Sense prevailed over dollars.
Just in the nick of time, too.
Fresno State and Colorado had no business playing a football game Saturday in flood-devastated Boulder.
Not when four people are dead, dozens are unaccounted for and services are needed for more important things than waving cars into parking lots.
When I flipped to the Weather Channel on Thursday and saw the raging creeks and crumbling roads, every instinct in my body screamed there was no way this game would go on as scheduled. Bet I wasn't the only one, either.
Yet it took an entire day for common sense to win out. I'm just glad it did before my flight started boarding.
The reason, of course, boils down to dollars.
Unless there was an easy solution, like both teams sharing the same bye week, officials were willing to let this drag out and explore every possibility. They'd hope the skies clear and waters recede. While whistling and tapping their feet.
One day, Colorado's company line is, "At present there are no issues with the game on Saturday other than parking."
The next, it's, "Our community is hurting. … This is not an appropriate time for us to hold a game."
Guess which statement came from the athletic department, and which came from Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano?
Thankfully, there was an adult in the room to look beyond the bottom line.
Colorado reported $24.2 million in football revenues for 2011-12, nearly 45% of the school's $54.2 million budget for athletics. Television revenues make up the biggest chunk, but ticket sales, parking and concessions add up quickly. So unless this game gets made up — and that's no guarantee — this year's pie will be a little smaller than projected.
Fresno State gets dinged, too. The athletic department is out a $250,000 guarantee and might be on the hook for unrecoupable flight, hotel and bus expenses totaling $340,000. You know as well as I do there's not a lot of wiggle room in that ledger.
Still, this was the only sensible decision. It was the only human decision. As much as everyone was looking forward to this game, the people in Boulder don't need the hassle.
Purely from a football standpoint, I can't see how missing out on playing Colorado today hurts the Bulldogs down the road.
Sure, it would've been an opportunity to beat a beatable Pac-12 team on the road and possibly climb into the Top 25. But so what? Even if Fresno State had entered the polls with a two-touchdown victory, a loss the following week to Boise State would send the Bulldogs tumbling right out.
That's a bison-sized assumption on my part because Colorado isn't the same sorry outfit that got mounted 69-14 last season at Bulldog Stadium. The Buffaloes have better players, better coaches, extra motivation and built-in advantages such as home field, altitude and the early kickoff.
I still think Fresno State would've won, but there's no guarantee. Being 2-0 might not be as good as 3-0, but it sure beats the heck out of 2-1. As long as there's still a "0" on the right side of the ledger, Bulldogs fans can dream.
With Boise State coming to town Friday, it won't be hard to refocus.
Speaking of the Broncos, you just know they're snarling over this. Boise State had a fairly tough time with Air Force on Friday night, which was supposed to give Chris Petersen & Co. an extra day for their biannual visit to the San Joaquin Valley.
Instead, the Broncos took their peculiar blue field knowing Fresno State will be waiting for them extra prepared, extra rested and extra fresh for the biggest game on the schedule.
From what I've seen when these two non-rivals square off (sorry, it isn't a rivalry when only one team wins), the Bulldogs need every edge they can get.
Today's game likely won't be made up if either Fresno State or Colorado reach its respective conference championship games. That's a real longshot for the Buffaloes, who must contend with Oregon, UCLA and Washington (notice I didn't say USC), but Bulldogs fans expect nothing less.
Now picture a scenario where Fresno State misses out on the MW championship game and has to travel to Boulder in December where it's 25 degrees and blizzarding.
In that case, I hope the Bulldogs can afford sideline parkas.
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