Road Trip!!

The big boys headed to Texas for the BYU/Oklahoma game.  Reggie flew in from California to go with them.  It was great to see him and they had a GREAT TIME!  They had to drive through the night to make Reggie’s flight back home.  Nate called me when they were leaving the game and he could hardly talk he had been yelling so much!  He bleeds blue, I am convinced of it!

Downtown Dallas.IMG_0032

Dealy Plaza where JFK was assassinated.

They also went to an aquarium that had several levels starting in the trees, and ending down in the ocean.  Lots of neat animals, birds and fish.  And a Mayan fire show!IMG_0043IMG_0073

Dallas LDS temple.IMG_0085

Before the game.IMG_0104

The biggest MOST ridiculously HUGE television screen you have ever seen!!!IMG_0106IMG_0118

“V” is for Victory!!!!!IMG_0124IMG_0126

Published in: on 13 November 2009 at 12:01 pm  Comments (5)  

Nate’s Great Eight – #7 BYU Football and Changes

So, really as long as I can remember I have been pretty obsessed with BYU sports, primarily football.   Well, I like to think that obsessed is too strong of a  word, but others might disagree.  I am finding that my feelings are morphing, not necessarily in loyalty, but rather the significance of BYU and sports in general are playing in my life.

I know that there are others who can empathize with the visceral and real pain that comes with watching a BYU loss, especially to the filthy yewts.  There are probably more that can’t.  I wish I could get back all the melancholy weekends following a Cougar shortcoming.  While not completely devoid of  disappointment and frustration, I can say that this year I recognized that I no longer felt dejected all weekend long.  I thought this especially curious given the manner and opponents in which the Y lost their three games this year.

I have been wondering why.  One explanation is that I am “maturing” or some rot like that.  I am not sure that one applies!  I do however, think there is limited shelf space on the emotional landscape and with real estate so scarce, it simply means that you better invest your psychological nest egg a little more carefully.

This has been a process over time, but I think my consciousness of this shifting has finally begun to surface.  It started when I started to really question why I read the “comments”  following newspaper articles and angsting over what some nameless moron was spouting off behind the cowardly camouflage of anonymity.  I really began to examine why I felt compelled to; one, read the comment, and then to respond.  I mean really, who has ever changed their opinion reading a message board like that.  It is sort of like the kind of negotiations I imagine would occur if Ted Nugent and the President of PETA sat in cement bunkers on either side of the country shouting at the top of their lungs; both deeply set in their perspective and world view and not really interested in listening.  At the end of the day it seemed really lame.

Another development that has led me to this point is my increasing disdain for the intrusion into the personal lives of the athletes.  The double edged dagger of the modern media is an increasing insistence into revealing the most personal elements in a persons life.  When it comes to BYU athletes, I do not feel inclined or comfortable dealing with extremely sacred and private aspects of the athletes lives.  I can’t stand discussions about their decisions to serve missions or worse yet, their honor code status.  I am sick of the zealots who get involved in a persons spiritual struggle in any other capacity than to privately lift or assist.  In weaker moments I wish that these zealots had their own personal struggles published for the world to criticize or mock.  For all of the admirable and desirable features of BYU and organized religion in general, one of its most terrestrial by-products are the hypocrites and fanatics (how ironic is it that fan is eytmologically derived from fanatic) who feel compelled to get involved.  Now while a do feel there are situations that need to be dealt with even if the individual doesn’t come forward on their own, but I  think we have lost sight of an important Christian principle highlighted in the following versus of scripture (Luke 5:24-32):

” 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to aforgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, aglorifying God.

26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

27 ¶ And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named aLevi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.

30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?

31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

32 I came not to call the righteous, but asinners to repentance.” (Bold text added)
I really agree with the article written by Gordon Monson from the Salt Lake Tribune on a similar topic.  In the end, it embarasses me as a both a person and a member of the church to see this play out in the media.  I am not embarrassed that there are people at BYU who drink (or fill in the blank with a sin).  I am embarrassed that we feel compelled to discuss their struggles in public.
And lastly I feel tired of the sinister and divisive relationship between many BYU and Utah fans.  I don’t know if it is become more prevalent or that I am just more sensitive to it, but I find it less palatable.  I can not say that I have not been guilty of going to far in my feelings for this rivalry.  Something strange happened this year.  It started with the strange convergence of two really strong seasons by the respective schools and the subsequent hype and my introduction to Facebook (see Nate’s Great Eight #8).  I found myself really at odds with some people whom I had not spoken to in over 15 years.  It was a great departure from the friendly banter that I am more inclined to participate in.  It all seemed non sequitur to me.
However, lest you think that I am somehow no longer a fan and am checking my Cougar Fan Card at the door.  Fear not.  I am still a big fan and I am already pining for the 2009 season.  I am stressing about the departure of Collie, Reed, Feinga, Reynolds, Oswald, Vakapuna and others.  I am wondering if McKay Jacobsen will be able to get his legs back.  I worry that the O-Line will be thrown to the fire like Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego against next year’s National Champions, the Okalahoma Sooners.  I wonder if the defense will turn around and be better prepared.  I wonder if Bronco can pull another gear out of his hat and catch back up with Utah and TCU.  Here is a list of my favorite memories for the 2008 season:
  • Absolutely throttling UCLA
  • Watching Collie’s brilliance
  • Beating Wyoming again
  • Seing the Utes beat Alabama (choke, sob, sob, yes I said it)
  • The first half of the USU game
And my not so favorite moments:
  • Fourth quarter against Utah
  • First quarter against TCU
  • Second half of the USU game
  • Vegas bowl

So while my fan-ness is changing, it is thoroughly intact.  After all I still lull my kids to bed at night to the sweet dulcetones of “Rise and Shout.”

Published in: on 31 January 2009 at 12:54 pm  Comments (5)  
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In honor of the filthy Utes getting punked … again

Filthy YewtsWeep childWhat are they doingFond MemoriesLosers

Published in: on 30 November 2007 at 9:27 pm  Comments (5)  
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