Usually, I would let something like this go, but they've had a free pass for waaaaaay too long.
I've always said the reason I hate and despise many BYU fans is because they have no class. They whine when they lose and they rub it in your face ad nauseum when they win. For that reason, I was not surprised when Austin "Lassie Run Home" Collie insinuated that the reason BYU won was because the BYU fans and players are oh-so-innocent and Holier-Than-Thou goody-goodies who go to church and don't mess around while those associated with the Utes are always running off to some bar, molesting pre-teen girls and smoking dope (his direct quote was "Obviously, if you do what's right on and off the field,
I think the Lord steps in and plays a part in it." emphasis added because that's the part I'm most ticked off about).
You know, if you want to say that kind of stuff in the locker room, that's well and fine. But you don't say that on the radio right after you've won. You can say "I want to thank God" or whatever, but you don't say that you won because you're morally superior to the other team because you don't know that (there are lots of Returned Missionaries on Utah's football team - probably just as many as on BYU's team. And a number of them might actually attend Institute. The U's Institute is actually one of the best 'tutes in the world - BYU doesn't even have one ^_^).
Newsflash: God does NOT sit up there in heaven with his BYU "Fully Invested" game-day t-shirt and waving a "Go Cougs" flag. The starting BYU quarterback does NOT have a free ticket to the Celestial Kingdom. Bronco Mendenhall is NOT a General Authority (and LaVell Edwards is NOT the next prophet). Finding your soulmate on a hike to "Y" mountain does NOT preclude you from having problems in life and being tempted. The Utah-BYU rivalry is fun and all, but leave the Church out of it, please. This may be a shock to some BYU fans, but you don't wear Cougar Blue in the temple (then again, the football team is still wearing Aggie Blue, so I guess that argument doesn't work quite as well).
I've put up with this inane ignorance for a long time and I'm sick of it. I try to explain this to people and they laugh me off like I'm some paranoid weirdo. But here it is in all it's glory - broadcast for the entire state of Utah (well, those on the Wasatch Front, at least), the complete arrogance and idiocy of BYU.
Now, a group from my Salt Lake ward is trying to get some people together for a fireside put on by the BYU 21st Stake. Well and good. Most of the great firesides are put on by BYU; I have no problems with that. But check out the last line from this paragraph lifted from the e-mail (underlining is mine):
The BYU 21st Stake (the one that has a mix of wards very similar in age
to H4) is doing a Christmas musical production this Friday night in the
Tabernacle - should be an amazing event with several hundred singles
from BYU (you know, the school with the really good football team :).
You know, I've never gloated this much and as far as to include it in a social invitation... I tell you, they just can't win good. I can guarantee something: with this kind of sickening attitude, the Ute fans in the ward (yes, there are Ute fans in the church - what a shocker!) probably won't be attending. I suppose that's what they want - they wouldn't want to be seen socializing with any of those scummy, bar-hopping, heathen University of Utah fans. They might be called in for a bishop's council or something.
Like I said, I wasn't going to say anything about any of this, but I'm tired of these rude insults. For me, the gloating or grieving period is limited to 24 hours (that's for any game - any team, any sport, college or pro). But for BYU, the gloating period is until the Second Coming (just to let you know, that is NOT the Second Coming of Harvey Unga). The game was on Saturday. Today is Tuesday. It's bowl season and that's what I'm focused on. The Rivalry Game was last week. It's over, put it away. They won't, but you know...
For these reasons: "A Utah Man am I, sir, and will be 'til I die!" (A Utah Missionary in a few months, btw ^_^