I did feel like doing something that wasn't completely boring for the kickoff luncheon. Because I'm fired up and this year was different. Yeah, it's mostly a rah-rah bull****, let's pat each other on the back, kiss some asses, and figure out how many ways we can talk about GPA, graduation rates and community service by student athletes type of event. But there were also some cool moments and a theme this year. Hold onto your crack pipes and brace yourselves: the theme was winning. I had a good feeling before I entered the door. Found Junction's brick despite the rude interruption by a work call while I was trying to do something important. Buff Walk is gonna be a cool new area and tradition and Junc is just before the park bench in the first group of bricks (along the right side). We miss you, Junc. We'll celebrate you at the first home game. So, on to the festivities. Saw Ralphie. She had a look in her eye like she's ready to kick some ass and snorted when I yelled "Where's Cam?" so that's a good sign for the opener. Then I went in. They served things up Chipotle style with corn or flour tortillas, chicken or veggies, pinto beans (WTF on not having black beans!?!), rice and then a toppings area. Cookies & rice kripie treats. Choice of soda or water (WTF on not having booze!?!), so I did the Dew and got reminded why I haven't drank that redneck go-juice in years. Still, better spread than in years past with pre-wrapped sammiches. Things were looking better and better. Band played. Chip did his thing. Players came in. Everybody got a bit of a chub. Nice moment during the program where Bill McCartney stood up and got a big round of applause. Johnson emceed with Barnett, who is doing the KOA broadcasts this year. Went through those early speeches from the Boulder Chamber and Phil (yay GPA!). Outgoing Regent Steve Bosley was allsome and hilarious. His best moment was at the end, though. This is when the collective chubs really started to grow. He started talking about MacIntyre being a great guy who is in coaching to mold great men, husbands and fathers... ... and he knows that if he wants to do that then he needs to win. Booya! Bosley pretty much dropped the mic on that and left the stage. Then we had Rick George introduce some coaches and talk about overall AD success, 2 straight years of balanced budget, record fundraising in the last year, etc. With 2 statements that pretty much brought on the full chub: 1. Facilities are as good as anyone's in the nation. Just got back from visiting ****! Baylor [emphasis added] and ours are at a higher level. Which just goes to prove, when you hire a design team you get what you pay for. 2. Our Cross Country teams came back from the NCAA championships with two second place finishes. And they were upset. [paraphrasing RG] -- "This is where all CU programs need to be." Chub intact. Then we had MacIntyre take the stage. Led off with how this year's team had dudes and the biggest reason for him being confident is what he sees in the trenches. He raved about his DL and OL with a statement about it all starting up front, then talked a bit about the playmakers around them. (WTF?!?! He's either crazy, blowing smoke or we're in for a helluva ride.) Talked about Barnett pulling him aside during a practice and saying that he noticed that the guys are motivating themselves and that the coaches don't have to do it any more. Talked about the "fight" and seemed to catch his stride, getting fired up. Next, he looked at his watch and made the statement that had everyone in the room wide eyed in shocked full chubness: "14 days from now we'll be eating our pregame meal and getting ready to kick some ass from up north!". Did you guys know that MacIntyre knew how to swear? I didn't. And him shouting "ass" to the room is as disconcerting as if I stubbed my toe and let loose with "Golly gee willikers!". Is this someone who is now confident enough in the team he has to be a little brash? HCMM then finished up by saying to get your tickets while you can because this team is going to fill Folsom. Mic drop. Chubs reaching uncomfortable levels. Then Johnson finished it off by saying that in 30 years of covering college football, everyone asks him every year what he thinks of the team. He said that the response is always what the team could do, but that it's usually what he hopes will happen. This year, the best way he said he can describe it is that it's not about what you think. It's about what you feel and this feels different. This team is going to win. I left the room fired up and thinking about the beatdown the Buffs are going to put on the Rams in two weeks, adjusted what was in my pockets... ... and headed home to pound this out before I take a nap. Go Buffs!