October 11, 2008John
BYU fans have often discussed the benefits and reasons behind BYU having a football program. The discussions always include the fact that BYU doesn’t spend tithe dollars on football and is followed up by a discussion of the missionary benefits and challenges that BYU football provides. I think those things are interesting, but they don’t nearly cover the depth of impact that BYU football has on BYU fans.
I just finished cleaning up my house. I wish I could say that my motivation for cleaning the house is that I love living in a spotless home. Sure, I enjoy the house being clean, but I did have the BYU game in the back of my head while cleaning. I knew that the BYU game was on this afternoon and I’m fully aware of what will happen if the house is a mess when I sit down to watch a 4 hour (or how long are the games these days…they feel like about half an hour when I’m watching them) football game.
Don’t get me wrong, my wife is very supportive of me watching BYU play football, but there are often unspoken costs if I do so when the house is dirty. I wonder how many other hundreds and thousands of BYU football fans have been motivated to clean the house in preparation for a BYU game.
I’m not saying that BYU football is the best reason or best motivating factor in why you should clean your house. I’m just saying that I think it’s probably a strong motivation for many to do things like clean the house before the game. Not to mention how many sons and daughters see and learn how to clean their house in preparation for a BYU game.
Of course, Elder Oaks has an oft quoted talk about the motivations to serve where he espouses that Love is the best reason (if I’m remembering right). So, I guess using that criteria, Love of BYU football is the reason many people are found cleaning their house today.
For me….House clean!! Bring on New Mexico!!Tags: BYU Football • Elder Oaks
October 3, 2006John
After crushing TCU this week after having the short preparation time for the thursday game, BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said the following after enjoying his first free Saturday of the season:
“It amazed me that there is life outside (coaching),” Mendenhall said. “Sometimes it’s hard to imagine all that is going on.”
Great to see the tunnel vision of the coach. Sucks for Bronco Mendenhall’s wife.
August 11, 2006John
One player who was excused from drills for the next four days is all-conference running back candidate Curtis Brown, who will marry Kim Dabo on Saturday in the Provo LDS Temple. Brown has been told he’s expected to report back to camp Monday morning at 9 a.m.
Curtis Brown got 4 days off of practices due to marriage. I can’t believe a football player gets 4 days off for marriage. It only takes about an hour in the temple to get married. Not to mention, can’t they schedule the marriage around football. More importantly, Curtis, get back to practice so we can get some better quotes from players.
I will say that this has to be one of the best ends to a story. If I’m not mistaken, Curtis decided to join the church while at BYU and now he’s getting married in the temple. There’s something pretty special about that.
Let’s hope his wife doesn’t mess with his running skills.
May 17, 2006John
Today I was commenting to my wife that this BYU blog wasn’t doing so good.
My wife’s comment was, “Sounds kind of like how BYU sports has been doing.” She’s fired!!
For some reason I haven’t been getting consistent readers and hardly anyone has commented. I’m really quite surprised that I couldn’t gain more readership. It may be because the content hasn’t been nearly as good as it could be. Instead I’ve been focusing on my other blogs:
EMR and HIPAA
Personal Blog – Technology and Entrepreneurship
Oh well, I’ll still post things since I don’t have anyone at work who will talk BYU sports with me. I’ll just post my thoughts here.
January 6, 2006crashutah's wife
My husband is watching the BYU vs Air Force game. It isn’t going well. Or at least it isn’t going well for him. He will be depressed afterwards. I don’t mind so much. When he gets depressed that means we get to have ice cream. It is the only thing that brings his spirits back up.
I wonder if I should invest in chocolate ice cream stock now. Go Cougars, Keep on losing. I love ice cream.
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.
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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.
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.