Imagine walking up to your opponent pre-game and thinking in your head, "Boy, I am gonna slobberknock the crap out of this fool." Meeting him face to face and sharing a handshake makes the thought of taking him down that much more pleasurable.
September 3, 2009s pathetic display of sportsmanship on both players involved in the "Blount's Bronco Beat-down" is exactly what Mike Gundy was afraid of. How dare we (the fans), TV analysts, and sports casters dare to even begin to insult Coach Gundy for an honest opinion, which turned out to be true for two teams on the first day of the season.
18-22 years old, for the most part, are not going to be able to control their anger and emotions being told to wash the dishes. take out the trash, deal with a girl/boyfriend, etc. very well, much less after a big let down in a big you should've won. The days of "class" are behind us. Teams want to win and win bad. With the installment of the BCS system, players and coaches know how important every game, every interview, ever photo op, every quote will effect them and their school on many levels. Not only was Oregon's and Boise's public imaged scarred, but now recruiting will be effected.
There's in a new rivalry in college football, a new hatred between two schools. Oregon's and Boise's pathetic display of player control/ management, will severely effect both both programs.
I regret witnessing the meltdown of two players which will now effect two universities for a long time to come. That's why the pre-game handshake is a bad idea. With national title hopes so fragile these days, any added tension, and stress on players is a moronic.
Shame on the two players involved, the fans of Boise St. and the NCAA. Classless football is here to stay.