Monday, November 30, 2009

You're doing it wrong


Let this be a lesson to all of you: If you email me an hilarious picture, I will put it on my blog.

Apologies

I was just thinking, Since Max Hall bit the bullet and issued his public apology, how about the University of Utah starts stepping up to the plate and issuing some apologies of their own?

They can start by apologizing to Max Hall for allowing his family to be treated like garbage.

Then they can spread out the sorries for every other BYU fan that has been heckled, taunted, abused and accosted at that junk heap they call a football stadium.

Then they can apologize for their entire white trash fanbase and the filth and bigotry that continually spews out of their mouths against all things BYU.

That would be a nice gesture on their part. Don't you think?

Max's comments

"I don't like Utah. In fact, I hate them — I hate everything about them...I hate their program. I hate their fans. I hate everything. So, it feels good to send those guys home. They didn't deserve it... we deserved it...it felt really good to send them home and to get them out of here, so it is a game I'll always remember...

...I think the whole university and their fans and organization is classless. They threw beer on my family and stuff last year and did a whole bunch of nasty things. I don't respect them, and they deserve to lose."


Like almost every BYU or Utah fan in existence, I have a few thoughts about these comments.

First, I don't blame Max one bit for saying these things. Mostly because I happen to agree with him (for the most part). I don't respect Utah, and "classless" is the understatement of the year.

Utah fans (generally speaking) are trash. The players are dirty thugs. I acknowledge that they have good teams from time to time, but I'll never respect them.

The two regrets I have about Max's comments are these: one, it's unfortunate that his words take attention away from a great game.

Two, even I can admit that it's unfair to apply such negative terms to an entire institution.

I think we all know great people who have graduated from, or root for, the University of Utah. Certainly the whole university isn't defined by the number (as big as it may be) of complete idiots that continually grab the most attention.

But the fact remains that Max said what he said, and I sure as shoot won't be the one to tell him to take it back.

In fact, I've never been more of a Max fan than I am right now.

(By the way, does anyone know where I can get an mp3 of Max's post-game comments? I'd like to make it my ringtone.)

**Update**

Since I wrote this post on Sunday afternoon, Max Hall issued a formal apology in which he shares regret for implicating the entire University of Utah.

He also shared some insight into why exactly he said what he said. Given what his family went through at the hands of white trash loser Ute fans last year, who can blame him for going off like he did?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The best win of the year

Max HallBYU beat Utah last night, and that victory's sweetness will last for days, weeks and months.

That's the thing about beating Utah: It's a win that lasts. And not only does it last, but it's a very cleansing experience. All the transgressions of the past, all the mistakes, all the questions, all the pain and anger from past losses disappear in a vapor of frenzied victory.

As a matter of fact, I can't even remember 2008. All I remember is Andrew George running free into a wide open end zone to give BYU its third win over Utah in four years.

Sweet, sweet victory.

And Max Hall? He only completed 12 of 32 passes for 134 yards--both career lows. Do you think I'll remember that? Not a chance. All I'll remember is him threading the needle between Utah's Stevenson Sylvester and Joe Dale for the game-winning TD strike.

Still, the game was a little closer than I'd like. Credit Utah's defense, because they made things hard for our offense all night. Their speed on the defensive line, along with their ability to play pretty good press-man coverage spelled frustration for Max Hall and the Cougar offense.

Fortunately, Jordan Wynn couldn't capitalize on great field position and multiple trips to the red zone. Just like I predicted, Wynn was frazzled and off his game the entire night. He couldn't complete the deep balls, and scored no TD passes and one huge INT, which led to three BYU points.

Part of Wynn's ineptitude was due to an inspired BYU defense. Thank the great heavens that our defense decided to play their best on the biggest game of the year. Jordan Pendleton was all over the field. I can't even remember how many times he was in the backfield chasing Wynn around. I know he notched one sack, and he registered a HUGE hit on Wynn's second completion of the game. A nice welcome to the Holy War.

Brian Logan was also great. The micro-man covered the crap out of David Reed, and he had some huge open-field tackles.

But in the end, there were two heroes: Max and Andrew.

