What do you get when you cross-breed BYU football and a groundhog? Six more weeks of bad football! Before I get ripped apart by Cougars, read my blog. You’ll understand.
This weekend, someone claiming to be both a University of Utah and a BYU fan placed full page ads in a couple of papers, trying to persuade fans who don’t like BYU to root for them anyway.
More specifically, it was intended for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). The author thinks that since there is no rivalry game between the two schools this year, that all LDS members should root for both teams.
The article was clearly aimed at LDS members who specifically don’t like BYU. No, I’m not kidding. Read it for yourself here. The author goes on to plead his case about the fact that someone’s preference for an athletic program should not influence the LDS members feelings about the school itself.
Look, it’s a free country and people can place ads where they want, and advertise whatever message the publication will allow. I just think it’s weird. This is a beautiful state, which is why we live here, but this kind of madness can drive a non-LDS member nuts. No one is fire bombing the BYU campus or beating BYU students up. It’s just a rivalry, much like the UCLA – USC rivalry I grew up with.
I’ve never heard of an ad being placed for Catholics to be sure to root for Notre Dame. Maybe it’s happened, but I doubt it. I’ve known many Catholics who didn’t root for them. The author touts BYU’s honor code as a reason to like the school. I’m under the impression that most schools have honor codes, so what’s the point?
The rivalry is fun. I like the Utes much more than BYU, and many, many others do, as well. I certainly don’t hate the school. I do think the student body can be somewhat pretentious at times. This comes from my own experiences performing for BYU students dozens of times.
BYU is a fine college, with great programs. The same is true with the University of Utah. Hard core rivalries are pretty tough to break up, though. Perhaps a full page ad in some middle east publications will solve the division there, too.
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