In the Bleachers: Folsom Field blues
November 6, 2006
“Now you know what I’ve been going through all year,” my father told me flatly late Saturday afternoon.This came after about a good three minutes of silence between us.We were just sitting there together in the bleachers at Folsom Field like we’ve done so many times before – although this was different. This wasn’t fun. We were surrounded by the other twisted souls who had decided they had nothing better to do on a gorgeous autumn day than subject themselves to such disappointment, such ineptitude.I paid 20 bucks for a scalped ticket with a face value of $50 – and I think the scalper got the better end of the deal.OK, so the tailgating was fun. So was seeing Ralphie run onto the field. And, like usual, my dad and I had some good conversations as we sat together watching our favorite team. But otherwise, there wasn’t much to cheer about in the bleachers as the Buffs stumbled to their ninth loss this season.”Do they even practice these plays?” my dad asked to no one in particular near the end of the first half, after CU’s second fumble of the game.The Buffs, at that point, had managed just 64 yards of offense, half of which came on one pass play. They’d also gained just two yards on 11 runs and turned over the ball twice.It was so bad, my dad started yelling things like: “Let’s try for two first downs on this drive.”Hey, you’ve got to have goals, he said.Shockingly, the Buffs offense actually got going in the second half, but that was just before the defense started playing like a bunch of fill-ins from the pom squad.The Buffs let a freshman quarterback, who’d thrown nine interceptions to just one touchdown before Saturday, shred them for 251 passing yards and two touchdowns en route to a 34-21 loss.Thankfully, not many people were there to see it. According the Boulder Daily Camera, Saturday’s crowd was the smallest to see a conference game in Boulder since 1988.That record surely will be broken this weekend when the Buffs take on equally dreadful Iowa State, which has yet to win a conference game this year.Surely, the most hardcore of the CU faithful will be on hand for the “Toilet Bowl” of the Big 12. After four home games this year, however, my dad has seen enough.”Thankfully, I have something planned for next Saturday,” he said as we left the game. I don’t yet. But I’m sure I can find something – anything – in the next three days.