All around, it was another classic game against two good teams. We were matched evenly, but in the end the better team won. BYU deserved it, and Utah will have to sit on their thumbs for the next year while Cougars everywhere revel in our latest state championship.

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Ross "Ute Killer" Mitchell for winning the second ASB Pick 'em!

Ross edged out Andy, the reigning champion, to secure the much-coveted ASB Pick 'em championship and the accompanying prize, a BYU t-shirt. Andy had the lead, but just like BYU on Saturday night, Ross scored the come-from-behind win with an inspired pick for the BYU/Utah game.

Jon S. claimed the runner-up spot, and Andy slipped to No. 3 in the final rankings.

Congratulations again, Ross. You deserve this great win.

Pick 'em update: Utah

Rise all loyal Cougars!

The best thing about beating Utah is it's a win that lasts a full year. The Holiday season is sweeter, the Bowl games are better and BYU's senior class is instantly transformed into heroes.

Such was the case last night when Max Hall and Andrew George hooked up for an amazing touchdown strike in overtime that will live on in the annals of rivalry lore.

Now on to the matter at hand. Last night's game was the final game in the ASB Pick 'em contest, and we now officially have a winner. Without further adieu, here are this week's scores:

Name Total Score
Gus 37
Seth 37
Spencer C. 36
Adam 35
Ross 34
Russell O. 34
Becky 33
Chris W. 33
PJ 33
Jeris 30
Rodney 30
KO 29
Jon 28
Travis 28
Trizz 28
Justin 25
Knipps 25
Cade 24
Mars 24
Matt Orme 24
Rusty 24
Peter M. 23
Aaron W. 22
Cindy 21
Ty 21
Andy 20
Eliot 20
Lesley 20
Matt Olsen 16
Ashley 0
Benjy 0

Friday, November 27, 2009

Confidence builds

It's the strangest thing... as the days go by I get more and more confident that the Cougars will beat the Utes tomorrow.

Immediately after the Air Force game I started looking forward to the Holy War, and I knew it would be just that... a war. I thought it would be close, and I thought the Utes would give us all we could handle.

Now, on the eve of the biggest game of the year, I am sure BYU will win, and I won't be surprised if it's a blowout.

First, Max Hall is a fifth year senior with lots of experience in this rivalry and a chip on his shoulder. His poor performance last year is probably only fueling a fire to win big tomorrow.

Second, Jordan Wynn is a true freshman. I'm sure the rivalry between Oceanside and Carlsbad was big, but this little man hasn't seen anything like the BYU/Utah battlefield. He'll get spooked, and I'm willing to bet he makes more than a few mistakes.

The home field advantage hasn't exactly worked in our favor this year, but it still needs to be mentioned. BYU will be playing in front of 65,000 faithful, and we are all aching for a big win. It can only help the Cougs.

Now let's talk offense/defense. When BYU's offense is clicking there's no way Utah's defense can hold us. Their defense was much better last year, and we still moved the ball well. If Hall hadn't completely unraveled in the second half the game would have gone right down to the wire.

I'm confident that Max and the efficient, dangerous Cougar offense won't have a problem moving the ball against Utah tomorrow. Dennis Pitta is healthy (he wasn't last year, remember), Unga and Tonga are ready to go and Max has more weapons than ever.

When all is said and done, the game will come down to this: Jordan Wynn and the Utah offense will sputter, and BYU, led by Max Hall, will march all over the Utes to give the home crowd a reason to celebrate 24 hours from now.

Prediction: BYU wins, 28-20

In my inbox

Just got this email:

"Adam,
In regards to your blog describing four different type of Utah fans, under the label of anti-LDS/anti-BYU fans there is a picture of Utah fans indicating that these fans fall under that label. However, ironically one of these men in that particular picture is currently serving as a Bishop in the Salt Lake area in which I live, I thought would make you aware if you aren't already. Maybe be a little bit more cautious in work! Should be a great game on Saturday!

