Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lady President

The year is 2016 and the United States has just elected the first woman president who happens to be from Idaho.  A few days after the election the president-elect, whose name is Debra Sue, calls her father and says, "So, Daddy, I assume you will be coming to my inauguration?"

"I don't think so. It's a 3-day drive."

" Don 't worry about it, Daddy; I'll send Air Force One.  And a limousine will pick you up at your door."

"I don't know. Everybody will be so fancy. What would your mother wear?"

"Oh, Daddy," replies Debra Sue, 'I'll make sure she has a wonderful gown custom-made by the best designer in Washington ."

"Honey," Dad complains, "you know I can't eat those rich foods you eat."

The President-to-be responds, "Don't worry Daddy.  The entire affair will be handled by the best caterer in Washington; I'll ensure your meals are salt-free. You and mom just have to be there."

So Dad reluctantly agrees; and on January 20, 2017, Debra Sue is being sworn in as President of the United States . In the front row sits the new president's dad and mom.

Dad, noticing the senator sitting next to him, leans over and whispers, "You see that woman over there with her hand on the Bible,
becoming President of the United States?"

The Senator whispers back, "You bet I do."

Dad says proudly, "Her brother played football for Boise State."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Boise State at the NFL Combine

Shea McClellin ran a 4.65 40 at the Combine today; Tyrone Crawford's was 4.81.

Boise State Receiving Good Publicity at NFL Combine

"Now here's another Boise kid," (Tyrone Crawford was running a sprint at the time, getting a 1.62 10-yard "split"). "There's a reason they win--they've got great players and we need to start figuring that out."

Boise State One of Four Teams to Finish Ranked in the Top 15 in Each of the Last Four Years

One of these years, Boise State is going to get the respect it deserves while the season is actually being played, until everyone waiting until the end of the season to heap praise on them and rank them high.

Boise State is one of an elite four teams (Alabama, Oregon and TCU are the others) to finish the college football season ranked in the Top 15 of the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Here is the list of teams that finished in the Top 15 in at least one of those years:

Alabama 2008-2011
Boise State 2008-2011
Oregon 2008-2011
TCU 2008-2011
Ohio State 2008-2010
Oklahoma 2008, 2010, 2011
Virginia Tech 2008-2010
Arkansas 2010-2011
Florida 2008-2009
LSU 2010-2011
Michigan State 2010-2011
Oklahoma State 2010-2011
Penn State 2008-2009
Stanford 2010-2011
Texas 2008-2009
Wisconsin 2010-2011
Auburn 2010
Baylor 2011
Brigham Young 2009
Cincinnati 2009
Florida State 2010
Georgia 2008
Georgia Tech 2009
Houston 2011
Iowa 2009
Michigan 2011
Mississippi 2008
Missouri 2008
Nebraska 2009
Nevada 2010
Pittsburgh 2009
South Carolina 2011
Texas Tech 2008
USC 2008
Utah 2008

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Doug Martin Clocks a 4.47 40 at the NFL Combine

Already one of the toughest running backs in the draft and the strongest, Martin now adds one of the fastest as well.  They're thinking he could be a big star in the NFL.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Martin Gets 28 Reps on Bench Press at NFL Combine

That's the best of any running back so far at the NFL Combine.

Nate Potter Shows His Stuff Today

Every year, hundreds of college football players are paraded in front of drooling NFL scouts (there's something wrong with that), and are analyzed, psychoanalyzed, interviewed by the media, x-rayed and given medical tests.  Then, they're given a chance to workout in various drills that the NFL believes are more important than performance on the football field.

The NFL is handicapped in its ability to evaluate talent these days, and has been for some time.  All you have to know about the NFL is that today, Johnny Unitas or Joe Montana wouldn't be drafted.  But nevertheless, they have this circus called the NFL Combine in which the scouts and coaches try to figure out what we fans already know.

Seven Boise State players have been invited this year, more than any other year--play the "what we fans already know" tape again...All-American tackle Nate Potter is performing his workouts today.  The NFL Channel has all the details, the numbers, the shuttle times, how many plates of spaghetti he can eat, etc.  Here is the schedule of workouts for the other Broncos:

Quarterback Kellen Moore
Running Back Doug Martin

Defensive End Tyrone Crawford
Defensive End Shea McClellin, who is working out at LB
Defensive Tackle Billy Winn

Safety George Iloka

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bronco Stadium Expansion Sooner Rather Than Later

With the approval of the sale of public bonds by the Idaho State Board of Education to help finance the first phase of Bronco Stadium Expansion, construction will begin soon on the new football facility and additional seating.

The state-of-the-art facility will be located in the North end of Bronco Stadium.  While the university strives to raise funds for the next phase of expansion, bleachers will be added that will raise the capacity of Bronco stadium over 37,000.  The existing 5,200 bleacher seats will be moved to Dona Larson Park across the street on Broadway--that facility is also under construction and will be the home not only to Boise State track but high school football games in the Boise Valley.

The approval by the Idaho SBOE gives the go-ahead to purchase bleachers holding 8,500 people.  In the South end zone, the bleachers will likely extend to be able to connect to one or both of the upper concourses.  The North end zone bleachers will likely be rounded so as to form the basis for a future expansion of the lower bowl.  

The $22 million football complex will be finished in time for the 2013 season.  The facility design is for a 69,000 square-foot building that will include coaches offices, meeting rooms, a recruiting lounge, a players lounge, the Boise State locker room, an equipment room, a weight room and a training room.  The school has $7 in donations and $5.5 million in potential pledges.  

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2011/12/09/1910097/bronco-stadium-expansion-plan.html#storylink=cpy

Bids went out this week for construction.  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Alec Dhaenens is a Bronco!

According to numerous sources, Alec Dhaenens (6-4, 230) from Fruitland has committed to Boise State. He grew up watching the Broncos and even though he had offers from Washington State and Nevada, he committed on the spot upon being offered by Boise State.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Yriarte Gets Sixth Year

Cory Yriarte has heard from the NCAA and the news was good--he'll be back at Boise State for a sixth season.  He joins running back D.J. Harper, who earlier in the year confirmed that he'll be back for a sixth year.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Andy Avalos Returns to Boise State

Andy Avalos, one of the greatest linebackers to ever play at Boise State, has been hired to come coach the Broncos.  Coach Chris Petersen made the announcement today at the Stueckle Sky Center.

Avalos will coach the defensive line with the help of and under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski.  Avalos has coached at Colorado, Nebraska-Kearney and Sacramento State prior to coming to Boise State.

Welcome back to Boise, Andy!