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    Nice try Todd

    by NarfUte
    2014-10-30 14:25:58

    Trying to have a message board do your scouting for you

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    Reading H-man's commentary earlier made me try to think about when I first realized I was a Ute.

    by San Diego Ute Fan
    2014-10-30 16:08:21

    After contemplation, I cannot point to a specific game, or even a specific year. I was literally carried to Ute games as a baby. Before I could walk, I experienced dozens of football and basketball games at the U.

    I guess my earliest memory is being carried by my dad up the scary wooden bleachers to the cheap seats near the rafters of Einar Nielsen. I vividly remember being 3 or 4 years old; sitting on top of two rented red UofU seat cushions, both of our ski parkas, and straining to see over the shoulder of the people in front of us.

    I remember the smell of the popcorn, the dirt floor, the fudgesickles from the ice cream truck behind the bleachers, and how brutally hot it got in a full house at the old "Wigwam".

    I remember my dad pointing to Jack Gardner's milk basket, showing me how many quarts he drank, depending on the stress of the game. He had stomach ulcers that drove him to drink, (milk).

    I clearly remember cheering for Chambers, English, Simon, Jackson... And later Newlin, Gardner, Mahler, and the boys as we transitioned into the Special Events Center.

    I remember clearing snow and ice from the old wooden benches at Ute Stadium to set up our folding bleacher chairs that we got at the S&H Green Stamp redemption store. I remember being bundled up like the kid brother in "Christmas Story" to try to stay warm and still being cold.

    What I remember most as a little Ute is winning. Seldom did Utah lose a game at home. Particularly in basketball. I cherish those trips up the hill with my dad. I am thankful for those memories even more than hunting and camping with my dad as a kid.

    Those memories will never leave me. The games were one-on-one "me and dad" time. To this day, we speak on the phone before, during, and after Utah ball games.

    Now, having had all girls, only one of which is a big Ute fan, I am building the same memories as best I can in SD with my grandson. He is Ute through and through at age 8, and always will be. The little man bleeds red.

    In short, I cannot remember a day in my life that I wasn't a Ute, and I cannot remember the beginning of being a Ute. For that I am thankful.

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    Ute Nation in Florida

    by Utehawk15
    2014-10-30 21:50:54

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    I was born a poor black child...

    by Chad Sexington
    2014-10-30 20:32:17

    I remember a Christmas long ago, I was very young, and my Grammy Pearl was bouncing me on her knee. We were very poor, and Christmas presents were a luxury. We lived on love for each other. Anyway, Grammy had just finished a bottle of Old Crow and gave me the empty, or so she thought, as a Christmas present. There were still a few drops in the bottle. I quickly noticed and drank them before Grammy would see. It was then that I became a UTE for life.

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    If you can PLEASE help support my bid to become a World Champion!

    by BBQUte
    2014-10-30 14:45:22

    If I have ever fed you and you can donate or share my link it would be great only 10 days left to meet my goal!
    And as always
    GO UTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BBQ Ute World Food Championship Trip

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    I was born near the U campus to a masseus that worked at the university Marriott hotel. I was born out of wedlock, a bastard child, with an innate ability for understanding all facets of the game of basketball.

    by Hammer
    2014-10-30 22:34:32

    I was a tubby kid with thinning hair while growing up, my mother nicknamed me little Ricky. She always came through and would get us free tickets to Utah men's basketball somehow. We would attend the games hand in hand and she would quiz me and ask me my thoughts on various aspects of the game such as the man to man defense and the triangle and two as she stroked my thinning hair. Nobody had ever taught basketball to me before, I just had some kind of innate understanding of the game.

    At parties my mom would tell embarrassing stories of my childhood. I guess as a chubby 5 year old, my favorite thing to do was to sneak into the men's basketball locker room during the game, disrobe, and wait for the players to come back into the locker room and see the shock on their faces as i sat their quietly, completely butt naked on the bench. I would talk with them nonchalantly as if this was completely normal while they dressed and conversed with their teammates.

    In elementary school we had these social rejects that teased utah ute fans. The rejects used to love to bully me for being the lone Ute. To deal with the bullying, I would jog my fat ass 50 minutes during lunch and work up a sweaty crotch and armpits. I would walk in as the last one to return to class and I would purposely try to stumble on a sitting zoob and rub my sweaty armpit on them. On one occasion this zoob yelled, get off me, yew fat ass. I got angry and replied "you are a disgrace to all rejects!" - that got me sent home to mother. She took me to the game that night.

    She's gone now.

    I love you mom.

    Go Utes!

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    Shhh, you hear something?

    by BaldHatu
    2014-10-30 14:55:17

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    I was born in Provo while my good Mormon Mom was going to school and my Dad was doing nothing but looking for a good Mormon girl to be his wife.

    by SforkUte
    2014-10-30 19:29:18

    I was raised in a humble byu loving home in the Mormon belt of Southeast Idaho.

    The image and sounds of my Dad trotting around the house on a Saturday singing the byu fight song are still burned into my memory, he would then exit the house and light up a couple cigs. Behind the silo in the field where Mom couldn't see the smoke. Man he was good.

