"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.)
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?