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Published: Wednesday, July 6 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

I wonder how many people against this are just fine with watching NFL games on sundays.

Herriman, UT

Probably not alone but if the conference did order it in the future then sell me your seats for the game?

Springville, UT

Sorry, Frank, but the PAC 12 is not dominated by Utah schools as was the MWC. Sunday games are highly likely, including for Utah, the new kid on the block and who has yet to show it can even play the game. They will have no power to stop Sunday games.

Lifelong Republican
Orem, UT

Unfortunately it isn't a matter of if this will happen but when it will happen.

Park City, UT

I have no problem with Sunday play. They are a state school, not a religious school. Plus, not everyone believes that Sunday is the Sabbath. The biblical Sabbath is Saturday and the day was changed by the Catholic church.

Salt Lake City, UT

As usual Frank needs to face facts here: if the team wins they can do whatever they like, whenever they like. If they lose, fans will blame anyone and everyone for the results. If the NFL is not playing on Sunday this year, college football would be looking at a huge windfall to fill those time slots and the threats of a few religious Utahns will not stop the stampede to do so.

Saratoga Springs, UT

I seem to remember when the Jazz were in the NBA finals and played at home on Sundays. They didn't seem to have a problem with attendance during those games.

Tulsa, OK

Frank, I like your letter and agree with your sentiments and am encouraged by your comments, but I am pretty sure that the stadium will still be nearly full on Sundays, especially if one of the big name schools is here, just like the Energy Solutions Arena, or whatever it is called now is full when the Jazz are in town on Sundays. Truly, I doubt Chris Hill is particularly sensitive to feelings like yours anyway in this regard. Go Sooners.

Boise, ID

Frank, I appreciate your sentiments, but Sunday play is what to expect when your school joins the Pac 12. The prospect of the Utes playing football on Sunday should not be surprising, since the Pac 12 already schedules many sporting events on Sunday--including basketball. This is probably the main reason BYU was not invited to join.


So Frank thinks that one school should have the right to dictate to 11 other schools what days football games can be played on?

And he is threatening to punish the school and the players for something over which they have no power and control?

All because it violates his personal religious beliefs?

Nothing like those great religious values of coercion and force....

Chris Bryant

This letter-writer is being a little bit of a drama-queen. I always love threats that "ill cancel my subscription if you don't conform to what I want!!!!!!" Those threats are typically empty.

As far as the Utes playing on sunday, I think Larry Scott understands what he is doing. In all likelihood, you will see Utah play road games on sunday. Even if they play a home game on sunday, the stadium will probaly fill up.

West Jordan, UT

I just checked the pac-10 schedule 2010 and 2011 for Sunday games...Not one.

It seems they have done well for themselves without Sunday games.

govt rocks
Salt Lake City, UT

I will be there come rine or shine, day or night, any day of the week. Can't wait for college football. If the NFL is not playing on Sunday, I will gladly accept college games, especially the Utes, filling some slots on Sunday. Besides, there are other religions that view Saturday as the sabath. They seem to function well despite all of the events that occur on any given Saturday throughout the year.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

"Utah, the new kid on the block and who has yet to show it can even play the game"

2004 and 2008 didn't show it?

I'm sure someone will correct me if I tallied incorrectly, but I've got Utah going 91-33 since 2001, 16-8 vs BCS schools during that time, and 6-5 against PAC10 schools.

No, Utah can play the game.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

The question is not about sports, it is about keeping the Sabbath. As Dave pointed out, some keep it on days other than Sunday, but most of us in Utah observe the sabbath on Sunday.

Some think they can worship God in the football stadium. I've never had success pretending that God attends sporting events on the sabbath.

It's a question of priorities and it's a question of loyalty. What is our top priority in life? Is it to be self-serving or is it to be a follower of Diety? If our top priority is to follow God, then how can we be loyal to Him if we reject His commandment to keep the sabbath day holy?

Salt Lake City, UT

"Utah, the new kid on the block and who has yet to show it can even play the game"

If I remember correctly, over the last 10 years Utah and BYU are effectively tied with each other head to head. So I guess BYU doesn't know how to play the game either by your logic.

Provo, UT

Frank, you won't have a problem selling your seats, believe me the waiting list is long. Stop trying to force your personal believes on others. Do what's right for you, and allow others their free agency to make their own choices.

govt rocks
Salt Lake City, UT

Mike richards:

Can't we do both? I respectfully submit that there are far different ways to respect a diety, regardless of which diety an individual believes in, if any and that part of keeping a day "holy" is to honor that diety, or lack of one, in any manner that one sees fit to do so.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

re: govt rocks | 11:24 a.m. July 6, 2011

Your form of worship is between you and God. You don't answer to me. I cannot absolve you of your duty to keep the commandments. The words are plain enough for everyone to understand. Whether you WANT to understand them or not is not my business. God did not make me a steward over you and your family. He gave YOU that great privilege, a privilege which will require an accounting when you stand before Him.

The commandment is more complex than you may think:

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy."

"Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:"

"But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:"

"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Tulsa, OK

Saturday football is the college tradition and Sunday football is the pro tradition. I found it a profoundly religious experience watching Steve Young play football all those Sundays, with an occasional Monday Night (the other sabbath) game thrown in. I'm just glad that LDS meetings end early enough on Super Bowl Sunday to see the game.

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