Two Weeks Left

It started as innocent sarcasm in response to a two and a half minute segment on the Fiesta Bowl, but when Jeremy gets involved, well, it devolved to Truth As the Pundits and A Good Portion Of The Country Are Portraying It.

It’s a little maddening. It wouldn’t take much homework to learn even a tiny bit beyond the win loss column. scroll down ever so slightly in that google search there, bud. The Broncos are coming and Arizona might not have enough to stop them. Probably best to acknowledge it.

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Don’t Change Anything! Boise State fans all have their ways to help the Broncos win

When it comes to sports superstitions, I have to admit I am pretty bad.  I have them for all of my teams.  When any of them go on a hot streak I have to make sure nothing changes.

I received a New York Rangers shirt for Christmas last year, and when they made the playoffs I vowed not to wash it until they lost a series.  That shirt went from April 17th to June 17th without being washed.  Come to think of it I threw it into the back of the closet after the Kings won in OT on the 17th, so it actually didn’t get washed until October.  That smell coming from my closet that my wife was complaining about makes sense now.

Anyways, this is about the Broncos, and when it comes to Boise State, I am even worse. My day has to start with coffee in  one of my Boise State coffee mugs.  When I get dressed I must have my lucky Boise State underwear ( I know, TMI) and I try to match what the team is wearing that day.  If it is a road game I will usually wear orange or a white jersey.  If it is a home game, I  go with whatever color the team is wearing.  I realized towards the end of this season that my 1994 throwback jersey was bringing the most luck so  I wore that to the Utah State game, and after winning wore the exact same clothes to the MWC Championship game.  It worked!

For road games I need to have my man-cave set up the exact  same way.  I have  picture of Pokey Allen that I take off of the wall and put on the coffee table along with my lucky cowbell, and my replica hammer has to be out as well.

There are also a lot fans who are superstitious about what the team is wearing.  After the Broncos wore their orange helmets in both the Ole Miss and Air Force losses there are many fan who hope we never see them again.  Of course, luck can change.  After some bad losses wearing orange pants in 2005, the bad juju was cleansed from them with the undefeated Fiesta Bowl season of 2006. Now after winning two Fiesta Bowls with blue helmets, white jerseys, and orange pants, most fans are hoping to see the same combination on December 31st.

What are some of the rest of Bronco Nation’s rituals?  I asked on Twitter yesterday and got quite a few answers:

 

Our contributor Heath added that when he watches games on TV he wears the same jerseys the team is wearing.  With all of the different jerseys we have worn the past few years he must have quite a collection.

I also received an email from Blue Turf Nation reader Wally Hames, who has a specific game day ritual:

“When watching BSU play, I always have to be sitting in my recliner,  nap pillow on my stomach, vertically, and the remote has to be laying horizontal facing left.  I don’t know why…it just works.”

I am guessing one of those things were just a bit off for our two losses this year!

Do you have any crazy rituals?  Let us know on twitter or leave a comment!

I will go ahead and leave this awesome Soul Train video here for all of you as well!

 

 

 

This Week at the Diggity’s – Pre-Bowl Edition (The Waiting is the Hardest Part)

It’s that time of year again.  The dead period between the Heisman Presentation and Bowl Season.  I know, there’s the FCS Playoff but who’s interested in Sam Houston State or New Hampshire? I’m sure their fans are.  Anyways, it’s a tough, non-football week but that just builds the excitement for what’s next.

I’m so proud of our Broncos this year. Mountain West Champions and the first team to get the “access bowl” slot. It’s time to FIESTA!

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The frustrating part of my week? I lost 2 games during the regular season in fantasy football. I lost in the first round of the playoffs. Thanks, Peyton Manning for your sub-par week….I know that I usually deal with football but congrats to Derrick Marks for winning the MWC Men’s Basketball Player of the week.  Hope there are many more to come this year….

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Mrs. Diggity said her meds would be ready in a half hour so I left about 45 minutes later.  Still not done. Thank you for allowing me to wait around an additional 25 minutes, Wally World!…Oh Sears. The Mach Rachet? The Shake Weight thinks you’re dirty….It made my day to see LeBron put his arm around Kate Middleton. That’s how normal people take pictures. It’s no big deal. She wasn’t the Duchess of Cambridge all of her life….The blog “Saturday Down South” has Boise State ranked #25 in their “Way Too Early” rankings. I like that the boys are back in the national eye….I was happy to see that Coach Sanford turned down the Offensive Coordinator position at Vanderbilt. In my opinion, that position would have a step down….There is something really wrong with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. First off, you can’t say the kid never played in Reindeer Games. He did. That’s how everyone figured out his nose glowed.  Secondly, even Santa, with his amazingly jolly self, wants Rudolph to be segregated….SportsCenter. I’m truly disappointed (this time) in you. Nicki Minaj was on the show? Way to class it down. Hopefully she knows sports better than she knows music….Amazon – stop trying to make the Fire Phone happen. It’s like a Mustaine/Metallica reunion – won’t ever be a thing.

