I am writing this letter to let you know we noticed. We noticed the heart, the fight, the determination, and the effort you gave against Tennessee. Don’t let the result get you down, we all saw you put on an incredible show and you deserve the accolades to go with it. Brooke, your performance against the Vols is something that will go down in history for Boise State Women’s Basketball. The future is bright, and I am here to tell you I will be at your games. You made Bronco Nation proud against all odds, and it was something to behold. You put the Mountain West Conference and the rest of the NCAA on notice today, and we couldn’t be prouder to be Broncos. Few performances have been as inspiring as yours was today. We have watched a lot of basketball in our time, and what you did today was truly amazing. Once again congratulations, and thank you for choosing to showcase your skills in a Bronco uniform.
To Coach Presnell, and the rest of the Broncos. Congratulations on a great season, your heart and determination was truly inspiring. We all saw the odds you faced, (In Tennessee, the refs against you, ESPN even calling the game in favor of the Vols.) you ladies never quit and you represented Boise State with incredible pride and sportsmanship. To all of the seniors, congratulations on finishing an incredible season. To those of you who will be back, see you next season. We can’t wait to see how you follow up an incredible performance.
Perhaps it’s fitting that the both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournament Committees are burying the Broncos and their Idaho loving faithful in shoulder chips leading into March Madness.
The women’s team got seeded to start tournament play vs. Tennessee in Knoxville, so while it would be fantastic if Bronco Nation could show up to support the team and all, it’s still the powerhouse of the Lady Vols on their home turf we’re talking about here. The 2 seed vs. the 15. Real David and Goliath stuff. Winning can happen for the correct orange and blue, but it’s going to take a perfect storm to get there.
The men also are between a rock and a hard place – their last venture on to the court ended in a stupid miracle banked three pointer in OT with what seemed like half the team unable to make anything happen offensively. That half included MW Player of the Year, Derrick Marks. It was as heartbreaking as it was infuriating to watch. But now, they’re back in Dayton, OH for the second time in 3 years, facing off against yet another fire hot team in the hometown Dayton Flyers. Dayton finished second in the Atlantic Ten, and some of their fans felt slighted by having to go to the play-in game. There’s some less than enthused faces around the player’s table during the announcement as well. These boys are ready to cause a bloodbath on their way to the Sweet 16 and Boise is just in the way. Shoulder chips all around, then!
However, it depends on point of view. Yes, Dayton is a very good basketball team riding a home winning streak in a tough conference. So were Utah State, SDSU, and New Mexico. The venue and experience of playing in Dayton won’t be new to the leadership of this team. If the Broncos are loose and ready to go, this game will be a metaphorical fist fight full of three-ball haymakers. The home team is a walking, talking, shot-sinking highlight reel, not unlike some other gentlemen we know.
The Flyers are a scrappy, small-ball team that shoots 35% from the arc and averages 68 points. They’re led by senior Jordan Siebert, a guard who averages just under 17 points a game. There are three point threats all over their squad, which I guess is the tradeoff when you don’t have a player over 6’6 on the roster. James Webb III and Rob Heyer should be gorging themselves on the boards all night. However, that means that the big time Boise defense that we saw in the thick of the run through the MWC better return in force. The Flyers are fast and dangerous, scoring 68.2 ppg and holding teams to 60.9 points on average. Boise State is just as stingy on defense, but has been averaging 70.8 ppg.
Also have to remember that Dayton was last season’s Cinderella. They made a run to the Elite 8. They also have fought through some tough stuff, with their starting big guys all dismissed from the team amongst…circumstances…and having to regroup in January. Huh. I mean, it’s not exactly the MWC POY candidate in the midst of having a stellar senior season getting injured and having another senior stand up and put the team on his back leading to a stellar conference campaign and POY accolades for him, and the team tied for first place in the regular season, but it’s a pretty good story.
Thinking in the context of giant killers, this is probably new ground for Dayton. They spent last season winning the country’s collective hearts and minds with their improbable run, and now they are the home team against what is probably the biggest name connected with the idea of a Cinderella in Division 1. Sport be damned. Of course, that line of thought won’t matter much if the Boise State Broncos that Wyoming has managed to tame all season show up in Dayton on Wednesday. Because bricking three pointers and allowing anybody and everybody to drive to the basket willy-nilly will not a win make.
