From the Outside Looking In

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We have all heard what great moments and memories that us Boise State faithful have had but what about others? How do fans of other teams feel about the Broncos? Are we hated? Liked? Do people even know who the Boise State Broncos are?

My first interview in this series was with Chris Warner. Chris is an actor, author, and  inspirational speaker. He has been in many movies and TV shows some of which include Sin City, No Country for Old Men, Harold and Kumar, Justified and NCIS: Los Angeles. He also had the joy/burden (lol) of playing football in the great state of Texas for seven years from Pop Warner all the way through high school. We all know that when it comes to football Texas is king. Mr Warner is also a huge Texas Longhorn fan as well as a proud Texas alumni and a complete fan of the sport itself.
Perception is almost everything when it comes to college sports. Kids have to have a good perception of a school in order to want to play there and fans have to believe in the school to live and die for that school. When I asked Chris of his perception about Boise State football he replied “I feel like they are a very solid football program overall, with EXCEPTIONAL offensive prowess” He went on to bring up what everyone says about our great program, with the location and climate of Boise, ID he is amazed at the talent that BSU brings in year after year after year. The talent rolls into Boise like it were a “Power Five” program. And his thoughts about the Famous Blue Turf??  He believes that from a marketing standpoint it was an extremely genius idea but from a viewer point of view not so much. “For me, the players get “lost” in the color of the field, no matter what color uniforms they are wearing, which makes it difficult to keep track of the game.”  Chris went on to say that he has no idea why other fans would have hate for the Broncos they way they do but did note “Not matter who you are, people always talk shit when you are at the top.”

I would like to thank Mr Warner for taking the time out of his busy schedule to get together with me to answer some questions and participate in this article with me. He also has a book coming out in March “Live Bully Proof” This book is a must buy. We have spoken a little bit about bullying in the past and he has some great points of view on the issue. Check him out on Twitter at @WarnerInc

BTN Fan of the Week: Ryan Gilley

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  What’s in a game-day tradition or a special game-day item? Everything. While some fans wear the same socks every week and others eat spaghetti every week, game-day traditions are sacred. And while Boise State runs out on to the field with their hammer, our fan of the week Ryan Gilley enjoys his games with his Boise State fire helmet.
Ryan is a fire department dispatcher, who has been involved some kind fire safety work since he was a kid. But after becoming a Bronco fan five years ago he decided to mix his two passions. Before 2010 Ryan was an Alabama fan (very disturbing I know) but one trip to Glendale Arizona changed that. Ryan was invited to attend the 2010 Fiesta Bowl by a friend who was a Bronco fan, and that trip changed his fandom. After seeing Bronco Nation supporting the team in masses he was convinced, he needed to be a part of this family. Then after watching the Broncos take out TCU he was even more convinced.
Since that first game in Arizona, Ryan has been to watch his team on the blue, on the road and even to different bowl games. While he has taken trips to see them play in San Jose, San Diego, Reno and even Las Vegas multiple times nothing comes close to seeing his boys play on the blue turf in Boise. “It is an awesome field and allows BSU to stand out” he says about the stadium.
But like every other Bronco fan he gets his share of grief from friends and coworkers. Living in Southern California the majority of these people around him are avid UCLA and USC fans. If any of you have been to SoCal you know that these fans are the worse. But the Broncos just keep winning and those Southern California doing the opposite all he has to do is bring up their records or latest game scores to shut them up.
I would like to welcome our latest fan of the week Ryan Gilley to our Bronco Nation family. Head over to Twitter and give him a follow @SoCalRyan289. Wether it’s law enforcement news, or fire updates, or his opinion on the latest Bronco news, he will have it all there.

