Third, a recent KSL TV story highlighted neighbors engaging in good-natured pranks. They have found ways to make the rivalry fun — with an emphasis on fun. Jokes and one-upmanship, when tastefully done and well clear of stereotyping, keep the rivalry in the right tone. If biting, they will result in offense and hurt.
Fourth, we love our kids. Ultimately, these contests are played by kids who have sacrificed and worked to develop their abilities to play the game. Likewise, the stands are filled with students whose dedication to their education qualified them for their respective schools. We should encourage and laud their achievement, no matter where they choose to attend.
Given our blended communities, neighborhoods and churches, we have much to lose if we let offensive behavior and habits infect us. So, here is to a more chivalrous rivalry. Here's to our collective devotion to community, family and faith in Utah taking hold of this contest in a civil and more dignified way. If we can get this right, we all win in this rivalry, despite who has more points on the board at the end of the game.
Matthew Sanders studied economics at Brigham Young University and business and government at Harvard University. He is a GM at Deseret Digital Media where he oversees Deseret Connect and Deseret News Service. firstname.lastname@example.org or @Sanders_Matt
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