With it basically being a home game for Dayton (even though the Broncos will be in their home whites), the fact that, well, Dayton has won in the Dance before and the Broncos have not stacks the deck some. It felt fortunate to even get to the play-in game with the way the committee was hosing the mid-majors this season (Sorry, CSU, but your tears are still delicious.) On the other hand, Boise State has been very good at spoiling other team’s good times at home. IF Derrick Marks plays his A game AND Nick Duncan can get hot AND Webbie does what he should on the boards and Hutchison plays some stellar, lights out defense and IF Rob Heyer and Montigo Alford both are on their collective game and can cut down the outside threat as well as protect the paint effectively, then, it’s going to be a real good time. The Broncos did that a lot this season. Now they just need to do it again. Everything after this game is a bonus.
It’s truly a great year to be a Bronco fan. Football champions, regular season men’s basketball co-champs, women’s basketball tournament champions. So much hardware coming to Boise, we’re going to have to start storing them at the University of Idaho downtown campus offices. Running out of space over there Vandals, sorry. They’re in preparations over across the river, yanno. It’s the Broncos vs. the World.
Another week, another fun time with the Diggitys. You know, that means it’s closer to National Letter of Intent day. And that’s the next bit of Bronco Excitement so get ready for that. After that it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump until spring practice and the spring game. Year two of the Harsin Era has me on the edge of my seat.
I know I’ve been a proponent for the College All-Star games as being “still college football” but I just wasn’t interested this time around. College football is over… Does the “Rainy Days/Back in Black” Chevy commercial have to be on during EVERY commercial break?… Can the Seahawks be any more lucky than they were in the NFC Championship? They may have to be against the Patriots. Super Bowl XLIX will be an amazing game (I hope)… Congratulations to Derrick Marks and Brooke Pahukoa for winning the MWC Player of the Week for both Men’s and Women’s basketball. Our basketball teams were awesome last week… So, something new this week. I’m now an ordained minister. Our daughter, Kristen, asked me to do it so I can perform her wedding ceremony this summer. Get ready for the Bronco Nation version of Jim & Tammi Faye Bakker. You know, without the makeup, crying, and infidelity. Ok, Mrs. Diggity wants the makeup… President Obama visited Bronco Nation this week. I’m sorry I missed it. Presidents happen. The opportunity to see one speak in person may not… I’m irritated with this DeflateGate thing. Cheating is cheating and shouldn’t be tolerated. That being said, do you really think the PSI of the footballs could have helped out the Colts’ defense? 45 points is no joke… Partying hard can age you. Need proof? The members of Mötley Crüe look almost as old as the members of the Rolling Stones… Apparently, a man in Colorado has filed suit against the NFL for Dez Bryant’s non-catch against the Packers. He’s seeking $88+ BILLION for the emotional toll on The Cowboys and their fans. You should have filed this suit a long time ago if it’s about emotional distress… I mentioned to Mrs. Diggity that you could be called an award-winning songwriter if you wrote a song in 7th grade and won an award for it. She said I was weird for even thinking of it that way… Because I have a bitter taste in my mouth about buying the PPV of Tyson/Holyfield II, I’m glad that the UFC and Fox have some big names on occasionally.
The song of the week is simply just a song I like. I guess that’s what happens when you get to write the column.
I’m sorry that this was a day late. You know, I try my hardest. The offseason is tough on everyone. Enjoy your week!