Sincerely,
Curtis Brown (Name changed to protect the innocent)"


Two thoughts:

1. Bishops in headbands: Simply awesome. The church definitely needs more of that.

2. My bad, guys. I'll be more careful when I use photos in the future.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jordan Wynn: The key to a BYU victory

Jordan Wynn, pictured here two weeks ago at the Oceanside High School homecoming, will be the key player in Saturday's rivalry showdown.

The pimply faced, silk-mustached freshman will be thrust into the rivalry fire, and his performance will dictate the outcome of the game. Will he fold like my grandpa after Thanksgiving yams, or soar like a red-tailed hawk? How will this li'l guy handle one of the biggest, most heated rivalries in the country?

Wynn has demonstrated some impressive talent thus far. He took a faltering Utah offense and turned them into a high-scoring machine. He replaced a flaccid Terrance Cain in the middle of Utah's game vs. Wyoming, and the Ute offense has been better than ever.

Wynn's best weapon is his super-accurate deep ball. It doesn't hurt that he has some pretty talented receivers on the other end, but Wynn is the kind of guy that will get 250 yards on 12 completions. Dude just likes to throw the ball.

He has a 55% completion rate, and has thrown 5 TDs and 2 INTs in 3.5 games of work. Last week vs. San Diego State Wynn was 14-28 for 195 yards and one TD. That's about par for the course for the greenie; he's not the kind of guy that will produce eye-popping stats, and his coaching staff will keep things simple for him and let the running game take care of the dirty work.

Unfortunately for Wynn, pedestrian stats like that won't be enough to beat the Cougars on Saturday.

The greasy-faced freshman will have to be the hero if Utah is to walk away with the win. BYU won't let the Utes run wild, and the only thing that will keep our offense off the field is long, sustained drives with a lot of different throws to a lot of different receivers. Frankly, I don't think J-Wynn can do it.

Additionally, Wynn has the pressure of playing in a crazy rivalry as a true freshman. He's never seen anything like this before, and I really believe you need to have some experience in this rivalry before you can have success. Wynn is going to look lost out there, and the emotion of the crowd will catch him off guard.

It's all going to come down to Jordan Wynn on Saturday, and that is great news for BYU fans.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ute pre-game traditions

Utah fans have a lot of traditions on game day, but this is by far my favorite. "The Circle of Acid"

Monday, November 23, 2009

Four Ute fans

I hate Utah. I hate the team and I hate the school, but the thing I hate most about Utah is its fans.

The sight of their mis-matched crimson red induces vomit, and hearing them bleat and squawk about this rivalry makes me want to beat my head against a wall.

Over the years I have been able to categorize Utah fans into four distinct groups. Let me know if you've had experience with any of these guys:


The Anti-LDS, Anti-BYU Ute

Don't tell me these fans don't exist, because my experience with this rivalry begs to differ

Lives in: Downtown Salt Lake City
Defining Characteristic: Being the first to comment on BYU-related articles online
Favorite phrase: "F*** you BYU!"
Works: in your sales department
Key physical attribute: Whispy Goatee


The ignorant student Ute

News flash: You're just like BYU students... with no guts

Lives in: Their mom's basement
Defining Characteristic: Bitterness for not being accepted into BYU
Favorite phrase: "F*** you BYU!"
Works: at The Pie... or Borders
Key physical attribute: Long, dirty hair


The White Trash Ute

Take a trip up to Rice-Eccles Stadium. You'll see what I mean

Lives in: West Valley City
Defining Characteristic: Shamelessness
Favorite Phrase: "I'm so drunk! Here, hold my hair..."
"Works": at the Welfare office
Key physical attribute: Interesting head gear made from cases of beer


The active LDS Ute

Aren't these guys just the worst?

Lives in: Draper, Sandy, Bountiful, and there are probably a few in your ward
Defining Characteristic: Always popping up on the Sunday after BYU loses to Utah
Favorite Phrase: "Sorry about those guys... not all Ute fans are like that"
Works: For a BYU fan, most likely
Key physical attribute: They look just like us... beware.


Now I understand that each of the four categories has sub-categories and subtle nuances, but I'm pretty sure I got it mostly right. What are your thoughts? Which ones did I miss?

(Cue the Anti-BYU Ute comments...)

