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The Breakdown: Spicy Stuff

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Summit County, Colorado

Sports editor Bryce Evans

Food and football go together like Reggie Bush and taking handouts. That is to say, they seem so meant for each other you wonder if one really existed before the other came along.

There aren’t many better situations than sitting in front of a decent-sized TV watching a game with a table full of food at arm’s length.

(Note: It would obviously be much better to be in the bleachers at the game with a lap full of nachos, dogs and beer, but we’ll keep this Summit County-minded. You know, since we’re all at least 70 miles away from being able to do this in person, and for most of us transplanted low-landers, the situation on the sofa is much more appealing than hitting the freeway for the Broncos, Buffs or Rams.)

Anyway, this was how I spent my Monday night – TV tuned in to Boise State and Virginia Tech (playing pretty much the only good game of the weekend) and some grilled-up grub right at my finger tips.

And everything went great. It was an unbelievably entertaining game with the outcome I’d hoped for (Boise State scored in the final two minutes for a thrilling 33-30 win), and the food was pretty tasty.

That is, until a few hours later when the after-effects of both started to kick in.

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You should know, I love spicy food. To me, everything tastes a little bit better with some heat; all food can be saved – no matter how bad it originally tastes – by simply adding some hot sauce. And that goes for foods I already enjoy the taste of, too.

The burger I had on Monday had some crushed red pepper mixed into the seasoning, some pepper jack cheese melted on top and some hot sauce to finish it off. It was great – again, until a few hours later.

Enjoying spicy food is 100 percent a “living-in-the-moment” type of decision. Short term, it’s great; long term, you’re spending far too much time atop the porcelain throne.

Anyway, this was exactly what the Boise State-Virginia Tech game was.

It was so easy to root for the Broncos to pull it out. After all, at No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 6 in the Coaches’ Poll heading into the game, Boise had an incredibly good shot at making the national title game if it’s able to go undefeated this fall.

But when the final buzzer blew with Kellen Moore taking a knee for the Broncos, the Heisman-hopeful QB was really jabbing the hopes of a college football playoff system in the groin.

The argument has been made – even by U.S. Senators – that the BCS is biased toward big schools, leaving the mid-majors to toil in the depths of the Music City Bowl and fight for the chance to be considered the eighth-best team in the nation despite an unbeaten record.

It happened to both Boise and Texas Christian last year, and Utah ran the slate twice and still has no idea what the BCS trophy even looks like.

And with Boise State looking to “bust the BCS” by making it all the way to the championship game this year, the Broncos aren’t tearing down the status quo, they’re validating it.

If Boise can win a BCS championship, playing in a conference that even CU would look good in, then any program can hope to do the same some day – and no one can complain that the BCS isn’t a fair system to smaller schools.

From the universities’ and conferences’ perspectives, everything’s already stacked in favor of the BCS – bowl games mean money, and money means they’re all a lot happier.

While it would be great to see Boise buck all its opponents and win a national title, the aftermath probably won’t be worth it – no different than eating a plateful of spicy wings.

Like I said, food and football just go together.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at