David vs. Goliath

January 4, 2007

The name’s Johnson.  Ian Johnson.

I named my youngest David in large part because of the underdog theme of David taking on Goliath. I love the BSU story.  And if you’d watched Jared Zabransky the last 3 years fail by throwing that one or two errant balls in each of the last 3 seasons, it made the Fiesta Bowl ending even more archetypal.

BSU decided to die fighting and I love that – going for the 2 point conversion. The fact that it took 3 perfectly executed trick plays to win is unbelievable. I confess, I had no belief they would win the game, particularly after Zabransky’s 4th quarter interception.

The Ian Johnson, Heisman-ignored, crochet-loving, under-sized, and making-the-winning-2-point-conversion-while-considering-asking-his-girlfiriend-to-marry-him-after story is for the ages. The game is up there with the Immaculate Reception, Vince Young running over USC like a man among boys, Flutie’s Hail Mary, and Cal beating Stanford.



I woke up this morning smiling. Coming out of sleep, I smiled at Lori and said, “It’s about hope. That’s why it keeps playing in my brain. It’s about doing what can’t be done. It’s about David cleverly beating Goliath.”

Ian Johnson, in an SI article, was quoted as saying:

“They woke me up at 7 a.m. for the press conference,” he says as he curls up on the couch. “I want to take a nap now. I’m so tired. They were asking me crazy questions, like what do you think about Adrian Peterson not knowing who you are? They were being real rude and trying to put me down. If Adrian Peterson doesn’t know who I am, what am I supposed to say? I guess he’s not a college football fan.”

If you know how humble and gracious Ian is, it makes it all the funnier. Let’s just say Adrian Peterson knows who Ian is now and will never forget. I’ll never see something like the chemistry of all these things again in my lifetime. Really fun.




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