I hesitated writing this piece, because I do not want to be perceived as trying to throw a wet blanket on the upcoming festivities. But I trust everyone will know I am reminding a tiny minority of fans who are good people, but may get caught up in the emotion of Game Day and behave in a way that goes against their better judgment.
With the eyes of College Football about to descend upon Boise State University, the Athletic Department wants to remind Bronco Nation of the importance of sportsmanship. Well-behaved fans and athletes have been a hallmark of Bronco athletics for decades. Good sportsmanship and respectful fans are just some of the reasons so many of us are proud to be part of Bronco Nation.
This weekend's date with College Game Day is yet another chance to show the sports world that Boise State represents the very best of college athletics. Between ESPN's Mark May and Oregon's mascot, there will be plenty of fodder for fans to use - and abuse. As a friendly reminder of the obvious, it's always OK to tease and have fun. However, Bronco fans should remember there is a line that should not be crossed. Besides hurting someone's feelings or worse, one fan's behavior can tarnish an entire school's reputation.
So as we make our signs and ready our tongues, it might be a good idea to consider this rule of thumb:
Would Coach Pete approve?