We love you, Max

I would just like to say that we here at Adam's Sports Blog don't need any time to go by to appreciate Max Hall. I love the guy now, and I'm going to miss him when he graduates.

Congratulations, Max, on being the winningest quarterback in BYU history.

REAL Salt Lake wins the MLS Cup


I'm almost too embarrassed to say it, but I watched this game from the 60-minute mark all the way through the penalty kicks. By far the most soccer I've ever watched in my entire life.

Still, I couldn't help but feel good for the scrappy RSL players who took down David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the entire Spice Girl nation to win the MLS Cup.

Well done, RSL.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pick 'em update: Air Force

I find Air Force is a pretty simple game to pick. We're always going to beat them by about 17-20, and the score is always going to be in the 35-17 range.

BYU just knows how to play the Falcons. We don't have a hard time with them like some other teams do.

I guess a lot of people knew this secret too, because we saw a lot of high scores this week.

Ironically, on a week that everyone seemed to pick up some points, our two leaders didn't do so hot. Andy got a meager 23, and Ashley only picked up 20 points. Aaron W. is our big winner of the week, scoring 36 big ones.

Here are this week's scores:

Name Total Score
Aaron W. 36
Cindy 36
Kenny 36
Matt Orme 36
Ty 36
Becky 35
PJ 35
KO 34
Seth 34
Adam 33
Chris W. 33
Jeris 30
Jon 30
Mars 30
Rodney 30
Ross 30
Spencer C. 30
Travis 29
Gus 28
Matt Olsen 28
Trizz 28
Cade 27
Peter M. 27
Justin 26
Lesley 26
Russell O. 26
Andy 23
Eliot 23
Rusty 22
Ashley 20

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Triple Option

I find it hard to talk bad about the Air Force Academy.

Sure, they're our opponent this weekend, and all BYU opponents deserve to be heckled, but Air Force represents so much more. As an institution they symbolize something that transcends any silly football game. Something strong and powerful. Something that lives on in the hearts of hard-working men and women all across this great land.

I'm speaking, of course, about the triple option, wing-T offense.

The Falcons play football the way God intended it. They play with heart, determination, and a fullback. They chew up the clock, they dive at your ankles and they run it right up the gut. Every time.

This is a team whose quarterback is lucky to throw the ball more than five times a game.

This is a team who rarely breaks the three-hour mark when playing on Saturday.

This is a team who will pitch, pitch again and pitch some more.

I love watching Air Force play. The Wing-T has always been my personal favorite offense (although I continually struggle to find the right kind of friends who can run it effectively). The option is a thing of beauty, and there's nothing quite like watching a team execute it to perfection.

The only thing better, in fact, is watching a team defend it with perfection. BYU has always fared well against the option attack of the Air Force Falcons, especially recently. We play great assignment defense, and the ball won't go over our heads.

Bronco Mendenhall has never lost to Air Force as a head coach, and I see no reason why that trend won't continue.

BYU 35, Air Force 17

AROUND THE MWC

TCU 38, Wyoming 3
SDSU 28, Utah 24 (Upset special!)
New Mexico 24, CSU 17

**Bonus Pick**

Ohio State 38, Michigan 20

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BYU routs the Bengals

Don't bring that weak sauce to the Marriott Center, Idaho State. You don't belong in our big boy gym.

You may be able to hang with the likes of the Runnin' Utes, but you'll never be in our league

BYU beat up on the out-classed and over-matched ISU Bengals yesterday in what turned out to be a very enjoyable game. Idaho State was feisty early, but once they figured our the game was longer than 10 minutes they were doomed.

I guess I shouldn't be too hard on ISU. They were playing in front of a crowd twice the size of Pocatello, so that had to be a strange experience for them. The loud noises probably disoriented them.

Jackson Emery was my personal Player of the Game yesterday. Not only did he score 19 points (including five big three pointers), but he added 7 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Just watching Emery play was making me tired. He has more hustle than a sleezy Wendover con-man. One minute he was double teaming the point guard, then he flashed across the court to defend a shooter then he raced back to steal a pass on the other end. He's fun to watch.

