This Week at the Diggity’s – Offseason Episode #1 (Into the Abyss)

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

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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:
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Fiesta Bowl Legacy – In Photos

We are lucky as fans, we have seen 3 of the best Fiesta Bowls any fan base could hope for. Not to mention, we have won all 3 of them. Here are pictures from each game to relive these historic moments.

QB Fiesta Legacy

2007: Zabransky 2010: Moore 2014: Hedrick

Legacy RB Fiesta

2007: Johnson 2010: Martin 2014: Ajayi

WR Fiesta Legacy

2007: James 2010: Young 2014: Sperbeck

DB legacy Fiesta

2007: Tadman 2010: Thompson 2014: Deayon

Coach Fiesta Legacy

2007 & 2010: Petersen 2014: Harsin

Celebration Fiesta Legacy

Stream of Consciousness – Thoughts Before the Fiesta

Photo courtesy Boise State

Photo courtesy Boise State

  • This idea that Boise State isn’t as good as Bronco teams in the past is frustrating. Even if you agree with the statement, Arizona is not as good as Oklahoma (Big-12 champion), or TCU (Undefeated 12-0 MWC champion), was in the past either. This idea that there is a major talent gap between these teams is lazy narrative and should stop.
  • I really can’t wait to see what our coaching staff has in store for this game. In the first Fiesta, we saw a barrage of tricks. In the 2nd Fiesta Bowl, we saw a whole new look defense for TCU. I just get a feeling our staff is going to have something fun planned for us all.
  • Saying goodbye to the “J-Train” is not going to be easy, but I can’t think of a better way to do it. The Fiesta Bowl is special to us fans for good reason. I really hope we see a fitting departure for Jay Ajayi.
  • I can’t help but wonder who is going to be the star of the game? Is Kamalei going to go off? Is Hedrick going to cap off an incredible comeback season? Or will Jay Ajayi just run his way into the NFL? Somebody is going to have a major impact in this game and I can’t wait to see who it is.
  • How will the fans show up? I was lucky enough to attend the last Fiesta Bowl and I was blown away by our fan turnout. We owned the stadium, and it was so much fun to be apart of. I hope this Fiesta Bowl is no different.
  • If we win, who will propose? Sounds crazy, but that is our tradition as well. First it was Ian Johnson, then it was Michal Ames, one to a cheerleader, the other to a dancer. If we win, somebody needs to be prepared to step up :-)!
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  • I wonder if anybody wants to put an over/under on the amount of times the announcers use the words “trick-plays” when talking about Boise State? I guess I will go with 6.5 times?
  • I always look at Shane Williams-Rhodes like a stick of dynamite. He is always my X-factor for every game and I can’t help but think he makes a big play in this game. I am actually shocked we haven’t seen him in motion more getting the hand-off for the sweep to the outside.
  • Donte Deayon, will he be break gravity again in this game?
  • I believe Chaz Anderson in this game will solidify himself as a legit target for future seasons for the Broncos.
  • I also believe there will be a moment in this game where we look at McNichols after a play and say, “That guy is our future, no doubt about it”.
  • Lastly, I have an anxious feeling about this game, Arizona does pose some problems for Boise State. I really hate facing another 3-5-5 defense and I hope Grant has figured it out by now. But mobile QB’s in a spread system with a defense that has given us trouble, makes me cringe. If we win, I expect, just like the past two Fiesta Bowls for this game to keep fans on the edge of their seats. We are getting close Bronco Nation, buckle up, the ride is about to get fun!

This Week at the Diggity’s – Holiday Edition (Santa Needs An Umbrella Here)

It’s almost Christmas.  Do you know what that means?  That means that you may have Boise State stuff from Santa. That also means it’s closer to December 31st and the Broncos can Fiesta.  While we’re waiting, you can enjoy another installment of This Week at the Diggity’s.  Well, if you’re up for it.

