Whenever I meet people and tell them that I blog about Wyoming, they either give me a funny look or start to ask a bunch of questions. Here are some of the most common questions they ask.
- Are you from Wyoming?
- Did you go to Wyoming?
- Do you have family there?
The answer to all three of those questions is NO.
So how did I become a Cowboys fan? Why was this site started?
I will tell you that story now.
Time for some background on me.
I grew up just outside Chicago, my dad is from Nebraska and my mom was from Iowa. I also have a brother who is six years older then me. When it came to sports it was pretty much all Chicago based pro teams with the Cubs being my favorite. The Bears were second followed by the Bulls. Baseball was certainly our favorite family sport as my family lived in Wrigleyville before I was born. As far as college football went my dad instilled in us his passion for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I also went to a couple Northwestern football games growing up. For the most part Big Ten football still bores the hell out me.
I ran track and cross country in high school and also in college. I attended a small D3 school in Illinois. We will now fast forward to my senior year of college. I'm living in a quad with three other teammates from the track team. Basically three distance runners and one shot putter. It is always amazing to me how throwers and distance runners always got along so well.
One of my roommates "A-Dub" had a Playstation 2 and copy of NCAA Football 2003 with Joey Harrington on the cover. The game featured 200 fight songs, 144 schools and 23 rivalry game trophies. We were bored one afternoon and decided to create a dynasty league in NCAA Football with all four us.
The rules were pretty simple:
- You can only pick a one or two star prestige team
Other then that it was all fair game. My roommates chose: Rutgers, Air Force and Northern Illinois. I was last to pick and went through the entire list of schools till I came to Wyoming. They only had one prestige and also had some unique schools colors. I always love an underdog and they seemed like the perfect team. I remember being terrible when I first started and winning my first game on a late field goal. Eventually I got better and after a few seasons built Wyoming into a powerhouse that won a National Championship.
Spending hundreds of hour playing that game as Wyoming and listening to "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" constantly really sparked my interest in Wyoming. In future editions of NCAA football I would still only play as Wyoming. Then I started keeping closer tabs on how Wyoming was doing in real life. I remember the Bramlets and Jovon Bouknight. I was never able to find the Cowboys on TV until the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl win against UCLA.
My brother eventually moved to Fort Collins and I was able to take in my first Wyoming game at War Memorial. It was October 6, 2007 and Wyoming beat TCU 24-21. My brother still lives in Fort Collins and my trips there usually coincide with a Wyoming sporting event at the same time. Last year we went to the Border War. The fact that my brother roots for the Rams also adds to our sibling rivalry.
I still found it hard to find coverage of the Cowboys over the years. So on October 13, 2009 I started Cowboy Altitude.
For those of you that say video games don't matter, you are incorrect. You would not be reading this now and this site would have never been created without the NCAA Football franchise by EA Sports. I became a Cowboy fan because of their game.
I've been wanting to share my story for a long time and am glad I was finally able to do so.
This post was sponsored by EA Sports NCAA Football 13. Check out the video for the game below.
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