I was also encouraged by the play of Tyler Haws. He's a do-it-all kind of guy, and deserves a lot of minutes.

BYU is kind of in a tough situation, though, because we might (if possible) have a little too much depth. Because of Haws guys like Charles Abouo are sitting on the bench too much. Abouo needs more playing time, but then at whose expense?

I guess any way you slice it a good player is sitting out.

Anyway, great game last night Cougs.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Gutting it out

Am I the only one that thought this weekend was a little more exciting that it should have been?

It started out on Friday night. BYU Hoops hosted Bradley from the Missouri Valley Conference. I automatically assume every game at the Marriott Center (especially the first few non-conference games) will be a blow out, but dang it if those Bradley Braves didn't keep things interesting.

They were quick off the dribble, they were great shooters and they had size. Who knew?

Fortunately we have Jimmer Fredette.

It was impeccable timing by our all-everything junior guard that he burst on fire at the exact moment that I had the thought "Man, Jimmer Fredette really needs to take over this game." He nailed 14 huge free throws down the stretch and guided the Cougars to a 70-60 win.

Jonathan Tavernari is a roller-coaster, by the way (as if you didn't already know that). I still say he gets a bad rap by BYU fans, but missing his first 20 shots didn't do much to endear him to the crowd. At least he ended strong.

As far as football goes, give some credit to the blowbos of Albuqueerque. They played some inspired football on Saturday, and, despite being incredibly bad, they gave BYU a game.

I was actually impressed with our defense, which played well enough to win. They were aggressive, which is always good. The Hobos just planned a great game, and those little screens killed us when we blitzed. I don't know how, but they read our blitzes like a book.

For some reason Max Hall and the offense weren't in sync. I was disgusted by the dropped balls. And where was our running game? Utah ran for over 200 yards just two weeks ago against UNM, but BYU wasn't even able to break the century mark. Harvey Unga must be hampered by injury because he looked sloooooow.

But, in both football and basketball, the fact remains: We won both games. Through all the anxiety, excitement, heart-failure and flop-sweat, we still pulled out two gutty victories.

Good weekend for the Cougs.

Pick 'em update: UNM

Your New Mexico Picks were pretty good, but no one guessed that BYU would be so anemic on offense.

Andy, however, did more to solidify his title defense. For the second week in a row Andy O. notched the highest score. Only two more weeks to take him down...

I would also like to point out that Andy made all his picks at the beginning of the year. He hasn't changed a-one.

I'm proud you're my brother, Andy.

Here are this week's scores:


Name Total Score
Andy 31
Justin 31
Ashley 30
Becky 28
Cade 28
Gus 28
Matt Olsen 28
Matt Orme 28
Ty 27
Knipps 25
Mars 25
Ross 25
Seth 25
Cindy 23
Adam 21
Jeris 21
Jon 21
Kenny 21
KO 21
PJ 21
Rodney 21
Russ 21
Trizz 21
Aaron W. 20
Benjy 20
Chris W. 20
Eliot 20
Peter M. 20
Russell O. 20
Spencer C. 20
Travis 20

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Mexico is bad

According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, BYU is a 26.5 point favorite over New Mexico on Saturday. Why such a lack of confidence in the Lobos/Hobos/Blowbos/BlowBlows/Slowbos/Homos?

Because New Mexico is bad.

Don't believe me? Take a look at these numbers (provided by the stats section of NCAA.com):

New Mexico is ranked 109 (out of 120) in total offense, averaging 309 yards a game.

Bad.

Their scoring offense is ranked 117. They score an average of 15.3 points per game.

Baaaad.

They have given up 30 sacks, good for seventh-worst in the country.

They are also next-to-worst in the country in Third down conversions, only converting 27.74% of the time.

B'ad.

National ranking in red zone offense? 115. 67% success rate.

Quad-bad.

They're a little better on defense. They're only ranked No. 104, giving up over 429 yards a game.

Scoring defense? 112, giving up 36.56 points/game.

So, so bad.

They have the eigth-worst defense on third down, letting opponents convert nearly 50% of the time.

