outstanding commentaries. the rivalry is already building up as planned by Mr.
Rock. Go Cougars!! Go Utes!! Looking forward to the annual rivalry game. Should
be a good one. Visitor usually wins now at least in recent years but that could
change of course.
As an LDS missionary I had a 666 plate. Now THAT'S ironic!
Are you kidding me?! What kind of a guy would whine about having letters on his
license plate?! Stop crying about it, be a man, and simply DEAL WITH IT!
I am a huge UTE fan but I work for the Y. I have Utah stuff plastered all over
my car and in my office but I have never had any problems. I love the rivalry
but I don't like it when someone says they "hate" the other school. That's just
wrong. Both of these institutions are great schools. I love them both. (It's
just that I love one a little more than the other.) I wonder if the DMV would
let me buy his plates. I'd pay $20 ($10 for each of us) if we could just flat
out trade them. Hey! Who has the 666 UTE plate? I want that one!
Maybe he'd feel better if the plates on his "new truck....that was perfect for
hauling people, boats and snowmobiles: a GMC Sierra 2500 HD 4X4 with a tasteful
dark charcoal paint job..." said "GAS HOG".
Reading through these comments legitimately made me wonder if most people know
anything at all about newspapers or the media. Complaining that this isn't news
is odd considering that this is NOT a news story but a human interest column
that is clearly about the humor found in a situation in this particular society.
I hear people complain all the time that the media never reports "good news" and
here people are moaning because this slice of Wasatch Front life isn't hard
news? I suspect its the same people making both of these complaints. Are the
recipies hard news? Are game results? Movie reviews? Travel features? A
newspaper is much more than what happened in a given day. I guess the fault is
mine for thinking people would realize this. I hate it when I over estimate
Apparently this type of story is exactly what DN needs to report,It has
the most comments than any other article today!Obviously people care about
this kind of thing:)
Who would want Utah plates anyway? why didn't he register in California?
If he was so offended he would have gone to DMV to try to resolve this. He must
not care THAT much...I can't believe I even wasted my time
responding to this. What a stupid article. DesNews should be ashamed.
He's afraid to drive his UTE plates to a BYU game for fear of vandalism? By BYU
fans? Talk about "I'm rubber and you're glue..."Utah by at least a
This could have been a fun article, but in my opinion it was badly written. I
had to read the first couple graphs over to realize it wasn't a personalized
plate in the first place. It's funny what happened, but I felt the article went
on and on about how this guy is a die hard BYU fan. The writer didn't need to
pound it in our heads.
What in the heck is a Griffin? Do they even have sports there?Buckeye fan and the Aggie fan can both leave...I'm sure you have your own
rivalries. (We'll probably not the Aggie fan, b/c you lose all of the time
anyway...might have a good bball team once in a while... but give it up)Go COUGS... a license plate is a license plate...
Until I read the anti-Hillary slurr (I'm a Democrat and will vote for her) I was
on your side - but now, forget it. Learn to deal with it, or buy a personalised
Stop Crying and buy the BYU plates. The money goes to your school. I proudly
display my Westminster plates and enjoy seeing Utah, Utah State, Weber State,
Soouthern Utah, Dixie State and other college plates. Shut up! Pay the extra
money and support your school. GO GRIFFINS!!!!
That has got to be the biggest cry-baby story I've ever seen. And who would
honestly think that they might get their "sidepanels egged, his windshield
smashed or the tires flattened" because of a license plate?!
Geez, are you trying for your 15 minutes of fame by being a cry baby? The DMV
does not have it out for you. It was a freakin' coincidence and you made a big
deal out of it and now everyone knows you for the whiny BYU fan that you are.
If this is the worst thing that has happened to you, then you've had
a pretty good life. Call the DMV and get it changed. IT's THAT EASY!!!
Ha, ha. Funny story. I work for the DMV, which makes it even funnier. You
wouldnt believe how many people request different plates because of the letters
and number combinations. The biggest one is the 666 XXX plates. It makes me
laugh every time someone says they dont want that plate. Another one that threw
me was XXX MEN. I never understood that one other than if they were homophobic
or something. Another big one is the people that will add up the numbers to see
if the total is an unlucky number. If it does then they really, really dont
want it. Go big blue!!!
I can't believe this is considered newsworthy, even by the Desnews low low
standards. This story seems like it should be gracing the front page of "The
Daily Universe" or something. I did find it funny that the article doesn't
mention this guy having actually attended BYU. What a waste of newsprint
Ha, Ha, Ha...great story! Living in Ohio, I didn't know BYU even had a football
team...although I've certainly heard of the talented BYU ballroom dancers. What
division are they (the football team)?
This writer has everyone talking "good for him" - no matter your choice of
teams. Who cares? He got your attention.
