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John Garretson

John Garretson enters his first year as The Arbiter's Sports Editor. A junior Communication student pursuing a Certificate of Public Relations, Garretson is also Boise State PRSSA's Director of Publicity. Check him out on Twitter at @John_Garretson and stay tuned for this season's Arbiter Sports Talk.

In the world of sports, job security rests solely on results—marquee wins, money and championships. In college football, those results are placed on a shiny pedestal that only the worthy are able to grasp. If those results aren’t obtained, firings take place, with an extreme turnover rate in head coaching positions. Especially in the big power-house conferences, schools  are frantically searching to fill those positions with the next best name and find their savior to bring back the “tradition” and “dominance” that was once lost. Boise State has no need to fret over finding a prized head coach, but rather ...

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Wednesday night made Boise State basketball history as the Broncos upset No. 11 Creighton on the road 83-70. Sophomore guard Derrick Marks had a career night as he led the Broncos in scoring with 35 points (13-19 from the field), coupled with four steals and an 80 percent free throw percentage (8-10). It wasn’t some wild, last second win for a team that has been expected to finish in the bottom of the Mountain West. Going into halftime, the Broncos led 39-33 and shooting 64 percent from the field. While the Bluejays came within five towards the end of the ...

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I’m sure you’ve read the tweets, saw the posts, kept patiently waiting for more … well maybe not quite, but there has been an abundance of action going on in Boise State’s future home: the Big East. All noteworthy information that could very well turn those who felt downtrodden on the conference realignment into more optimistic Big East proponents. Way back when in September, a seventh bowl game had been introduced to the BCS committee that would allow a team from the Big East/Conference USA/Mountain West/Sun Belt/MAC to compete against a Pac-12/Big 12 opponent that would not be hosting a ...

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Shredding the gnar. Snow bunnies. Fresh pow. Those are just a few of the skiing and snowboarding idioms that may not be a part of the every day vocabulary. However, an interest that holds a common threshold between the Bogus commuters and the average Boisean is film premieres, especially ones held at the downtown Egyptian Theatre. And this one in particular comes timely for the incoming wintery season. Warren Miller’s “Flow State” will begin a three-day premiere starting this Thursday at the Egyptian, The film is highly anticipated amongst not only the local ski bums but  the general public who ...

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Senior defensive tackle Mike Atkinson is out for the year with a torn ACL, according to Head Coach Chris Petersen. Atkinson finishes the season with 37 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown. Atkinson’s backup, redshirt senior Greg Grimes, was injured in the Wyoming game and did not play in the San Diego State game. The Broncos have senior Darren Koontz, junior Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe and true freshman Armand Nance to fill in the rotations at defensive tackle. Redshirt freshman placekicker Jake Van Ginkel has been dismissed from the ...

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Despite the recent loss, Boise State still is bound for another postseason run, surprise surprise. It won’t be the case this coming up basketball season. Before the sighs kick in, realize this: the Mountain West reigns as one of the more supreme college basketball conferences in the NCAA. Yes, I’m talking about being in contention with the conferences such as the ACC and Big East in monopolizing collegiate basketball powerhouses. It may not be receiving the big names like a Kentucky or a Kansas would, but boy can some of these schools play some serious hoops. Let’s start off with ...

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In Manhattan, a solidified college football program is brewing to the point of boiling over. A transformation era that leaves behind its dreadful records and replaces it with an era of hope and consistency. Not the Manhattan with towering skyscrapers and specific clam chowders. I’m talking about Manhattan, Kan. The Kansas State Wildcats football program enters the college football scene, once again, as a secret surprise with a forceful punch. This is a team that recently beat down the offensively-potent No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers 55-14 away. Before that? A 24-19 win over then No. 6 Oklahoma. The Wildcats have ...

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By Wayne Hoseck Staff Writer On Friday afternoon, the women’s soccer team overcame conference opponent Fresno State in their second overtime win in a row. After two great away wins on two different conference opponents, the women’s soccer team was excited to be back home again at the Boas Soccer Complex.  The Broncos were matched against fellow Mountain West competitor Fresno State, who was slightly ahead of Boise State in the conference standings. In the beginning, the game seemed equally set with both teams fighting for control of the ball. The Broncos created a few offensive attacks as a result ...

