My time in San Francisco has allowed me to experience many
things that I thought I would never get the opportunity to
Sure, I went down there to cover the second annual Diamond
Walnut San Francisco Bowl on New Year’s Eve, and that game also
contributed to my experiences, so let me talk a little about what I
saw, things you do not see in Fort Collins.
The most memorable thing I experienced while in San Francisco
came after the 35-21 CSU loss. While celebrating the New Year, Sean
Salisbury, the color commentator for the game and NFL analyst on
ESPN’s Sports Center was also at the same place that my friends and
One of the people I was traveling with, Nate Robertson, a senior
computer science major at Colorado State, somehow found an opening
and began to argue with Salisbury for a good 45 minutes about
topics ranging from how the Mountain West is better than the Pac 10
(where he found the guts to argue the MWC’s side still baffles me
to this day) and how if Michigan beats USC, Salisbury needs to give
him “props” on his show sometime in the future.
Salisbury took every thing Robertson threw at him in stride, but
did offer to bet him $5,000 that USC would win. Once money was
brought into the conversation, Robertson did back off a bit, and he
finished the argument by taking a picture with the former NFL
quarterback and shaking hands.
“Sean’s a real cool guy,” Robertson said. “He stood there and
talked college football with me.”
Other sites San Francisco had to offer was a man standing on the
corner of the street playing a modified version of three-card
monte. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a game
that uses three cards, and the guy running the game moves the cards
around and allows the viewers to pick out the ace of spades, but
for a price.
Did I mention that it is illegal?
The version that I witnessed saw this man use three Mountain Dew
bottle caps and a small red ball.
After studying the game for a few minutes, I figured out that he
had up to three people working for him in the crowd, and sometimes
the ball was never under any bottle cap, but was in his hand.
But this did not deter one CSU student from losing $150 to the
man, and walking away with an empty feeling in his stomach.
Did I mention that it is a really big scam?
But in all seriousness, when the game came to an end, the Rams
not only lost the game, but will lose many great seniors who have
become like legends in the Fort Collins community.
Bradlee Van Pelt, Dexter Wynn, Drew Wood, Chris Pittman, Rahsaan
Sanders, Mark Dreyer, Jeff Flora and all the other seniors will be
greatly missed for helping to continue the amazing turn -around the
CSU program has witnessed during coach Sonny Lubick’s tenure at
“It has to come to an end at some point,” Wynn said after the
That is true, but something must also begin for it to come to an
end, and now it is new people beginning to help continue the turn
David Anderson, Justin Holland, Jimmy Green, Marcus Houston,
Brandon Cathy, Courtney Jones, Jahmal Hall and all the other
returning players, it is their turn, and they know it.
“It’s time to lift weights and start the 6 A.M. runs,” Anderson
said. “It’s time to prepare for next season. We have a good young
core coming back.”