Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Who needs Rocky Balboa when we have Ian Johnson. The Boise State running back certainly has the gift of timing. Not only did he score the winning two-point conversion on a fantastically performed "Statue of Liberty" trick play to lead the undefeated Broncos to a instant classic, 43-42 overtime victory over Oklahoma in in last night's Fiesta Bowl, but minutes later, in front of God and the nation, an exuberant Johnson got down on bended knee and popped the question to his girlfriend, Boise State cheerleader Chrissy Popadics.
Now, I'm not the biggest fan of the public marriage proposal, mostly for the pressure it puts on the proposee. I mean, what are you supposed to say when the spotlight is on you like that? Say no? But in this case, it was such a purely joyous moment (Johnson had the ring in his hotel room and was not planning to ask Popadics at the game itself) that you couldn't help but smile or cry or both at the sight. Add the fact that Johnson was laid up only several weeks earlier with broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung, and the circle is complete. Cue the triumphant music, guys, and wish the happy couple a full life in the land of potatoes.
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