New Mexico QB Donovan Porterie, a senior, has a 58.1% completion rate (the lowest since his freshman year), and has thrown 7 INTs to only 8 TDs. And again, he has also been sacked 30 times.

New Mexico is bad.

BYU is going to have a red-letter day in ABQ.

BYU 55, New Mexico 10

AROUND THE MWC

Air Force 27, UNLV 20
San Diego State 31, Wyoming 24
TCU 34, Utah 13

**Bonus Pick**

Boise State 51, Idaho 28

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Utah/TCU dilemma

As far as the Utah/TCU game this Saturday goes, BYU is in a win-win situation.

If Utah wins, BYU has a shot at another MWC championship (if we beat Utah).

If TCU wins, TCU has an easy road to the BCS (possibly national championship) and the MWC gets prestige and takes another step toward joining the AQ ranks.

The question every BYU fan needs to ask him- or herself is this: What is more important?

Selfish BYU fans want Utah to win on Saturday. They don't think about the MWC, and couldn't care less about how the league looks. They want BYU to get another conference championship because we're BYU and we deserve to be at the top of the mountain every year.

The team-player BYU fans want TCU to win. They want the MWC to continue to shake the BCS coconut tree. They recognize that TCU is ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings, and has a shot (albeit a very long shot) to play in the national championship. This could do wonders for our conference prestige, and would all but lock up an AQ spot when the BCS conferences are re-evaluated.

Personally, I lean more toward TCU. I hope the Frogs win on Saturday, because I would like to see them play one of the best teams in the country. I would like to see the MWC get their chance to be represented at the highest level. It reflects well on BYU, and besides, TCU deserves it.

What do you think?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Manning at his best

I just finished reading this article and I feel compelled to share it.

Sports Illustrated — Manning At His Best

This article solidified Peyton Manning's position as my favorite non-BYU NFL athlete. If a miracle happened and I had the chance to play in the NFL, I would want to play with/for Peyton Manning.



Also, Austin Collie is a freaking stud.

An early look at BYU Hoops

Last night was my first real look at the BYU men's basketball team. I saw them play at the Cougar tip-off, but this game was an actual exhibition against Central Washington University.

BYU blew out the Wildcats, with five Cougars scoring in double digits. Charles Abouo was my MVP. He had a big second half and the play of the game — a drive-in hammer dunk that made the crowd go wild.

I don't go into these exhibition games expecting a competitive game, though. Rather, I see this as an opportunity to take a look at our new guys. I was specifically interested in Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws.

Davies, to me, is the more exciting of the two. He's lean but not skinny. He's tall but not lurpy. He's smooth and athletic, and he can bang with the best of 'em down on the blocks.

I'm excited about the future of Brandon Davies. Even as a freshman he shows a real knack for playing around the hoop. He's a lot lighter on his feet than Chris Miles, and he will get some good time this season.

Tyler Haws was also impressive. He's a long-armed wingman, not unlike Lee Cummard. He was aggressive with the ball, and he was tough on defense. I especially liked what he did when he didn't have the ball. He was moving around, setting screens and going after boards. He made a couple big shots, including a few threes.

In short, he's wiry and tough, and he's got a great shot. He's a perfect fit for BYU's system.

The rest of BYU's team are who we've come to know and love:

Jimmer Fredette is amazing.

JT is a shooter, and an extremely underrated defender and rebounder

Chris Miles is a big body who continues to frustrate me.

Charles Abouo is solid, with flashes of brilliance

All in all, we'll have a pretty great team this year. The first real game of the season is this Friday vs. Bradley. Don't miss it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

In-N-Out

I'd like to take a little time out from sports to raise a glass of nonalcoholic beverage to my favorite eating establishment of all time: In-N-Out Burger.

The iconic, legendary and delicious restaurant will be opening its doors in Utah County in a little over one week. The new eatery will be located at 350 E. University Parkway in Orem. It is expected to make nearby Burlington Coat Factory look a lot busier than it actually is.


(I grabbed the above image from this site. I hope they're okay with that)


I used to have to wait for the occasional trip to Las Vegas to eat my favorite burgers, but now those little beauties will be served mere minutes from my house. Just thinking about a double double animal style has me drifting off into a wonderland of succulent meaty delights.

