Friend of mine recently went to Disneyland (for the record he's an Aggie fan). He's also aware that Cougarboard has this weird fascination with counting BYU gear at Disneyland as if it's some sort of justification of how great they are. They constantly report numbers to their silly site about end of day totals and then boast their greatness.
Dave, my buddy, saw this anomaly first hand and thought to himself "wow, there really are a good number of BYU gear here. (dozen or so)" So he decided to ask one "fan" if they were from the state of Utah to maybe find a connection, he's always networking for new local accounts. Below is a rough transcript of the interaction.
Dave "hey man, you from Utah?"
Fan "no, why would you think that?"
Dave "oh, I just saw the BYU hat and thought you might be from Utah, I'm from Salt Lake...Aggie fan."
Fan "I have no idea what you're talking about. My son plays for Yucaipa just outside of San Bernadino. This hat is for the Thunderbirds."
Dave "wow, oh sorry. I was told BYU fans come here in huge numbers."
Fan "BYU? The Mormon school? I've heard of them, I have no clue where they are. Are they from Utah?"
Dave "Yeah, Provo Utah. Sorry to bother you."
So Dave, after a brief chuckle, decided to address every "BYU fan" in gear with a "Go Thunderbirds" and a majority of them responded with a "Yucaipa!".
Sure there were still a couple of random BYU fans but these reported daily numbers are far inflated from the actual count. I know this means nothing to you or I nor should we give a $#!+ but it's just another Zoob misguided argument to add to the list of overinflated justification of their fanbase.
2011: I enjoyed it but I was laughing, not cheering. No one on a national scale even noticed 54-10.
2012: I walked away bummed that we almost blew what should have been a comfortable win against a crap team. The fact that we rushed the field, three times no less, was utterly embarrassing. Save that for when/if we win the PAC or at least the South.
2013: Same thing. I came away bummed that we almost blew what should have been a comfortable win against a crap team.
For me it' like this--
Blow them out? Kinda funny and enjoyable to watch their misery but has no bearing on the season.
Barely beat them? Embarrassing to struggle with a team we should clobber.
Lose to them? Utter embarrassment on a local and national level. A major jolt to the program.
In other words we have everything to lose and NOTHING AT ALL to gain by playing them.
And make excuses about why they lost, the better team didn't win et al. If 54-10, four in a row and being 3-9 against us the last 12 years what makes you think us beating them the next two times will garner any respect from them?
They are delusional, their collective mind is made up and we shouldn't confuse them with pesky facts
After having watched a little bit of film on our newest two commits, I'm convinced that Utah got two really good players. Here are some quick facts about Demari Simpkins and Tyler Huntley.
-Both are rated three stars by all the major recruiting sites
- Simpkins is about 5'11", 175 lbs, and runs a sub 4.5 40 yard dash. He ran a lot of plays out of the wildcat formation in high school and could be used in that role in Utah's offense. As a receiver, he has displayed good hands, shiftiness in the open field, and the ability to get open over the top as a deep threat. He has stated that Utah's coaches told him that he will be used in the slot.
- Huntley is 6'1", 178 lbs, according to Hudl, and he runs a 4.76 sec 40 yard dash, also according to Hudl. He is a dual threat QB, and displays some good moves and speed in the open field. As a thrower, he has a decently strong arm, and is pretty accurate as well. He does have a tendency to throw off his back foot sometimes and at times will put the ball up into dangerous spots and rely on his receivers to go up and get it. He has a good throwing motion as well, doesn't side arm the ball.
IMHO, Simpkins will likely be used as a returner, and could be a similar player as Reggie Dunn, Kaelin Clay, or Jereme Brooks. Huntley looks like he'll need a little bit of time to develop, and will need to put on some weight, but given that Chase Hansen is all but penciled in as the 2016 starter until his time here is over, Huntley will have the time he needs to improve, and I'm guessing that he'll be Hansen's replacement.
Overall, I really like both players, and I especially look for Simpkins to have an early impact in 2016.
I just hate the fact that the zoob side seems to think that this game "is expected." Like it's some sort of obligation to play them. Now that the Utes are in the PAC-12, there's no legitimate reason to schedule them other than in-state rivalry bragging rights. And once every 3 years is plenty for that.
Otherwise, to hell with them. I'd rather see some games in areas we could start recruiting in and against P5 conference mid-level foes. Some examples would be:
Duke & ashley judd (so we can beat the snot out of them in at least one sport)
Utah's third commitment of the day is Sione Sina, formerly of the Cal Golden Bears. He'll join the team this fall as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility. Sina is a two sport athlete and was a rugby star as well. He didn't play much at Cal, but was expected to contribute heavily this year on Cal's d-line before he declared his intention to transfer. I doubt he'll contribute much at Utah unless he shows that he's on a whole different level during fall camp, but i doubt he'd be able to jump ahead of Dimick, Fanaika, Taumoepenu, and Fitts.
Still, I like that he chose Utah as the place to use his last year of eligibility. He clearly believes that this is where he'll have the best shot to show what he can do. It speaks volumes as to what other players around the PAC think of our coaches' capability to develop, showcase, and send d-linemen to the NFL.
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