to getting to the top.
The road map is available, you don't have to look further than the state of Florida.
Florida State, with the help of one Bobby Bowden, went from being everyone's homecoming, to being ranked in the top five every year "because" they were FSU.
Now Florida State has fallen on hard times in recent years, but they've had the sustained success that will vault them right back into the picture, when they resume the winning ways.
Boise State is close, they've sustained success for a extended period of time, have some very impressive non conference wins, and now have two BCS feathers in their cap to boot.
What makes them even more of a feel good story, is the humility with which they've carried themselves. You didn't hear things like, " we deserve to be in Pasadena!", or " we've been robbed by the BCS!", no you heard, "we're glad to have this opportunity", and "this is where we want to be".
TCU, these are the lessons to be learned.
Just because you finally bust the BCS after years of being touted to do so, doesn't grant you an all access pass to the championship game.
Neither does winning a couple of championships in leather helmets, nor beating a couple of ACC teams.
It's all about sustained success, and actually winning the biggest game you've played in the last 71 years.
Bowden and FSU really took off in the 1987 season, and after years of,that's right, sustained success they were crowned champions in 1993.
Also, it wouldn't hurt to try and mimic the Bronco's success. Boise has won its conference 7 of the last 8 seasons. It has been one of the winningest programs this decade, and they just don't lose at home. Their record on national television is sick, look it up, and oh yeah, they won their TWO BCS bowl appearances.
So TCU, dust off those stonewashed pants, or, better yet, throw them in the trash, and get back on that long winding road to validity.
That truck that just hit you? That was a group of men who are a lot further down that championship road.
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