Every year at about this time I am just amazed at how fast the college football season went by.
It's rivalry week again, which means it's the last game of the season again, which means another year has slipped away like a thief in the night. Again.
This year is a little different, though. Whereas I would normally be frothing at the mouth and ripping on Utah every chance I get during Rivalry Week, this year I find myself a bit reserved. And conflicted.
The rivalry has reached new heights of nastiness, in my opinion. Last year it all came to a head when Max Hall went off on the Utes in his post game interview. But that wouldn't have happened if Ute fans wouldn't have acted like complete low-class losers the year before. There is bad behavior on both sides.
This year players, fans and coaches on both sides are calling for more civility in the rivalry. Bronco Mendhenhall especially, as noted in his weekly press conference. I agree with this feeling. The rivalry is getting too bitter, and I want to distance myself from the front lines of the battle.
The problem I face, though, is how do I maintain my passion for BYU, and the spirit of the rivalry, without associating myself with the extremists on both sides?
Let's get one thing straight: Rivalries are good. They are part of the sport, and they are part of what makes college football so great. BYU and Utah have an incredible rivalry--one of the best in the country. I don't want that rivalry to die, but I don't want to end up in a fist-fight with a drunk Ute fan either.
I'm going to try and figure this one out this year. If you guys have any ideas for me, please let me know. In the meantime, Go Cougs, and Screw U!