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“Hopelessly Devoted”

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  1. RSSBot

    RSSBot News Junkie

    Jul 8, 2005
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    By Stuart

    [h=3]“Hopelessly Devoted”[/h]Grease is an iconic film, based upon a popular Broadway play. The film version, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, came out in 1978, but had such staying power that it was re-released into theaters on its 20th anniversary in 1998.
    One of the memorable songs from the film,*”Hopelessly Devoted to You”, is sung by Newton-John. “Hopelessly Devoted to You”*was nominated for an Oscar for best original song, losing out to “Last Dance” from Thank God It’s Friday.
    And*the song’s relevance to Colorado football?
    With the University of Colorado football program not only enduring its worst run in school history, but doing so in a manner which does not give much hope of improvement any time soon, I have been, like most members of the Buff Nation, in search of solace elsewhere.
    For better or worse, however, I cannot leave my team.
    “Guess mine is not the first heart broken,
    my eyes are not the first to cry
    I’m not the first to know,
    there’s just no gettin’ over you “
    It’s not as if I haven’t tried alternatives, with old loyalties taking their best shots at pulling me away from dear ol’ CU this fall.
    Bozeman Hawks
    Two years ago, Bozeman won its first state championship in football since 1917 (Bozeman, for whatever reason, has been much more proficient at basketball, winning numerous state titles, including two when I was in school), so*it’s been a pleasure to track the home town high school team of late. I routinely work the chain gang for the Hawk home games when I am in town (if you ever get the chance to work a chain gang, do so. It’s the best seat in the house), keeping me interested in the highs and lows of Hawk football.
    The Hawks returned to the state championship this fall, playing on the road for the title this past Friday against rival Butte high. The game had all the*drama of a Hollywood film, with twists and turns which will be told and retold until these young men are old and gray.
    Bozeman trailed, 35-21, with three minutes to play, with*dreams of a state title all but dashed. Then, after a 25-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds to play, Hawk fans had*a sliver of hope.
    A perfectly executed onside kick was then recovered by the Hawks. New life, but the clock was still against them. Still, magic can happen in*a state championship game, and the Hawks were able to quickly march down the field and score with only 23 seconds remaining. The new score was Butte 35, Bozeman 34, with the extra point pending.
    Rather than go for the tie and overtime, the Hawks decided to go for the win with a two-point conversion … and succeeded!
    36-35, with only 23 seconds separating the Hawks from glory. But … Butte was not done. The Bulldogs were able to move the ball down to the Bozeman 29-yard line. Butte’s regular kicker was out injured, so a linebacker, Jake Dennehy, was called upon to do the impossible – make a 46-yard field goal.
    And that’s exactly what Dennehy did, clearing the cross bar with eight inches to spare to give Butte the state title, 38-36.
    Hard to beat that for drama, eh?
    Yes, I was thrilled when the Hawks rallied with 15 points in the last minute to take the lead.
    Yes, I was crest-fallen when Butte snatched away the title seconds later.
    Still, the emotions were not much different than the following day, when CU took the field against Washington.
    I was thrilled when the Buffs managed to keep the game close, trailing only 7-0 at halftime.
    And I was crest-fallen when the Buffs muffed the punt early in the third quarter, signaling the beginning of the end.
    The highest highs and the lowest lows of high school football still were not enough to match the emotions of another routine blowout loss by the Buffs.
    “But baby can’t you see, there’s nothin’ else for me to do.
    I’m hopelessly devoted to you”
    Montana State Bobcats
    Long before I was a Buff, I was a Bobcat. Growing up in Bozeman, I was first exposed to MSU football in grade school, when Bobcat kicker Jan Stenerud was a star, first for Montana State, then*for the Kansas City Chiefs (we couldn’t believe it. Someone from Bozeman, in the NFL!). The Bobcats won the Division II national championship in 1976, when I was a freshman in high school. The Bobcats won another title, this time as a Division 1-AA school, in 1984 (while I was suffering with*the Buffs in Boulder, who*were going 1-10).
    Fast forward to 2012.
    The Bobcats are the No. 2 team in the nation in the Football Championship Series rankings. On Saturday, as the Buffs were falling to the Huskies, the Bobcats were on the road against the hated rival, the Grizzlies from the University of Montana (and when I say hate, I am not exaggerating. There is nothing civil about this civil war).
    Montana State was favored, as the Grizzlies had been suffering through a down year. But, as is often true with rivalry games, records were irrelevant. The game was in doubt throughout, with neither team taking more than a one score lead. The Bobcats were up, 13-7, in the fourth quarter, but were still just one play away from an upset.
