It has been a rough summer for college athletics. The lifeblood of collegiate athletics is football. It drives the economy in some college towns, and it produces enough revenue to support other programs at some universities. There are so many questions that still need to be answered. After the news hit, I was left thinking about all of the things I will miss this fall.
#10: Arguing on Twitter
This one is a bit of a double-edged sword. Twitter used to be a place for friendly banter. We break down games and analyze every possible scenario. Without college football, it just isn’t the same.
#9: Saturdays Consumed By College Football
Saturdays are the highlight of my week in the fall. College Gameday in the morning and football from sunup to sundown. Great food, great discussion, lots of laughs. Sports bring people together which is something our world is sorely missing right now.
#8: Writing About the Games
I always look forward to the content we produce on game weeks. I will really miss the weekly awards, bowl projections, and other material. It is a big part of what we do at Mountain West Conference Connection. My heart goes out to the reporters who are impacted by this.
#7: Discussing the Games with My Oldest Son
My oldest son has been watching and attending games with me since he first learned to walk. He is now at an age where he is really starting to understand the game. We have discussions about the X’s and O’s and individual players.
#6: Pride in a Win
I’m not going to lie, it is pretty cool that my Alma Mater is one of the most successful college football programs in the last 25 years. It is always a ton of fun leaving the stadium after a win or going to work on Monday with my Boise State tie on. I’ve been lucky enough to do those things quite a bit.
#5: The Food
When Boise State started selling Hammer Fries, it was a game changer. Brisket and fried potatoes together? Magical. They were also going to start selling beer at the stadium this year. Why am I writing this article again? Oh the pain...
#4: Following the Polls
It was infuriating, yet exciting. Every Sunday morning, I constantly refreshed Twitter. Sometimes I would cheer the ranking of my beloved Broncos, while other times I was not so proud of my reaction. Either way, it was something I looked forward to and could count on.
#3: Having an Escape
I grew up in an area where college sports were not really popular. That changed when I moved to Idaho and started attending Boise State. I grew up a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox, Sacramento Kings, and San Francisco 49ers, but rooting for your Alma Mater is just different. It feels like there is more at stake. Game day was something I looked forward to, something I could count on. The stresses of work and life were set aside for something that was special to me.
#2: The Pride I have in my Alma Mater
I am a first generation college graduate, and I take great pride in that. College wasn’t necessarily something that was talked about much in my family. Boise State brought me a great experience and set me on a great career path. The college experience was amazing and football was a big part of that. It is always fun to talk to people about my Alma Mater and how great our football program is.
#1: Going to Games With My Family
Most of this list is not really in a particular order, but this one is far and away the most important. One of my fondest moments as a father has been taking my kids to their first Boise State game. I was planning to do that with my youngest this year. The games also make for a fun date night with my wife. I am lucky to have a lady that supports my college football habit like she does.
What will you miss most about college football? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.