Sunday, July 29, 2007

No Trick Plays

In our hard-eyed, cynical world, sometimes the good guys still managed to win the big game and even the hand of the head cheerleader. For those of you who may have forgotten, didn't see, or want to relieve the event, here's a link to a YouTube highlight clip of the final dramatic plays of last season's Fiesta Bowl and the proposal that followed. Enjoy

No trick plays here: Boise State star marries cheerleader fiancee, prays to end prejudice
July 28, 2007

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Before Boise State running back Ian Johnson married the girl he proposed to on national television, the couple prayed to end prejudice.

Johnson and Chrissy Popadics, the cheerleader he proposed to after scoring the winning points in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma, were married Saturday in a traditional ceremony at Cathedral of the Rockies First United Methodist Church.

Johnson, who is black, has said he received phone calls and about 30 letters, including personal threats from people who objected to his plans to marry his white fiancee. Johnson has not described the threats, and it is unclear where they came from.

The ceremony began with the prayer and ended with the couple jumping over a broom -- an African tradition signifying the couple jumping into a new life together.

As they drove away in a stretch limousine, Johnson kissed his new wife and said, "Let's play ball," the Idaho Statesman reported.

Johnson ran for a 2-point conversion on a "Statue of Liberty" to give the underdog Broncos a 43-42 overtime win over Oklahoma on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. Boise State finished the season 13-0 and No. 5 in the AP Top 25.


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