It's a yearly ritual-BYU vs. Utah rivalry week. Yes, the football game, but more importantly, the protecting of signs, statues, and other objects from defacement by the opponent during game week.
I'm not sure how bad the BYU trash talkers are, but I listened for a few minutes to one of the local sports stations last week, and there are some Utah fans that make me sick. Only some. I don't mean to generalize.
My daughter's favorite password hint question is "Which team would you like to see always lose?" The answer is "The Utes". Actually, I'm a bit different. I only want to see them lose when they're playing BYU or when it affects BYU's chances of winning the MWC championship.
Worse, though, was the BYU fan who gave the Utah fan a broken nose. Even if BYU had lost, such behavior is inexcusable.
But no matter what side you came out on, you have to admit that this year's BYU/Utah football game in Provo was one of the more exciting in the history of the meeting of the two teams.
I'm glad that BYU won--I've been a lifelong fan, except for when I temporarily contemplated attending school at the U, and I work here. It's too bad that two costly penalties on Utah helped BYU score their final touchdown, but after further review (mine), both calls were correct.
I hate it that the media and others call the game "The Holy War". There are other so-called Holy Wars that are much more serious (and problematic) than this one. Maybe we could call it the Wasatch Front War, or something else. Anyone have any ideas?
BYU wide receiver Austin Collie had a bit too much grape juice after the game as he claimed in essence that God had ordained the BYU win. Hmmmm.... Actually, the quote wasn't that bad.
The yearly ritual that has me the most intrigued, even more than the 24-hour guard posted at Y Mountain (do they do the same thing with the block U in Salt Lake?) is the BYU wrapping of welcome signs and statues in cellophane so that they can't be damaged by red paint or whatever else our friendly neighbors to the north can think of as a means of sabotage.
Last week, the cellophane started going up on about Tuesday. I just noticed this morning that the BYU administration (grounds crew?) thinks the coast is clear enough that they have begun to remove the protective wrapping from our priceless objects. Does the U do something like this, too, or are BYU fans not seen by Ute fans as being daring or wreckless enough to commit such mayhem?