Welcome to Orem, In-N-Out. I wish you a very long life on University Parkway.

Do it for the soccer team!

I'm looking forward to the BYU football team finishing what Elizabeth Lambert and the New Mexico women's soccer team started last week.



When BYU travels to Albuquerque this Saturday, I expect Max Hall to punch someone in the back, Riley Stephenson to kick off right in someone's face and Jordan Pendleton to throw a UNM receiver to the ground by his ponytail.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Back from Laramie


I never believed it would happen, but there was a terrible little thought in the back of my head on the way to Laramie:

What if BYU loses?

That would sure put the road trip in the crapper. The 6+ hour drive home wouldn't be pleasant at all.

Fortunately, BYU ripped Wyoming a new Cowboy-hole with a 52-0 shellacking. The drive home was a pleasure. Thoughts of a perfect BYU game kept us going strong through Rawlins, Rock Springs, Evanston and beyond.

Laramie is an interesting place, though. It's the kind of place you never, ever want to be, and yet you can't help but return when you get the chance. It's full of run-down houses, bars on every corner, a mess of train tracks and depressed little people. There are little-to-no trees, no mountains, no water, no life. I can't understand how anyone in their right mind would choose to live, work or attend school in a place like that.

And yet there we were, right alongside the Brown-and-gold-clad fans in War Memorial Stadium.

The fans were a little mouthy before the game started. My crew and I marched through the tailgate area and we were heckled on every side. We were birded and profaned, but we kept smiles on our faces.

In my mind I thought, "let's see how chippy you get when you go down three touchdowns."

Sure enough BYU jumped all over the hopeless Cowboys in the first quarter, and they never looked back. Max Hall was nearly perfect, Harvey Unga was running at will, BYU's receivers were open all over the field, and our defense looked energized and mean. BYU could have shut out Wyoming for eight-straight quarters, and the offense could have put up as many points as they wanted. Good thing for Wyoming that BYU showed mercy and took out the starters mid-way through the third quarter.

By that time the stadium was nearly empty. Only Cougar fans and the most loyal of Cowboys were there to see Brendan Gaskins(!) take a few knees to end the game.

When the final whistle blew my friends and I rushed down to show our appreciation to the Cougs. We were in their ear-holes giving them our well-wishes. We do love BYU, after all.

After the players cleared out we jetted out onto Jonah Field and ran some routes. It was pretty cool catching balls in the college stadium, even though it was just us and a bunch of 6-year-old kids.

I walked back to the car with my chest out and my chin high. The calls of "cheater!" from onlooking Cowboy fans only made my victory walk sweeter. Laramie had been conquered once again by the Cougar faithful.

Pick 'em update: Wyoming

Man, what a great Saturday to be in Laramie. The sun was out, the fans were all liquored up and BYU laid a royal stomping on the cowboys.

Props to Aaron W. and Ashley T. who correctly guessed that BYU would shut out hapless Wyoming, and more props to Andy O. who was the only one to guess BYU's final score of 52. All three tied for the highest scores of the week.

Here are this week's winners:

Name Total Score
Aaron W. - 30
Andy - 30
Ashley - 30
Cindy - 27
Justin - 23
Russ - 23
Ty - 23
Adam - 20
Becky - 20
Benjy - 20
Cade - 20
Chris W. - 20
Eliot - 20
Gus - 20
Jeris - 20
Jon - 20
Kenny - 20
Knipps - 20
KO - 20
Mars - 20
Matt Olsen - 20
Matt Orne - 20
Peter M. - 20
PJ - 20
Rodney - 20
Ross - 20
Russell O. - 20
Seth - 20
Spencer C. - 20
Travis - 20
Trizz - 20

Friday, November 06, 2009

(Some) BYU fans are idiots

I just read this article in the Provo Daily Herald, and I'm officially upset.

Some BYU fans are losers, and they need to get a life fast.

I've been thinking about this subject for a little while now, but reading the DH article was the spark that finally got me to address it on the blog.