    It wasn’t until the Bobcats put together a sustained drive late in the fourth quarter, culminating in a short field goal to give Montana State a two-score lead, that a victory was assured.
    With the win, Montana State secured a share of the Big Sky championship, and a first round bye in the upcoming FCS playoffs. Montana, meanwhile, fell to 5-6, the Grizzlies first losing season since 1985.
    Was I excited that the Bobcats were able to defeat the hated Grizzlies on their home turf, taking the 112th “Brawl of the Wild”? Of course.
    Was I thrilled that the victory came at the expense of a 27-year streak of winning records for Montana, recalling what the Buffs did do Nebraska in 2004 (the Buffs’ 26-20 victory over Nebraska in Lincoln*not only gave the Buffs a Big 12 North title, but condemned Nebraska to its first losing season in 42 years)? Damn straight.
    Still, the thrill was fleeting. It was great to watch the Bobcats take the title, especially at the*expense of the Grizzlies, but it was*not the same thrill I felt when Jordan Webb scored on a fourth down in the last minute of play against Washington State in Pullman, giving the Buffs their only win of the season.
    My head is saying “fool, forget him”,
    my heart is saying “don’t let go”
    Hold on to the end, that’s what I intend to do
    I’m hopelessly devoted to you
    CU Men’s basketball
    Still, perhaps there is one last outlet for my allegiance.
    While I cannot say that I have followed other*CU sports with the single-minded devotion that I have the football team, I have never failed to cheer for other athletes wearing the black-and-gold of Colorado. I kept close tabs on Ceal Barry’s women’s basketball teams over the years as they made deep runs into the NCAA tournament. I have ventured out to Bridger Bowl and Bohart Ranch to cheer on the CU ski teams when they have made their annual visits to Bozeman (not to mention the NCAA championships, which have been held in Bozeman several times, including last spring). I even made it out to Prentup Field for Senior Day for the soccer team’s season finale*this fall.
    Now, however, the CU men’s basketball team is on an unprecedented run. Two seasons ago, the Buffs posted 24 wins for the first time in school history. That total was matched last season, as Colorado won the inaugural Pac-12 basketball title, and carried that momentum into the third round of the NCAA tournament. This fall, with a very young but still talented team, Tad Boyle has the Buffs off to another good start.
    A week from now, the Colorado football season will be over. It will be followed by two months of hope (and likely disappointment) as the (old or new) CU coaching staff tries to fill out the 5-7 remaining spots in the Recruiting Class of 2013. That will be followed by the annual renewal of optimism which comes with spring practice – tempered by the reality that the practices will likely be closed to the public, making it very easy to be skeptical of any glowing reports of progresss.
    A summer of preseason magazines will be next, all*united in their belief that CU will finish last in the Pac-12 South. August practices will be followed by hopes that 2013 – with a schedule tougher than that of 2012 – will somehow bring about different results.
    Sounds like a pretty gray nine months … followed by another three months of frustration.
    So, I am proposing to deviate from my long-standing rule of focusing solely on CU football.
    I would like to spend some time this winter following the basketball team more closely. With the advent of the Pac-12 Networks, every CU game will be available to me, and, let’s face it, it’s more fun to write about positive records being set by Tad Boyle and Andre Roberson than it is to write about the negative records of Jon Embree and Jordan Webb.
    Now, I do not pretend to have the history and background with the basketball team as I do with the football team. I have been a regular at CU games for over 30 years, and have been researching and writing about the football team for over 15 years.
    Still, I am a fan, and it will give me a positive outlet for my energies to spend some time with the basketball team … All the while remaining “hopelessly devoted” to the football team, with no drop off in coverage of recruiting and practices.
    What do you think?
    By reading this essay – by even checking* in with the website after yet another blowout loss – you have clearly demonstrated a love for CU football that is above and beyond the call.
    So … Would you like to see CU at the Game give some coverage to the men’s basketball team? You can post a comment, below, or vote in a poll which I will be putting up on the front page. I would very much appreciate your thoughts, comments, and opinions …

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  2. Junction

    Junction Moderator Club Member

    Jul 8, 2005
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    The lines before this seem especially fitting...

    "I know I'm just a fool who's willing
    to sit around, and wait for you."

    Isn't that pretty much who we all are if we're still around at this point? :huh:

    But hey, they can't play like beauty school dropouts forever, can they?
  3. Skidmark

    Skidmark Flagship of the 12-Pac. WTTAH Club Member

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