"Don't be too mean, you guys," was what the little orange-clad event staff guy said to us at Saturday's game. Granted, we were yelling some stuff at the Arizona players (we were in our seats 75 minutes early; what would you have done?), but don't be too mean? Man- I love this school, but seriously something like this would only happen at BYU. The little event staff guy is lucky he doesn't work at Ohio State or Auburn or something, otherwise he might (gulp) hear a swear word!
Also, I love Bronco Mendenhall, but I will boo whomever I want, whenever I want. He got on the fans' case for booing punter C.J. Santiago for his poor performance on Saturday, but you know what? He deserved a good booing to get his motor going. A 23 yard punt? Get outta here! He's lucky the defense played as well as it did, because field position is huge in a low-scoring game like that. Plus the booing inspired him to get out there and get it done. He redeemed himself later in the game and received a hearty (if a bit sarcastic) cheer from the crowd as a reward.
The only thing worse than Bronco telling me how to cheer is the way the media are making this the next big controversy. Every local sports show is making a huge deal about how BYU fans booed their punter. I'm serious- there are news stories, radio features and I hear a made-for-TV movie is in the works. But I can't say I'm surprised. What is the Salt Lake Tribune and 1280 the Zone supposed to do when a game is played mistake-free, and there are no injuries or controversies? Exactly- make something up.
But when all is said and done, I hope we'll all try to live life from this day forward without being "too mean."