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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Can CU and Bill McCartney rekindle that old magic?

Are the good times really over for good?

-Merle Haggard

These days, no one is more Haggard than followers of CU football. Like Merle, the Buff fans look back to the good ol’ days. Merle longed to return to a time when a buck was still silver and a Ford lasted ten years, like it should.

The Buffs reminisce of Coach Mac on the sidelines, players like Darian Hagan, Kordell Stewart, and Alfred Williams. They want to recreate ’88. And ’89 and especially that champtionship season, 1990. They dream of the good times, of national relevance.

It is natural to wish to return to a better time. It’s like calling up that old girlfriend ‘cause things were so awesome back then. You were both so in love. Problem is, you can’t go back. She’s different now. So are you. Wishing don’t make it so.

Some Buff fans are wishin'. They want to call up that old girlfriend. Their old girlfriend is a 70 year old man, Bill McCartney, the coach that had the Buffs at the top of the college football world.

Unfortunately, no matter how great the memories, no matter how sweet the kisses, he ain’t the same guy.

Those good times ARE over. But that doesn’t stop you from going and trying to make new ones.

As Tom Scholz of Boston said, “Don’t Look Back.”

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