Ewts renegged from next season's basketball game citing danger to players; makes one wonder what is really going on. Could it be that they have to play in Provo next year? Makes you wonder...
No role reversal at all. BYU is still holier than thou and Utah is still better.So what you are saying Billy, is that the roles have reversed. BYU used to be the holier than thou, we should be playing better competition teams because we are better and now Utah and fans have that attitude. Interesting.
Give us a chance, we Utefans are out working, you know, pumping gas, running a business, etc.Where are all the Ute's comments on this? I guess it's hard justify this one.
I agree 100%, I hate BYU's offense of nothing more than hoping you can drain a lot of 3's every night with no real offensive strategy.Coach Krystkowiak is actually a very good coach who I respect(ed) and admire(d).....until yesterday.
I love the emphasis he places on defense and fundamentals. I think it's a much more stable and consistent strategy than hoping all your shooters are hitting their 3's on a nightly basis.
I agree with a lot of what you've posted but have a few nits.Give us a chance, we Utefans are out working, you know, pumping gas, running a business, etc.
Here is my take FWIW.
First, I do have to admit that the timing of this decision is such that it does look like coach K is dodging a game in the Marriott center to an improved coug team and I can understand the reaction by cougarfans. Just don't pull a muscle in your faces exhibiting your righteous indignation. I do believe the U could have handled this better.
The problem with thuggish behavior at the Y is a real problem. One that the BYU administration and a great many cougarfans seem to ignore, or worse, rationalize and justify. If I hit someone in the same manner that Emery did in that game, in front of a law enforcement officer, I'd spend some time in jail. Yet cougarfans on message boards and elsewhere are quick to come up with vague previous transgressions by opponents and nonsense to justify or even lionize the action. It was the same with the "nut punch" incidents and the "Miami beach brawl" with the football team. Worse, Rose and BYU's administration decided to give Mr. Emery a one game slap on the wrist against an overmatched opponent, a sentence that almost all outside observers found shockingly light. If Krystowiak was looking for an excuse to get out of the BYU game, Emery, Rose, and BYU handed it to him on a silver platter.
Why is this a problem, even to cougarfans? Well first, it was the stimulus/excuse to cost you the rivalry game. It may cost you other games too. When I found out about the Emery incident, I was out of town. I followed the game live on a phone app but didn't know what happened. I woke the next morning to 3 ESPN commentators discussing whether Emery should be kicked off the team and then they went on (and on) about BYU's sports rap sheet. How many other schools will refuse to play the Zoobs that you won't hear about?
Next, like it or not, BYU players not only represent their university and cougarfans, but they also represent LDS people everywhere, even Utefans like myself. When these guys get out of line to this magnitude, it makes all Mormons look bad. It is worsened by cougarfan sycophants justifying the action. And in spite of local cougarfans sticking their head in the sand and claiming that it is they that are being picked on, the national criticism of BYU's rap sheet nationally is genuine and intense. I know it was where I was during the Emery punch. I have little doubt that these problems increase the difficulty of the core missions of the LDS church. If the issues aren't cleaned up, church leaders may just decide to scrap major BYU athletics altogether.
Whew, there is your reply HND.
Finally, now the U hopefully will play Utah State again. Make it happen !