PUTZ! Now that's a Plate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We had a funny license plate incident many years ago. We were living in Chicago
when we ordered plates for our new truck with "88 BYU" for the year we
graduated. We received a letter from the DMV stating that we could not receive
them because they were "offensive or vulgar." We couldn't figure
out why it would be considered offensive or vulgar (unless you were a Notre Dame
fan) so we called and asked. They told us that they thought someone might think
it stood for "Ate by you". The lady on the phone was rather embarrassed by it
and quickly approved our plates.
Just a plate? try telling the cubs that the Bartman ball was JUST a foul ball.
It was an object that was cursed and had to be destroyed immediately. Much like
when I eat peanut M&M's I take out the red ones and hew them down and crush
them! This is not the first time I have heard of the UTE plate incident. This is
real and the next step is getting red off the primary color list.
What is the problem. I made the choice and graduated from the "U". Go UTES!
I think all of the Ute Fans make me laugh. It was a funny story, that's it.
The Ute fans have gone so far as to call him a snob, BYU fans cheap, and Utah
County a joke. Hopefully not a representation of the rest of the fan base. I
guess it goes back to the old adage that if you make fun of someone else it
makes you feel better?
Rock, try prune juice. I see no problem here.
ahaha! nice comment byu fan! leave the gmc in the garage! that really was his
first mistake!i don't disagree with your point at all, i'd have a
hemorrhage if i got plates that said byu. BUT, i have more self respect than to
go complaining to a newspaper about it and making myself look stupid. like the
dmv did it on purpose... come now... are we that sensitive? really? and are we
that helpless we can't take care of our annoyances on our own? is this REALLY a
news story? no, it's not...
I got a good chuckle out of it. Put yourself in that situation and see how it
goes. I'd have second thoughts about it, even though it is just a license plate.
Ute fans, you're not all telling the truth if you'd say, thanks for the Y plates
for my new ride.Of course, let's be honest about the real problem with
this article. The plates were for a GMC. Leave it in the garage. End of story.
Yeah, it's a bit redundant to add my comment. This is not news and the headline
is misleading. I thought the fellow was insulted by someone at the DMV.
I am offended that this white guy is anti-UTE. I am a Indian he needs to steer
clear of any of my brothers casinos.
Pay the extra $25 and get the BYU Licence Plates like every other Cougar, Ute,
Wildcat, Griffin or T-Bird fan worth his or her salt. Put your money where your
team loyality is. Go Griffins
Only a whinning Cougar fan or as they call themselves, Cougs would cry over
that...what a lame story Brad Rock...come on, report the good stuff. GO
I wouldn't want to get UTE plates either. That's the same as the plates I barely
missed out on in Ohio when I got my first car --- "PIG" "COW" and "HOG". I'm
overweight and these are not just letters. I would have been ridiculed all over
the place. Tell me the truth, if you saw "UTE" or "BYU" on a plate, would you
automatically assume they were fans of the respective teams? If you say no, then
you are fooling yourself. If the letters don't matter, go to the DMV and ask for
"STUPID" plates. After all they are just letters.
Who really cares what the license plate says. I lived in utah for years and
cheered for both the utes and byu. i favor the utes more just because I was
living in salt lake. Now that I live in the flatlands of Nebraska, I still root
for utah. Our plates here are so ugly and really drabby. but it was kind of
funny to read about. Anybody want to root for nebraska? I would love to see utah
play nebraska and have utah womp the huskers. hehe
brad rock just lost all credibility as a real journalist. if the best he can
write about is some byu fan crying about license plates... please... a real
journalist would have told him to be a big girl, suck it up before he let too
much mascara run and do what he should have done in the first place. get new
plates if it bothered him that much. problem solved. and then brad would have
gone out and looked for a REAL story. gad...
He's such a sad story, I think the government should give him a voucher and pay
for vanity plates for him.
If it were me that truck would stay in the garage until I got new plates. I'd
rather take the bus to work.
I agree with the person that said it's a message from God. The message is. .
.Get a Life!
Boo Hoo for him, how tragic. Lets see if we can get a fundraiser going to help
support his need of some new plates!
Lame attempt to stir up the rivalry. Now a good article would be about the
license plates I recently got from the DMV: BYU SNOB. But, I took it back
because I'm not Brad Rock. ;)
One of those things that I don't miss from Utah. Its rivalry. I am a Utah fan
but I can support BYU too without any problem. There are more important things
to worry about. Move on!!! By the way, it is ironic isn't it. So have fun and
tease your friends.
As a transplant to Utah and I do enjoy living here I can tell you that not many
people in the nation are to familiar with the Utah-BYU rivalry. Anyway, if it
bothers him that much, just buy the stupid vanity plates. Surely there are
better things to write about.