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In my most recent article titled “The Game of Garretson: Kramer’s gone crazy”, I discussed the actions of Idaho State Head Football Coach Mike Kramer in regards to him pushing one of his players during a practice. Unfortunately, I inserted Jerry Kramer’s name and mentioned his legacy as a Green Bay Packer. It was a mistake and I take full responsibility for the mistype in the article. There was no malicious intent toward Mr. Jerry Kramer in the piece. The article has been updated online and there will be a correction in our Monday Oct. 22 issue. I apologize for ...

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Let’s take a trip to the eastern side of Idaho for this one, specifically in Pocatello, at Idaho State University. Idaho State Head Football Coach Mike Kramer, a University of Idaho alum, was caught on film pushing senior wide receiver Derek Graves at practice on Oct. 3. The reason for the push: Graves wanted to match up against a veteran cornerback rather than a freshman to be tested on an equal level. Kramer’s response? A march across the field, shouting “He’s a f—–g varsity player!” to Graves and then with the force of his two hands, shoved Graves to the ...

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By Lucio Prado Staff Writer No matter what happens at Bronco Stadium on Saturday it will be a memorable day. Decked out in their all-black uniforms for the first time in school history, the Broncos (5-1) will host the University of Nevada Las Vegas at 1:30 pm for the 2012 homecoming game. UNLV  is coming off a crushing 42-37 loss to rival University of Nevada (Reno), dropping the Rebels to 1-6 overall. However, UNLV should be able to take some positives away from a game where they were able to produce over 430 yards of total offense. Based on a ...

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Jersey colors often change for the Boise State football team, having worn blue, orange, white and grey at various points through out a season. Now, there’s a new addition to the color jersey family: black. Saturday afternoon during the Fresno State game, Boise State unveiled that next Saturday, Oct. 20, will be a “Black Out,” as the Broncos will be decked out in all-black Nike uniforms against UNLV. “I think they’re a really good uniform, it’s something different. Nike came with it this time,” said senior linebacker Tommy Smith. Smith got a chance to model the uniforms as part of ...

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When college football writers and analysts need a collective synonym to describe a BCS-busting team during the season, “Boise State” seems to be the phrase that pays. Who’s to blame them? Two BCS bowl appearances in the past six years, a dynasty which featured the most winningest quarterback in college football history, and on and on it goes. It seems the Broncos are more frequently associated with their 2007 magic run than the recent dominance as a program. A contrarian I may be on the stance, it is not the topic of discussion. These new, potential “Boise State” teams have ...

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  The metaphor of the immovable object vs. the unstoppable force maybe in play this weekend between the Boise State Broncos and the Fresno State Bulldogs, a game of strong opponents battling against one another. The Bulldogs have been torching opponents throughout the whole year, ranking 14th in the nation in passing yards with 315.5 yards per game, according to ESPN. The leader of this passing assault is junior quarterback Derek Carr, who currently has 1,816 passing yards with 18 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Boise State look to stop the Bulldog offense by putting pressure on Carr and having ...

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College football carries all sorts of historic rivalries which hold reverence of a respected prize. The University of Washington and Washington State compete for the Apple Cup. Oregon and Oregon State square off in the Civil War. Texas and Oklahoma have the Red River Rivalry. For Boise State and Fresno State, their in-house battle is the Battle of the Milk Can. Bizarre in a sense it is the strangest college football rivalry, but there is a bit of reason to this rhyme. Idaho and California are in the top five dairy producing states in the United States, at No. 4 ...

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By Wayne Hoseck A slight, chill breeze blew through the fields of the Boas Soccer and Tennis Complex as fans and spectators gathered to watch the Broncos take on a tough opponent, the San Diego State (SDSU) Aztecs. The Aztecs, ranked tenth in the NSCAA, are only the second conference opponent Boise State has taken on. They are also ranked first in the Mountain West conference, tied with New Mexico at 1-0. The first half was a close duel, with the girls battling it out on both sides of the field. The Broncos had won three corner kicks and had ...

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By Nikki Hanson Any competition, specifically when you have not competed in a long time, causes butterflies. And this was indeed the case for many as climbers competed in the 3rd Annual Boise Boulderfest. Participants from all over Idaho came together Saturday to take on boulder problems, competing in their assigned heats. The schedule for the day was as follows: 9 to 10 a.m.—Check-in and registration for Men’s and Women’s Open, Masters and Advanced 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. —Men’s and Women’s Open, Masters and Advanced 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.—Check-in and registration for Beginner, Intermediate, American Bouldering Series (ABS) ...