    I sometimes wonder if he was still around if he would have eventually converted to the U? My heart says "yes".

    My entire school, from K to 12 was 95% Mormon, we were all cut from the same cloth except for the odd balls that cheered for Notre Dame and a few kids that ventured out from the norm and cheered for FSU or BSU. Seriously? A small town Idaho kid cheering for FSU?

    The sparks of the Utah fire started to burn early for me.

    My Grandparents lived in Salt Lake and a couple of my Aunts had attended the U. We would visit the SLC area often while I was growing up. My Grandfather had an old school Cherokee Chief:

    The car was cool but the feature that really stood out to me was his extra tire cover on the back of his car.

    It was a Drum and Feather cover.

    As a 10 year old boy that thing was cool as $hit!

    I remember taking an interest in Utah and even started to argue with my Dad (gasp!) about how he could cheer for byu....he didn't graduate. I used that as a pivotal argument. Not that it really matters in the world of fandom but to a 10 year old kid I thought it was pretty damn good.

    Back then I could never watch Utah play if I wasn't in SLC during the fall on a Saturday, but we were constantly barraged by Saturday afternoon byu radio play by play while back at home in Idaho.

    It probably wasn't until I graduated from high school and all my buds were making plans for college that my desire to align myself with Utah really took strong hold on me.

    That was 25 years ago now.

    I can thank the U for some great memories, my chance to meet my wife, my diploma and my passion to cheer them on regardless.

    I am hoping I am teaching my kids the right path to lifelong Utah commitment and hope to crimson clad Jesus that I am not doing to them what my Dad did to me.

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    So Dres is the only receiver that has the speed to go deep? We have 3 other receivers that I know of that are faster than Dres on his best day.

    by rbentz
    2014-10-30 15:40:16

    We will miss Dres most because he is a very good down field blocker. His stat line and performances this season are quite pedestrian IMO. He does, however, help Booker in his blocking down field.

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    1927 - my grandfather came as a German immigrant on a loan from his Jewish former employer. He came alone, worked to bring his entire family here and put himself through the U. His masters thesis is still on file.

    by Rocker Ute
    2014-10-30 17:12:09

    My father and his brother were U grads. Me and my four siblings are all graduates of the U.

    Regarding his employer, my grandfather's journal records that his Jewish employer came into work and was upset regarding the at the time new and growing Nazi movement. He said to my Grandpa that if he were his age (19) he would go to America. My grandpa admitted that was what he wanted to do. His employer agreed to loan him the money simply saying that he knew he'd pay him back if he could (he did).

    We don't know what eventually became of that employer after the war, but I'll always be grateful to him for his generosity.

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    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it

    by brettski
    2014-10-30 16:43:38

    My story is a little different. My parents both graduated from the U but they weren't huge sports fans. All of my aunts and uncles went to Utah and I knew that our family cheered for Utah. That was about the extent of it. We went to a few gymnastics meets, a few men's basketball games and I remember watching Marshall Faulk and SDSU play in Rice Stadium when I was about 9.

    Like my parents I was mostly a casual fan. Then one day I went to play with a friend after he came home from a BYU game. I didn't realize it was the annual beat down of BYU against Utah. I remember him talking about how bad Utah sucked and that they were losers etc etc. It really struck a chord with me because my family was a Utah family

    That day going forward I started standing up for my parent's school. I was the only Utah fan in the neighborhood and in church. The first few years sucked and I had to grow a backbone through the Ty Detmer years but by the time 5th grade rolled around, it was 34-31 and I really had something to celebrate.

    It's been great watching some of the non zoobish types I grew up with come around and see them cheering for the U and rejecting their troubled past as Y fans.

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    There was never any doubt with me

    by pangloss
    2014-10-30 17:29:18

    My father graduated from the U, my mother got her PhD from the U and on the faculty at the College of Nursing, my brother got his undergrad and PhD from the U, and both my sisters got their bachelor degrees from the U. I am the youngest. There wasn't a lot of discussion about where I would go. Although my sisters planned to smuggle me off to Canada if I got drafted.

    We moved to Bountiful from Ogden in 1960. I remember going to a few football and basketball games with my dad when I was about 10 or so.

    During one football game a bunch of students ran around the track during halftime with a long sign "Castrate the Cowboys". When they got to the visitor's SW corner of the stadium a bunch of Wyo fans filed out of their seats and old West barroom fight ensued. I loved it.

    I also remember going to a few games at Einar Nielsen. One of the games was against BYUck. The place was packed. We had general admission tickets and sat in the aisle. It was wild - my ears have been ringing ever since.

    We went to a Globetrotter game in the field house and I got autographs from Meadowlark Lemmon and Satchel Page. I didn't know who either one was but my dad told me I needed to stand in line and get their autographs. I lost the program, of course.

    My two 20+ year old sons are now Ute fans. I'm sure they'll remember seeing Utah beat USC with me and afterward all I could say was "Southern #%!@ing Cal"

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