I'm going to take a break from the third person for this post because I don't want to indemnify the fellow members of OBNUG into being lumped with my personal views. Why I'm starting this now is anybody's guess.
A funny thing happened during Saturday night's scrimmage: I made my decision on who should start for the Boise State Broncos.
Oddly enough, I had no intention of making this decision when I arrived at the stadium. I had every intention of buying a corn dog, high-fiving my neighbors, and looking for Tom Scott on the sidelines, and the quarterback situation was the furthest thing from my mind.
As such, the decision I made felt completely out of my control. It was as if the fates had convened to impress upon me their cosmic conclusion, and no matter what I did or how long I looked wistfully in Mike Coughlin's way, there was no avoiding the inevitable, predestined end.
Kellen Moore needs to be the starting quarterback. I need Kellen Moore to be the starting quarterback.
Obviously, this statement is not a new one to Bronco Nation. Shoot, there must have been at least a dozen people who told me the same thing while I waited outside for my Kool 106FM bumper sticker. The surprising thing is that I was the one saying the sentiment.
Throughout the entire quarterback race, I have been fine with whichever quarterback Coach Pete chooses. Naturally, I want someone who will be around for a few years, but knowing that the offense is in the hands of an upperclassmen is fine if that is what the Bronco coaches feel best.
At least, that's what I thought on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday night, I made the ugly transformation from "good-of-the-team" to "give-me-Kellen-Moore-or-else." I can hardly even pinpoint when, where, or why it took place, but I do remember it slowly snowballing throughout the night. When Hamdan threw for a big gain to Titus Young, all I could think about was how Moore would have made the same play. When Hamdan threw his interception on an ill-advised throw, my heart did a sneaky little fist-pump. And when Kellen Moore came up clutch at the end of the scrimmage with a beautiful ball to Jeremy Childs, I was the happiest man in the stadium.
By then, I was a changed man, and there was no going back. I am 100%, without-a-doubt a Kellen Moore fan. And I am a Kellen Moore fan to the point that I will not even tolerate there being any other kind of fan. As far as I can see, there is only one right answer to this quarterback debate, and he is the shaggy-haired youngster who stole my heart.
What's worse is that I don't know what I'll do if Hamdan is named the starter. Right now, I can see things going any number of different ways, including but not limited to boycotting the Idaho State game, leaving ranting posts on OBNUG, and un-friending Bush on Facebook. Seriously, it might come to that.
I wish I could have a level head through the final days of the quarterback competition. I want so badly for this to be possible. But what I saw from myself in that scrimmage makes it obvious that I am incapable of doing so. Sorry, Bush Hamdan, if I hurt your feelings over the next few days. Sorry, Coach Pete, if I pitch a fit should you decide to choose Hamdan over Moore. Up until Saturday, I was a Bronco fan first and a Kellen Moore fan second.
Now? I'm not sure anymore.