I watched in eager anticipation as the 2010 Fiesta Bowl unfolded on my television. The game held all of the ingredients for a great championship rivalry. The stage had been set well before the first grill was lit, the first tailgate party had commenced, and lines had begun to form at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Boise State came into the match-up billed as the underdog, having lost only one game in the past two years to Texas Christian University, another undefeated team, which happens to have the top-ranked defense in the nation. TCU was favored by 7 points, but both teams’ defense showed up for the fight.
As a result of the intensity of both teams’ defensive play and the multitude of other pressures that accompany a BCS bowl game, the offenses struggled and did not take center ufabet เข้าสู่ระบบเว็บตรง stage. But that’s fine with me. The defensive battle only enhanced a game already filled with excitement, lost and capitalized opportunities, and enough hard-hitting football to satisfy the appetite of any ravenous college football fan.
The next morning I awoke to a pile of colorful articles circulating the rim of the media pool, few of them flattering to TCU, Boise State or the Fiesta Bowl in general. “Boise State wins with another trick play…”, “…a play straight out of Boise State’s goofy playbook…”, “The trickery evoked memories of Boise State’s BCS debut three years ago…”, “Bronco’s execute trick…”, “And once again, the Broncos used deception on the way to victory.” Sounds dirty, doesn’t it? I have been perplexed by this attitude since Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl win in 2007. For some reason, I thought this victory would be different in the eyes of the media.
I thought that Boise State’s record spoke for itself. Calling the faked punt a sneaky or tricky play implies that BSU cheated in some way, or perhaps did not deserve the win. What defines a trick play? Did Boise State create a new play? Was it unethical or immoral? Was it flagged by the NCAA, and are they conducting an investigation concerning the outright trickiness of the play? I contend that the object of the game is to outthink, outplay, and out-execute the other team. In effect, isn’t every play a trick play?