Thanksgiving is here, and we all have things in our lives to be thankful for. But let’s be honest: you don’t read Blue Turf Nation to hear about our families, personal lives, and how proud we are of our kids/dogs/fish. You want to hear about the Broncos. So with that being said, we figured some of our BTN contributors could tell you what they are thankful for with regards to Boise State.
Mike Singer (@fins_pride)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Make sure you give thanks to what you have by going crazy on Black Friday and spending money on stuff you don’t need! In all seriousness, there are a few things I’m super thankful for as a Boise State Broncos fan.
1. Chris Petersen – Pete.. The guy has been so great. After BSU has had a few dream seasons, Coach Petersen has kept BSU as the top non-AQ team out there. Boise State fans couldn’t be more thankful to have a coach as great as him.
2. The Blue – I think we all need a second to take a step back and think about how awesome our field is. No other FBS team has anything like we have with The Blue. Be thankful for our great stadium (even if we’ve lost on it twice the past two seasons).
3. Jay Ajayi - We lost Doug Martin. We’re about to lose DJ Harper, but next season, our starting back is going to be incredible. He’ll (hopefully) have three starting seasons as the Boise State tailback and should have big statistics. If Boise State is to be successful in what ever conference we fall in, it will start with Ajayi and the run game.
Noel Hollenbeck (@The_REAL_N_WORD)
I am thankful for 1989. That’s the year I became a member of Bronco Nation. Except it wasn’t a Nation yet. I don’t even know if it was a territory. It was an undiscovered wilderness to most people – a small 1-AA school with a decade-old National Championship and crazy blue carpet. As I experienced my first college football game on a cold October night up in one of the 120ish sections, I didn’t know I was part of a new nation. I know now. I’m thankful for 1989.
Nate Bair (@Nate_Bair)
The Top Ten Reasons I am thankful for Boise State Bronco Football
10. We are leaving the Mountain West to go to the Big East. Wait! Are we? Yes, we are!
9. I can go to any store in town and buy something with BSU on it. Thank you, Arby’s.
8. I can wear camo to the stadium and no one will ask any questions.
7. I can always count on cussing out Mark May every Saturday night.
6. I know that Coach Pete will always be my coach. Or will he? –Please stay, Coach Pete.
5. I know that even in the worst-case scenario, I’ll get to make a trip to Vegas every December.
4. I get to remind every Duck, Beaver, Hokie, Bulldog, and Sooner fan the score the last time we played them.
3. I get to watch former Broncos every Sunday, even if they don’t like the nicknames they got here in Idaho –“Muscle Hamster” forever.
2. I know that our turf will always stay blue, even if Craig Thompson doesn’t like it.
1. No matter how much I fail in life, at least I will never have to be a VANDAL!
Brad McMurdie (@bluenorangeguru)
1. I am thankful for a team that knows how to win. As Bronco fans we are very spoiled in having a team that we expect to go undefeated every single year. We see no reason for a drop in talent or an increase in losses just because of whomever graduates. We have grown accustomed to winning a lot and with each loss that happens, although rare, we feel as thought the sky is crashing down. This winning tradition is something that only the vandal’s dream about and Coach Akey will never experience.
2. I am thankful for our amazing city of Boise and their love for our beloved Boise State Broncos. Each game day the city is covered in orange and blue even down to the smallest child. The city has embraced a team that has truly grown from Cinderella story to football powerhouse. We are lucky to be able to drive down the road and at any point yell “Boise” and rest assured someone will respond with “State.” Some cities support their teams, but each game day feels as though a holiday is going on. That alone is something that keeps me thinking that I NEVER want to leave this beautiful city.
Heath Dreger (@HeathBTN)
I am thankful for the way Boise State has always kept it exciting. From trick plays, to big games. Boise State has a way of making football just better. I am thankful for the blue turf, because now when I travel and I say I am from Boise, Idaho people know something about it other than we just have potatoes. I am thankful for all the Boise State players who have gone onto the NFL. Because now when my Cowboys aren’t playing I can still find something interesting about the other NFL games I didn’t care about before. And lastly, I am thankful for the fact Boise State has beaten Idaho to the point where we don’t have to play them anymore. Because lets face it, its nice not having to listen to Vandal fans pretend they are relevant that one game a year. Happy Thanksgiving!
Derek Castle (@Keleka24)
With apologies to Crash Davis, this is what I am thankful for:
I am thankful for Chris Petersen, Dan Hawkins, Dirk Koetter, Pokey Allen and Lyle Smith. I am thankful for memories: Riddler, Statue left, Circus, Ian Johnsons’s proposal, Tostitos and sombreros in Reno, Gerald Alexanders beheading, beating BYU in a snow storm, Fresno in sideways hail, and Marshall in three feet of snow, Al Borges hanging from a goal post, and Pokey Allen hanging out at Busters. I am thankful for crisp fall mornings, ice-cold beer, spicy chorizos, hot chili, and tailgating with my friends and family. And I am thankful I live in a world where underdogs still win, small schools still compete, integrity matters, and grass is blue. I am thankful I am a Boise State Bronco.
From all of us here at Blue Turf Nation, thank you for being a loyal reader/follower! Happy Thanksgiving!