This is probably the only song that was legitimately appropriate for today.  Enjoy it, Bronco Nation.  They can’t take it away from this team, EVER.

So, we will sit here patiently waiting for December 31st and enjoy the other bowl games.  Maybe Boise State should just buy a residence down there.  The Broncos are there quite a bit (Las Vegas too!  AMIRITE?).  Enjoy your week, Nation.

What They Are Saying – Jay Ajayi Part I

For all those who have followed our website for awhile, you know I love the NFL draft process. Even more, I love watching Boise State players take on the NFL and impressing scouts. Last season, I started this column on Demarcus Lawrence, “What They are Saying” where I give BSU fans all the current info I can find on current players who maybe/are going into the NFL.

Jump to today, and the question is now being asked about Jay Ajayi, will he stay, or will he go? A lot of the debate that is going on right now between Bronco fans is what is Jay’s value, and where would he would go in the draft? So to help everybody out, I thought I would start the series early this year and let everybody know, what people are saying about Jay Ajayi.

NFL Draft Scouts (http://www.nfldraftscout.com)
Current Position Rank: 7
Total Rank: 77 out of 2513
Projected Draft Round: 2-3
NFL Draft ScoutsBucky Brooks from NFL.com’s take from December 1st. (Full Story Here)

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CBS Sports RB Rankings: (Full List Here)
Current Position Rank: 8
Total Rank: 77

CBSSportsTweet Regarding Ajayi’s future:

Take all the conjecture, and bias out of it, and there you have it. That is what the experts are saying as of right now. Jay Ajayi looks to have a bright future wherever he goes. As we get closer to the NFL Draft, and an official choice is made by Jay, I will bring you “Part II”.

The Ultimate Boise State Fan Holiday Gift Guide – 2014

It’s almost bowl season, which means that the holidays are coming fast as well. We all know from that last sentence what I feel is truly important this time of year, but some people get messed up priorities and start buying their friends and family silly things like soap/lotion/body wash baskets, ceramic figurines, or scented candles. We can do better, Bronco Nation!

(Disclaimer: We at Blue Turf Nation are receiving no kickbacks or merch for this. However, we probably wouldn’t argue… just saying. Call me if you have that hookup, Nike!)

So, here’s The Ultimate Boise State Fan Holiday Gift Guide for 2014, broken out by fan type.

The Little Ones First – For The Kiddos

White #2 Matt Miller Jersey - $40

Kids love dressing like their heroes, so why not give the gift of Matt Miller’s jersey? Can knock out football, superhero, and cowboy all in one fell swoop!

Boise State Broncos Fox Sports Robot 2.0 – $29.99

Yay, action figures. Also, it’s the Fox Robot so breaking it is kind of the least big deal ever. Win-win!

Boise State Football (literally!) Onesie and Hat – $26

This is adorable. Someone please buy this and send me pictures of your uterus-flippingly cute kid in this getup.

Boise State Toy Train – $17.90

C’mon. It’s a wooden toy train, painted in blue and orange and the Bronco logo. A kid’s very own J-Train, baby! Choo-Choo!

Kinda weird cartoon Buster framed poster – $42.99

This looks like a typical Amazon knockoff poster, but who knows. The logo is a little off, the words blue turf are just shoved on there without context, and Buster looks strange as a cartoon but it is a unique looking piece.

College Dreamin’ – Young Adult

Boise State Shockwave – $24.99 (sale)

Oh, hey. A speaker to work with a phone or mp3 player in the only appropriate color scheme. Neat. I bet T-Swift sounds even better through this. That is what the kids are listening to these days, right?

Boise State Player Knit Hat – $28.00

There isn’t much that’s better than wearing the same stuff as the players. This beanie has been keeping the Broncos warm on the sidelines since the weather got cold and looking good doing it.

Boise State Stealth Backpack – $44.95

Sure, a backpack is boring. But add a Bronco logo and all of a sudden it becomes…well, still a backpack but one that will likely get used a ton.

Boise State Broncos Reflex Portable Travel Couch – $106.57

Just hear me out. I know this one seems like a reach, but I would’ve loved this thing as a teenager. Friend sleeping over? Hey, Bronco couch! Dorm room needs some extra seats? Hey, lookie here! Even has cupholders. There are so many options for today’s young adventure seeker with this thing! Sledding, floating the river, camping, tailgating, partying, trying to ride it down a flight of stairs…no, wait. Forget I brought any of that up. Of course, dear reader, your wonderful, responsible young adult would never be involved in such unsafe shenanigans. Hey, look! Bronco couch!

Broncoistas – For The Ladies

Boise State Rah-Rah Necklace – $16.16

There is lots of Bronco jewelry out there, usually covered in plastic and bling. This piece is not the usual “Bronco head with two blue and two orange fake jewels glued on” and therefore is awesome.