BTN Fan of the Week-Paul Venter

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    The next time you are headed to a game or waiting for that horrible 8:00 pm start time remember this name: Paul Venter.
When you are sitting down on Saturday night after a good dinner and ready to catch the game Paul is waking up at 4:00am Sunday morning to catch that same game. BTNs first fan of the week comes to us all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa. Paul and his girlfriend have been avid Bronco fans for the last three years. Although he has not yet seen the Blue turf in person it was one of the things that attracted him to the Broncos. When asked what attracted him to become a Bronco fan he replied “The blue field and awesome team and the crazy passionate fans” So even people 10,000 miles away know we are crazy. But like many of us, Paul gets made fun of when wearing his bronco “swag”. Not because his friends and family are Vandal fans, or Oregon fan or even fans of some other college team but because they don’t even know who Boise State is. How sad would it be to live in a country where 99.99% of people don’t even know who The Boise State Broncos are? (I guess we know where the voters for MWC player of the week live!)
Paul has plans written in his calendar for a trip to Boise in 2016 to visit the famous blue turf. Although his favorite player Jay Ajayi is gone Thomas Sperbeck – who Paul likes watching – should still be making those crazy catches on the blue. Although Paul missed the Kellen Moore era at BSU this current Brett Rypien era should be almost as exciting. On behalf of BTN and Boise fans everywhere I want to welcome Paul to Bronco nation. Welcome to the family Paul!!
I hope you all take the time to follow Paul on Twitter @VenterPaul

Who wants to be the BTN Fan of the Week?

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We are starting a new weekly thing here at BTN. We will be choosing one of our followers from Twitter or Facebook to interview. That interview will be used to complete an article that will appear on BTN. We want this to bring Bronco Nation closer and hopefully expand who we follow on both platforms. “Fan of the Week” will help us get to know fellow Bronco Nation members and learn what brought their love to The Blue!

Fan of the week will be chosen from a fan who has interacted with us on Twitter or Facebook for that week, so if you are not already, please be sure to follow us on twitter @TheBTN and like us on Facebook!

Adventures in Tailgating: Bronco Feedbag – Idaho State Bengals

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Two teams from Idaho playing each other?  You know what that means, right?  POTATOES!  If there is one thing this great state is known for other than our famous Blue Turf™ it has to be potatoes!  Any one outside of our wonderful boot-shaped state automatically assumes we all grew up on potato farms and eat potatoes for all three meals.   For anyone who has never been here the assumption is this is one great huge potato field.  Well, we may as well live up to those stereotypes and do something potato-ish for our tailgate party!

CROCK POT BAKED POTATOES

With a Friday game and an earlier start time (!) we need something we can prepare easily and have ready to tailgate with.  If you are like me you have to work Friday so you might want to spend less tailgate time grilling and more time socializing drinking.

First of all figure out how many people you want to serve (or how many potatoes you can fit in your crock pot) and get that many Idaho Bakers.  Stab the potatoes with a fork about four times per “side”.  rub those tubers with some olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt, and then wrap each one in foil.  If you are going to be working a full day before heading down to the tailgate spot you can cook them on low for about eight hours.  If you or a helper will be at home, four hours on high should do the trick.  Potatoes are done when the skin starts to pull away from the potato a little and they are slightly mushy.

Now, you need toppings.  You know more than I do what you like on your potatoes, but the standards always work – butter. sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon, green onions.  If you want a little extra heartburn heat up some Nally’s chili without beans and throw that on there.  Some pickled jalapenos won’t hurt either.

There you go!  Nice easy Idaho themed tailgate menu for an earlier Friday game.

BEER OF THE WEEK: SOCKEYE HIGH LAKES SESSION IPA

High_LakesOf course we need an Idaho beer this week.  So many great options to choose from, but I LOVE this beer from Sockeye Brewing here in Boise.  If you are an IPA lover like me this beer has all the hoppy, citrusy wonderfulness of a great IPA, but at 4% ABV you can still drink a dozen or so without your evening ending by being chased by MAV security across the Blue™ wearing only  tighty whities and Benny The Bengal’s head.  Of course if you DO want your night to end like that…..

COCKTAIL/SHOT OF THE WEEK: FIREBALL/ANGRY BALLS

fireballOnce again we will refer to Business Insider to find out what is most popular in Idaho, and according to them it is a tie between Fireball, Jagermeister, and Captain Morgan. Jager and Captain were both trendy when I was going to Boise State, but we don’t want to go all Uncle Rico and live in the past, so let’s go with what the kids are drinking now, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.  Want to keep it simple?  Fireball is a pretty easy shot to do.  Want to get fancy?  Well, after last week’s game I can’t think of a better named drink than Angry Balls (I am sure Chanceller James would agree).  To make an Angry Balls, get yourself a cup of ice, pour in a shot of Fireball, and top off with some Angry Orchard.  Simple as that!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions feel free to hit me up on Twitter @Keleka24.

Happy Tailgating!