Boulder – A word of advice: Unless you want to drive Michael Westbrook crazy, don’t suggest to him that Colorado football’s golden age was long ago, it feels like a dream now, on a Saturday when the Buffs were at Folsom Field Smells off while Southern California was being ragdolled by the Trojans 37-14.
The hobby was never a true national powerhouse like Alabama or Ohio State or Oklahoma. were they? It’s history so ancient, it’s as hard to fathom as those Blind Mellon friends were once rock stars in the 1990s. Colorado won the national championship? Really? how did this happen?
“We had a nine-year run. We lost like four (conference) games in five years. Come on! Come on now,” Westbrook told me as I recounted the greatness founded by Alfred Williams and Dion Figgers during the ’90s. Made the mistake of questioning sustainability when NFL scouts racked up hotel loyalty points in Boulder.
The sad state of CU football now, as coach Carl Dorrell tries to lure more talent to campus than he loses to the transfer portal, is an excuse for fans to either go crazy or get high. May I suggest foods?
I asked Westbrook, who was brought in during a timeout to be inducted into college football’s Hall of Fame, if he could remember his best game as a receiver in a Colorado uniform.
Westbrook, who attended CU in the Gold-Plated Glory Days from 1990–95, said, “We drove there for five years … where it was like terrifying plays.”
To please me, he tried his best to think of his most explosive game at Folsom. “I didn’t get three, but I had two touchdown games,” Westbrook said. “Never got three touchdowns.”
It’s funny — though maybe not like funny ha, ha — because these buffs of 2021, with young quarterback Brendan Lewis behind a porous offensive line, score more than two touchdowns in a game against any top-tier competition. can not do . baby steps? Dorell just doesn’t have the patience for this kind of Pollyanna bullshit.
“It wasn’t high. We can’t talk about ‘baby stuff’ like this anymore. We scored two touchdowns and that’s not enough. He scored 37 points; we scored 14. We’re at that point,” Dorell Said, who resigned over the fact that he could teach at Hard Knock’s school this fall semester.
“There’s an urgency about being more productive and more demanding of what we’re doing. Not that we haven’t already, but the pacifier has to go. The Binky – If you have kids, my Have kids – it has to go. We have to grow up fast.”
Colorado has dropped four games in a row after a slightly lighter stretch against northern Colorado, scoring exactly four TDs in the process. Quarterback Sam Noyer, where have you been? Or receiver KD Nixon? These buffers miss you. This sorry excuse for the CU offense you can use, before Dorell is forced to do something drastic, like relieve assistant coach Darin Chiaverini from his duties as the architect of this hot mess.
Noir and Nixon both took full advantage of NCAA transfer rules, moving from Buffalo after last season. Noir is now stuck on the bench at Oregon State, while Nixon was originally one of 48,197 spectators at Folsom, returning a punt for seven yards during a cameo appearance for the Trojans upon his return to town.
In an era of college football when traditional conference ties have no meaning for a college president and team loyalty seems like a bizarre anachronism for a player with an eye for the greener grass on the other side of the fence. As it happens, Dorell’s task of rebuilding the CU program may well become difficult if the Buffs finish this season in the bottom of the South Division in the Pac-12 Conference standings.
The idea of players coming on the buffs instead of battling adversity really annoys Westbrook, far more than a knucklehead like me could ever bother him. He despises how easy it has become for a player to leave the campus through the transfer portal.
“I think it’s terrible, because to me it’s like a kid (saying), ‘I don’t want to do this’ and you let them do it. It’s like letting a kid do what they want to do.” wants. Because we’re still 17 and 18-years-olds. We don’t always know what’s best for us,” said Westbrook, who is now 49, but is looking suitable and much-needed for buffs next week Looking fit enough to score a touchdown.
Trying to patiently and honestly create a schedule during times of instant gratification is a real bummer for Dorell. In college football these days, the rich get richer. And wannabes go on wanting.
“It’s like free agency now,” Westbrook said. “You can’t put a team together.”