I know I've been critical of BYU recently. The losses to Florida State and TCU put me in a state of anger and frustration that was hard to crawl out of. But during my frustration I never — NEVER — even thought about doing some of the stupid crap outlined in that story.

I never booed.

I certainly never called for Max Hall's replacement.

I never got in the face of BYU players.

I never egged a coach's car.

And so on. The so called "fans" I'm reading about who did participate in any of the above activities should be dragged outside Provo city limits and banned for life. We don't want you, and we definitely don't need you. Go be Utes.

Freaking idiots.

Fans, it's time to check yourselves. It's time to remember that, win or lose, you love the Cougars. If you love a team YOU DON'T BOO THEM. If you love a team, YOU DON'T PICK FIGHTS WITH THE PLAYERS. Max Hall will end his career at BYU as the winningest quarterback in school history — DON'T WHINE FOR RILEY NELSON.

And last but not least, don't freaking douse one of your coach's cars with eggs. Idiots.

Seriously, BYU fans that are doing this stuff are losers. Love your team. Love them even when they don't finish every season undefeated. It's okay to be frustrated, but the minute you make it personal or physical, you've crossed the line.

"Ridiculous," senior Jorgensen called it. "Fans are always going to be fickle and be up and down, but there's a certain point where it crosses the line. In our own stadium, this stuff is ridiculous."
(source)

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The descent


This weekend I will make the long journey down the cursed corridor of I-80 into the eighth circle of hell, otherwise known as Laramie, Wyoming.

It is the second time I will make the trip, the first coming in 2007. You might say I was so impressed by the cowboy charm of Wyoming that I just had to go back.

Or, you might say I'm just an idiot.

Laramie is a hole. There's no nicer way to put it. In that regard, Laramie is very much an accurate representation of the state in which it resides: brown, dead, lifeless, dead, miserable and cold. And dead.

And like my pioneer ancestors, who crossed the barren wastelands of Wyoming in the mid-1800s, I fully expect at least one member of my party to die somewhere along the journey. Of dysentery. Or maybe wounds sustained during heavy shotgun fire.

It will not be pleasant, this trip.

I may be hit by urine bombs.

I may have the image of the middle finger tatooed on my brain for weeks.

I may have to endure a night of restless sleep at the Laramie Motel 8.

I may even have to skip breaky.

But I will be in the high plains on Saturday cheering on my Cougars as they do battle with the Cowboys of Wyoming. I accept the challenge.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The rebound

It's been a long, good break for me.

Long-time readers know that I am wont to take the occasional break from my blog. Usually it comes after a disappointing or embarrassing loss by the Cougs.

Right on cue, I took a little hiatus after BYU's horrible showing against TCU. I lashed out at friends and family, I curled up in a ball in the corner of my room, I threw projectiles at my television — but I was very careful to not take my hurt feelings out on the blog. I wouldn't do that to my loyal readers.

So how am I feeling right now? I think the same way a lot of Cougar fans are feeling. Still hurt, but ready to move on. The TCU loss lingers &mdash mostly because it was the kind of loss that shakes a fan's foundation. It forces fans to ask the hard questions:

Is it the players?

Is it the coaches?

Have we hit the ceiling?

Is this the best BYU will ever be?

I've spent a lot of time discussing possible answers with friends, family, co-workers and complete strangers, and now I'm ready to see the team play again. I'm anxious to see how BYU will respond to the big loss, but more than that I'm anxious to stop talking and start watching the game I love so much.

I think the Cougars will end the season strong. I think we'll beat Wyoming and New Mexico pretty easily, and then take care of business against Air Force at home. Utah will be another great game, and I'd like to believe we can finally beat a good team at home.

This weekend is about the rebound, and BYU will rebound. We all do, eventually.

Big in Japan

I would like to be the first to congratulate the New York Yankees on their 27th World Championship. I am not a Yankees fan at all, but I'm not so much a hater that I can't enjoy a very good World Series.

I would also like to take this moment to say that of all the pieces the Yankees have put in place, perhaps the most valuable of them all is Hideki Matsui. The guy always seems to come up huge when it matters most.