ed's note: This FanPost from tmunson is a solid gold recap of Boise State's fantastic NFL Draft weekend and what it means to the program. I agree 1,000 percent.
I was having coffee today with some Boise High school friends of mine. One had a yearbook from the year we graduated, 1970. The girls had all been drill team members, and while I didn't bring it up, I vividly recalled the last time I saw them in unform for a Boise High football game. It was our last game and we were beating Meridian (a not undexpected thing in those days). They were all crying; I asked why and they said this is our last football game as Thunderbirds. Workmen were already assembling to start to tear down those wooden bleachers in what was the first of several renovations to Bronco Stadium in the modern era, i.e. as a collegiate competitor.
I thought about last week's draft in conjunction with that evening, and many I experienced following the Broncos. If you had told me then we would land two first round NFL (not CFL) draft choices whilst schools like Florida, Florida State, Texas, Ohio State (who am I missing?) landed NONE, ZIP, NADA, BIPCUS, NIENTE, NUTTIN', ZERO, I wouldn't have even laughed. It would have been a remark with such low credibility it would be beneath ridicule. And I do not care if it had been qualified with "in so and so many years" - it just would not have registered.
The other thing, and I'm not sure who said this, was a comment from some national muckety muck to the effect that the issue is now closed - Boise State is an elite team: take if off the grill, serve it well done. No, we still have a sliver of nay sayers, but in five years they've gone from a battleship crew to barely enough to man a tugboat. Don't get me wrong - a slip up here and there will still hurt us, still bring on the "told ya'so" chants. It could even happen this year. But it is becoming, well, not simply increasingly obvious, it's becoming damn near the consensus that, while a specific team may struggle here and there, despite the odds and against all logic, experience and intuition, the Boise State Broncos football program BELONGS. PERIOD.
The armistice has not been signed, the terms have not been spelled out nor entirely agreed to, and pockets of resistance remain to be mopped up. But the outcome is no longer in doubt.