Let me start by saying that it is always emotional writing/typing the date 9/11. I'm so lucky that I didn't lose any family members that day back in 2001. As a 10 year old, sitting in my 4th grade class, I had little perspective of the gravity of that day, on that day. With every year that passes, I learn something new about one of the many heros from the tragedy. Same goes with the Boston Bombings, and Hurricane Katrina. There's lots of great stories across the United States, it's unfortunate, yet inspiring, how tragedy brings them out. It's important to keep that context in mind when talking Boise State-BYU, and the "heroic" efforts of Tanner Mangum and the hail mary. I'm as gulity as anyone for over-using the "hero" word in sports, but for a word that means as much as it does, maybe we should have "hero" for situations more fitting.
I really enjoyed talking to the Coach Manning and Coach Crompton of Utah and Weber State soccer, respectively. They're both positive coaches who are really invested in the growth of the people on the team. Both squads should be great tests for a Boise State team that would benefit from a pair of non-conference wins.
Also, happy start of NFL season. Colts over Eagles is my Super Bowl pick.