When special sports moments come along, they need to be memorialized before they disappear by the next Sports Center. In today's fast-paced replacement of the highlight reels, what is extraordinary on Saturday is forgotten by a routine double play on Sunday.
When I saw BYU senior wide receiver Terenn Houk hug the sideline judge after the Cougars' Hail Mary pass to beat Nebraska Saturday, I was awed. I've watched a lot of games of all sorts during my 50 trips around the bright yellow orb in the sky, and I don't believe I have ever seen such innocent and raw emotion.
I saw when Duke's Christian Laettner ran the floor of the court after beating Kentucky in 1992. Perhaps more appropriately, there was Doug Flutie's Hail Mary as Boston College upset the Miami Hurricanes in 1984. And most recently I saw New England's Malcom Butler intercept Russell Wilson's pass to take Super Bowl XLIX from the Seattle Seahawks.
And as special as these moments were, not once did a player hug an official like Houk did when BYU completed its comeback.
I don't ever want to forget how I felt when I saw Houk deliver the best hug ever. So, I've come up with a plan to ensure that it never happens.
I'm keeping my eyes open for circumstances and situations that warrant a Houk Hug. There isn't a timetable for how often I'll give one, nor can I describe what it takes to be awarded a Houk Hug. And since I'm in charge of giving them out, I can only tell you that I'll know a Houk Hug when I see a Houk Hug.
What made this a workable idea is that shortly after I determined I wanted to do something like this, the first Houk Hug showed up.
Lee Williams junior volleyball and softball player Sidney Clark has a special friend in her life, Jacob Engstrom.
Jacob is a Senior Olympian who competes in bowling, softball, basketball and even floor hockey.
He's been doing karate for 10 years at White Wind Tiger Foundation and is about to test for his orange belt.
Sidney and Jacob have grown up together, as their parents have known each other for more than 20 years. They were part of a group that celebrated all the holidays together and went boating on the lake all the time.
Jacob is a senior at Kingman Academy High School and hasn't had the opportunities to experience all that goes on during the high school years. Sidney decided to change some of that.
"Jacob has never been to Homecoming," she told me. "It's his senior year and he's never been to anything like that. So, I went to his dad and mom to see if I could take him, and they were real excited about it."
Sidney made a poster and had Jacob led to the backyard where she asked him if he would go with her. Jacob didn't understand what Homecoming is - not yet anyway - so his mom pulled him back inside and explained it to him.
"Then he came outside yelling 'YES!' We took pictures, and I kissed him on the cheek," Sidney said.
She told me that when they go to the lake, Jacob calls her his wife and never leaves her side. And that kiss? Well it sealed the deal.
"She's my girlfriend," Jacob said.
While it seems Jacob is the one being given an awesome gift, it turns out Sidney is the true recipient.
"I think this is pretty awesome, and I'm so excited," she said. "I can't wait. I'm counting down the days."
And for that, Sidney Clark, you get the first Houk Hug.