Knit Hoodie Infinity Scarf - $29.95

It’s a scarf! A gorgeous blue one! With a hood, and a prominent Bronco logo on the side! This is the perfect statement piece for those 8 pm kickoffs. May the recipient of this gift’s ears and neck never be cold again.

BSU Full Zip Tunic Hoodie – $69.95

Don’t let the URL frighten you. Victoria’s Secret PINK campaign is a fully licensed partner of Boise State and isn’t the type of stuff that requires a half-nekkid girl in angel wings to model. This tunic zip hoodie does not use the usual BSU logos, and looks like the best thing ever with a pair of leggings and boots this winter.

“All About That State” T-Shirt – $26.95

A legit funny play on the Meghan Trainor song “All About That Bass,” this shirt is almost sure to amuse almost anybody with some pop culture chops. 

Boise State Western Boots – $327.99

If these are in your budget, they’re worth every penny. It would be nice if they would update the logo, but it’s not a deal breaker. If you know a Bronco inclined lady who can rock the hell outta a pair of cowgirl boots and you want to really treat her to an unforgettable gift…these are the way to go.

Dude Gear – For The Guys

Broncos Fiesta Bowl Hat (Charcoal) – $29.99

This hat is the answer to a question we didn’t even know we needed to ask. If its possible for a cap to be sexy, this one has pulled it off admirably. 

Glow In The Dark Boise State T-Shirt – $19.99

IT GLOWS IN THE DANG DARK!

The Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm Fitted Shield Max – $85

There are guys who go to the stadium shirtless when it’s 9 degrees, and then those who need to bundle up a bit more. This Pro-Combat undershirt is the perfect layer to wear to add warmth but not bulk, and we all know how much better it makes life to not be walking around looking like Maggie Simpson in her starfish snowsuit at a tailgate party.

Boise State Broncos Pewter Ring – $74.95

It’s not quite as pretty as championship rings, but is still pretty dang sweet. 

Baki Clothing BSU Bamboo T-Shirt – $25

Throwback yet fresh, with the BSU logo and the raring horse from the mid-80’s? Yes, please.

Tailgating Fiends

The Coolest Cooler – $349

Yes, it’s a $350 cooler. It also has more options than the car I’m driving right now. It’s got fat tires to help wheel it with more stability through whatever terrain you happen to be around. It’s got tie downs and oodles of storage. An integrated cutting board. It’s got LED’s in the lid to help you see in the dark so you don’t end up with your brother-in-law’s cheap beer. It’s got USB ports to charge your phone. It’s got bluetooth speakers to play your tunes. Heck, it’s even got a blender! This thing is no joke and should be on every tailgaters wish list.

BSU Grill Set – $49.95

Pretty standard bbq tool set, but with a logo on it, and a bottle opener. YAYYYYY!

Sunscreen Flask – 2 for $10.95

Uhhh, yeah. Tailgating. That’s all this could ever be used for.

Steam Cleaning Grill Brush – $15.95

A clean grill is a happy grill. Other possible uses: messing with opposing fans by shooting steam at them, staying warm on cold nights, facial treatments to open up those pores.

“Redneck” Mason Jar Condiment Dispenser – $12.95

Redneck? Possibly. We’re Idahoan and that comes with the territory. However, these look super useful, especially once the gloves come out in the cold. Imagine a world where nobody fumbled with massive ketchup bottles and surprise mustard juice ever again!

Bowl Gear, The One Thing Everybody Wants, and Other Cool Stuff

2014 Mountain West Conference Champions T-Shirt – $22.99

Commemorate the first outright MWC championship with a t-shirt! Or wait until next fall and get it on clearance. I’m not here to rush anybody in to anything.

Orange “Broncos Love Fiestas” Hoodie – $44.99

This is going to be the piece of gear to have from Fiesta 3.0. 

Nike Women’s Fiesta Bound T-shirt – $26.00

Go Big Blue, indeed. Nike is doing good work for us this season.

BSU Tooled Leather Horse Skull – $350

Got a slightly morbid Bronco fan in your life? Here’s the perfect gift! It’s a hand painted horse skull, with a gorgeous leather piece affixed to the front bearing a tooled Boise State logo. Is this guy sanctioned by the university? Probably not! Is he awesome for putting this art out in the universe? Yes he is!

…and now to the big one that everybody wants:

Nike Anthracite Platinum All-Time Performance Hoodie (AKA Harsin’s Black Hoodie) – $75

On the entire internet, there are apparently only women’s size medium and large at this time. Protip: if you want this hoodie for someone special who are not those sizes and might also carry a y chromosome, you’re going to have to stalk The Bronco Shop, The Blue and Orange Store, and Dick’s Sporting Goods like it’s your job. They go extremely quickly. 

Treat the Broncos in your lives (or yourselves!) to something special this holiday season. Socks are great and all, and everybody loves homemade baked goods, but sometimes, the greatest gift is the one of gear. Or a horse skull. Whatever floats that particular boat.