December 19, 2005John
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My wife today mad the worst comment she has made yet. So, I had to post it here for all to ridicule her.
I told her that I had made a mistake.
She responded, “By being a BYU fan?”
Her next most miserable comment is:
“Why do you watch the games? BYU is just going to lose and then you’re going to get depressed.”
Anyone else have the same experiences?
When BYU announced that it would be attending the Las Vegas bowl I was ecstatic since I live in Las Vegas. Being the cheap mormon that I am, I took a small initial hit when I heard the tickets to the game were a minimum of $30. However, it was well worth it for a bowl game. If I was to really think about it I was willing to travel to Utah from Vegas or Cali for a game, but the ticket price still made me think.
Anyway, my wife then presented me with the option of going to Utah early to go to my grandparents condo in Park City. The only catch was that I would miss the Las Vegas Bowl. Oh DILEMMA!! I told my wife that the one time that the bowl game is close and I could easily attend I leave for Utah. What am I thinking?
I only have three somewhat rationale thoughts in relation to this decision. First, my wife had to be in Utah on Friday at 10:30 AM so if I stayed to see BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl then I’d have to get up at the ungodly hour of 4:00 AM to get to Utah. Not going to happen. Second, I do get to spend time with my wife for our anniversary without my son in a condo in Park City. Not to mention skiing. Finally, my mother-in-law was impressed and amazed that I was willing to put my wife before a football game.
Little does she know that I’ll be watching the game regardless and call it quality time with my BYU alumnus father.
I know, I shouldn’t be worthy of posting on this site. Beat me now!!
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I’m not sure who wrote the article, but they definitely didn’t study missions enough when they quoted one Cal player saying, “No one out there is acting like a little child.” Without disparaging missionaries and the quality of LDS people who understand the importance of working hard, I’ve met a lot of BYU football players who literally act like a little child. If Bronco can help get rid of the arrogance of the team then maybe I wouldn’t make this comment, but I’ve seen otherwise.
It’s not just BYU football, it is returned missionaries in general. There are some good ones and some bad ones. Some that act like children and some that don’t. I would hope for better, but don’t act like they’re immune to childishness.
Gregory took the Cal defense from 110th in the nation(sounds like UNLV this year) to eighth in the nation 3 years later. Impressive stats. They played well against USC and held Reggie Bush to half his season total. That sounds good, but the Pac 10 was in a down year this year and with a new defense put in I’m not expecting the same success. Look for Cal to allow a lot of points.
Last year Texas Tech rolled up 45 points and 597 yards of offense against a more experienced Cal defense. While I’m not sure we’re quite Texas Tech’s offense yet, I expect a nice high scoring affair that will be enjoyed by all(as long as the cougars wins).
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I was reading an article about Cal football before the Las Vegas bowl and it said that the coaches at Cal were putting in 19-hour days throughout the year to prepare their football game. That is just amazing to me. I hope these men aren’t married, because I pity their wives. Last night I was watching the making of 1 minute of Star Wars Episode III and it made me so grateful of the work that I do. You could tell they were working long long hours and working on super complex tasks. I’m sure they get paid well, but I wonder what they’re doing to their family.
I hope Bronco doesn’t do that. It seems like I recall an article quoting Lavell Edwards where he talked about how he found it important to have a life outside the film room. For all the wifes out there I hope this is the case.
Everyone that follows any BYU football knows that the cougar offense is potent. In fact, people who don’t know much about BYU would probably say that BYU has a potent offense. This year they can finally say that again. Pre-season touted Watkins as a great deep threat and a great receiver to watch. I must admit that I love Watkins and wish that Beck could get him the ball more. Unfortunately, with Crowton out of the mix the offense is very different under Anae’s Texas Tech style offense. Instead, watch for Johnny Harline to have a career day in the Las Vegas Bowl.
However, BYU has something more important than passing(which may come as a surprise). They MUST rush the ball. If John Beck doesn’t turn around and hand the ball repeatedly to Curtis Brown he’s making a big mistake(or more importantly Anae is). Give him the ball and let him take care of business. Otherwise, it’s going to be a long day for the offense and a lackluster performance for BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Beck was quoted in a recent article that he knew he was bowl bound. If that was the case then why couldn’t he come out Curtis Brown style and let the rest of us fans know that they were going to a bowl. My wife would have really appreciated knowing it so it was worth watching. Either way, I’m glad he was right, but I’d like it documented better next time.
BYU has announced the new CougarTV which is a great idea. I mean it’s basically what I suggested in one of my recent postshttp://www.crashutah.com/byu/crashutah/2005/12/17/byutv-and-rebroadcasting-byu-games/
The only problem I have with this new CougarTV is that they don’t have any games worth watching. I’ve commented on this before in a previous post. They need to get Men’s Basketball or Men’s football on there to get me to pony up some money for the games. Sure, it would be fun to watch the Men’s Volleyball team, but probably not worth the cost. Baseball and softball are just not nearly as fun on tv as the real thing. If I’m on my computer I’m pretty sure my multi tasking mind is going to stop watching the game and do something else. Plus, how about BYU go outside the box and start doing like the church has done so well and offer the games free. Advertising should pay for it. I know I’d be willing to click on some advertising to help offset the cost.
I agree with a recent article about the loss of Burgess this season. He really is going to leave the cougars without a big man in the middle. I can’t really understand his reason in the middle of the season. Unless there’s some rule I don’t know about(which is very possible) then he is going to lose this year of eligibility anyway. He might as well stay in excellent shape and do his best for the team.
That said, I think if they system doesn’t fit him right then please do whatever’s best for you and yours. Maybe you could just explain to the rest of us why leaving the team helps you in any way. Playing against Div I opponents should be a priceless experience for you regardless of the offense that is being run. At least get in there and practice your defense. It’s not going to get any better sitting at home.