23.Dec.2013 Hawaii Bowl: Oregon State vs Boise State
I’m going to pose a simple question: does anyone care about this game?
Warning: now I’ll rant and get on my high horse a bit. If you’re going to whine about it, stop reading now.
I assume I’m an average fan at this point. Sure, years ago I was rabid, but now I follow the Beavs more casually. For those of you in my camp, do you care at all about this game? I mean, I’ll watch it, but the only slightly intriguing storyline is to see if Riley gets above .500 to take some heat off him. I haven’t read one article, watched any video, or even checked the Vegas line. It just seems there are better things to do in life than deal with this game, or the Beavs in general.
Am I alone? Or has there been a sea change where it’s hard to “get up” for these games, even as a fan? Since we were all into the Stanford game, I assume what I’m feeling is natural apathy that comes from losing and being “put in your place” after thinking, briefly, that your place was higher up the echelon. Riley lost the fanbase, yeah? He had it for two games this year: opening day (just the excitement that comes with a new season) and Stanford, and he lost it both times.
Now we’re supposed to be good fans and find reasons to care about Boise State? I just don’t see that as my responsibility, to manufacture excitement when it’s not there. The media is trying to do it with puff pieces and feel good stories, but they all fall flat.
The real story, one the media will never print, is that there is no reason to watch this game. If you want to get excited about recruiting (though, I have been watching film on these guys, and this is a bad class) that’s understandable. At least there’s hope and future there. You can delude yourself into thinking these diamonds in the rough (more like low hanging fruit) will raise the program to unforeseen heights. I get all that. But I don’t get why anyone would waste precious seconds of their life reading about Oregon State/Boise State.