Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and other local cheerleaders wanted to get some national publicity for the MPC Computer Bowl. They were successful. Here is a sample of how Boise fared in the national media:
BOISE, Idaho — After an 8-3 regular season, Boston College thought it deserved a better destination than the MPC Computers Bowl. And once the Eagles got out here, they felt more than a little disrespected at some over-the-top homerism surrounding the game that was supposed to be, in theory, at a neutral site.
BOISE, Idaho — Monday he quietly sat through a banquet for the MPC Computers Bowl where he felt his polysyllabic last name was not only mangled, but disrespected by a chorus of civic speakers who turned the Beyond the Game dinner into an impromptu Boise State pep rally. Last night, after Boston College’s 27-21 victory over the Broncos, Mathias Kiwanuka rose up in his own defense, taking to task Boise’s mayor, Dave Bieter and Mike Adkins, chief executive officer of MPC Computers, for their remarks. (Ed note–“MA-THIGH-US KEY-WA-NOOKA.”)
SAN JOSE MERCURY
Game notes: It’s a home game for the Broncos, playing their final game under Coach Dan Hawkins, who is headed to Colorado. Boise State brings the nation’s 15th-ranked rushing attack against the Eagles’ fifth-rated run defense. A pertinent question, though, might be if Boston College will be motivated to play — there was some griping in Chestnut Hill that finishing 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference was worth more than a December date on Bronco Stadium’s famous blue turf.
A national sports radio talk show also took the locals to task for their inept diplomatic and hospitality efforts.
Folks, this is just football, but it should serve as a reality check. None of those who committed the faux pas (French for screw ups) had any intention of being boorish. They just need to realize that it is easy find yourself in the Bush League when hometown boosterism overcomes common courtesy and common sense. It is just a game, but it would be nice to be regarded as winners off the field as well as on.
Forty long years ago the GUARDIAN editor attended the Rose Bowl as the offical photog of the Michigan State Band. EVERYONE from Michigan felt like a special guest in Pasadena at every turn. The band was a big hit, but the Spartans still lost to UCLA, 14-12.
Before you jump on the GUARDIAN, beware there have been several letters of apology already sent eastward from Boise.
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