In particular BYU and Utah fans, although it is pretty universal across all fans of all teams. Maybe my perspective is unique because of a decade of cheerleading. Maybe not. I love BYU. I think most people that follow my blog or know me appreciate my passion for the Blue. I will start with BYU. Our fans have three very bad habits. 1. Unrealistic expectations. Surprise! Even before the days of Independence this flaw existed. It keeps so many fans from enjoying the game. Season after season is soured for them because of those losses that we should have won. Solution is simply keep it real. 2. Believing that our losses somehow were our own doing. The mentality that we beat ourselves is flawed. Reality is more like they beat us. A game is filled with mistakes, great plays, penalties and luck. We don’t beat ourselves the other team has every thing to do with it. Solution accept defeat graciously. 3. Quit complaining about Independence. We have had the opportunity of playing some incredible programs and many great teams have come to Provo that never would have. When the time is right we will join a Conference but Independence has been good for BYU. Solution accept your not the AD and enjoy the journey. Now for the school up north. Here are the Ute fan flaws. 1. When you lose own it don’t start talking about BYU. It is okay to say we sucked against Oregon. I only bring this up because it was the most recent example of deflection to BYU. I get it your embarrassed but it’s ok. You did not play BYU Saturday and look stupid bringing it up. 2. Stop talking about BYU. Only one week a year should be focused on BYU that is game week. I have never seen a fan base with more BYU envy than Utah. They don’t even have a rival in the PAC12 yet because they are so focused on BYU. In my personal opinion they will never achieve their Mountain West greatness again until they move on. 3. Letting College Game Day eff up great seasons. Don’t lose your heads Ute fans. It curses you like every time. Solution for Ute fans is simple. Become a BYU Cougar fan. To all the fans of both schools I will predict BYU will own Utah in the next football game. 💙
To illustrate this rivalry I have a little tale. Three friends were hiking in the Wasatch Mountains. One a BYU Cougar fan, one a Utah State Aggie fan and one a Utah Ute fan. They came across a magic lamp. They brushed it off and a great and powerful Genie appeared. He offered them each one wish for freeing him. The Aggie fan wished that Cache Valley would remain pristine and beautiful forever. The Genie granted his wish. The Cougar fan asked that the Wicked be driven out of the city and land of Provo. The Genie granted his wish as well and great walls appeared around the city and land of Provo as the wicked fled. The Utah fan asked the Genie how big the walls were. The Genie somewhat proud of his work said 50 feet tall and fifty feet wide. The Utah fan said to the Genie fill it with water. Moral of the story is this. No one cares about Utah State only the cheese. BYU fans have had their greatness and want that tradition to continue. Finally Ute fans can’t leave BYU alone no matter what. Despite busting the BCS twice as a Mountain West team when talking to Ute fans they cite 6 straight wins againsy BYU as the pinnacle of their greatest achievement. How sad and no wonder they are a mid tier PAC12 team. I don’t hate Utah football. I can’t stand the basketball coach but that is another story. Kyle Whittingham is a great coach and I often find myself cheering for him and the boys in Red. I hope this new attitude makes the rivalry better and really Yewt fans brag about something far greater than a win over BYU. A little secret I’ll share. We expect Utah to beat us more often than not. Your from the mighty PAC12 after all. Utah fans you have two BCS bowls. One more and you may equal the greatness of a 1984 Championship 😇.