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I feel that it is necessary to follow up from last week’s column on the horrid replacement refs with one on where the NFL is at with the re-introduction of the actual refs. I’m not talking about where the NFL is at in term’s of officiating, but where its teams and players stand, because truthfully, it has been an interesting and a bit out-of-whack four weeks. Let’s start off with the no-brainers thus far: the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons with the perfect 4-0 records. One might be more inclined to be shocked at the Falcons’ record than the Texans’, ...

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I have a rhetoric question to ask: from the past few years, has anything positive, or beneficial, come from a CBA disagreement  or general contract dispute in the sporting world? The NFL took a dip in production last year, especially on the defensive side, where a record number of quarterbacks threw for +4,000 yards. An NBA season had almost disappeared in front of our eyes, with the 2012-13 year finally beginning at Christmas. NHL was non-existant in 2004-2005. You get the picture. Now we are dealt with a different kind of lockout, one that involves an unheralded group of individuals. ...

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It was an uncanny kind of night for the Boise State Broncos (2-1, 0-0 in MW) as they held on for a 7-6 win against the BYU Cougars (2-2) Thursday night in front of a record-breaking crowd of 36,864. The Bronco defense held down the fort on the Blue, forcing five turnovers and scoring the lone touchdown, a 36-yard interception return by senior defensive tackle Mike Atkinson. “How ‘bout that defense? Unbelievable.” Head Football Coach Chris Petersen said about the defense. “This is the weirdest feeling ever. I’m so ecstatic for that one side and we’ve definitely got to back ...

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Back in mid August, it was reported the Idaho Vandals were going to take their football talents from the ghastly ill WAC to function under an independent status. Football independents, for those who do not know, are universities who disassociate their football programs from any conference. The way these programs survive is solely from television markets, revenue and fan base (cue to Notre Dame and BYU). It becomes irksome when the supposed flagship university of Idaho cannot swallow their pride and drop down to an FCS (Division I AA) conference such as the Big Sky, in which they are currently ...

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While the Broncos came away with a clean 39-12 win against Miami of Ohio last Saturday, the opponent that’s heading to Bronco Stadium this Thursday will prove to be a bit tougher. Despite losing to Utah 24-21 in a thriller to go unranked, the BYU Cougars are going to bring everything they have to The Blue  even with the short turnaround. A seasoned quarterback in Riley Nelson and tough-nosed defense will keep the Broncos on their toes the entire game. Here are a few Broncos that need to step up in order for a Boise State win: The entire Bronco ...

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Six years. 43 games. Two ACL tears. Sixth-year running back D.J. Harper has seen it all, from the bench, field or trainer’s table. Watching teammates graduate and rosters change, it’s hard to believe Harper’s tenure began way back in 2007. Even though time has passed, the opportunity for Harper to shine as the Broncos’ lead running back has only begun. “I’ve waited a long time for this, I’m really excited for the opportunity. When an opportunity presents itself, you want to make the most of it,” Harper said. It wasn’t one of the more impressive starts to Harper’s career against ...

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In light of the Boise State Broncos’ home opener against the Miami Redhawks Saturday afternoon, the Arbiter sports team went around to the tailgates outside Bronco Stadium to ask one simple question: Despite the opening loss to Michigan State, how will your Broncos fare the rest of the season? These were some of the responses we receieved: “If they win every single game, especially against BYU because they [BYU] are ranked, we’ll get back in the rankings. I know we’ll be the at-large pick  if we finish below 17th, at least that’s what my friend Andy said. We got a ...

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Here’s a few tips and guidelines for tailgaiting this Saturday and Thursday for the Boise State home football games: Parking: University Dr. between Lincoln Ave. and Euclid Ave. will be re-opened temporarily to deal with football traffic, specifically from Sept 14 to Sept 24. Grant Ave. and Euclid Ave. by University will be closed starting Saturday at 12:01 AM for game day operations. Only residents will be allowed to park there. All vehicles parked in any of the stadium lots must be moved by 12:01 AM Saturday or else your car will be subject to towing. Parking permit holders will ...

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