I had the same thing happen, major cougar fan, got the 527 UTE plate, simply
took it back to the DMV and traded it.
This man must be living a sinful life. Otherwise, he would not have received
the mark of the beast. Brother, I beseech you, pray! Repent! Stop looking at
the elbows of your neighbors wife! Forbid your woman to think of outside work!
Bear more children! Burn Harry Potter books and the music of such demonic bands
as Celine Dion and Amy Grant! And you shall be returned to glory!
Funny article. Stupid commentary......Along with Hilary for prez, you could have
made an example like...Republicans are criminals with ambitions only to faten
their pockets, oh wait that would have been acceptable in Utah county, just not
in many other places. Utah county what a joke!
Almost as bad as a Monson article.
Lighten up people! I for one am glad there is a little humour in the paper
especially in the sports section. Lately, there have been too many awful stories
coming out of sports arena. Wrestler murders wife and child, Michael Vick
indicted for dog fighting, wife beatings, rape charges, drug use, etc. This
story put a smile on my face! Which I greatly appreciated. And Yes, I am a Utah
I think God sent him these license plates to try and teach him to temper his
hatred for the Utes.
Typical BYU fan, too "cost-sensitive" or "financially conservative" to plunk
down $10.00 to make things right. IF I got something akin to that, I would BURN
it in my Chimanayo and act like a real fan and pimp my ride out with UU plates
(which I already have). I guess what they say about them Coogies is right after
all; they bring $10.00 and the 10 commandments in their back pockets to a game,
and break neither one.Go Utes!
This is a stupid article. It's not interesting and it's not news.
I bet a Utah fan will buy the plate from him and then he can go get a different
vanity plate like: "I WINE" or "Crybby" or "KTYLVR" or "BOOHOO" you know
something fitting for a "TRUBLU" fan. How about just "WAH".
"...a license plate that says UTE is not traumatic." Uh, yes it is.
If he is that concerned over his fellow BYU fans mistaking him for cheering for
the other team, then he should purchase a license plate frame or perhaps some
bumper stickers proudly proclaiming his misguided allegiance to the blue and
Nobody, from BYU or Utah, cares about Utah St.'s opinion.
Hey KBA, have you heard of 25th in the Nation in Engineering school USU? Or
21st in the Nation in Education school USU? By the way, have I ever told you
how I have always loathed UC-Provo since 1954, the year I was born! Went to an
NCAA tournament game at the Marri-ott in 1972. Stayed in Provo for 3 days, other
than the games with UCLA and Bill Walton, these were the most boring 3 days in
my life, there was literally nothing to do in Provo! Still one of the boring
places on the planet!As far as me and my house, CV is the promised land!
All the laughing and joking aside. Isn't this really a mistake on the part of
the DMV. I thought they paid people to prevent these issues. By the luck of
the draw LDS or BYU could also come up but I suspect they were quickly and
quitely stopped. UTE should have been also. I am sure there are other 3 letter
combinations that were also removed.
Aggies: Stop trying to wedge yourself into our rivalry! You are no more than
an afterthought to us (especially in football).
Obviously people have nothing better to do than complain about their license
plates. GET A LIFE.The writer seemed to be trying to make this
story sound like it was the worst thing in the world that could have happened.
It just shows how petty and pathetic BYU fans are and showing of their "true
Christian love" (as stated by Nathan)
Anyone looking for 'real' news stories should check the news section of the
paper. This is the sports page, where frankly, we get too much news already
BYU fans complaining about wanting a new coach? While that may sound familiar,
it only because that is what the U was doing every other year for 20 years
beginning in the 70's and ending with Ron McBride's dismissal. What did it take
for the U to stop whining? Hire a BYU guy to coach their team.
Lighten up, people----it's only a story!I'll bet that behind closed doors,
he and his family chuckled about it.He sounds like a nice guy so the UTES
would probably let him be a fan.BTW, if you don't like Brad Rock's
columns, don't read them. He tries to bring something to the newspaper besides
blood and guts that we read too much of already.
Why would a BYU fan be worried about other BYU fans vandalizing his car.
Haven't you ever heard of the honor code? BYU fans are above such behavior and
show true Christain love for everyone, including Ute fans. Yeah right!
Of course the Aggies loathe both the Y and the U. It's hard to be happy when
the most prodigious program Utah State offers is Animal Husbandry.
"he hasn't had his sidepanels egged, his windshield smashed or the tires
flattened"BYU fans do things like this? Never!
There is no problem with this. All he has to do is wait till this season is
over and the cougars tanked and the Utes dominated. Then he can be proud of his
UTE license plate and can join with all the other complaining BYU fans about how
Mendenhalls contract shouldn't have been renewed and how they all want a new
Just One Thought for all of Y-U-. Y would U Go any where else
but USU ?Aggies loathe you both!
