Category Archives: Blog – Chris Walton

Do we start at “0” or “1”?

Do we start at “0” or “1”?

“Marine Bob” is a listener who emails me just about every day. He’s conservative and a Vietnam veteran who lost an eye there fifty years ago. He pumps iron every day, has a wide variety of knowledge and interests and can pass for younger than his actual age. Last week he wrote me with a…MORE

Marshall University, a respectable opponent

Marshall University, a respectable opponent

Marshall University, Friday night’s Boise State football opponent, is most famous for one thing: a plane crash that happened in 1970. You know about it if you saw the 2006 movie “We Are Marshall” or the documentary “Marshall University: Ashes to Glory” from 2000. The Marshall Thundering Herd football team was returning from a 17-14…MORE

The weekend that could have been

The weekend that could have been

Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and with it the opening game of the Boise State football season.  This year’s opener is on the road against Florida State.  They were supposed to play in Jacksonville, Florida at the home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.  Technically, it was a game being played on a neutral field. …MORE

Presidents and their choice of food and drink

Presidents and their choice of food and drink

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States.  As you probably know, Donald Trump is the 45th president because Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms and was officially dubbed by Congress the 22nd and 24th president. Every one of the 44 presidents has had a favorite food.  According to Trump and those who…MORE

Spring football fans are true fans

Spring football fans are true fans

Football fans love to sit in judgment.  It’s part of the fun of watching the game.  When a pass play doesn’t work, it’s fun to turn to the guy next to you and say, “I don’t understand why they’re not running the ball.”  When a running play goes nowhere, it’s fun to say, “They should…MORE

Thank you to “The Winter Kid”

Thank you to “The Winter Kid”

When I was in elementary school, probably first through fourth grade, I used to listen to the radio every morning while eating breakfast.  My mother would turn on the radio and tune it to 1310 AM, which was KLIX in Twin Falls.  KLIX, just like KBOI in Boise at the time, was a full-service radio…MORE

Conference thoughts

Conference thoughts

College football conferences are infuriating.  They’re inconsistent, and they only make a lot of sense if you look at them from a single point of view.  And that point of view is money.  Money, naturally, makes the world go around.  Or at least it makes the United States go around while the world is going…MORE

“Albuquerque”, what’s in a name…

“Albuquerque”, what’s in a name…

For someone who’s never been to Albuquerque, I feel as if I’ve always known quite a bit about it.  Boise State plays the University of New Mexico football team tonight in Albuquerque.  I know exactly where I first heard of the city.  It was in Bugs Bunny cartoons.  More than once, Bugs emerged from digging…MORE

Friday Night Lights and 1984

Friday Night Lights and 1984

This has been a big news week.  The midterm elections were Tuesday.  The day we spent arguing about what the midterm elections meant was Wednesday.  Late Wednesday night, a former Marine with mental problems shot up a bar in Thousand Oaks on College Night and killed 12 people.  The Attorney General of the United States…MORE

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Things to do in Colorado Springs

On game days in Boise, I sometimes feel as if that’s the only thing going on in the entire city.  There are other events, of course, but for the past 35 years I’ve planned my fall schedule around Bronco football games.  The first year I sat in the student section.  The next three years I…MORE

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Coach Harsin: Just worry about the things that matter

Coach Harsin: Just worry about the things that matter

Coach Harsin: Just worry about the things that matter By Rick Worthington   The Mountain West made a sweetheart deal with Boise State a number of years ago when the Broncos agreed to stay in the MWC.  The deal was this:  Boise State could negotiate the TV rights to it’s home football games and keep the…

Guest Blog-District 18-Representative Ilana Rubel-Clean Slate

Guest Blog-District 18-Representative Ilana Rubel-Clean Slate

Idahoans Deserve a Second Chance Representative Ilana Rubel/(D-Boise) and Senator Dave Lent/(R-Idaho Falls) Our criminal justice system is intended to ensure there is an appropriate penalty associated with crime. We refer to this as paying one’s debt to society. However, under some of Idaho’s current laws, the payment never seems to stop. Our courts assign…

Guest Blog – District 8 Representative Dorothy Moon – Common Core

Guest Blog – District 8 Representative Dorothy Moon – Common Core

Idahoans won’t be ignored about Common Core Common Core is exactly what we thought it was. Try telling that to the Idaho State Board of Education, though. The board’s members won’t hear you . Idaho adopted Common Core standards earlier this decade in hopes that the latest federal education package would solve what ails Idaho…

Guest Blog – District 8 Senator Steve Thayn – Common Core

Guest Blog – District 8 Senator Steve Thayn – Common Core

I have been accused of being in favor of Common Core. This is incorrect. I am actively working to change and correct many of the underlying problems with Common Core and public education in general. First, let me list what I am opposed to: 1. I oppose the federalization of education and curriculum. 2. I…