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Continuing with our "Where I Come From" series, next we discuss our top moments as a fan of the Buffs. You know, those moments that define you as a fan, that give you goose bumps when you think about it. Those moments you remember exactly where you were when you saw it and if you were lucky enough to see in person, those events you brag to your friends about with the magical words: "I was there."
Here are my top three moments as a Buff fan:
3) The Pac-10 Move
Memorable moments doesn't have to mean a certain play or game. My third favorite moment happened this offseason with the Pac-10 move. Not just the Pac-10 move but the fact that Texas and Oklahoma stayed in the Big 12, setting up Colorado with a potentially great division featuring the two Los Angeles based teams. It was a perfect move for a program that, in all honesty, has been less than impressive over the past few years. We are hoping that it will rejuvenate the program and bring back the glory. It was an exciting time for the University and it will be a week of events I will always remember.
The fact that Jon and I were around to cover it with the Ralphie Report, go down to the meeting in Downtown Denver with the CU regents and to hear the media press conference announcing Colorado as the newest member of the Pac-10 was very special to me.
2) 62-36 Colorado vs. Nebraska
I wrote this earlier in week and it still applies here. The 2001 - 2002 season will always be remembered by the 62-36 win, not by the Big 12 North championship, the win against Texas or the trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
After the five game winning streak, #14 Colorado traveled to #9 Texas. The Longhorns humbled the Buffs on the back of RB Cedric Benson and the arm of QB Chris Simms. But the team responded again reeling off a nice three game win streak before welcoming the second ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers (Huskers were ranked #1 in the BCS at the time) into Boulder. With the Big 12 North on the line, Nebraska was the favorite to beat the Buffs and contend for a National Championship.
Well, it didn't end the way many thought it would. I will always remember this quote from CU head coach Gary Barnett:
"You never think it will go like this, obviously. But every once in a while, it all works."
"Sixty-two points. That's almost too overwhelming for me. It's going to take a while to sink in."
It certainly all worked that day for the Buffs. I consider myself extremely lucky to have watched that game in person, celebrating with fellow Buff fans like I have never done before. It was at times unbelievable to watch. Chris Brown's six touchdowns was one of the more impressive things I have ever seen on a football field. I shouldn't leave Bobby Purify out of the discussion as the two running backs combined for 352 yards on 44 carries
It was an ass kicking that was beautiful to take in. Colorado rolled up 62 points on the top ranked BCS team. Words could not explain the feeling but I remember the faces on Nebraska fans leaving the stadium and that is how I will remember them long into the future.
1) The Miracle at Michigan - Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook - September 24, 1994
No words needed to describe this one, just watch and listen. Talk about a goosebump moment. One of the greatest plays in college sports history: