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Red Letter Game

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Goose, Feb 7, 2012.

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Who Should the BasketBuffs Target As A Rival?

  1. Arizona

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    57.4%
  2. Oregon

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    2.9%
  3. UCLA

    9 vote(s)
    13.2%
  4. Utah

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  5. Other

    1 vote(s)
    1.5%
  6. Let The Hate Happen Naturally

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    25.0%
  1. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    When we moved to the PAC-12, everyone talked about who our new rival would be but all of the discussion was on the football side. Lots of talk of USC, UCLA and Oregon along with the conference's preference to have us "rival up" with Utah. And all three of those make sense in football to some degree. But for basketball? Utah and USC are absolutely horrible, and it should be a few years before they're decent. Oregon, if we keep playing games against them like last Saturday's, could become an option, but they aren't a huge basketball school. UCLA seems like it would be a great fit because they have tradition and are a perrenial powerhouse, but the lack of fan support is painful. Hard to become rivals with someone when you can't find anyone to smack talk.

    Which is why I think that if CU basketball is smart (and lord knows that Tad Boyle has proven his intelligence repeatedly so far), they rip off the McCartney method and have a red letter game. A game where we point to that team and say "they're successful. They're what we want to be. I want to **** them up." And there's the perfect team for CU to do that with...

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    1 national championship, 4 final fours, 12 PAC-10 championships, 6 first team All-Americans and a 25 year streak of making the NCAA Tournament -- only 2 years short of UNC's record streak of 27. They have history, and they have a future. The #1 recruiting class in the nation for 2012 as of right now, with only Kentucky having a legit chance to pass them. A coach in Sean Miller who is absolutely killing it. A fanbase that craves basketball, and demands nothing but the best.

    And I ****ing hate them for it.

    They have what I want. Much like when Mac pointed to Nebraska and said "we'll top them", people are going to laugh. I witnessed this at a family function two weeks ago when my cousin's idiot husband actually asked me "Does Colorado even have a basketball team?" But we've already seen it start. Things are building, and now it's time to take the next step. For people nationally to take the Buffs seriously, we're going to have to make a bit of noise. And that noise can start Thursday when the Buffs go in to McKale Center and beat the Wildcats on national TV. The Arizona press was nice to us when we beat them a few weeks ago, but they don't view us as a real threat yet. It's time to change that.

    I want Thursday to be a red letter day.

    And I want to beat the ****ing Wildcats.
     
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  2. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    I will drink to this.
     
  3. RK

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    Ive been saying this for a while now and I truly believe that we will be battling it out with the Cats for Pac 12 titles for years to come. If that happens the rivalry will be inevitable.
     
  4. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    Let's worry about making the tourney more than once every 10 years before we start worrying about a rival.

    Boyle has thinks moving in the right direction but some huge strides still need to be taken.
     
  5. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    People probably told Mac that too. The best way to get to the top is to go after the person up there.
     
  6. sackman

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    If you want to be the man, you got to beat the man[/ric flair]

    I agree with the premise. We're sitting at #2 in the conference standings more than halfway through the season, and nobody is giving us any respect at all. In order to get that respect, we will have to win the conference. The road to the conference championship goes through Tucson. We have a historic opportunity in front of us. Take it.
     
  7. Shldr2Shldr

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    the mildcats
    the puppies
    the bRUINS

    The only three that should matter to us.
     
  8. BuffNut99

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    Really only one way to deal with that

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  9. CVilleBuff

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    Rep.

    Everything Goose said here is spot on. Arizona is the target for everything we want our basketball program to be -- including the massive following. As was mentioned, we already have better basketball fans than UCLA, so **** that. Arizona's 26 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1985 speaks for itself. We drew first blood in Boulder, now let's send a message on Thursday that we're not ****ing around.
     
  10. BuffaloSoldier76

    BuffaloSoldier76 Unsound Meat Club Member

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    It should be Arizona, and it appears they are going to make it easy for us by having large numbers of their fans at the games in Boulder. I was not pleased with the number of Cat fans at the Dark Horse when they came to town, nor was I pleased with the amount of red & blue in the stadium. They'll make hate quite easy to muster.
     
  11. Buffs@5345'

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    Arizona would be a great rival - but that is going to take some doing. A win would obviously help in that department, anyone here not want that to happen?
    Should it not happen, I think the Buffs can still make a lot of headway in projecting the type of program they are becoming by showing up and making this a battle all the way to the wire. The UofA and OU wins at home have been great, but if they win close ones at home and get run out on the road they aren't going to get or deserve the respect of anyone outside Boulder.


    So fire up Buffs! Force the Rivalry!
     
  12. pachoops

    pachoops PacHoops Blogger

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    BATTLE! Buy low, sell hi. The Buffs have joined the Pac at exactly the right time. Like a 2008 investor, they've gotten in when everything's down.

    And allow me this, I think you've chosen the right foe: Pauley's a bore, Oregon shot themselves in the foot with Kent, UW has peaked with Romar, no recruit is going to Corvalis or Pullman, there can only be one great Coach K, USC could care less, ASU, Monty's running on fumes and Stanford already let him go.

    Whatchoo got CU?
     
  13. jgisland

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    This absolutely needs to be Arizona. We need Tad Boyle to be our Lute Olson. CU is never going to have the heritage that UCLA has, the program in Tucson is something that CU can build towards and hope to emulate their success, no better team to make your red letter team than the program you want to become.
     
  14. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    I'm not surprised that we could have a rival in basketball before football. Arizona is the obvious pick but don't sleep on Utah...like us in football, they are struggling in basketball which they are stronger in than football historically. We will have more than one rival in basketball for sure.
     
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    Very true about Utah. As much as it makes us cringe to see people talk about our football program like we've always been in the cellar, the same goes for Utah basketball. Utes have been to the Dance 11 times since '94/'95, including two Sweet 16's, an Elite Eight, and Runner-up. They've only been once in the last 6 seasons though ('08/'09), and obviously face a monumental rebuilding process before they can sniff the Big Dance again.
     
  17. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    Plus the state of Utah is a basketball hotbed...similar to Indiana. I won't dismiss the possibility that our rivalries with the Mountain Schools will develop in basketball first before football. The only rivalry I can think of with ASU would be in the party department.
     
  18. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Honestly, if Utah weren't so ****tastic right now, with such a long road ahead of them, I would have gone with them. But they're at LEAST 3 years away from competency, let alone relevance. In 10 years, our rivals may be Utah. But we can't afford to wait for them.
     
  19. SpacemanSpiff

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    So let it be written. So let it be done. Rep!
     
  20. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    I'm sure Utah football fans are asking similar questions about CU football.
     
  21. Darth Snow

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    Doubt it, seeing as how we won and all :smile2:
     
  22. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    Yup...still enjoying that W over the Utes. I'm sure they will be happy once basketball gets back on track because at the same time, their football team goes on the decline.
     
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