So, we made it through the first little bit of the offseason. Do you know what made it better? We got a couple of “GO BRONCOS!” this week. If that doesn’t make you feel better, I’m not sure what will. Isn’t Bronco Football exciting again? It is for me. Enjoy the blabbering…
I don’t know if I hate the Patriots or Ravens more. Can I root for the referees? They did get the win Dallas last week, you know… I will never win a trip to the Super Bowl. It’s not that I’m not awesome. You all know that. I just don’t have a “trip-worthy” inspirational story. It’s just that simple… Tough losses for both the Men’s & Women’s basketball teams today. Wyoming has the men’s team’s number and A-A is a tough barn to play in. The women seem to be doing well. Just a slip up… Hey! We know Jacksonville drafted a punter before Seattle drafted Russell Wilson. Guess what? Wilson would be 1/2 dead by now if he went to J’ville. And a punter seemed to fit the Jags offensive scheme anyways… Alright. I’m pretty much done with the “love” McDonald’s commercials. You’re not here to make the world a better place. You’re here to feed junk food to fat people like me. Your fries are godly though… I don’t have a dog in the fight but I feel kind of sorry for Cowboys fans. That may have been a blown call. The big thing is deciding on what is or isn’t a catch. Can you work on that, competition committee?… Having Ving Rhames yell at me about Arby’s will not get me to go to Arby’s. He is the American Robin Leach with that voice… What this nation needs is…well I’m not sure. But what we don’t need is a SpongeBob movie… It’s amazing how many people are saying that they picked Ohio State to win this game with no credible evidence of doing so. I picked Oregon. They’re losing 21-10 at halftime… Meh. The Ducks could never pull it together and Urb added a touchdown in the final minute. The Buckeyes win the 1st College Football Playoff Championship Game, 42-20…
It’s good to see the Men’s Basketball team get the overtime win over UNLV. Starting 0-4 in conference play would have been disastrous. 1-3 is bad still… In other Bronco news, the football team finished the season ranked #16 in the Amway Coach’s Poll. Not bad for a team that started 3-2… In a recent Papa John’s commercial, Peyton Manning jokes that Joe Montana only shows up for the playoff special. But it’s true. Joe does show up during the playoffs. Peyton on the other hand… There is a show on Discovery called “Big Giant Swords”? Seriously? It can’t be all that interesting. It just can’t be… “School employees in Alabama were accused or convicted of sex crimes with students more frequently than in any other state on a per capita basis in 2014, according to records compiled by a former chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Education.” Just let that sink in… Call me crazy but I think Randy Johnson should go into the Hall of Fame as a Seattle Mariner and not as a Diamondback.
And, because it’s all we’ll have soon, the song of the week is…
Doesn’t Kurtis look surprised? EYES WIDE OPEN
At the time I’m writing this, Boise State Men’s Basketball is 12-6 and Women’s is 12-4. Take care everyone. Enjoy your week and make every moment a Bronco Moment!
Sorry about the lack of a column last week. I got caught up in holiday festivities and basically that’s my only excuse. It’s been a busy week for Bronco Nation. A Fiesta Bowl win, Jay Ajayi leaving for the NFL (we knew that was coming), & Mike Sanford not leaving to be the OC at Ohio State (thank goodness). Now we wait. We’re in the great void between the end of the season and Letter of Intent day. Hold on, Bronco fans. We’ll be ok.
Great job to the Broncos for winning the Fiesta Bowl. I had no doubts but I was worried just a little bit…
The wifey and I decided to catch the premiere of “Worst Cooks in America” There is a guy on the show that has six fingers on his left hand. I tweeted about it. I wasn’t rude or anything but that guy favorited my tweet. I don’t know if I’m horrified or not… I woke up Sunday morning and heard that Stuart Scott had died. I don’t really have an inspirational story as to why he meant so much to me but I honestly bawled my eyes out. It hurt me like it did when Tony Gwynn died… I wouldn’t be a good chef because my knife skills are dangerous. Not to others. To me. I’m surprised I have fingers left… We tried quinoa for the first time. It looks kind of odd and tastes like nothing. So it’s obviously healthy… It looks like someone has started a petition on Change.org to change the state bird of Oregon to the mallard duck. The beaver is already their state animal. I wonder when TVCC will want the chukar to be considered… Jimmy Fallon had puppies predict who the National Championship Game winner would be. One of the pups peed in the Ohio State bowl of food. I think, by default, Oregon wins (the majority of puppies chose UO)… Degree has a “dry spray” now. What exactly is a dry spray? That seems to me like its nothing but a can of air with a scent. You’re paying for nothing, people!… I’m not the biggest Oregon fan (or not one at all) but I think they are too fast tempo-wise for Ohio State. I think the Buckeyes used all their juju to beat ‘Bama. The Ducks win the Natty, 45-20… Two of my favorite shows are back on now, “Archer” and “Portlandia”. The humor is absolutely different on both shows but I appreciate it just the same.
I usually use the song of the week to suggest how we should feel. I think the song this week is a pretty good representation of that. We’ll make it through the offseason just fine. Only 4 months until spring ball.
I’ll try to keep a consistent weekly column going even though football season is over. We do have our basketball teams going and both should be doing well. There should be Bronco news abound, right? Have a great week. If you can’t wait to get some Diggity’s vitriol, follow us on Twitter: @Noel_From_Boise