BBBBbbbOOOiiiiiSSSseeeee!!!!……….. STATE!! Growing up in Boise, Idaho never goes away. It follows you. Even around the world.
It’s the call of the Broncos as they rally to victory or the next hoop or TD. Some guy with a booming voice starts from one side of the stadium “BBBBBbbbOOOiiiiiSSSSeeeeee!!!”. And the other side answers…
(in my head I’m hearing “And Rohan will answer!” from The Lord Of the Rings. Yeah, I’m that messed up. Stay focused Kelvin).
“STATE!!!” as a crowd. ONE guy starts a chain reaction that brings the crowd to their feet until the next point is scored.
Some time in the late 80’s, I remember going to basketball games, as a youngling, with my father.
Running laps around the Pavilion and having a great time. Dad was sometimes taking photos with a floor pass while I was let free to roam. I eventually paid attention to the game and watched as the broncos came together to win quite a few games.
I knew the names and positions of all the players. Doug Usitalo., and uh.. hold on… it will come back….Got it! Arnell Jones, and Chris Childs to name a few. I can also still hear the anouncer calling out their names at the start of the gamea and every time they scored.
Boise State is my alma mater. I graduated from the culinary school that sat in shadow of an huge football stadium. Seriously, I think we lost the sun with one of the expansions.
I considered myself a Bronco and still do although I have lost some interest. I live in Portland, Oregon now and married a Vandal, actually a whole Vandal family.
I’ve traveled back over the years and witnessed an uprising in what is called Bronco Nation. Fred Meyer, the local grocery store, was a sea of blue and orange on one visit. Every place of business is showing support.
I couldn’t believe the size of the fan base. I guess it has always been there. Someone just found a great catchphrase for it. Other colleges and universities have it and call it their own, but they don’t know what they are up against.
The thing I bet you didn’t know about is… in my mind there is a huge following in Vietnam. I’m not talking about t-shirts, hats, and little flags stuck to your car. I’m talking about the biggest overall use of blue and orange tarps.
I found myself pointing them out to my boys and saying “Go Broncos!” without even thinking about where it came from. It was a phrase I had heard by countless fans in passing around Boise. A greeting used by a city of my past taken by storm during a successful season. Used as both a hello and a goodbye, it popped into my head.
Strange as it may seem, my family caught on and even the Vandal was saying it while pointing to another Vietnamese BSU fan. A fan, unbeknownst to him or her, showing pride and support for a completely different nation (literally) and it’s much smaller town in Idaho.
From Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang and up to Hanoi the only tarps being sold are those with orange on one side and blue on the other making for an accidental and unexpected showing of Bronco pride by a nation of over 95 million people and 47 million scooters. Sounds pretty unstoppable to me.