"Jaws dropped and syllables spilled out, to be rearranged into meaningful thoughts at a later date." (- Jim Margalus) I've struggled since the final moments of the Pac-12 championship game to turn my incoherent syllables of joy into meaningful thought about the state of the program. I guess today is that later date to rearrange them into a cogent narrative... To whet your appetite, both for this preview, and the forthcoming season, I encourage you to take a look at the wrap-up video from LA, courtesy of BuffVision and RootSports: Wasn't that fun? Doesn't it make you want to jump up and start singing the fight song right now? The hoops program is dominating conference opponents, bringing home titles, and representing well in the post-season. The football program... well, that's just better left unsaid. BuffNation, we need to be honest with ourselves: we're a basketball school now. I can already hear the howling: "but football brings in more money, and basketball can't even get more than 3,000 fans to attend their season kickoff!" If it was based on money spent, or other financial factors, even obvious hoops schools like UCLA, Kentucky, and Kansas would have to be considered football schools. Absurd. Football is expensive, and cost is therefore not a fair indicator. As for attendance, I think 3,000 fans at BuffsMadness was a good start, considering it was the first event of it's kind, it sprung up out of nowhere, and was poorly advertised during the lead-up. No, the difference between basketball school and football school is all mental. Seriously, what has dominated your thoughts all summer? I bet a plurality of Buff Nation spent more time daydreaming about Coach Boyle and winning than they did focusing on the football team and negativity. Let me put it another way: collegiate athletics is just a large marketing tool used to make money and sell the academic brand. What do you think is a better way to sell CU right now: Folsom, beautiful as she may be, half-filled with forlorn and bored football fans, or the CEC, jam-packed and simmering with excitement? Saturday's in Folsom, when things are going right, are special beyond description, but those days are five years removed at this point.Winning is more fun than losing.I'm not saying the change will be permanent, or even long-lived. Colorado, the state, is, to it's core, a football mad society (much like the rest of the country, for that matter). But, for the time being at least, we're a basketball school. Almost every positive mention of CU athletics for the last three years has come from the basketball side of things, and we need to embrace that fact. If those of you in the old guard are still up in arms over any hoops junky trying to wrest the football loving mantle from this university, just remember that the children born immediately after the Buffs last bowl victory are sitting in 3rd grade classrooms. Those born after the last hoops post season victory? Well, most of them have still yet to learn to walk. The athletic perception of this school now resides with the fortunes won or lost on Sox Walseth Court. Read more » Originally posted by The Rumblings of a Deranged Buffalo Click here to view the article.