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Bleeding blue — Why I love my Broncos

May 08, 2020 by Brett LaBore

One team I keep saying repeatedly as my favorite team in college athletics is Boise State. I love my Broncos and bleed blue always. Of all my favorite teams, they just might be my most treasured.

A fun fact about myself is that I was born in Boise, Idaho. I only lived there for about three months before my parents moved back to Minnesota. That’s why none of my favorite teams are from Minnesota — I wasn’t born there.

So that explains why I love Boise State. The one team that I could cheer for are the Boise State Broncos. They have an elite Division 1 college football team and a solid basketball team. Since I was born there, they have a special place in my heart. 

Another reason I love them so much is for the patented and iconic blue turf football field. I love the way it glows and how unique it is. No other team has a blue field and none of the other power programs in college football have anything but a green field.

The blue turf is Boise State’s and Boise State’s alone.

What I love about my team is how blue-collared we are. We don’t get the shiny four or five star recruits that often, but are always competitive and always a threat. We usually finish the season as a ranked team and have started seasons ranked many times.

We’re one of the winningest programs in college football history and since 2000, have one of the best home field winning percentage marks in the country. The Blue really makes a difference.

The people of Idaho love the Broncos because they’re the best team in the state. Idaho has minor league teams from all sorts of leagues, but they don’t have a professional team, making Boise State their prized possession.

I started to really like the Broncos around the time we beat Oklahoma in that classic 2007 Fiesta Bowl to cap off our undefeated season and put ourselves on the map. It was simply magical — even running back Ian Johnson proposed to his girlfriend after the game. 

The fun story to that game is I missed the second half. It was a school night and I had to be in bed by a certain time, even though they were my favorite team. But I wasn’t a super, super fan like I am now.

Anyway, it turns out I missed one of the greatest games in college football history and probably the most famous game in the history of Boise State football. 

Looking back at it, I probably should have stayed up. 

The Fiesta Bowl win was the first of three over the course of seven years. We also won the 2010 Fiesta Bowl and the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, putting Boise State in elite territory when it comes to BCS/New Year’s Six bowl victories. I have so much pride in those wins.

When you have a team as popular as the Broncos in Idaho, there are always idols and heroes. That would be Kellen Moore, college football’s Div. 1 FBS all-time winningest quarterback. Moore had an incredible career 50-3 record and led the Broncos to their 2010 Fiesta Bowl win over TCU. He even was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010 season. 

Living in Minnesota and now Wisconsin, I love showing the blue and orange wherever I go, and it’s always been a good conversation topic, too. 

In the midwest, it’s all about the Big Ten or if not the Big Ten, some other power conference. That’s why I love to show off my Bronco pride — we’re different and unlike the “big” schools, we still put up the results and even send guys off to the NFL.

Our basketball team is solid, too. We’ve never won an NCAA Tournament game, but in the last decade, we’ve won more than 20 games on numerous occasions. We’ve produced a decent amount of talent and even had a player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2018.

Someday, I’ll return to Boise and see the town that I was born in. I have no recollection of it and haven’t returned since. I can’t wait to go to a game someday to celebrate and cheer the Broncos on the glorious blue turf.

Idaho may not be a hub for big, marketable, professional sports’ teams, but we do have a team we love with all our heart … and because of that I’ll always bleed blue.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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