Saturday afternoon's matchup between the No. 4 Broncos and the Hawaii Warriors was one not soon to be forgotten. It included a few broken records and career bests as well as one of the most touching, and amazing sights in Bronco Stadium history. Join me now after the jump as I break down my three stars, and the one goat from Boise State's win over Hawaii. Settle in, this one is going to be a little bit different.
Naming three stars is a hockey tradition that Kevan asked me to bogart for Bronco games. More info here, if you're interested.
The final score of the game had nothing to do with the reason why Saturday's blowout vs Hawaii was my favorite in recent memory, possibly ever. Saturday was a day of love, and kindness. Saturday was a day of personal achievements, and personal records. Saturday was a day that truly engraved in my heart why I am a Bronco fan, and why I will always be a Bronco fan. Join me now as I dive into our stars.
Star No. 3: Blue Out
Star No. 2: Kellen Moore QB
Star No. 1: Coach Stephen Kinsey
Stephen Kinsey is a 12-year-old boy from San Antonio, Texas. Stephen Kinsey loves the Boise State Broncos. Stephen Kinsey has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and two types of cancer. I'm not going to go into great detail here, as Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman already has and did a fantastic job of it. Before the game on Saturday, I hadn't yet read Stephen's story, or what exactly Boise State was doing for him. He actually walked right in front of us at the game, and I didn't even realize who it was at first glance. Then came the smoke. The Broncos coming out of the smoke is honestly one of, if not my favorite, part of the Bronco home games. Up until Saturday, the previous Fiesta Bowl entrance was my favorite. The Broncos walked out of the smoke with their arms linked, line by line. It was bone chilling. It made me want to cry, cheer, sleep, run, and do all sorts of other crazy things all at the same time.
The entrance from the smoke on Saturday afternoon is now my favorite. The smoke encompassed the entire endzone and all the way up to about the 15 yard line. Then the unexpected happened: Stephen Kinsey and Shea McClellin walked out of the smoke, hand in hand, each carrying their own individual hammer. Even as I write this, simply recalling this sight brings chills and happy feelings all over me. Winston Venable stood at the end of the tunnel beckoning them on. Then the rest of them came out like a stampede, everyone running towards the north endzone. And Coach Kinsey, as they called him, was right there with them. Coach Pete, the Boise State athletic program, and the Make-A-Wish foundation went above and beyond for three days as they made Stephen Kinsey's one wish come true: spending a day with the Broncos.
Boise State showed the nation again this weekend why they are different. The best part is however, that they didn't do this to show, or prove anything to anyone. They did it for Stephen. They did it because this young man has been through more struggle and pain in 12 short years than any of us will face in our lifetimes. For being tough, strong, fearless, and having a heart of gold, it is you, Stephen Kinsey, that Bronco Nation awards Star No.1 of Boise State's win over Hawaii.