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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 20 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

As long as BYU keeps losing, the world will be a happy place.

Go Utes!! Welcome to the Pac-12.

Esquire
Springville, UT

The thing is, having attended both schools, the rivalry is more intense at Utah than it is at BYU. Rarely did an issue of the Chronicle not have some mention of BYU in some way or another, whether sports or something else. It is an obsession at Utah. BYU does not think as much about Utah, in large part because more of BYU's students are from elsewhere and did not grow up with the rivalry. This does not mean that BYU fans cannot be annoying and sanctimonious (and I consider myslef to be a BYU fan). But Utah may never be very adult about the rivalry.

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

Sadly, Mad Hatter exhibits the exact weakness this excellent letter is trying to demonstrate.

I'm astounded each year that certain members of the predominant religion see nothing wrong with manifesting their "pride." Haven't these people been counseled again and again about the problems with pride?

Yet somehow rivalries are exempted.

But in God's eyes, I'm betting they aren't.

How can we love someone whom we see as a rival? There's no place for competition in Zion. Unfortunately, we're not living in Zion yet.

And I worry that as long as we rationalize these attitudes and behavior as "acceptable," we never will learn to shun the ways of the world to create Zion.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

I personally hope they just quit playing each other. I'm sure the vitrol is worse from the U because in many cases the dislike for the Y is symbolic, personal and very deep. Actually I'll bear testimony to that. I'll admit it's not healthy but almost involuntary. Playing each other will soon make no sense except as a rivalry, so let's stop.

Lane Myer
Salt Lake City, UT

Please people. Lighten up!

My brothers are avid BYU fans and I am the lone Utah fan. We get in each other's face a little but it is for fun and entertainment. We still can love each other at the end of the day and go at each other during the week of the game.

Enjoy it. Revel in the fun of it. But mainly...

LIGHTEN UP.

cymrul
West Valley City, UT

Would this letter have been written in the score was the same but with BYU winning?

The Dude Abides
Salt Lake City, UT

First off, it wasn't a "mistake." The DUC has been inserted in both local papers during rivalry week for years. This year, it seems the DNews staff didn't like the content. Perhaps it was the listing of BYU at #6 on Rogers and Littleton' Guide that put them over the top?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Max Hall hates me!

thpslc
Holladay, UT

I'm with Lane Myer. Lighten up people! Oh...and Max Hall hates me too!

hackbart53
Tulsa, OK

Look girls, I can see that you are really upset about this. I honestly think you should sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

Isn't there some irony in the fact that the paper I subscribe to in order to receive the LDS Church News and read uplifting messages and news, delivers to my doorstep an issue of the Daily Utah Chronical a paper full of religious slurs using words and terminology that cannot be quoted here. Things like that ruin a good fun rivalry.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Hey, we hook hopes and aspirations beyond all reason to these teams. Beyond all reason, then, is not altogether unexpected as a reaction to the games.

@Charles
the greater outdoors, UT

@Mom of 8: we all have noted your absolute dislike (hate) of athletics. We noted it on the home schooling thread as well.

Can we move on now?

ps, if the GA's can have fun with the rivalry why can't the rest of the Mormon crowd?

@LDS Lib: do you pump gas for a living??? :)

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

The only time I root for BYU is when they play USC.

See. It's all in fun.

Rabid is for bats!!

jayelynn
Provo, UT

I remember when the rivalry used to be fun. Then came Urban Meyer and turned it into hate. Interesting that someone who really knew nothing about Utah or church or BYU could come in and turn everything into such an in-your-face kind of hatred. Even what Max Hall said stemmed from the hatred spawned in those years.

Ok
Salt Lake City, Utah

Believe it or not, some of us just enjoy the game. We cheer for one team or the other, it's just fun, nothing more. I enjoy seeing the cars pass by with flags for the Utes or the Cougars attached to their windows. Yup, it's time to lighten up and enjoy the game. Because that's all it is, a game.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Oh the drama. It only adds to the sweetness of a major victory of a team trying to be Notre Dame.

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