Christmas season is obviously in full swing so I put together a list of holiday shows I’ve watched – Elf (x2), Christmas Vacation, The Grinch That Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey), The Santa Clause 1, 2, & 3, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Polar Express, Michael Bublé’s Christmas in New York, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer….

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Once again, Apple made a holiday commercial that made me tear up. Stupid feels….With all the “Coach of the Year” awards Coach Harsin is up for, I’m surprised anyone is even talking about Coach Pete anymore….As lazy as this sounds, I don’t like fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt because I don’t like the task of mixing it up. You do it, Dannon! It will make it worth the dollar I paid for it….We watched “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon”. I realized that we were just watching YouTube on tv with a C-List host interjecting badly written jokes. How fun for us….I think both the Mrs. and I were disappointed in this year’s tease of “The Sing Off”. We dig the acapella music as much as the person and have watched every incarnation of the show. This year, no Ben Folds and only one episode.  You’re giving me a watered down, commercial-ridden version, NBC. Thanks for that….I held out the smallest glimmer of hope that Jay Ajayi would come back for his Senior season.  Good luck in the NFL, Jay Train! P.S. We know who the REAL MWC Offensive Player of the Year is.

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As always, I love to put a song of the week in the column and I like to make it somewhat relevant to what’s going on.  So of course you’re going to get a Christmas song. Enjoy!

I realize that this is kind of a short column this week. I’m gonna use the “work is killing me” excuse this time around. I mean, it’s the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the USPS so give me this one.  Mrs. Diggity and I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas this week.  If you’re in to that.  Whatever you do, enjoy the family time.  See you next week.

Jay Ajayi and a Brief History of Boise State Players in the NFL

With the news that Jay Ajayi has decided to enter the NFL draft, I decided to do some research on the history of Boise State players in the NFL. You can peruse all the information at Pro Football Reference, but here are some interesting facts and tidbits:

  • Jay Ajayi is the fifth Boise State player to declare for the NFL draft after their Junior season.  The other four were Orlando Scandrick (5th round), Jeremy Childs (un-drafted), Ryan Clady (1st round) and Demarcus Lawrence (2nd Round).
  • Ajayi will be the 6th Boise State running back to play in the NFL.  The other five were Cedric Minter, David Hughes, John Francis, Brock Forsey, and Doug Martin.
  • Boise State has had 63 players play in the NFL
  • Doug Martin has scored the most touchdowns with 15.
  • Kimo von Oelhoffen played for the most years (14) and in the most games (198)
  • Dave Wilcox played the most years as his team’s primary starter (11)
  • Wilcox also leads all Broncos in the NFL with 11 Pro-Bowl selections and is the only Bronco in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Darrel Aschbacher was the first ever Bronco to play in the NFL with the Eagles in 1959.
  • John Wilcox was the first Bronco ever drafted.  He was picked in the 15th round by the Eagles in 1960.
  • Dave Wilcox was drafted by two teams in 1964 – The San Francisco 49ers of the NFL drafted him in the 3rd round while the Houston Oilers of the AFL drafted him in the 6th.  He signed with the 49ers and played his entire career there.
  • Aschbacher, John Wilcox, and Dave Wilcox all attended Boise Junior College and were drafted out of the Univeristy of Oregon.
  • Faddie Tillman was the first player ever drafted out of Boise State University (10th round by the Atlanta Falcons).
  • Ryan Clady is the highest drafted player from Boise State.  He was taken with the 12th pick of the 2008 draft.  Boise State has had four first round draft picks (Clady, Shea McClellin, Doug Martin, Kyle Wilson).
  • Two of the top five players in years played were un-drafted free agents.  Quintin Mikell played for 11 seasons and Chris Carr played for nine.
  • Position wise, Boise State really is DBU – there have been more DB’s on active Rosters than any other position at 16.  Linebacker is next with eight players.
  • Kellen Moore is the only QB to ever be on an active roster.
  • Alphabetically, Gerald Alexander is first while Jon Zogg is last.

Good luck to Jay!  We were lucky to have him at Boise State and I am sure he will represent Bronco Nation well in the NFL!