I thought profanity wasn't allowed on license plates? Apparently now the 'U'
word is okay. Just one more example of moral decline in our great country.
To those who are bothered by this 'senseless' news story... Why not share a
laugh and lighten up? Your life will surely be longer if you learn how to
Is this news? really? Even as an opinion piece its pushing boundaries.
This article is a bunch of BS. I know Bren closely and I haven't even heard one
thing about his plates or even knew what they said. Ya he is a BYU fan but
hateing people because they aren't, well he isn't that way. He is a great person
and doesn't judge people, especially on whether they like a team or not. Instead
of putting in crap and makeing things up, report something that is TRUE!!!
Ha Ha Ha. GO UTES!!!!!
Wow this guy has so much hatred! If we were talking about anything other than
sports, it would be like a borderline personality disorder! I graduated from the
U, but I don't hate BYU with all my heart either, and I really don't understand
people like that. Get over yourself! Having your loved one trapped in a mine for
over a week is trauma, a license plate that says UTE is NOT traumatic!
Rock has two of the crappiest stories the past few weeks. The guy is becoming a
serious hack, even for a columnist. Try working for the Daily Herald. It's
typical of someone searching for a story to write because they put off their
Aren't there more important issues to report on that a license plate? After
all, U-T-E are all letters of the alphabet aren't they? So what's the problem?
Brad Rock is a columnist and not a reporter (in this case, at least).Great
Story! Thanks for the laughs!
Welcome, Brennan, to the U of Utah cheering section. Hope you enjoy and stay
for a long while. Good to see you over here. I am a Utah man.... My wife's a
Why is this news worthy?Utahns show their true colors when it comes to
rivalries be it college, high school or anything else and most often you won't
find a true blue, red blooded American but a black hearted fiend.
This is quite possibly the dumbest story ever written in the D-News. I want
those 2 minutes back!
If you seriously hate it that much, I will switch plates with you...as a grad of
the U living in Utah County, I would kill to have UTE plates...email me at
email@example.com if your interested...regardless, there are worse things in
the world than a completly random license plate that happens to say UTE.....
Wait, how is this news again?
You've got to be kidding me. An article? About THAT? *sigh* Sad when THIS can be
Humorous article. Thanks for including it.
Philly, it's a column! And it's Brad Rock! I love irony, especially when it's
Brad Rock is the man! Good story. Go Utes.
What a devastating event in this poor mans life. One day, everything is fine.
And then all of a sudden, your life is turned upside down. It truly show that
we should value every good day in our lives, because we don't know what is
around the corner for us. My prayers will be with this man, that he can
overcome this unfortuate and tragic event.
Jimmy's Sneakers: I don't care what Jimmy has to say on the subject. I care
about Jimmy's Sneakers opinion. Can you please share? Thanks.
That was the stupidest article I've ever read! Honestly, since when is a
license plate fit for a newspaper? Some people take football way too
Seriously guys, if this story doesn't make you chuckle then you need to take a
pill or something. Nothing wrong with stepping back and laughing at ourselves
from time to time.
RE: Reality Check!!Obviously he has enough humor to allow an article to be
written about this. And everyone else, this is a fun article, not meant to be
taken seriously. My theory is, deep down he is a Ute thru and thru. Go Utes!
I found the article amusing, whether or not different plates are readily
obtainable. Perhaps he should have Kyle Whittingham autograph in bold pen his
There's worse things that can happen in life. . . like being a cougar fan.
I'd be equally upset if I was issued "### BYU" or "### LDS" plates. It's just
the luck of the draw...
I used to work at the DMV. It costs $10 to get a new plate and you can do that
any time you want. If you want to be really extravagant you can spend $25
annually for a BYU plate, then we would all know that you're a BYU fan.
What a mistake I made in even reading a paragraph of this article...please print
material that's real news.
Why didn't he just give them the plates back and say "I want different plates."
A few years ago, I was given the choice to have the Arches plates or the skiing
plates. I'm not quite sure why he just couldn't have said he wanted different
plates. There is NO WAY I'd stick that on my car. I have no idea how he
did.RAMAUTE...I know someone with that one..that's a good one.
Get over it!!! It is just a license plate!!! If you can't laugh at the irony
you don't you have a sense of humor.
You can get Vanity plates any time. not just when you register the truck. go
to the DMV and get new BYU plates. it would have taken less time then the
interview for the article, or better yet, you should have requested them when
you bought the truck.
Jimmy wishes he could have that 5 minutes of his life back. Jimmy thinks Rock
needs to search harder for story ideas instead of helping some real estate agent
to some free publicity.
Tell the DMV you want a different plate number!Nyro